FAQ’s

Q: Can my home really be “pest-free”?
Absolutely! We have developed a program that will eliminate any existing pest infestation and prevent future insect & rodent problems from re-entering your home.

At Pest Services Company, our Advantage Plus Home Protection Program is designed to eliminate pest and rodents inside your home and to maintain this “pest-free” environment by stopping them on the outside before they come in.

There is a 100% year around guarantee with just 5 regular treatments.

Please call us at 301-779-5800 for additional information.

Q: How often do I need my home sprayed?
This depends on the type of pest and the length of time you want to be pest free. Some pest problems may only require a single treatment, while others may need a regular service program. Depending on your particular pest problem and the results you desire (long-term or short-term), Pest Services Company can customize a program to fit your needs.

Q: Why are pests living around my house and trying to come in?
Common pests like ants, spiders, roaches, crickets, Asian lady bugs, mice, and other “seasonal invaders” require certain elements to survive. They need food, water, and shelter. Most homes have an abundance of these elements inside and out.

Q: What is the best way to get rid of and help prevent pests in and around my home?
The first thing is to try to eliminate any conducive conditions that promote pest infestation followed by a professional pest control treatment on the inside and outside of your home.

Some preventative measures include:

  • Making sure all outside doors and windows are well sealed. If you can see light around or beneath a door, insects or mice may also be able to come in!
  • Plumbing leaks or moisture areas – eliminate all moisture sources in or around your home. This creates an environment crucial to pest survival. Fix leaks, seal cracks and crevices, and provide proper water drainage.
  • Eliminate unnecessary clutter – around the home and in attics, closets, and basements. Keep stored items in a sealed container.
  • Proper screening on gabled attic vents, crawl space vents, windows, and doors.
  • Keep opened food in storage containers.
  • Disposal of all aged fruits and vegetables that are not kept refrigerated (this will help control fruit flies).
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes and open food containers out overnight; keep the kitchen and dining areas clean.
  • Seal gaps around conduit and pipes that come in from the outside of the home.
  • Remove accumulated leaves and debris from the gutters, roof, and foundation perimeter.
  • Keep garage doors closed. Make sure the weather stripping is in good shape for a tight seal.
  • Keep debris, clutter, scraps, and woodpiles away from your home’s foundation.
  • Keep excess vegetation trimmed away from your home’s roof, eaves, windows, and siding. This creates a great harborage place for all kinds of critters and creates easy access into your home.

Q: If I choose to have the Advantage Plus Home Protection Program, do I need to have the inside treated with each service?
No, in fact, most pest problems start on the outside. If there is an existing problem inside, we will eliminate it with a thorough crack and crevice treatment and perimeter application. Maintaining a peat-free environment will then focus on the outside. With our exterior power spray and foundation granular service, we will treat the exterior of your home including the eaves, gutter line, overhangs, siding, around windows, doors, and all entry points, foundation, deck, sidewalks, mulch, vegetation, and an approximate 6-foot radius around the perimeter. We will eliminate pests on the outside before they have a chance to enter the inside!

Q: Where do termites come from?
Subterranean termites come from colonies 3 to 12 feet deep beneath the ground. The colony is comprised of a king and queen, workers, soldiers, reproductive, and nymphs. The queen can live for 20 to 30 years and can lay an egg every 15 seconds! A well-established colony can have over 1,000,000 members. The majority of the members are workers. Workers live between 4 and 5 years and without rest or hibernation forage 24 hours a day for food for their colony. Termite food is anything that is cellulose: dead trees, roots, fallen tree limbs, woodpile, mulch, form boards, buried wood scraps, all lumber, drywall paper, cardboard boxes, etc. Worker termites forage their environment (300–400 foot radius around the colony) for cellulose material, consume it, then return and regurgitate it to the colony.
Q: What are the options available to treat for termites?
First, we highly recommend that this is something that requires the services of a trained and licensed professional and strongly suggest not trying to do this your self. Simply put, there is a permanent and a temporary option available.

The permanent solution is to eliminate the entire termite colony not just individual termites. Total colony elimination is achieved with the Pest Management Professional offering two basic types of treatment options. The first option is known as a termite bait system. Here at Pest Services Company, our product of choice is the Advance Termite Bait System.

This approach involves installing termite bait stations around the perimeter of a home every 10-15 feet. The stations are then checked by us on a regular basis. Upon finding termites in the stations, a bait cartridge is placed inside the station which is fed upon by termites and destroys the colony attacking the home.

The second option is known as a liquid chemical barrier treatment. This involves trenching the exterior around your foundation walls and placing a liquid chemical into the ground. Depending on your situation and the product, it may also involve drilling into your front porch, garage, brick siding and other slab areas inside your home. Most homes require from 100-250 gallons of chemical to treat the home. A re-treatment guarantee is available followed by an annual termite inspection.

While both approaches are effective at controlling termites, the newer bait system technology offers several distinct advantages:

  1. Complete elimination of the colony or colonies attacking your home
  2. Less invasive to your home (no drilling, no liquid chemicals)
  3. Long-term protection as a result of the ongoing monitoring done by your pest management professional that does not degrade over time
  4. Service convenience due to the fact that it is performed only on the outside your home

To make an informed decision for protecting your home and family, take a closer look at the comparison of liquid vs. bait treatments.
Termites, by their nature, are hard to find. Thriving in hard-to-reach, inaccessible areas, they eat your home from the inside out. Although there may be only a few indications of termite activity, take a closer look at these warning signs:

  • Watch for the “swarm” of winged termites during the day or evening and often after rainfall from February to March, in most areas of the country.
  • Check in or around windows and doorframes for termite evidence (wings, etc.)
  • Look for “mud tunnels” in or around the foundation, under windows and on walls.
  • Watch for pin-sized holes in the wall and woodwork where termites exited during the swarm.
  • Tap baseboards and floors to see if they sound hollow — a possible sign of termite infestation.
  • Examine window sills and walls for dead termites or termite wings.
  • Blistering on sheetrock.

