Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can pests other than termites damage property?

2. What are five things I can do outside of my house to keep pests away?

3. What are five things I can do inside my house to keep pests away?

4. What can a homeowner do to prevent termites?

5. Are the products used dangerous to kids and pets?

6. Are Carpenter Ants dangerous to my home?

1. Can pests other than termites damage property?

Answer: Absolutely. Carpenter ants, carpenter bees and powder post beetles are all categorized as wood destroying insects.  That’s why it’s important to have a professional identify the source of your problem and provide the treatment to control it.



2. What are five things I can do outside of my house to keep pests away?

Answer:

  1. Inspect and seal any cracks and holes outside your home.  Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
  2. Check around the perimeter of your home for leaky faucets and anything that allows moisture to pool around the base of your home.
  3. Eliminate debris from gutters
  4. Trim tree branches and shrubbery from around your home.
  5. Store firewood and other wood at least 20 feet away from your home.



3. What are five things I can do inside my house to keep pests away?

Answer:

  1. Keep all kitchen areas clean (including floors) and free of useless clutter. Kitchen appliances should be kept free of spills and crumbs. Clean shelves regularly and store foods such as cereal, flour, and dog food in resealable containers.
  2.  Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly.
  3.  Check pipes and pipe areas around the house for leaks, cracks and gaps and seal and patch any problems if necessary.   Leaky faucets should also be fixed.
  4.  Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. If you have mold and mildew in your home or office crawlspace, it’s a symptom of an excess moisture problem.
  5.  Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly. Insects have also been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage.


4. What can a homeowner do to prevent termites?

Answer: Termites love moisture, if you have any moisture around the foundation of your home, avoid that. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.  Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.  Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from growing over and covering vents.  Be sure to remove old form boards, grade stakes, etc., left in place after the building was constructed. Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building.  Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil. An 18-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building is ideal.  It doesn’t hurt to routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage.

5. Are the products used dangerous to kids and pets?

Answer: Safety is our top priority.  All of our professionals have been trained on the proper application of materials to insure a safe and healthy environment for your family and pets.  All professional pest control products we supply have been registered for use by the United States EPA.

6. Are Carpenter Ants dangerous to my home?

Answer: Carpenter ants are merely a nuisance or a serious structural pest that needs to be addressed quickly. If the weather is mild and you happen to see one every few days, further inspection may be necessary. Try to locate the source. Seeing several daily is cause for concern and treatment maybe necessary.

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