Frequently Asked Questions
Question - How do I know if I have termites?
Answer - To the untrained eye it is quite difficult to accurately determine the presence of active termites, but here are a couple of helpful clues:
1. Wings - look for shed wings and body parts around windows and exterior doors.
2. Shelter Tubes - Subterranean termites build shelter tubes on the sides of foundation walls. Check the exterior and interior of foundation walls for the presence of shelter tubes.
If you find a combination of the above signs, or just one call a pest control professional for further evaluation and treatment options.
Question- If I have termites how do I get rid of them?
Answer - If you do have termites it's best to call a pest control professional who can help determine the most effective and long lasting treatment.
Question -What will a pest control company do that I can't do myself?
Answer - A pest control professional will first determine the extent of the infestation with a thorough inspection. The inspection will help find the entry points and conditions conducive for termites. He/She will then be able to prescribe the best and most effective treatment for the structure and/or property.
Question - What are my treatment options?
Answer - There are several treatment options. The most common are liquid treatments that involves drilling or trenching/rodding the perimeter of the structure. The other is the installation of in ground bait stations. The extent of the infestation and its location will determine which treatment options are needed.
Question - Do cockroaches spread diseases?
Answer - Cockroaches have been known to carry pathogens that cause leprosy, urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, diarrhea and amoebic dysentery. These pathogens are spread by fecal contact or by roaches walking across surfaces and through foodstuffs.
Question - Can roaches cause allergies and asthma?
Answer - Proteins in cockroach saliva, excrement and shed cuticles are allergens and can result in allergic reactions in humans. An estimated 40-60% of people with asthma in the inner city are a result of exposure of some kind to cockroaches. In the U.S., the German Cockroach is the leading source of these allergens.
Question - Why do I see roaches in the bathroom?
Answer - Roaches, especially the German Cockroach, prefer to harbor in and around kitchens and bathrooms where a constant source of water is readily available.
Question - Why do roaches come out at night?
Answer - With small populations roaches may not be so obvious, as they prefer to hide in cracks and crevices during the day and forage for food and water at night.
Question - If I see roaches during the day, is this a sign of a heavy infestation?
Answer - Seeing roaches during the day could be an indication that the infestation is heavy. Because the weaker, less dominate ones are forced out of hiding they can be seen moving about during the day.
Question - Do bedbugs transmit diseases?
Answer - Bedbugs are not known to transmit any disease agents as a vector, however studies have shown that about 25 different disease organisms have been found in bedbugs.
Question - Why is there such an increase in reports of bedbugs?
Answer - One reason is with the increase of international travel, frequent bedbug infestation has been reported existing in many hotels. As a result, the infestations are then spread to homes as well as other buildings by way of luggage or furniture.
Question - Do bedbugs only attack people?
Answer - Bedbugs prefer to feed on humans; however they will readily feed on other host such as mice, rats, birds and other animals.