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Frequently Asked Questions

    Termite Identification
  1. How long do I have to stay out of the house?
  2. Where are these bugs coming from? I keep a clean house.
  3. What are the noises I hear in my attic?
  4. When can I expect to see results from a pest control service?
  5. How much does a termite inspection cost?
  6. Does a clean inspection always mean "no termites"?
  7. How can I tell if I have ants or termites?

Q.) How long do I have to stay out of the house?

A.) For most services (rats, mice, roaches, and ant problems) you can return immediately. For flea treatments and flea control, we require that you remain out of the home for about three to four hours until our products have dried. For outside treatments, we ask that you keep your children and pets out of the yard for about an hour. Once dry, the products are no longer readily absorbed by hands and paws.

Q.) Where are these bugs coming from? I keep a clean house.

A.) Most bugs only come inside when the outside becomes less hospitable. During the summer, the heat dries up the ground and forces ants inside to search for new sources of moisture. They love your kitchen for the condensation on its plumbing almost as much as they like finding a drop of syrup. Tighten up leaky faucets. Seal gaps in plumbing fixtures. During the winter, rats and mice find that many of their preferred food sources are hibernating or dead. The cold sends many rodents inside to search for food, nest materials, and warmth. Seal up all gaps greater than 1/4". Roaches are generally imported from the grocery store, or within cardboard boxes. Avoid the storage of brown paper sacks and cardboard. (When was the last time you checked the weather stripping around doors?)

Q.) What are the noises I hear in my attic?

A.) More than likely they are "rats." Roof rats are amazing acrobats and climbers. Your attic provides everything they are looking for: seclusion, raw materials like insulation for nesting, warmth, and easy access to a food source - the part of the home where you live. Check your roof for low hanging branches and unscreened ventilation holes. By placing screens over vents you will also protects yourself against the immigration of birds, bees, and vertebrate mammals like possums.

Q.) When can I expect to see results from a pest control service?

A.) The results can vary depending on the pest, as ants, roaches and rodents require some time for the baits to take effect. A proper pest service always begins with an inspection. For ants, we seek out the nest, generally outside of the home. Once we eliminate the nest, your ant problems are over - until a new colony finds its way in. With our maintenance programs, if you ever have a problem between regular services, all you need to do is call us and we'll send someone out A.S.A.P. to take care of the problem - at no additional charge.

Q.) How much does a termite inspection cost?

A.) Absolutely nothing! Just call or email us with your name, address and phone number and a state registered inspector will call and setup an inspection of your home for free. That's all it takes to give yourself piece of mind that termites are not eating away at your home without your knowledge.

Q.) Does a clean inspection always mean "no termites"?

A.) Inspections are an important part of termite prevention and should be implemented annually. Unfortunately a thorough termite inspection does not always mean your home is termite free. Termites can invade your home through many ways and some are completely invisible to an inspector. They can come up through cracks in the concrete slab or block and tunnel between walls and go directly into the wall studs between sheetrock and never be noticed until damage is finally apparent which is usually too late to prevent major repairs. A thorough inspection visually yields only about 25% of your home for invading termites. A preventative proactive treatment is a necessary part of termite prevention.

Q.) How can I tell if I have ants or termites?

A.) Differences in body form between winged termites and winged ants. Winged termites are distinguished by Winged ants are distinguished by

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