Frequently Asked Questions About Pest Control
We get asked the same general set of questions about Pest Control over and over. To help you - the reader, we've decided to collect and answer some of the most common:
How much is a pest control service?
In the state of Texas, the average cost for pest control solutions runs about $80 for a standard home, though this can vary greatly. During the spring months (particularly when residents start getting ants) costs can rise to around $125. For commercial services, pest prevention prices can range anywhere from $250 to upwards of $1,000 per month.
Our combo Pest Control + Termite Treatment plans start as low as $50. By combining pest control and termite treatments into one plan (instead of charging you for each service separately) we're able to get you the treatments you need at a price you can afford.
Is getting pest control worth it?
Depending on where you live, yes. Particularly if you live in an area that is prone to having larger infestations like ants or roaches, then yes it would be worth getting pest control services. Some pests can become a health concern for your family or pets, and if you do have pets for example that eat food from the table - or you have small children in your home - then it could pose a serious health risk to you and your family.
By having a professional pest control solutions tech assess your bug problems, he or she will be able to apply the correct chemical, pesticide, or trap to solve your problem. Certified pest control companies are required to hold a license to do their work. These companies are regulated by the state and are required to adhere to the rules and regulations and treatments written in the Texas Pest Control Guide.
What's the difference between pest control and exterminators?
Many pest management companies use these terms interchangeably with one another; however they are two entirely different things. Pest control companies are typically smaller operations that only offer a few types of services. Exterminators are usually larger companies that provide a wide array of services like termite control for example. By having a licensed exterminator come to your home and assess your pest problems, they will be able to determine exactly what services are necessary to get rid of the pests in your home. Exterminators usually offer both residential and commercial services, and can typically handle very large infestations in a short amount of time.
Can I do pest control myself?
While some people attempt to take care of pest problems on their own - a typical homeowner is not usually equipped to do so. Pest control services are a very technical process that requires specific knowledge and training to perform correctly. With a large number of different pests that inhabit both homes and businesses in Texas, it's very rare that a homeowner would be able to properly identify what type of treatment and pest prevention should be used for them.
When it comes to termite control, things get even MORE complex quickly. There are several different species of termites that live in the Texas and can cause significant structural damage. At our company, we use the patented Sentricon® System with Always ActiveTM baiting technology. This type of termite control system effectively draws termites into a bait station where they can be eliminated and monitored. As a bonus, the Sentricon® System includes a termite service warranty.
How often should you get your house sprayed for bugs? How do I get rid of roaches permanently?
This answer varies quite a bit from region to region. Generally speaking, most people should get their house sprayed every other month if they're not currently having a problem. If you're having a problem or know you're about to (i.e. ants or roaches) - then it should be sprayed every month or every other month. For termites, we recommend getting an inspection every 5 years or so.
Specifically in the state of Texas, the same recommendation holds true. In areas such as Dallas and Houston where there are high levels of humidity, the typical recommendation would be to get your house sprayed every 2 months during spring, summer, and fall months. However, if you can exclude termites and other pests from getting into your home in the first place - you may be able to shave off months off of your treatments and save hundreds of dollars over the life of the plan.