1 - How long
does a typical treatment last?
It depends on
the type of pest and many other factors. A routine initial
service for ants, for example, will often take less than an
hour, and still control the problem for several months. Your
technician will recommend things you can do to reduce pest
problems around your home. Rodent problems may require several
service visits and cultural control measures as well.
2 - Can I be
home during treatment?
Unless the homeowner is chemically sensitive, there should not
be any adverse health problems associated with a treatment done
correctly. Ask questions of the pest control technicians.
3 - When
treated inside, will it be safe for my children/pets?
Keep your children and pets away from any treated areas while
chemical is wet. Generally it takes up to 1-2 hours until dry,
although in the desert, it may take a shorter amount of time.
Your technician will inform you in advance of any precautions
required by the label. If you have any questions you can always
feel free to call our office.
4 - Will
the chemicals that are used smell or stain?
be a slight odor, but will quickly dissipate. The chemicals we
use do not stain.
5 - What
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the practice of using
improved sanitation, exclusion, cultural controls, and targeted
pesticide application to control or reduce pest problems. In
other words, we use knowledge and common sense to prevent pests,
not just pesticides.
6 - How did
they get inside my home?
They come in through a variety of openings. Holes and
cracks, around plumbing, electrical, and communications inlets,
vents, under doors, through windows, and through garage doors
left open to vent heat. You might be surprised how small a
rodent can become. Mice may be able to squeeze through an
opening no larger than a quarter inch, while larger rats may be
able to enter through holes of one half inch! When it comes to
pests, any opening is a significant opening!
1 - How often
should I have a termite inspection?
inspection is the best recommendation.
2 - If my
neighbors have termites, will I get them too?
Termites move randomly through the soil searching for a
source of food (wood). They do not have the ability to know
exactly where your house is. So, if your next-door neighbor
treats his home for termites, your house isn't automatically the
termites' next lunch. No, your house does not need to be
treated; but, if there are active termite infestations in your
neighborhood, it is a good idea to have it inspected
3 - If my
neighbors have their house fumigated, will this be harmful to
Fumigators take great pains to avoid any of the fumigant getting
confined in nearby buildings. Measurements with a sensitive gas
monitoring device show that the gas dissipates very rapidly when
not confined under the tarp. In addition, the warning agent
"Chloropicrin" (tear gas) is introduced to the
structure being fumigated to help determine if any improvements
to the seal of the tarp is needed. While highly lethal at levels
under the tarp, the fumigant Vikane® leaves no residue behind
after the proper aeration of the structure.
4 - How long
will fumigation treatments kill termites and protect my home?
Fumigation kills the termites presently in your home. Bug Wiser
does guarantee our fumigations for one year. This is why we
recommend an inspection every year to keep your home protected.
5 - What
is the difference between tenting a house for termites and other
Fumigation, also known as tenting, is one of the treatment
options for dealing with drywood termites. Localized
"spot" treatment controls only the drywood termite
activity in the specific area and often involves drilling into
infested areas. Keep in mind that control methods for drywood
termites do not control subterranean termites.
1 - Will a
Pre-emergent or Post-emergent kill all my weeds?
Pre-emergent herbicides are applied before the seeds
germinates, and are an effective preventative method for
controlling weeds. Pre-emergents establish a chemical barrier
that will not kill established plants, but will prevent weeds
from successfully growing. The protective barrier breaks down in
six to eight weeks.
are designed to attack weeds that are already established and
growing. All of the contact weed killers are post-emergents.
2 - Why do I need a Pre-emergent twice a year?
to get good control, a Pre-emergent should be applied in the
spring and again in the fall. These are the times that seeds
tend to germinate.
3 - If my
yard is treated, will it also kill my flowers or my garden?
Bug Wiser uses selective herbicides, which when applied as
directed by the manufacturer, kill only certain plants. A good
example of a selective herbicide is a lawn weed killer designed
specifically for the removal of broadleaf plants. These products
will remove the weeds without killing the established lawn in
which the weeds grow.
4 - Are
the herbicides that you use safe for me and my family?
It is the
same principle as above for pest control. As long as the
chemical is dry, it is safe.
1 - What areas
do you service?
2 - Do you
accept credit cards?