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General Pest

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? 
There may be a slight odor, but will quickly dissipate. The chemicals we use do not stain. 
 
5 -
What is “IPM”? 
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!

Termite

1 - How often should I have a termite inspection? 
An annual 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 me? 
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 treatments?
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. 

Weeds

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.

Post-emergents 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? 
In order 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. 
 
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Warning:  Pesticides can be harmful.  Keep children and pets away from application until dry, dissipated, or aerated.  For more information, contact BugWiser Exterminating