Exterminator 101 – Everything You Need to Know About Pest Control
When pests invade your home, you want them gone quickly. This is especially true for highly destructive pests such as termites and cockroaches.
Exterminators and pest control experts specialize in eradicating these unwanted guests from indoor and outdoor spaces like homes and garages. This often includes intense measures such as fumigation, which requires you and your family to vacate the property during treatment.
What We Do
A pest control professional is a licensed individual who deals with eradicating insects and rodents from inside and outside commercial and residential buildings. They typically use pesticides and traps to eradicate pest infestations and prevent them from recurrence.
They will also provide ongoing maintenance services to keep the pests away for good. This includes regular inspections of the interior and exterior of your home or business, sealing cracks, and advising you on preventative measures.
For example, storing food in sealed containers and keeping trash cans closed is a great way to keep roaches and ants at bay. You should also wipe down counters and other surfaces, sweep often, and clean your dishes and floors to remove crumbs and other attractants. This will eliminate the availability of food, which is the number one reason for most pest infestations.
Pests can be a serious nuisance in homes and businesses. They also threaten health and safety by spreading germs and diseases. For example, mosquitoes can spread encephalitis, dengue fever, malaria, Zika virus, and West Nile virus. Fleas can cause typhus and plague, while ticks can spread Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
A good exterminator can properly identify the pests that are infesting a property. This allows them to develop a plan to prevent and control pests using various methods, including chemical treatments, traps, and exclusion techniques.
Exterminators should also be able to identify the pests’ life cycle, habitat, and food source to provide accurate and targeted treatment. They should also keep detailed records of inspections, treatments, and follow-up visits.
A professional pest control company can eradicate subterranean and dry wood termites and use various treatment methods. They can create poisonous barriers against subterranean termites and spot-treat or fumigate homes for dry wood and Formosan termite infestations.
Localized treatments include wood-treating sprays and foams that soak into infested areas to kill existing termites and prevent future infestations. They can be used inside or outside of the home. They are most effective for new construction as they can be applied during the building process, but can also be used in existing homes with injected foams or surface sprays.
Pest control companies offer preventative services that can reduce the risk of a termite outbreak, including removing wood in contact with soil, keeping trees and shrubs away from the house, and using mulch made without wood chips. They can also provide regular termite inspections.
Rodents seek warmth, shelter, and food when they enter homes and buildings. They can damage the interiors of structures and contaminate food products. They can also spread diseases through bite wounds and contaminating food, water, and other items with feces and urine.
Rodent infestations usually peak in autumn when the weather turns cooler, and rodents look for warmth inside homes and businesses. Look for droppings along window sills, ledges, and cabinets. You should also check nooks and crannies for signs of nesting, like piles of twigs or mud buildup.
The best way to prevent rodents is to remove food sources that attract them. Store trash in sealed containers and take it to the curb only on the day of pickup.
Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bug infestations can be difficult to eradicate with home remedies and must be treated by a licensed professional. Different treatments for bed bugs include steam, heat, and chemicals.
Before treatment, it is a good idea to declutter the space. This can help the company reach hard-to-see areas of your house and treat them effectively. Move furniture away from the walls and inspect items in drawers and bookcases, particularly the spines of hardcover books that are a favorite hiding place for bed bugs.
Wash all linens on the hot setting and vacuum the entire room, paying special attention to baseboards, behind furniture, and around outlets and switches. Check for signs of hatched eggs and shed skins on furniture.