Q: Am I seeing ants or termites?
Flying ants are often mistaken for termites but here’s how you can tell the difference. Termite wings tend to be equal in size, while ant wings are usually longer in front and shorter in the back. Ant antennae are elbowed, while termites are straight. Ants have a narrow, pinched waist, while termite waists are thicker and less defined.

Q: Does the product you are offering kill the entire colony?
Liquids kill on contact. ATBS destroys the entire colony because termites take the active ingredient back to the colony and share it, destroying all termites, even the queen.

Q: How invasive is the product you are offering me?
ATBS is simply installed unobtrusively into the ground around your home. There’s no drilling into your foundation or trenching around your home.

Q: How fast does your treatment work?
Liquids generally work quickly. However, they’re only effective if termites come in contact with them. With ATBS, termites actually carry the active ingredient back to the colony to be ingested by other members of the colony. ATBS has been demonstrated and reported by Pest Management Professionals in the field to eliminate the entire colony as fast as 120 days.

Q: How long will my home be protected by the product you are offering… how do you know when it is no longer effective?
Depending on weather and soil conditions, liquid treatments will have to be re-applied every 5-10 years. If properly maintained by a pest management professional, ATBS will protect your home indefinitely.

Q: What type of termite treatment is best for my home if I don’t have signs of active termites?
Termites cause millions of dollars worth of damage in the United States every year. Why wait for them to attack? ATBS protects your most valuable investment now and uses the least intrusive approach without pouring 100-250 gallons of liquid in and around your home.

Q: How much liquid must be put into my foundation and the ground surrounding it?
An average liquid treatment requires nearly 100-250 gallons of liquid termiticide to be pumped around your foundation or placed underneath different slabs and in voids. The active ingredient for ATBS is housed in a plastic station underground, making it highly unlikely that your pets or family will come in contact with it.

Q: How do I know if I have termites?
Termites, by their nature, are hard to find. Thriving in hard-to-reach, inaccessible areas, they eat your home from the inside out. Although there may be only a few indications of termite activity, take a closer look at these warning signs:

  • Watch for the “swarm” of winged termites during the day or evening and often after rainfall from February to March, in most areas of the country.
  • Check in or around windows and doorframes for termite evidence (wings, etc.)
  • Look for “mud tunnels” in or around the foundation, under windows and on walls.
  • Watch for pin-sized holes in the wall and woodwork where termites exited during the swarm.
  • Tap baseboards and floors to see if they sound hollow — a possible sign of termite infestation.
  • Examine window sills and walls for dead termites or termite wings.
  • Blistering on sheetrock.

Q: Are termites present in or near your home?
Unfortunately, many times there may be little warning. Watch for these signs:

  • Winged termites “swarming” during the day or evening and often after rainfall
  • Termite evidence in or around windows and doorframes
  • “Mud tunnels” appearing on or around the foundation, under windows or on a wall
  • Baseboards and floors which may sound hollow when tapped
  • Dead termites or termite wings on window sills or along walls Most importantly, call a licensed and trained pest management professional who can inspect your home and assess whether termite protection is needed.

Q: Is my home at risk of a termite attack?
Unfortunately, yes! It is said that homes are literally built on an ocean of termites and that it is not a question of if you’re going to get them, but when. Worker termites are actively foraging 24 hours a day all 12 months of the year. They constantly search a 300–400 foot radius around their colony for food (wood). There can be in excess of over 1,000,000 workers in one colony and up to 20 colonies in one acre of ground. Termites can forage up to 30 feet in depth and gain access through a crack 1/32 of an inch. Once a colony has been established 3 to 5 years, the queen will produce reproductive members nicknamed “swarmers.” These swarmers are actually new kings and queens of a future colony that they are trying to establish.

Q: How much damage can termites cause?
An active infestation from a well-established colony can consume 20–30 board feet per year! They’ll eat any kind of wood material, from a home’s wood structure to its furniture. Each year, termites attack about four million homes in the United States and cause over $5 billion in property damage! Termites cause more damage annually than all storms, fires, and earthquakes combined, and it is rarely covered by homeowner’s insurance

Q: What is a termite swarm?
A phenomenon that annually occurs when a mature termite colony produces reproductive members for developing additional colonies. Most termite swarms occur in the spring, March through May, when the temperature and humidity is right for the colony. “Swarmers” leave the colony, follow the underground trails made by the workers, and emerge from an area where there is an active infestation. Swarmers are usually black with two pairs of long wings (equal in length) which are about twice as long as their body. They are not strong fliers and when swarming outside will ride the wind as they disperse from the origin of the swarm site. Upon landing, they shed their wings, search for a suitable mate, and dig themselves into the ground to start a new colony. A termite swarm can consist of thousands at one time and a large colony may swarm several times in a single season. If you experience a termite swarm, you have an active infestation from a mature colony. Call Pest Services Company for a no-charge termite inspection and estimate.

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