FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I need ongoing pest treatment?
In any pest control program, ongoing maintenance is necessary to ensure control of any infestations and to help prevent future ones from occurring. Pests want three things: food, water and shelter – all things that are inside your home. They often are relentless in looking for ways to get inside your home, so we must be vigilant in keeping them out. There are also different pests that are active as the weather changes and this requires different treatments as the seasons change. We partner with our customers and encourage them to take simple steps, in addition to the appropriate pest treatment, to help keep potential pests in their place all year round, and to help keep their homes protected.
What dangers do pest pose to my family?
Pests can pose a variety of threats to your family or home including food-borne illnesses like E. coli and salmonella which are transmitted to food by contact with rodents and cockroaches, stinging insects, fire ants, and bed bug bites. Asthmatic allergic reactions to cockroaches are some of the health threats these pests present. Termites, nuisance birds, wildlife, and rodents can also threaten your home’s structural integrity.
Why are ants such problematic pest?
Some types of ants are very problematic, but with the proper service type control can be attained. For example, Big Headed ants are miners of the soil. They tunnel under slabs and enter homes through cracks in the slab and various other penetration points. They also have multiple queen colonies which allow for rapid and constant reproduction. Even though these ants are challenging, Underwood Pest Control has a service designed to manage and control them. Our program utilizes various products and methods to draw activity away from the home.
Will the products you use harm my pets and family?
Underwood Pest Control’s licensed technicians understand that the label on the product is the law. Therefore, utilizing these products according to the law ensures that they are used effectively and safely. We recommend that pets and infants stay out of any areas treated by a liquid until that liquid has had time to dry. Otherwise, our technicians or the office staff will notify you of any additional precautions that should be taken. For instance, when treating for fleas, we do require that all pets and residents in the home leave the home for a period of four to six hours. Our licensed technicians have been trained to go as “green” as possible. This means that inspections, monitoring activity levels, watching for structural problems, and communicating with our customers are some of the best tools we have at our disposal.
Why should I hire a professional when I can do it myself?
Pests are a resilient bunch and are adept at hiding and entering a home in places you would never think. A pest management professional will know where to look for pests and will make expert recommendations on what it takes to prevent or eliminate pests.
How long after the initial treatment will it take to see results?
Results will vary according to the types of pest they are. Different treatment methods and products are used. For example, immediate results can be seen when a yellow jacket nest is removed or treated with a liquid pesticide. However, when using baits for ants, rodents, and termites, the process takes longer since the pests have to ingest the product for it to be effective. Our technicians will outline what your expectations for your particular problem should be.
Why are baits sometimes more effective than sprays?
Spray products break down fairly quickly in most cases, and must be contacted by the target insect in order to be effective. In addition, baits work on both the bugs you see and the bugs you don't see. Ants, for example, will bring the bait back to their nest and spread it throughout the colony. This leads to a more effective and efficient pest control system with results you can really see.