Many new homeowners find that they have to contact a professional pest control expert for the first time. They have no idea what to expect as they have never had to deal with pest control professionals before. As when shopping for anything it is important to be a smart consumer. This means not only making sure you get a fair price, but also that you get quality service. Yet your experience with pest eradication services is not all in the hands of the agents that come out to your house. There is a lot you can do to make sure that the whole process turns out well. Read on to learn what to expect when you hire a professional for pest removal services.
Before the service can begin the pest removal agent has to come out to your house, access the case and determine what needs to be done. Right then and there you can tell if the company you called is the right one for you. DO not make the mistakes that others make by leaving everything up to the experts. They should be willing and eager to explain to you the whole process so that you know exactly what work needs to be done. By the time they actually render service you should already have a good idea of the extensiveness of your pest problem.
One thing that makes some people very nervous about receiving services in their home is having strangers in their personal area. However, if the pest control expert is to do the job adequately you have to be willing to give them the freedom to roam through your house. There is no telling where pests may have taken up their habitation in a home and if you really want to get rid of them the professional needs the freedom to track the pests down and render the appropriate treatment. Try not to feel uncomfortable about the pest control agent going through your house. Remember that this is part of their jobs and that they visit numerous homes every week.
Some people think that one call to a pest control company and they will never see a pest in their home again. Nothing could be farther from the truth and if the pest control company tells you this you should consider hiring someone else for the job. The fact is that it takes time for all the pests to die off or be removed. The chemicals the pest eradication company uses do not reach every bug instantly, but spreads through their population over time.
What you should expert form the pest control agent is a guarantee of service. They should be willing to make follow-up visits at no extra charge after they have rendered service. These free visits should continue for at least a couple of weeks if they are doing extermination. While they might not be able to instantly rid your house of pests they should be able to promise that they will do so over time without you having to pay huge prices for follow up visits.
When the pest control expert tries to set up a regular maintenance schedule for pest control some homeowners tend to think the service providers are just after more money. However, this is not the case. Pest removal is a normal part of home maintenance and if you want to live in a pest free home you need regular pest control care. It is the only way to keep the bugs away. Do not get offended if the pest eradication expert wants your home on a contract. They really are just trying to help.
Natural Pest Control For Your Home
If you live in Lancaster PA, you will most likely have a bug issue from time to time. We have a unique set of bugs, ranging from Stink Bugs to Odorous House Ants, to Subterranean Termites. Well we are going to list a few of them and briefly talk about how to control these pests.
Stink Bugs have now come from Allentown, and are here to stay, and you will probably need to spray at some time or another for them. Another bug, the Asian Ladybug, has been released by the state to aid Hemlock trees. And of course, Boxelder Beetles are a favorite in our area. All of the above are sun-bathers and prefer the south-side of homes and can be controlled by perimeter power-spraying. Stop the bugs before they get in, and problem solved. Now to keep these bugs down, one should consider treating quarterly for these pests due to seasonal changes.
Another insect needing controlled in our county is the Odorous House Ant. These ants are really tough for the average homeowner to stop. I would say that we really started to see them become the predominate ant invader in Lancaster back in the mid-90's. "Fracturing", is the reason most cannot eliminate them. If a certain number of ants do not return home, a queen will "split" the colony, and now you have two colonies coming at you! You may need professional help to eliminate these guys. If you are going to go after them, use only non-repellent products that allow the worker ants to carry the product and "infect" the colony.
Now when it comes to Subterranean Termite control in Lancaster or anywhere, do not try to tackle them yourself. Please see our other articles on control for termites if you have them! In the long run, you could have thousands of dollars in repairs if you incorrectly treat a termite infestation! We have written specifically to address this issue, so please take some time to review our other articles.
With this in mind, if you live in this part of Pennsylvania, and you are "Bugged-out", don't take it personally, it just comes with the turf!