How effective are electrical pest control systems that are on the market?
Ultrasonic devices have been tested by entomologists at major universities and have been found to have little to no effect on insects and other pests. Some devices may be beneficial in some situations for rats and birds, but even these have their limits and usually do not produce the desired results.
What type of program or treatment do you recommend to ensure we keep the house pest free?
We believe that the most effective way to control pests is to prevent them from crawling inside in the first place. If they’re already inside your home, we’ll get them out and make sure they don’t come back. Terminix backs our service up with the most comprehensive guarantee in the business. Your Terminix service professional will provide a three-step program:
- Your service professional will look for the sources of pest infestations and then apply pest control materials where they will be most effective. The appropriate control methods will be selected for the situation at hand.
- Because the exterior of your home is where most new infestations originate, likely pest harborages next to or near your home are inspected for pest activity and treated accordingly.
- Finally, your service professional will provide you with recommendations on how to reduce pests around your home. And if there are fewer pests around your home, fewer pests will get in your home.
If it rains, will outside treatment materials wash away?
Once a liquid residual product has dried following application, the solvents and emulsifiers evaporate, leaving a durable residual that adheres to surfaces and is resistant to being washed away by rain. Insect baits, however, are placed in protected areas to keep excess moisture from possibly reducing their effectiveness.
Will I still see pests after treatment?
Treatments are targeted at sites where pests are harboring or might enter your home. Because pests that contact these treated areas can sometimes take a few hours to die, they may wander into living spaces where you might see them. But the number will greatly drop in the days after the service. Of course, after your original infestation has been eliminated, pests living outdoors will continue to try to enter your home so an occasional pest may be seen. This factor is why regular exterior services are important—to find and intercept pests outside before they have a chance to enter your home. If you have more than an occasional sighting of pests inside, please call us. We'll be happy to schedule a service call at no additional cost to you.