Pest Control and Termite Treatments: Commonly Asked Questions

Pest control is one of the most overlooked areas of home maintenance, but it’s also one of the most important. If you are in Arizona, you know that the climate can lead to an outbreak of pests, termites, and other invaders. Thus, it is essential to understand the importance of pest control and termite treatments.

Many people have questions about pest control and termite treatments. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions. This is to help you understand what you need to know.

Pest Control

Let’s start off with pest control. Pest control generally means controlling the population of pests in and around your home. This process removes food sources, eliminating entry points, or using chemical or natural treatments to kill or repel pests. Due to the severity of the Arizona climate, pest control can be an ongoing process.

How much is a pest control service?

One of the most common questions we always hear is, “How much does pest control cost?”. The cost of pest control depends on the size and scope of the job. Other factors that influence the cost of pest control include:

  • type of pest
  • the extent of the infestation
  • and the location of your home

If your plan is to avail of a pest control service, understanding the payment time frame and pricing structure is a must. It is best to consult a professional pest control company to get an accurate quote. In general, there are four levels of service that can be provided. The prices will vary depending on the level you choose.

  • Annual, which cost around $400 to $1,000 per year
  • Monthly, which cost around $40 to $100 per month
  • Per visit, which cost around $80 to $120 per visit
  • Initial, which cost around $130 to $350

Yes, prices can be a bit higher for larger properties, commercial buildings, and multi-unit dwellings. But a professional pest control company ensures that you get the best value for your money.

Is it worth paying for pest control?

As a homeowner, saving money is your initial priority, but it is important to understand the value of investing in quality pest control services. Pest infestations, termite infestations, especially severe termite infestations, can be very costly.

Though DIY pest control solutions are available, they may not be as effective as professional solutions. Professional pest control companies have access to the latest products and technologies. This include pest management. Thus, you can trust that your home will be taken care of properly.

For example, pest control companies have their specific chemical treatments for carpenter ants or for fire ants. These may not be available to the public so opting for a professional help will be your best bet. 

So, to answer your question, yes, it is definitely worth paying for pest control services. Investing in the right service can help keep your home safe and secure from unwanted pests. Moreover, this ensure that any current infestations are handled properly.

What are the three types of pest control?

Biological Pest Control

This type of pest control involves using natural predators or parasites to control the population of pests. For example, ladybugs are popular choice to control aphids in gardens. On the other hand, birds are used to control insects in agriculture. This method is environmentally friendly, as it does not involve the use of chemicals. However, it may not always be effective. Why? Introducing predator or parasite may not always establish itself in the ecosystem.

Mechanical Pest Control

This type of pest control involves physically removing pests or blocking their access to food and shelter. Examples include:

  • sealing cracks and crevices in buildings to prevent the entry of pests
  • trapping pests
  • and hand-picking pests off plants

This method is combination with other methods. It can be time-consuming and may not completely eliminate the pest population.

Poisoned Bait

This type of pest control involves using poisoned food or bait to kill pests. The use of bait is to attract pests to kill them after ingesting the poison. This method is popular to control pests in agriculture, as well as in and around homes. The use of poison bait can be effective in controlling pests. However, you must carefully use to avoid harming non-target species. This include all beneficial insects and pets. Additionally, repeated applications may be necessary to maintain control over the pest population.

Termites

Now, going to the termite and termite treatment, requires a two-step process. First, a termite inspection to detect any termite activity and determine the extent of the termite infestation. Whether subterranean termites or drywood termites, is present, different treatments may be needed. The termite damage, the extent of the damage, and other factors will also determine the termite treatment cost.

What causes termites in the house?

Termites swarm in the spring and summer in search of new places to nest and feed. They enter homes through wood that is touching the ground or through cracks in foundations. This is where termite colonies start to form. The termites then start to feed on wood and other cellulose materials in your home. Leaky pipes or roofs can also be an entry point for termites due to the moisture present. A termite colony is basically a large family that has multiple generations and can produce several thousand termites. Thus,  it’s important to address any termite infestations quickly.

Are termites harmful to humans?

