Frequently Asked Pest Control Questions
Why should I hire a professional pest control exterminator?
If you’re inquiring about pest inspection and/or pest control, chances are you’ve tried to solve the issue yourself. While taking things into your own hands is great in some instances , pest control almost always requires more strategy and attention than you can give it. More often than not, homeowners tend to lack the expertise and time to handle most pest-related situations that are commonly encountered in or around a home or workspace. If you’d like to nip your pest control problem in the bud right now rather than have it go on and manifest into a greater issue, call your Cary pest exterminators today.
How are pests getting into my home?
There are numerous ways that pests can enter a home. To lessen the chances of pests intruding into your home, be sure to keep any branches, shrubs, piles of firewood, decorative rocks, and any other aspect of landscaping well-maintained. For example, if you’ve got a pile of firewood adjacent to your home, be sure to roll around the logs every so often to decrease the chance of pests beginning to form nests in the area, or have them raised off the ground. Properly stacking any piles of firewood would also be beneficial and optimal.
Spiders, ants, and other pests have been known to use trees, shrubs, and parts of gardens as ladders into homes through windows, cracks in brick siding, etc. Before applying any treatment, Stomp Pest Control inspects and pinpoints potential problem areas that may need to be tended to, but it is your job to make sure that these areas get the alteration that they need.
How can I exterminate invading pests on my own?
There are several temporary solutions that may work for a short period of time, but, in our experience, permanent and quality pest control is achieved through going above and beyond normal practices. To learn more, check out the Stomp Pest Extermination and Inspection Difference.
Amateur applications of over-the-counter, basic pest control products are nearly always ineffective, and take multiple time-consuming attempts. Like any chemical, pesticides need to be used with caution. Our certified technicians will ensure that the job is done right, and according to the law
Are the products used pet and family safe?
Stomp Pest Control’s first priority is the safety and happiness of our customers, as well as being as environmentally friendly as possible. All of our materials are EPA approved and all technicians have been thoroughly trained on industry safety regulations and guidelines. The products we use are the same products that are used on sensitive areas, such as schools and hospitals.
How soon can I expect to see results?
In most cases, you can expect to see a significant and noticeable reduction in pest activity within one to two days. The exact timeframe depends on the pest we’re dealing with along with the choice of materials necessary to provide the best long-term results. In some cases, you will actually see a slight increase in pest activity right after our initial treatment. This is a good sign! This means the pesticides are working. We have disrupted their normal breeding and feeding habits, and are looking for a new place to live – only difference now is that pesticide is all over them. They are not going to last long. 🙂 Give it a week or two to die down, but give us a call if they persist past that time – we may need to give them another round.
How long does your pest control last?
The strongest products on the market last 60-90 days. After that, they biodegrade and become a part of the natural environment; otherwise, they wouldn’t be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The weather also affects the efficacy of our treatments – but not as much as you’d think. Next time it rains, look at the base of your home; chances are, it’s still dry. This means the barrier spray is still going strong. And for our yard treatment, the granules we use are water activated, so the rain is actually beneficial.
But, at times, the products do wear off before we come out next, so this is where a free re-service will come in handy.
Is a preventative maintenance plan necessary?
YES! A preventative plan is the only plan that works for bugs. They are going to return one way or another. It will be up to you to decide whether you want your home protected when they do come. If there is not pesticide preventing them from coming inside, what is stopping them from getting inside your home?
Offering coverage again numerous pests native to Cary, Raleigh, and surrounding areas, be sure to ask us any questions related to maintaining a pest-free home for years to come. We love answering questions and will help any way we’re able to.
Will I feel secure with the pest control professionals in my home?
At Stomp Pest Control, we have very high standards for our employees. Each of our employees has gone through an in-depth and thorough interview process. We have found that hiring the right professionals takes time, patience, and effort. Along with extensive vetting of potential employees, we also require background checks and industry certifications, such as the P phase certification.
All technicians go through on-the-job training with a highly experienced trainer for the first few weeks. Within the first 75 days, we send them to a registered technician school offered by the state of North Carolina.
Our employees are constantly learning and increasing their professional standards, resulting in a solid and uplifting team dynamic. Once hired, our employees are required to go through regular training and testing as an ongoing process throughout their employment.
Our goal is to ensure that we are always communicating with our customers as effectively as possible. In order to achieve this level of satisfying and transparent customer service, each of our technicians are assigned a regular route. They will be familiar with the houses and customers they service, resulting in not only interpersonal relationships but also the ability to understand the specific needs of each individual customer.
Each of our customers will receive a courtesy message the working day before each regular service. Lastly, we put specific service notes on each customer’s account, enabling us to perform the service according to the customer’s specific requests and needs.
We are constantly learning about innovative products and methods that can make our services even better.
How soon can stomp pest control come to my home?
Our well-versed and experienced team is likely in your area more often than you would think. Really stressing the importance of transparent dynamics between customers and employees, we are easily reached and would happily provide you with a time frame as far as when we could come by for our initial inspection and evaluation.
Our customers have often mentioned how much they appreciated our hassle-free, one-call scheduling and emergency, same-day service. Please keep in mind, we are only a quick phone call away.
How to prepare for a pest exterminator?
