Your choice of service depends on the pest problem, your tolerance and whether the offending pest can be treated one time or controlled on a periodic maintenance service.
As you review the Service Programs, keep in mind that most chemicals are designed to breakdown completely within a 30 day period. In the first two weeks the insecticides are at their strongest point and are breaking down until no longer active.
Some homes or commercial properties require more service than others. Some do well on a Bi-Monthly Service Program (one complete service every other calendar month/6 scheduled services per year) and other properties require a Monthly Service Program to keep insects under continuous control.
Monthly Service Programs allow us to create the best control for the customer because we are reapplying the chemical barriers just about the time the last application is gone. Because we are treating monthly does not mean that huge amounts of chemicals are building up in your home or property. Monthly servicing will allow us to monitor your insect activity and keep better control by visiting your home more often. If the pests don’t have time to build up large populations, then our treating is more specific, less broad and more effective.
Bi-monthly Service Programs are designed for properties that have periodic problems that can be controlled with less frequent servicing. Bi-monthly services are scheduled every other calendar month.
Adjustable Services Programs are for properties that tend to have heavy problems at certain times of the year and occasional problems at other times of the year. For example, some homes have heavy insect problems in the summer and less problems during the winter so these customers may want the Monthly program from say, June through October and then change to Bi-monthly October through May. The reverse is true also, some homes experience worse problems during the winter due to rain, cold and yards going dormant where insects can’t get what they need outside so they invade the inside of the home. Either way, customers have the option to adjust the frequency of their service throughout the year by calling our office and requesting the change.
How the Service is Performed
Generally on the average home, a spray material is used around the foundation, sub area and cracks in concrete on porches, patios and sidewalks within your yard. The spray is mixed in a tank on the truck and applied with low pressure to these areas (power spraying). The sub area is treated through the vents on a home with a raised foundation (crawl space). This application is to control crawling and migrating insects such as ants, spiders, earwigs, sow bugs, oriental roaches etc…
A spray material mixed in a hand tank may also be applied to eaves, window and door frames and other areas we want to treat by hand to control spiders and other specific insects.
A granular product may be applied to dirt, planters, lawns and other areas to control crawling and migrating pest further out into the yard. The granular product is a dry product that has the consistency of sand and is designed to sift into the ground where insects nest, travel and migrate through.
The exterior service is designed to control insects on the outside of the home so less problems occur inside.
Interior Services vary greatly. The way we treat and the product(s) we choose depends on the insect we are trying to control. There is no “general treatment” for the inside of the house. It is important to specify the insect you are having a problem with so we may choose the appropriate course of action. The following is what we may do for certain pests:
Ants: Spray or bait products may be used to control or correct ant problems. If a spray is used, we generally spot treat where ants are entering. These areas may include; cracks and crevices, around plumbing lines, electrical outlets etc. Baits are used by putting a bait station directly in the trail of ants and the ants take particles of bait back to the colony and feed it to the colony thus killing the colony. For more information on ants see our page on Ants
Fleas : Indoor flea problems are treated with spray products. Generally two products are used inside for a serious flea problem. A growth regulator (methoprene) that stops the fleas in the egg and worm stage and a residual spray product that controls the emerging/hatching adult flea. These products are mixed in a hand tank applicator. The products are applied using a fan mist to carpeted areas in the home and around baseboards especially where a pet spends a lot of time. See our page on Fleas which describes the full flea life cycle, understanding the fleas life cycle goes a long way in the homeowners responsibility and education when dealing with annoying fleas.
Spiders: A spray is used for treating spiders inside the home. The spray product is mixed in the hand tank and applied to areas such as ceiling corners, around window frames and door frames and other areas where spiders roam. See our page on Spiders for more information.
Roaches: German roaches are treated with bait products where roaches feed and hide, generally kitchen and bathrooms. Bait products are applied either (and most often) as a powder that is applied to cracks and crevices in kitchen and/or bathrooms, around appliances, behind drawers etc. The other bait product is contained in a disc and may be placed strategically where roaches will feed. Monitor traps (sticky traps) are also placed for the technician to use for information during the process of roach treating. The monitor traps gives the technician information on the progress of the service. Sanitation Reports are also written at each service to provide the homeowner, tenant or managers with information on areas that can be corrected to ensure success of the service and avoid roaches in the future. See our page on Roaches for more information.
Rats/Mice: To treat for rats and/or mice, an inspection of the home structure is done. It is important to find out how the rodents are getting into the structure from the outside. Rats need to leave the structure each night to forage for food and especially water. Finding their entry points is very important. Once the entry points are identified the technician will write a report explaining his findings and repair recommendations and provide the report to the homeowner or manager. Next he will strategically place bait to kill the rats. The bait is placed in areas such as sub area, attic or garage (or a combination of those areas). In most cases the homeowner will be instructed to wait 10-14 days and then get the repairs done. We want to give the rats time to leave and die before the repairs are completed. See our page on Residential Rodent Services or Rats/Mice for more information.
Most other insects such as earwigs, sow bugs, crickets, and outdoor oriental roaches are normally treated and controlled by treating the outside, or spot treating indoors. If the insect your concerned with hasn’t been mentioned see our page on Other Pests or Biting Insects to see if we have information there. If not, call our office and speak to a trained pest control professional.
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