Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about termite & pest control!
Why should someone hire a professional instead of attempting to treat their home for termite or pest problems by themselves?
Over the years we have had many customers who have discovered the answer to this question on their own- the hard way! The products that are sold in the stores for the purpose of killing insects are not powerful enough to rid any long term problems. They may kill something on contact and take care of it temporarily, but the problem will reoccur. Trying to treat for pests on your own becomes more expensive in the long run. The products and the expertise offered by professional pest control far surpasses what a homeowner could do on their own. Our company has a license to use chemicals that are much stronger and more effective for the elimination and control of pests. Just as you wouldn’t prescribe your own medicine or drill for your own cavities, you should not try to attempt to control termites or other pests on your own. Save time, money and aggravation! Leave it up to the experts at George Termite & Pest Control for your peace of mind.
How can I tell the difference between flying ants and termites?
Termites are often confused with ants; however, a few simple things distinguish the two. Termites have two body segments(a head & body) a broad waist and straight antenna, and both wings are the same size. Ants have a thin, pinched waist and elbowed antenna, They have three body segments(a Head,Body and end), Also their hind wings are smaller than the front wings.
Do I need to empty my kitchen cupboards?
No, it’s not necessary to empty cupboards as we apply a gel to areas where cockroaches nest or harbor. No liquid sprays are applied to these areas. However, if you're having trouble with these areas and wish them to be treated, the cupboards will need to be empty.
Is my cat / dog safe?
There is no concern to the safety of animals since the amount of active constituent with the spray that they may take in, either by contact while it’s wet or by ingesting it orally, is very small. However, outside granules if ingested may make your pet sick! If this should happen, consult your veterinarian, but in most cases giving your pet Vitamin K should resolve any problems.
What do I need to do prior to the Pest Control treatment?
Access to room edges is necessary to spray along baseboards. Therefore clothing articles, magazines, toys etc. should be moved off the ground or away from the walls/baseboards.All food items should be cleared from bench and table tops.
Will the spray you use stain my carpet?
No, the emulsion we spray does not stain. It’s a water based residual spray that doesn’t contain strong solvents which might affect coloring or finishes.
Is it safe to stay in my home while you spray?
Yes, the chemicals being used are very low odor.
What if I touch areas that have been sprayed?
Sprayed areas are of some concern while still wet. But once the carrier, which is water from the tap, has evaporated, the active constituent adheres to the surfaces and will not contaminate or harm you. Should you get in contact while it’s still wet though, wash with soap and plenty of water as soon as possible.
Will the gel / paste that is applied to the inside of cupboards contaminate my food?
No it will not. The gel / paste is only applied to areas where insects congregate or harbor, like cracks, crevices or hinges.
Will I see cockroaches, spiders or ants after the treatment?
Yes, it’s possible that insects may wander in from outside. Chances are that they will have crossed treated areas and will die shortly after. Often times, you will see baby roaches that have hatched out from the adults. In severe cases it may take several treatments before you see them completely disappear. We may have to revisit for treatments until we get the problem under control which is why we never recommend a “one time” treatment for roaches. A quarterly pest control service is highly suggested for preventative maintenance to keep your home pest free.
Do I need to wash everything after the treatment?
There is no need to wash utensils or surfaces once the treatment is carried out.
I’m planning to have my carpet cleaned. Will that affect the Pest Control treatment?
It’s best to do the pest control after carpets have been cleaned or vacuumed.
How often should I have a Pest Control treatment done?
We recommend a preventative maintenance service plan, which allows us to spray on a quarterly basis to ensure we eradicate any problems you are having and prevent any further ones from occurring. If the problem persists, we will respray in between our quarterly visits at no additional charge.
What are the most common household pests and what steps can I take to help keep my home pest-free?
Common household pests include insects such as ants, cockroaches, spiders, flies, pantry pests and wasps. Remember, most pests need food, water and a place to live. Eliminating any one of those elements will help significantly in controlling the pest. With that in mind, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to help keep their homes pest free:
- Clean regularly and reduce clutter inside and outside of your home.
- Keep foods such as flour, cereal, spaghetti and pet food in re-sealable containers with tight lids.
- Keep kitchens, dining rooms and other areas where food is eaten clean and free of crumbs.
- Sweep and vacuum often (especially in eating areas) to help eliminate food sources for some pests.
- Keep garbage areas clean and store garbage in sealed containers that are picked up regularly.
- Seal cracks, crevices, and other gaps especially around doors and windows. Make sure all windows and doors are screened and fit the screens snuggly in their frames.
- Many pests need moisture to successfully live and reproduce inside your home, so limit their access to water or moisture sources by sealing any cracks and leaks in pipes and faucets.
- Outside your home, keep trees, shrubs and flowerbeds well maintained and avoid having them touch the house.
- Store firewood away from the house and at least 5 inches off the ground.
- Clean gutters regularly and direct water from downspouts and drains away from your home.
- Seal any gaps where utility wires or pipes come into your home.
- Make sure that basements and attics are well ventilated.