Q: Do all houses have termites?
A: No. It's been my experience
that approximately 70% of the houses I inspect have termites. Not very good
odds, huh? Termites swarm in the spring and the fall, which is the usual way
they enter your house. Frequent inspection is your best protection against
these insects. I recommend a thorough evaluation every two to three years.
If you're close to a body of water or live in a heavily infested area, more
frequent inspections may be appropriate.
Q: What is the
difference between Pest Control and Pest Elimination?
A: Pest Control
is self-explanatory. Pest Elimination is wishful thinking. Some companies offer
what they call Pest Elimination. What they mean by that is beyond me. If they
were to eliminate all the pests on your property, how long do you suppose it
would take for their cousins, in your neighbor's yard, to march in and set up
house? In most cases you're faced with a constant battle where control is the
only reasonable expectation.
Q: What is Integrated
A: This is partly the industry's
answer to the public's fear of pesticides and partly due to advancements in technology
and availability of enhanced technician training. Although the fears are largely
unfounded, this new direction is a favorable development. The idea is to treat
pest control much like termite control.
A pest evaluation is made which results
in treatments to targeted areas and a reduction in the use of pesticides. It's
an intelligent approach to pest control, which requires extensive training in
identification and insect behavior. Some operators consider pest management labor
intensive, preferring the old power spray everything technique. It's essential
to provide an adequate barrier around a customer's house, but the wholesale use
of pesticides is definitely on the way out.
In a windy area like the Antelope
Valley, extensive spraying can be hazardous. Alternatives are available. The
risk or danger with the use of pesticides is indirectly proportional to the experience
and training of the technician applying them. More experience and training will
result in the most effective control of insect pests with reduced risk to the
homeowner and applicator.
Q: Do I need regular
monthly or bimonthly pest control or is a one-time service enough?
is entirely dependant upon your unique situation. As a general rule, the history
of problems would be an important
factor. If this is the first bug attack you've noticed or a seasonal condition,
a "one shot" service may do the trick. Some of my customers require my services
during the spring and summer and suspend them during the fall and winter.