Pest Control Plans: A Comprehensive Guide
So you think you have pests on your property. Now what do you do? We know that pest control and treatment plans can be intimidating if you’ve never had to choose one before. To ease the process, we put together everything you need to know when you find uninvited guests in your home or business.
When to Call the Experts
A key first step in eliminating pests is knowing when to call a pest professional. Typically, the sooner you call after discovering evidence of pest activity the better; infestations are often much larger than they seem when signs first start showing up. Pests like termites have a reputation of going unnoticed until significant damage has already been done. That being said, with other pests, aggressively implementing prevention protocols is sometimes enough to stop a budding infestation in its tracks. So, how do you know when it is time to call in an expert?
- More than one indicator
Seeing several different signs of a pest or seeing one sign in several places means that an infestation is relatively advanced already. For instance, one bee sting does not necessarily point to an infestation, but multiple stings and a constant buzzing noise do.
- The pest you’re facing is especially problematic
Certain pests like bed bugs and termites warrant an immediate call to a pest professional. Bed bugs are extremely resilient and are nearly impossible to eradicate, even for experts. When signs of termites start appearing, there is a good chance that the infestation is already quite advanced and prevention methods will not work to remove the source of the problem.
- Prevention is not working
If you have implemented the appropriate prevention methods and the pests do not seem to be disappearing, or if they are popping up even more than before, it is time to call a specialist.
What to Expect When You Call
After calling a pest control service, the next step is inspection. While we cannot speak for other companies, at Twin Boro we conduct a free, thorough inspection before providing an estimate. Our technicians search indoors and outdoors, both for clues specific to the pest you are facing as well as for general indications of pest activity. Once we know the extent of the problem, the next step is choosing the pest control plan that is right for you.
Twin-Boro offers a number of control options, and we will mix and match treatments to create a plan tailored to your property’s needs. We use IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, which is a risk-averse and environmentally-friendly pest control approach. We stay up-to-date with the latest scientific information about pests which allows us to target the pests only, virtually eliminating the environmental and safety hazards that are traditionally posed by pest control.
All Twin-Boro plans include a log book, advanced treatment notifications via text, missed service stickers, and more. Our work is 100% guaranteed, too- if the pests come back, so do we. Any necessary extra treatments come at no cost to you, and if you happen to sell your property while your plan is under warranty, the warranty is transferable to the new owner.
What to Do Before a Treatment
Before your treatment, there are a few things you can do to prepare. First, store all food, including pet food, in cabinets, the refrigerator, or a pantry. Next, move all children’s toys, pet toys, pet bedding, pet food dishes, etcetera out of the area that will be treated. If possible, move all aquariums, cages and terrariums. If they cannot be moved, place a towel or blanket over them. Please also be sure that the treatment area is as free from clutter as possible.
After a treatment, wait for any sprays to dry before reentering the area. Between treatments, it is important to practice pest prevention.
Are Recurring Treatments Important?
By and large, pests are not completely eradicated after a single visit from an exterminator. Most infestations require several treatments before the pests are gone, and even then it is a good idea to receive routine treatments to keep them from coming back. Properties that develop a pest problem tend to do so because they are unusually vulnerable to those types of infestations. Once an infestation is gone, the pests will likely come back eventually unless they are stopped. The best way to keep the pests gone is through a recurring pest control plan and prevention protocols.
Twin Boro Pest Control Plans
As mentioned, your pest control plan will be tailored to you. All Twin-Boro plans include a treatment at the beginning of each new season in order to provide year-round protection. Depending on your pest removal needs, we will start with one of the following plans and modify or add what we need to to deliver top-notch service.
Residential Pest Control– This plan protects home, yard, and more from Ants (All Types), Spiders, Roaches, Mice, Rats, Bees, Hornets, Stink Bugs, Pantry Pests, Crickets, Silverfish, Wasps, Moths, Centipedes, Millipedes, Interior Fleas, Pill Bugs, Earwigs, Box Elder Bugs. Treatments will be scheduled so that they do not infringe on your or your family’s daily life.
Commercial Pest Control– Commercial plans protect businesses from the same pests listed in the Residential plan. Your treatment schedule will be tailored to your business hours. A few of the industries we serve are restaurants, property management, hospitality, retail, warehouses, schools and universities, and office buildings.
Termite Treatment and Control– Twin-Boro has been taking out termites for more than 40 years, and we don’t plan on stopping soon. We have refined our technique to a combination of bait stations and liquid treatments. Most work is done outdoors, but some indoor work may be necessary in the case of a severe infestation. Each year that you renew your termite control plan, bait stations and liquid applications will be replaced where needed.
Mosquito, Flea, and Tick Control– This plan is designed to protect your backyard from three of the most common warm-weather pests. We use a barrier approach around the perimeter of your yard. Your property will be treated for these pests a total of 7 times between April and October.
Ready to get started with a Twin-Boro pest control plan? Contact us today!