Knowledge is Power!
When it comes to pests, we're the experts. When you deal with Responders Pest Control, we make it our mission to pass our knowledge on to you. One quick call to our professional team of exterminators will ensure you have factual information that relates to your current pest problem. Best of all, we'll help you understand what tools will help you keep your home free of pests once the current infestation is eliminated.
How Do We Do It?
If you're like most people, a problem with bed bugs brings up a lot of questions. If you've tried calling other companies you've probably talked to a busy receptionist who was happy to schedule (and charge you for) a visit from one of their exterminators.
When you have a pest problem, a discussion with a receptionist is not what you require. A word with a pest control expert is what you need. An expert can answer questions like:
- How do you know what kind of problem you have?
- How do you prepare?
- What will eliminate the problem cost?
Too many pest control companies aren't interested in answering your questions. At Responders, we connect you with a professional exterminator as quickly as possible. We welcome your questions and the opportunity to provide answers. Even as we move through the treatment, there is always time for any question that comes to your mind. You can also plan on having access to the best customer support in the area after the treatments are done. That's because we want your home to remain pest-free.
What Kind of Bug is This?
If you've found an insect in your home and have no idea what kind it is, don't panic. Catch it between two pieces of Scotch tape or in a small clear resealable plastic bag. Use your smartphone to take a few images. Contact us right away and forward the photos to use by email or text. We'll identify the pest and tell you what it will take to eliminate the infestation.
How Do I Know If I Have One Bug or Thousands?
Finding one bug in the house may or may not be a big deal. There are times when a stray one wanders into the home and is discovered quickly. At other times, noticing some type of bug or rodent scurrying along a baseboard is a bit like viewing the tip of an iceberg.
The only way to know for sure is to give us a call. We'll conduct a complete home inspection and determine if what you saw was something of an anomaly or if there are thousands of unwelcome guests settling into your walls, in the attic, and deep into the insulation. Depending on what we find, we can help you get rid of the pests. Our team can also recommend some changes that prevent more pests from getting into your home.
Do I Really Need to Call Now?
The thing about household pests is that they are not going to go away just because you want them gone. A more likely scenario is that the pests will lay eggs or reproduce at a rate that leads to a full-scale problem that multiplies faster than you thought possible.
Even if you believe there isn't any real issue yet, calling us now makes sense. In the best case scenario, we'll confirm that only a few pests have invaded the home and take care of them. We'll also identify the most likely points of entry and provide you with suggestions on how to keep the pests from gaining access a second time.
In the worst case scenario, we'll find that the infestation is in full swing and there's no time to waste. When you call us at the first sign of a problem, what you are really doing is preventing rodents from ripping your insulation to shreds, wreaking havoc with the home wiring, and protecting your clothing from becoming the stuff that nests are made of.
Are Home Treatments a Good Investment?
When you first call us for pest control services, our focus is on evaluating the problem and taking care of it as quickly as possible. Once that's done, we'll talk with you about what can be done to keep the same problem from developing again. Along with closing points of entry and other immediate solutions, our team will discuss the idea of periodic treatments inside and outside that keep pests at bay.
With our service contracts, you will learn why having the home treated monthly or semi-monthly reduces the chances of having another infestation. Remember that it's not just about preventing the same type of pest from getting into your home. It's also about understanding what kind of pests are common in your area and using those treatments as a proactive means of keeping them from returning.
What we want for every one of our customers is the comfort of living in a pest-free home. Whether that means getting rid of an existing problem with heat treatment or taking steps to prevent one from developing in the future, we have the knowledge and the skill to help. Call today and learn more about what we have to offer.
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, or rodents.
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.