Routine professional pest control can stop a brewing infestation you’re unaware of, before it becomes a worse problem, proving a danger for your home and your health. Not only will they take care of a current pest problem, the best pest control technicians will implement treatment solutions that will better prevent pests from invading your home in the future.
In this blog, we’ll be looking at:
- How often do you need to get pest control?
- What types of pest control services are there?
- Routine pest control plans
- Best pest prevention practices
How Often Do You Need to Get Pest Control?
Your property and its surrounding environment differ from other households across the Valley, so there’s no one-size-fits-all pest control solution that you could bank on being successful.
A professional pest control technician will assess your unique case and develop a strategy specific to your pest problem, including frequency of treatment.
Properties in areas with a higher risk for pests will do well with quarterly pest control treatment. For homes with less frequent pest issues, yearly treatments may be appropriate.
How Long Does Pest Control Last?
How long a pesticide lasts varies, depending on the pest targeted, the method used, and the ingredients of the solution.
The strongest pest control treatments often last up to 90 days, and with improved mixes and eco-friendly solutions, they are often much more effective than older extermination methods.
Make sure to ask your pest control technician about the products they are using on your property – the best pest providers will itemize each product used in your treatment and inform you about what you should expect throughout the process.
What Types of Pest Control Services Are There?
The frequency of your pest control treatments depends on many factors assessed by your local pest technicians, including the type and size of the infestation you’re dealing with.
Bimonthly / Monthly Pest Control Services
Arizonans typically receive bi-monthly pest control treatment to stave off the likes of scorpions, ants, and roaches, while some homeowners benefit just fine with monthly services. It all depends on the particular risks of your property’s geographics.
Quarterly Pest Control Services
In rare cases, some homeowners have quarterly pest services, but this is far from common in Arizona. There are many critters and rodents looking for food and shelter, and whatever you see outside, you’re likely to see inside – without proper and regularly scheduled care.
Seasonal Pest Control Services
Great for the fluctuating Arizona climate, seasonal pest control specifically targets pest problems typically revolving around changes in the seasons, including spiders, rodents, or subterranean termites that are more prevalent after the monsoon season, for example.
Some situations may call for One-Time pest servicing, but rarely do pests effectively respond to a single treatment; it’s expected for any pest problem to take several treatments before finally ridding it for good.
There are plenty of ways to customize your pest control services, and the best companies will offer unique plans fitting your home and pest conditions.
Routine Pest Control Plans
Some of the anxiety that comes with moving into a new place is not knowing the pest conditions you’ll face. You likely haven’t observed the property throughout all the seasonal changes and weather conditions, you may be moving in from completely different regional conditions and are unaware of what sort of pest problems are common in the area, and you’re not sure how well-sealed your new home is for fending off intruding bugs and rodents.
Pest Control in Houses and New Homes
Whether you’re a prospective home buyer or have just been given the keys to a new property, you should know what pest problems might exist. Even in brand-new built houses, the property around it can present nesting opportunities for pests, and they may be attracted to your food or shelter as soon as you move in.
Similarly, even if you have moved into an older home that has been appraised and had pest control treatment, you might not know the full story. The previous owners may not have been getting high-quality or eco-friendly pest control, or they may have been ignoring ongoing issues.
Related: Buying a Home? A Pest Services History Check is a Must
Establish a relationship with a local pest control company you can trust, and start developing routine pest control for your home.
Pest Control in Apartments
Apartments are certainly not safe from pest infestations. In fact, there are plenty of unique problems that pests in apartments can create. While there is typically less yard to draw attention to bugs and rodents, the proximity of other tenants can make an infestation spread like wildfire – even if you aren’t at fault for attracting them.
When you get pest control services in an apartment, they will likely treat entryways, cracks and crevices, baseboards, and gaps around appliances and furniture. It is generally the responsibility of the landlord to pay for pest control services in apartments, and we recommend proactively having this discussion prior to moving in.
Related: How to Handle Termites in Apartments
Best Pest Prevention Practices
Regardless of what type of residence you live in, these best pest prevention practices can go a long way in helping keep your home safe from an otherwise avoidable pest infestation.
Be sure to:
- Wipe down surfaces and sweep regularly
- Store food – including pet food – properly in airtight containers
- Trim back shrubs and plants that lean onto your property
- Eliminate clutter and debris that pests may nest in
- Remove standing water from your property if possible.
The most crucial element of long-term pest control is a reputable company that will guide you every step of the way in protecting your home.