There are numerous things you can do to prepare your home for pest extermination services. Firstly, to ensure the pests aren’t attracted to anything that could interfere with or hinder the actual service (dropped food sources, places to hide, etc.), it’s important to have a clutter-free and cleansed home. Make sure to check any possible areas that could be deemed a hideout for ants, cockroaches, spiders, and other pests.
Your home’s countertops should be free from dishes, food, and any other appliance that could be used as a hideout for pests. Cover any open food and store it in a safe place. If you have children, ensure their crib/mattress and toys are protected and stored in a safe place as well. Please keep in mind, children tend to put objects in their mouths, often without the parent(s) knowing.
Mopping and scrubbing any tile or hardwood surfaces never hurts, and can help rid of any pest eggs. Same goes for vacuuming; get rid of any pest eggs before your home is serviced to avoid unexpected and additional services after the fact!
Any indoor garbage cans can become an issue if they’re constantly full and not emptied often enough, which is something to consider when preparing your home for pest control services.
Something that’s often not thought of: cleaning under and around any movable appliances, such as microwaves, freezers, refrigerators, storage units, etc. Appliances such as those are known to be a comfortable vacation area for pests.
If you have found proof of intruding pests such as feces, damaged property, or exoskeletons, be sure to fill in your pest exterminator to ensure the area(s) is appropriately examined and evaluated. Be on the lookout for any water leaks or moist areas of your home, as pests have been known to flock to those areas relentlessly.
Because all scenarios differ, there may be additional ways to prepare your home for pest control services. That is why it’s important to communicate as effectively as possible with during your free pest inspection.
When you come to service my house how long will it take?
It depends case-by-case. Certain pests take longer to deal with than others, and certain home’s are larger and more complicated to service than others.
Ant pest control has been known to take one or two hours, while rodent pest control has been known to take multiple visits (with each visit taking a few hours). If you’re on a strict time frame, or if you’re concerned with your pest control service project taking longer than expected, please let us know.
Should I shampoo my carpet before my house is treated for pests?
Shampooing your carpet before the treatment will definitely maximize your treatment. At times, carpets can act as nests for pests’ eggs. Anything that could act as a nest for pest eggs needs to be dealt with as well as possible to receive optimal results of your pest control service.
Will I have to leave my home when you provide your service?
Your technician will happily advise you if you, your family, or your pet need to leave the home. Often times, treated surfaces need time to dry. This can be a problem if you’ve got a 2-year-old touching everything in sight and putting anything possible into their mouths.
By advising your technicians of any sensitive people, pets, fish ponds, or even organic gardens that require extra care and attention, you’re avoiding potential issues after your home is serviced.
How does rain impact pest control services?
It is common for pest control companies to receive calls requesting to reschedule their services due to rain or not-so-ideal weather conditions due to customers assuming their products will be washed away during the rain. Contrary to popular belief, pest control treatments are rarely affected by rain or snow. Rain and light snow can actually optimize pest control services, as pests are typically drawn out of the ground.
Along with that, rain and light snow have been known to benefit pest control services because some products (formulated granular pellets) are placed on a property needing water to be activated by water. These pellets seep deeply into your soil, preventing crickets, earwigs, ants, and other unwelcomed pests from intruding into your beloved home. If you live in an area that regularly experiences abnormally harsh weather conditions, be sure to explain those conditions to your pest control professional.
When dealing with indoor pest control services, keep in mind that window areas, door frames, and crevasses are typically key points of focus. Because those areas generally remain dry, wet weather conditions are rarely pest control factors.
What kind of pesticides do pest control companies commonly use?
As previously stated, all pest control services projects differ case-by-case. That said, we cannot guarantee which product will be used for your service. We can, however, list a handful of the most commonly-used pest control products. Those products are included but not limited to
- Permethrin and Pyrethroids: Botanical insecticides derived from Australian and African chrysanthemum flower species. These insecticides work to paralyze and kill a robust range of insects, are some of the safest alternatives to humans and mammals, but are extremely toxic to aquatic organisms. If you have outdoor fish ponds or bodies of water, be sure to protect those areas from permethrin and pyrethroids, as they can really be damaging.
- Piperonyl Butoxide and MGK-264: Popular chemicals that are commonly added to other insecticide agents, such as permethrin and pyrethroids. These additives do not act alone as pesticides but are used to optimize the effectiveness of other chemicals by restricting insect metabolism. Classified as a potential carcinogen, consuming Piperonyl Butoxide has been known to cause diarrhea and vomiting.
- Hydramethylnon: Commonly used to bait termites, crickets, and ants, this insecticide is a subtle killer that has been known to kick in gradually over 3-5 days. Focusing on the long-term results, this product is popular in instances where large nests need to be dealt with. Posing little to no harm to humans, there have been cases where eye irritation has been a side effect of coming into contact with this product.
- Fipronil and Boric Acid: A white powder typically used to control ants, cockroaches, beetles, and other pests. It is derived from naturally occurring boron, posing little-to-no risk to humans when handled appropriately.
How long do I have to stay out of my house after pest control?
By following the recommendations on the product label or each product, you should be able to gather an understanding of how long you should stay out of your house after it’s been serviced for pests. A 2-4 hour window is generally considered best practice, followed by an hour or so of venting time. Be sure to ask how long the products used will take to dry, and begin calculating the start-to-finish timeframe of vacancy.
Which pests take the longest to terminate?
Generally speaking, termites and bed bugs have been the toughest pests to effectively exterminate.