The X-Terminator FAQ
The X-Terminator receives several frequently asked questions about various types of pest control. Read the following questions and answers below to see if they address the inquiries you have.
Why should I hire a professional pest control company instead of doing it myself?
Many customers end up wasting time and money buying and applying over-the-counter products that just don’t work. These products also contain harsh chemicals, whereas our products do not. Save yourself time and money in the long run by calling The X-Terminator right away—we’ll get rid of bugs the right way quickly.
How long will the pest extermination process take?
It depends on many factors, such as the type of pest, the size of the property, and how severe the infestation is. A routine service will take less than an hour while a rodent problem may require multiple extended visits.
Is there anything I should do to prepare my home prior to the treatment?
We advise you to remove pet food, water dishes, exposed food items, and children’s toys from the areas we need to treat.
If the exterior of my house or yard is sprayed right before it rains, will the treatment wash away?
While they do need some time to dry, treatments are still effective even if it rains.
How often should I get a termite inspection?
Every year, no matter the age or condition of the home.
Will I have to leave my home for the service?
For most pest control services, you do not have to leave at all. There are certain medical conditions where we would recommend the customer leave the area; for example, those on oxygen should leave the home until the dust settles. Other services may require you to leave your home—for example; flea, and some roach treatments, require that you leave the home for four to six hours.
Frequently Asked Pest Control Questions
What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?
Because bed bugs usually come out at night while you’re sleeping, you may never see one unless the infestation is really bad. A surefire sign is a row of two or more very itchy bites on your skin that may look like a red or purple welt. By inspecting the edge and underside of your mattress, you may also find bed bug droppings, molting shells, or living bed bugs. Also check couches, baseboards, flooring, desks, chairs, bookshelves, and even computers.
It’s important to be vigilant. Not only do bed bugs feed when everyone is sleeping, but about 30% of people don’t have reactions to them. That means you could have them and pass them to friends and family without even knowing.
What strategies do you use to control and kill bed bugs?
To control them, you must wash all your clothes and linens and dry them on high heat for over twenty minutes. Then they must be put into garbage bags until the entire treatment is done.
Contrary to popular wisdom, do not throw out your furniture or mattresses. Whether we use a spray, heat, or fumigation, everything in the apartment must be treated before it leaves the apartment.
What is the difference between a bed bug heat treatment and a bed bug chemical treatment?
During heat or thermal treatment, we will seal off your home or apartment. Then we will use specially designed heaters to raise the interior temperature to one that will be lethal to bed bugs.
Chemical treatments are typically performed with a spray technique. You will be asked to leave the property for enough time so that the pesticides are no longer a danger to humans.
How safe are your treatments for my home and family?
Neither the chemical nor thermal treatments are dangerous to objects and things if the proper precautions are followed. Depending on the treatment you require, we will provide you with this information after the inspection.
Do I have to vacate the home during the treatment and for any period of time afterward?
For bed bugs, cockroaches, and other treatments, you will have to vacate the home during a limited period of time. We will provide you with more precise information after the pest inspection.
What should I do to prepare for your visit?
We will provide you with a full program to help you prepare for the visit. All the information will be provided once we know what type of infestation you have.
How do I know the pests won’t return?
Unfortunately, there are few guarantees when it comes to pests. However, our follow-up inspections help establish an effective treatment plan. We provide our clients with a range of pest deterrents that keep them out. We will also provide you with a detailed list of recommendations to ensure that they stay away.
I have been hearing noises coming from my attic, basement, or within the walls. Could you help me identify what may be nesting or harboring in my home?
Yes! It sounds like it’s time to call us for a pest inspection. It could be any number of insects, rodents, mammals, or birds.
There are a lot of wasps flying around, and I think there may be a nest nearby. What should I do?
Call us right away. We will perform a detailed inspection of your entire premisses. We will locate the nest and create an action plan to eliminate it. Wasps can be very aggressive, so we recommend that you stay away and wait for the professionals.