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4 Pest Control Treatment Questions

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Do you need to schedule a professional pest control treatment? If this is your first pest service, take a look at the top questions homeowners have about extermination answered. 

Why Hire a Professional? 

With dozens of DIY treatments, baits, sprays, and other products available in stores and online, you may wonder why you should start with a professional service. Even though the do-it-yourself option may seem like a cost-saving approach, it could add unnecessary expenses to the extermination process, raise the risk of a repeat infestation, or cause a home hazard. 

A pest control professional has the knowledge, skills, experience, and materials to accurately and permanently destroy nests, colonies, and more. The professional can inspect your home and find the source of the pest problem (such as ant colony nest), identify the problematic pest, and choose the best way to exterminate the invader. A contractor also has access to products and other extermination materials that are not available to the general public (anyone without the proper license) or online.

Is One Treatment Enough to Stop the Problem?

The answer to this question depends on the pest you want to control. A one-time treatment may eradicate the pests you can see. But it's possible the invaders could come back. This makes it important to discuss routine services and preventative treatments with the professional. The exterminator can eliminate the initial issue and create a service schedule that protects your home in the future.

Is It Safe to Treat Homes if You Have Children or Pets?

There is no universal or one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Some extermination products aren't safe to use around humans or animals, while others may not pose a threat. Along with the types of products (chemical composition) used to exterminate the pests, the placement of the materials can either increase or decrease general safety.

Let the pest contractor know about young children or pets who live in your home before you start a treatment plan. The professional may need to adjust the products they use or select different approaches to treatment. 

How Long Will It Take for the Treatment to Work Completely?

Some control methods are not immediate. You may notice pests moving towards bait or coming out of cracks and crevices in search of water. You may also see dead bugs/pests as the treatment starts to work. The specific amount of time that it takes for a treatment to work depends on the pest, the size of the infestation, and the type of products the professional uses. 

To find out more, contact pest control services.