According to a termite professional, termites don’t carry any diseases or cause any harm to humans. However, they can be destructive to a home and its contents. Why? They feed on cellulose materials such as wood and paper. Also, another termite problem is that they can bring suffering for those people that have asthma or allergy. They release tiny specks of faeces and other allergens into the air. Wood treatments, such as simazine and chlorpyrifos, are some chemicals to control termites. However, careful execution is necessary due to the potential health risks associated with them.

Can I treat termites myself?

There are many ways to prevent termites yourself. This can be anything from using chemicals for termite control or installing physical barriers such as concrete and metal. According to the National Pest Management Association, professional pest control has the highest success rate for eliminating termites. A professional will be able to identify the type of termite you have and provide a tailored treatment plan. Thus, if you want to prevent termite infestation and not risk harm to your home and family, it is best to call a professional.

Bed bugs & Rodent Removal

Aside from pest control and termite services, another common service that pest control professionals offer is a bed bug and rodent removal. Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects that feed on human blood, usually while the host is asleep. They can be in mattresses, box springs, furniture, behind wallpaper or baseboards. Moreover, they can be inside electronic devices such as radios and TVs, among other places. It is important to identify the source of the infestation and eliminate it to get rid of them permanently.

Rodents are another problem that pest control professionals can tackle. They include mice, rats, squirrels and chipmunks. Rodent control involves a variety of methods, such as trapping and baiting, exclusion and sanitation.

Can rodents bring in bed bugs?

One of the most common misconceptions about rodents is that they can bring in bed bugs. According to pest control experts, this is not true. Bed bugs do not actually hitchhike on rodents, as most people believe. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth, carbon dioxide (which humans exhale) and other odors associated with human habitation. Thus, if you have a bed bug infestation, it is most likely coming from something else.

What kills bed bugs instantly and permanently?

One of the most popular DIY techniques that many homeowners use is rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol kills bed bugs on contact and evaporates quickly. This leaves no residue for the bugs to live in. However, it is important to note that this does not get rid of the root cause. It only eliminates visible pests. As such, for a permanent solution to your bed bug problem, it is best to call a professional.

How does an exterminator get rid of bed bugs?

There are several methods that a professional exterminator can use to get rid of bed bugs. One of the most powerful and effective methods is heat treatment. This is when an exterminator will raise the temperature in your home to over 120°F for several hours. It kill all life stages of bed bugs and their eggs. Another common method is mattress encasement. This is where they will cover the mattress and box spring in a protective encasement to create a barrier.

Additionally, crack and crevice injection/spot treatment is also used by exterminators. This is where they inject chemicals into small hiding spaces for bed bugs such as cracks in walls or furniture joints. Finally, pesticide dust is also a common method used by exterminators to get rid of bed bugs.

How do you get rodents to leave?

Another concern of homeowners is how to get rodents to leave. The first step is to identify the entry points where the rodents are coming in and seal them off with steel mesh or silicone caulking. Additionally, it is important to make sure that food sources are not available for rodents. This will draw them into your home.

This means disposing of garbage regularly. Keeping pet food in sealed containers, and cleaning up food spills and crumbs. Furthermore, using peppermint oil and clove oil to saturate cotton balls can help repel rodents.  Finally, traps and bait can also be used to catch and eliminate rodents from your home or building.

How do professionals get rid of rodents?

At Arizona Termites and Pest Solutions, we make sure to implement an integrated pest management plan. This involves using a combination of traps and baiting, exclusion and sanitation. We also use peppermint oil and clove oil-saturated cotton balls.

Additionally, our professionals can identify rodent species so that they can properly target the source of the infestation. Finally, we provide our clients with a written report that outlines how we plan to eliminate the infestation. In addition, we include the steps to take in order to prevent future infestations.

The Bottom Line

While DIY methods for pest control, termites, rodents, and bed bugs can be helpful in some cases, it is often best to call a professional for an integrated pest management plan.

Arizona Termites and Pest Solutions specialize in eliminating these pests from your home or business. Feel free to contact us today for more information about our services or to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to helping you get rid of your pest problem and keeping it gone permanently!

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