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When it comes to your home or business, pesky bugs can make things unpleasant. Choosing a pest control specialist in Blairstown NJ can be frustrating and expensive if you don’t choose the right one. Here’s a look at six things you should know about finding an exterminator:
1. Ask Around and Read the Reviews
Simply asking neighbors and colleagues might be the way to go. As a general rule, ask someone you trust to refer you. You can also use various online sources to read reviews and comments about different companies.
2. Set a Budget and Shop Around
Pest control services can be expensive, especially if severe damage to your property has occurred. Having an appropriate budget will allow you to narrow down your selection and motivate negotiation. Most companies offer a free estimate, so be sure to get price estimates from several different companies for cost comparisons.
3. Stay Local
Although major pest control companies may seem like the best choice, that isn’t always the case. Using a local specialist in your area is a great option. A local exterminator will understand the area and climate. In addition, they will most likely give you an accurate account of the problem and determine a better solution.
4. Communicate the Scope of Your Needs
One of the most important components of finding someone to fix your bug problem is clear, concise communication. Give them specific details about the problem, where it is, and any other solutions you have already tried. This will help your specialist determine what the right treatment and the tools they will need.
5. Make Sure They Are Licensed
Depending on where you live, the qualifications for being a pest control specialist may be different. When choosing the right fit for the job, do a little digging and make sure that their license and insurance is valid.
6. Read the Service Agreement Before You Sign
Before treating your property, ask to see the service agreement. Read it carefully. There can sometimes be hidden fees that you didn’t know about. Be sure to get a copy of the agreement to keep on file. It is advisable to walk through the property with the professional so that he or she can explain the process in detail.
7. Make Your Search Easy by Taking Precautions
No one ever intentionally brings bugs and critters onto their Blairstown New Jersey property, and searching for an exterminator can be frustrating. Taking preventative measures can help you avoid the search. In eating and storage areas, always put food items away in sealed containers. It’s also important to ensure that your home is properly sealed. This includes adding screens on your windows and doors and checking around the property for any damage in the foundation.
When it comes to preventing a bug problem, there isn’t a perfect science. Pest maintenance is an integral part of being a property owner. Finding a specialist that you can work with and trust to alleviate the problem can be hard. Once you find someone you can trust, build and maintain that relationship!
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Some Common Q & A’s
What Chickens Are Best For Pest Control?
I'M In Need Of Some Chickens To Clean Up My Black Widow And Earwig Community That Seems To Be Over Tsking My Yard. What Are The Best Chickens To Use? My Mother In Law Says Big Ones, But Which Are The Big Ones?
Buff Orrpingtons are really big chickens, and quite tame too, like to be petted. But if you want a bird to get rid of bugs, guineas are the best bug catchers and they don't damage other plants like chickens do. Guineas will keep pests out of a vegetable garden while chickens will eat many of the vegetables along with the bugs- especially tomatoes and any greens.
I Need A Really Good Bed Bug Exterminator.?
So I'M Only 13 And I Have A Bed Bug Problem And I'M Freaking Out. So Far Its Only In My Room (Everyone Else Checked Their Beds And Sprayed As Precaution) But I Don'T Know If We Have Enough Money For An Exterminator But I Need One Because Spraying Isn'T Helping Any. Please Help, I Wake Up Hyperventilating And Crying Because It Scares Me..... I Need A Great Exterminator That Will Come Back And Do It Again If They Don'T Get Them The First Time.
Since you're 13, this is really something your parents should handle.
Talk to them. Show them your bites and let them find and pay for an exterminator.
What'S The Average Price An Exterminator Charges For Mice Problems?
I'Ve Already Killed 3 And I'M Really Starting To Get Worried About How Many Are Left. Any Input Is Greatly Appreciated.
are they Gray mice? lol
Is It Better To Hire A Company For Pest Control?
I Just Bought My First Home Last Fall. The House Is Near Some Pretty Big Fields. We'Ve Already Had Ants, Spiders And Crickets In The House. I'M Just Wondering If It'S Better To Pay The Money For A Pest Control Company Or If Something Like Ortho Home Defense Max Is Worth The Saved Money.
If you take the time to properly seal your home then in most cases you will never need pest control...done by you or anyone else.
Learning to do pest control isn't rocket science but it does take understanding the pest(s) behavior you are dealing with. All pests, like people, need food, water, and shelter. If your home doesn't provide them or limits them; pests won't be a problem.
Bifenthrin, the active ingredient in Ortho Home Defense is the same as that in professional Talstar. If I remember correctly the difference is Talstar is 0.05% Bifenthrin and Home Defense 0.06%. So not a big difference. Ortho Home Defense is an excellent product for consumers. What pros have that consumers don't are a few products that are non-repellent, meaning that insects get into it without knowing or being repelled by it. These however are limited in their use and most of the time pros use other products.
Doing one's own pest control is doable by anyone willing to put in the time. Weather reduces the active life of any pesticide so it will be necessary to apply a complete perimeter treatment bi-monthy or monthly...monthly, in my opinion, bi-monthly (or longer) service is designed by pest control companies to double the amount of work each technician can do in a month. After all, if microencapsulated insecticide (long lasting insecticide encased in tiny plastic capsules) lasts only 21 days (in ideal conditions) then during that month (or more), bugs ought to be plenty active.
My Dogs Have Fleas, Should We Call An Exterminator?
We Found One Flea In Our Dogs Last Night And Im Scared There Might Be Fleas Lurking Around The House. They Stay In A Closed Room In Our Basement For Basically The Whole Day Until I Come Home At And Let Them Go Outside. They Also Spend Time In Our Family Room During The Evenings, On The Floor Of Course But Sometimes They Will Jump Onto The Couches For A Few Seconds Until We Put Them Them Back On The Floor. Thats The Only 2 Places They Are Allowed To Be But Im Scared That Fleas Might Be Lurking The House, So Should I Call An Exterminator? Or Is It Too Early For Them To Be Hatching Eggs?
Get rid of fleas on your pet using flea shampoo. Fleas usually come into your home on the body of a warm-blooded creature such as your dog or cat, then multiply.
Religiously clean surfaces where your dog or cat spends the most time. These are the areas where fleas, eggs, larvae and pupae are most likely to be found. This includes cleaning concrete floors in basements and garages.
Vacuum carpets thoroughly and often. Even if you already have an active infestation, vacuuming can pick up adult fleas as well as pupae.
Use flea granules in the nap of your carpet. These can be applied once a year and remain active for the whole year. They are safe and effective.
Spray carpets with an insecticide such as micro-encapsulated pyrethrins. Repeated applications may be necessary. Use chemicals with caution and read labels carefully.
Combine the insecticide (which will kill adult fleas) with a growth regulator, which will break the life cycle of the flea. Follow directions carefully.
Call a pest control company if your efforts are unsuccessful. Such companies are well-equipped to deal with flea infestations.
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