Bugs Beware Pest Control serving Shawano, WI & surrounding areas in Wisconsin
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Question: How do I know if I need pest control service?

Answer: If you see a few ants, or one mouse, those few ants or one mouse may have many counterparts lurking where you can't see them. Left untreated, you could have a crisis.

Question: When I call Bugs Beware to come out for an inspection and estimate, what information do I need to have?

Answer: It is always a good idea to save a sample of what you have seen. An insect, even in poor condition, will often be good enough. Also, don't clean up evidence like droppings or fragments of body parts. Don't spray if possible. This will make it more difficult to diagnose the problem. Take time to write down notes on what you have seen. Where, when and how many are good starters. Also important is when you first started seeing the problem and was there an "event" that coincided with the sighting, like a heavy rain or snow. Diagnosing a pest problem can be a lot like detective work, finding clues in the beginning helps for an easier solution at the end.

Question: If I see a pest problem between services, will you come back?

Answer: Absolutely! As long as you have maintained your regular service, Bugs Beware will come back at no additional charge.

Question: What about rain?

Answer: All of the materials used in my pest management programs are designed for all weather conditions and products are applied with methods and in areas where they will resist degradation from the sun and rain.

Question: Are the products you use safe?

Answer: The United States has the highest safety testing standards in the world. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves all the products that Bugs Beware uses. Pesticides must pass more than 120 tests, some of which can detect even minor cancer-causing potential. It takes an average of 8-10 years to complete testing for a pesticide. An average of only 1 per 20,000 possible products makes it through testing. Testing is ongoing and standards are often raised. Specific testing looks for cancer, birth defects and other possible problems. Products that show an unacceptable hazard potential are rejected.

Question: Is your treatment safe for children and pets?

Answer: Whenever I use pesticides of any type, the overall rule is use them safely or not at all. When in your home, I use only the safest spectrum of products that are available when and if I need to use them at all. I use E.P.A. registered products and use the utmost care when it comes to your safety. I do recommend that children and pets should not be in the area that I am treating or on the treated area until dry.

Question: Do I have to leave my home when you come to treat?

Answer: Staying out of the area until the product has dried thoroughly can minimize exposure to pesticides by people and pets. About 30 to 60 minutes is the general rule taking in consideration the weather conditions. Even though I am not always required by law to ask you to leave your home during a service, Bugs Beware generally likes to take the extra precautionary step of making sure that I have plenty of room and access in order to give your pest problems the attention that they require. For outside treatments, such as power spraying, I ask that people and pets stay out of the yard for 3-4 hours. Once dry, the products are no longer readily absorbed by hands and paws. Pregnant women in the 1st or 3rd trimester and people with respiratory ailments may wish to be out longer and should consult their physician.

Question: My home was just treated and I am seeing dead insects. Should I be seeing this and what does it mean?

Answer: When I do perimeter application I place a repellent barrier but also one that will kill insects attempting to crawl through it. Crickets, carpenter ants, larger beetles and others will often be repelled but sometimes live long enough to get into the house and will end up on the floor. This is an indication that there maybe a lot of insects outside. It is also an indication that the product used is doing its job. Please call if you have questions about what you are seeing.

Question: Does Bugs Beware have a service to control mice?

Answer: The house mouse is one of the most common pests triggering a call to Bugs Beware. They are best dealt with using an integrated approach including exclusion, sanitation, and population reduction. Usually traps are employed to eliminate mice living inside buildings but rodenticide baits occasionally have some utility as well. Each account should be inspected and assessed for the best approach to use at each home/building.

Question: If a mouse eats the bait and then my cat eats the mouse, will my cat get sick?

Answer: No. Our rodent baits do not exhibit secondary poisoning. The small amount of bait that could remain undigested in a mouse will not be enough to do any harm.

Question: Should I check the bait stations in between services?
Answer: Please don't. Odors that we have on our hands are often repellent to mice and may inactivate the effectiveness of a bait station entirely.

Question: Do cockroaches spread disease?

Answer: Yes. Cockroaches are responsible for countless cases of food poisoning each year through the contamination of food and food preparation surfaces and tools. Salmonella, E. Coli and a host of other bacteria thrive in the gut of a cockroach and in eating the contents of the stomach will spill out to digest the food item so it can be lapped up, akin to the way a fly eats.

Question: How long does a carpenter ant live?

Answer: Carpenter ants live a very long time. The queen in the primary egg laying nest will live up to 25 years or so. A sterile female worker will live up to 7-8 years. This is of course unless they run into a bird, spider or Bugs Beware.

Question: Why do I see more carpenter ants inside since the technician was here to treat the outside perimeter?

Answer: If you are seeing more ants inside immediately following an exterior treatment, you may have a nest inside the home. The exterior banding is very repellent and ants nesting indoors will resist going outside to forage if they can avoid it. Treating just the outside is a good way to test and see if an inside nest exists indoors and since carpenter ants can migrate indoors overnight, you may have had a recent migration. Following a storm where larger trees may have been downed is the prime time for carpenter ants to migrate into your home.

Question: How do I know now if the ant I am seeing is a carpenter ant?

Answer: Carpenter ants display a few characteristics that make them different from other ant species. 1. They are usually large and black 2. They are nocturnal (more seen at night or early am) 3. They will usually be found more in bathroom and kitchen as they forage for water and food 4. They are movement sensitive. If they freeze in place when they become aware of you, it is likely a carpenter ant. Not all of them will do this but a few will display this relatively unique characteristic. 5. Their body structure is unique with a smooth and gradually sloping thorax and a petiole (small spur like organ) located at the junction of thorax and abdomen. The combination of these two easily seen characteristics makes it likely that what you are seeing is a carpenter ant 6. Seeing ant activity in the middle of the winter (large black ants)

Question: Can Carpenter Ants be dangerous to my home?

Answer: Carpenter ants can merely be a nuisance or a serious structural pest that needs to be addressed quickly. If the weather is mild and you happen to see one every few days, further inspection may be necessary. Try to locate the source. Seeing several daily is cause for concern and treatment maybe necessary.

Question: Do you have a question that does not appear here?

Answer: Please contact Bugs Beware today.

Bugs Beware Pest Control LLC
Scott Radies
, Owner
W5675 North Shore Drive
Shawano, Wisconsin 54166
715-851-1543
owner@bugs-beware.com
www.bugs-beware.com