Q. I think I saw a rat in my yard. What do I do?
A. Whether it is a rat or a mouse, you should do everything possible to make sure that the rodent cannot get into the house. Make sure all holes around utilities are sealed or stuffed with steel wool, and that doors and windows are sealed well. Trees touching the building should be trimmed, and all screens should be in good shape. Rodents can either be trapped or baited whether they are inside or outside the home, but it is most important to keep them outside.
Q. Is this safe for my children and pets?
A. You must keep all pets and children inside after a powerspray has been performed until the spray outside has dried. In the summer it may take as little as 15 minutes, and in the winter it may take up to an hour due to the cold. The spray inside will not harm the pets, but we ask that you keep the children away from the treated areas until that spray has dried as well. If you have any family members who have respiratory problems or other sensitivities please advise our staff beforehand so alternate methods can be used.
Q. I have captured a bug at my home. What should I do to get it identified?
A. Often times getting an insect identification is crucial in controlling the problem. You should collect insects in a bottle with alcohol so that the insect doesn't dry out and call us so we can help you.
Q. Are bark scorpions dangerous?
A. Bark scorpions are dangerous. Their venom is a neurotoxin, much like that of a black widow. Children and elderly people or people with sensitivities could become very ill. They are difficult to control as they can nest and hide just about any where. It takes a comprehensive effort between the client and pest company to be effective in getting rid of these pests.
Q. What does a termite inspection entail?
A. A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects (WDI) and wood-destroying organisms (WDO). The inspector will visually inspect the entire interior of a home (including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements and crawlspaces) and exterior of the property. In areas where Drywood termites are prevalent, and in houses where there are no sub-areas, the attic may also be accessed and inspected. After the inspection has been performed, the findings are reported on the applicable/appropriate form.
Q. How long does termite inspection take?
A. The average termite or pest inspection takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes for a thorough inspection, depending on the size and conditions (e.g. clutter; storage of personal items, etc.) of the home and property.
Q. Can termites live in colder climates?
A. Yes, termites have been found throughout the United States, even in Alaska! Cold weather does not kill them off; rather it slows them down or causes them to go into a hibernation state. As a matter of fact, it has been reported that 1 out of every 15 houses in the Chicago area have termite infestations.