Frequently asked questions
- What can I do to prevent termites?
Termites love moisture, so you’ll want to prevent moisture from accumulating at the foundation of your home. Divert water with well-maintained downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Ventilate crawl spaces to reduce humidity. Trim shrubs and other vegetation to keep them from covering vents. Maintain at least an 18” gap between the soil and wood portions of your home. And of course, have a Certified Pest Control Professional routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage.
- Can I control stinging insects such as ants, wasps and yellowjackets on my own?
Many types of stinging insects are social insects. They sting to protect themselves and members of their colony. The insects give off pheromones, which cause other members of the colony to react as well, creating a dangerous situation for you and your family. A Certified Pest Control Professional is equipped to protect your home safely from stinging insects.
- What steps can I take to protect my home against stinging insects?
Stinging insects build their nests in attics, crawlspaces, building corners, under gutters, and under patios or decks. Seal exterior cracks and crevices to prevent insects from entering a structure. Tightly seal all garbage cans and cover all food when outdoors. Avoid excessive use of fragrances outdoors, which can attract stinging insects.
- Black Widow Spider Prevention
Avoid black widow spider bites by reducing clutter in basements and garages to eliminate hiding spots. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area. You should also wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time and shake out shoes before wearing them. Outdoors, store firewood at least twenty feet from the home and five inches off the ground. If you suspect a spider infestation, contact a Certified Pest Control Professional immediately. This is the safest way to get rid of black widow spiders in the home.
- German Cockroach Prevention
Wondering how to get rid of German cockroaches? The best advice for German cockroach control is to practice good sanitation. To prevent German cockroaches from infesting the space, vacuum often, keep a spotless kitchen, seal all entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, contact a Certified Pest Control Professional, to inspect and treat the German cockroach problem.
- Roof Rat Prevention
To get rid of roof rats and prevent them from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter with silicone caulk. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the building and cut back limbs overhanging the roof. Roof rats are drawn to any accessible food sources, so clean up fruit that may fall from trees in the yard and keep garbage in tightly covered receptacles. It’s also important to regularly inspect the home and property for signs of a roof rat infestation, including rodent droppings, gnaw marks, damaged goods and greasy rub marks from their oily fur. For help in controlling a Roof Rat problem please call a Certified Pest Control Professional.