Connecticut Pest Elimination, Inc Q&A
Are Carpenter Ants dangerous to my home?
Carpenter ants are a nuisance and 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 may be necessary.
Are the pest control products used dangerous to kids and pets?
Safety is our top priority. All of our service professionals have been trained in the proper application of materials to ensure a safe and healthy environment for your family and pets. All professional pest control products we use have been registered for use by the United States EPA.
How difficult are termites to treat?
Termites are nearly impossible for homeowners to treat on their own. On the other hand, CT Pest Elimination Inc. professionals have the training, expertise, and technology to eliminate termite infestations.
What are some things I can do inside my house to keep pests away?
- Keep all kitchen areas clean (including floors) and free of useless clutter. Kitchen appliances should be kept free of spills and crumbs. Clean shelves regularly and store foods such as cereal, flour, and dog food in resealable containers.
- Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly.
- Check pipes and pipe areas around the house for leaks, cracks, and gaps and seal and patch any problems if necessary. Leaky faucets should also be fixed.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. If you have mold and mildew in your home or office crawlspace, it’s a symptom of an excess moisture problem.
- Inspect boxes, grocery bags, and other packaging thoroughly. Insects have also been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage.
What can a homeowner do to prevent termites?
- Termites love moisture, if you have any moisture around the foundation of your home, avoid that.
- Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.
- Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from growing over and covering vents.
- Be sure to remove old form boards, grade stakes, etc., left in place after the building was constructed. Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building.
- Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil. An 18-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building is ideal.
- It doesn’t hurt to routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage.
What can I do outside of my house to keep pests away?
- Inspect and seal any cracks and holes outside your home. Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
- Check around the perimeter of your home for leaky faucets and anything that allows moisture to pool around the base of your home.
- Eliminate debris from gutters
- Trim tree branches and shrubbery from around your home.
- Store firewood and other wood at least 20 feet away from your home.
What questions should homeowners ask during a professional termite inspection/treatment?
- What type of treatment is recommended?
- How long will the treatment take?
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take to get rid of the termites?
- What type of contract or guarantee is offered?
- Are they a member of the National Pest Management Association?
Why should I hire a professional instead of attempting to control my pest problems by myself?
Just as you wouldn't prescribe medicine for yourself or drill your own cavities, you shouldn't attempt to control termites or other pests on your own. The products and the expertise offered by CT Pest Elimination Inc. far surpasses what a homeowner could do on their own. Leave it up to the experts for peace of mind. Why risk it?
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