1. What should a homeowner look for when selecting a
pest control professional?
A qualified and licensed pest management company that is a member of national,
state or local pest management associations. Ask friends and neighbors to
recommend companies they have used successfully. Buy value, not price. Before
signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the
extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem. Find out
if the company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or
furnishings during treatment. If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how
long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force and what kind of continuing
prevention and management are necessary.
2. I have roaches in my home and have tried sprays and
“bombs” and these don’t seem to be working. What else can I do?
Cockroaches can be very difficult to control as so many things can contribute to
their survival such as food, water and shelter. Aerosol bombs are not very
effective in controlling cockroaches however proper placement of the other
materials is the key to success. A professional pest control company can assist
in controlling cockroaches as well as other pests.
3. I have roaches but I keep a clean house. Why do I
still see them?
Having a clean house will not eradicate roaches entering your home since they
are looking for food, shelter and water to survive. If it is a larger cockroach
you are seeing, they are coming from the outside to the inside, through windows
or doors that might not be sealed properly when shut, or through attics,
basements, etc. If it is the smaller German cockroach, they can be brought in on
groceries, bags, furniture, etc.
4. What are termites?
Termites are wood-destroying insects. Their presence dates back to the
dinosaurs. While they play an important role in nature, experts estimate they
cause $5 billion of property damage each year.
5. Are there different kinds of termites?
Yes, the three major kinds of termites in the United States are dampwood,
drywood and subterranean. Dampwood termites commonly live in heavily forested
areas of the country as they prefer wet wood; while, drywood termites, much more
rare in the United States, prefer extremely dry wood. Subterranean termites
require moist environments, live mainly in the soil and are the most destructive
6. How do you recognize termites?
Depending on your geographical location, termite swarms should be visible in the
early spring. Termite swarms can be confused with flying ants. Telltale signs of
termite infestation include soft wood in the home, mud tubes in the interior or
exterior of your home (often near the foundation), and darkening or blistering
of wood structures.