Common Phoenix Pest Control Exterminator Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need Pest Control?

By definition, pests are nuisances. They disrupt the sanctity and peace of daily life for humans and domestic animals alike. They also can carry harmful diseases like Lyme disease, Chagas disease and even Plague. In Arizona specifically, we deal with a preponderance of dangerous insects that bite and sting like scorpions, black widows, brown recluses, bed bugs, fleas, ticks and many others. Phoenix pest control exterminator companies focus on these pests and many more when preventing and treating residential and commercial infestations, outbreaks and invasions.

Why do I need a regular Phoenix pest control services

Regular Phoenix pest control and exterminator treatments are necessary to keep pests out of your home or business space. Most pest control products on the market are designed to last around a maximum of 45-60 days, and should be periodically reapplied in order to create a protective barrier around the exterior of your home. Also, pests can be extremely adaptive and resilient to pest control products and therefore require frequent applications to eliminate a pest problem. In our state specifically, pest control and exterminator treatment services are recommended every 1-2 months in order to keep your spaces secure and sanitary.

How do I know what kind of pest control service I need?

At Insectek we employ the highest moral and ethical standards for treatments, and therefore we do not recommend anything our customers do not need. Instead we focus on understanding the pest activity and pest tolerance of a client before making a recommendation. As your locally owned, operated and vested pest control exterminator experts, we believe earning your business based on what you need, and not what we want to try and sell you instead, will keep your loyalty, trust and business for years to come. Try out our recommendation app below to find out what kind of service is best for you.

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Why do I still see bugs here and there when I have an exterminator service?

Insects have been roaming the earth for millions of years and therefore have a tremendous advantage on us humans. They have mastered the art of staying alive under harsh conditions, and are very adept at making sure their offspring do too. The pest control products that are available to professionals, like the Phoenix pest control exterminators at Insectek, have to balance the important task of eliminating as many pests as possible—while at the same time making sure they are safe for you, your family and of course your pets. Therefore, the exterminator team at Insectek Pest Solutions utilizes the best and safest products available, but in most cases cannot treat every single pest with one pass of the wand.

Are the products your exterminator uses safe for my family and pets?

The products on the market our exterminator technicians use in your home undergo rigorous research, development and testing first at the manufacturer level, then at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and finally, in many cases through the State Department of Agriculture. Even with this multiple layer system it is important to have an educated understanding of, and conservative respect for the pest control products that are applied in and around your home. In most cases, a person or pet should stay out the treated area until the pest control solution is dry. Our Phoenix pest control and exterminator team will provide you with a detailed service report that states the name of each product used, as well as where it was applied. If you ever have any questions about a specific product we used, please reach out to us so that labels and material data safety sheets can be provided.

What is considered a “green” pest control treatment?

A green or organic pest control treatment is any treatment that uses a naturally occurring, non-synthetically altered or enhanced pesticide. These products are usually botanical, and they have proven to be quite effective overall. However, they do sometimes lack the residual power of synthetic versions that have been created by scientists in laboratories.

What are the most dangerous pests in Arizona?

There are many dangerous pests in Arizona that not only cause painful bites and stings, but also that can pass on dangerous diseases. These pests include scorpions, black widows, brown recluse spider, ticks, fleas, assassin bugs and rodents. The Phoenix pest control exterminator team at Insectek is very knowledgeable and experienced where these pests, and many others indigenous to Arizona are concerned.

Termites

Are there different kinds of termites?

Yes! In fact, there are over 2000 species of termites around the world and 45 kinds of termites found in the United States. The main species of termites that we come across in the United States include Subterranean termites, Formosan termites, Dampwood termites, and Drywood termites.

How can you recognize a termite infestation?

      1. Pay attention for winged termites around your property. These are otherwise known as “alates” or “swarmers”. In most cases, these swarmers show up around the rainy season or shortly thereafter.
      2. Identify the termite’s tunnel, which is usually thin, long and mud-like. The tunnels can be found along the exterior foundation or sometimes hanging from ceilings or attached to interior drywall.
      3. Does it look like you have a termite problem? Give us a call for an immediate inspection. Identifying the entirety of the infestation is vital to ensure that your home becomes termite free.

Does homeowners insurance cover termite damage?

While damage from termites is usually not covered, everyone’s situation is different. The best method of finding out if your homeowner’s insurance covers termite damage is to call your insurance providers and ask!

Does homeowners insurance cover termite damage?

While no termite infestation is the same, in many cases, termites can be eliminated in one treatment. However, many factors such as the size of the colony, severity of the infestation, and pre-existing home foundation issues can increase the treatment and elimination timelines.

Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small flies that rely on blood as a food supply, which they consume through a small needle-like tube. They are often found in tropical areas or near standing water.

Can mosquitoes carry malaria?

Mosquitoes can carry malaria, however, only a few species of mosquitoes are capable of transmitting the disease. Only female mosquitoes of the Anopheles genus can carry the disease and transmit it to other animals.

How often should you treat your property for mosquitoes?

Mosquito treatments are applied to the outdoor area surrounding your home. They usually last about 30 days but may vary due to weather conditions.

Scorpions

Are all scorpions poisonous?

Not every scorpion is poisonous for humans. In fact, only 25 of the 1,500 known species of scorpions have a sting that is potent enough to be considered dangerous to humans. However, the most dangerous scorpion, the Bark Scorpion, calls Arizona home. A tell-tale sign of venomous scorpions is usually having a thick tail and small pincers.

What should I do if a scorpion stings me?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Most scorpion stings don’t need medical treatment. But if symptoms are severe, you may need to receive care in a hospital.” If you feel that you are showing signs of a serious scorpion sting, contact a medical professional as soon as possible to ensure that your medical needs are addressed properly.

Do scorpions lay eggs?

Scorpions do use eggs for reproduction, but, instead of laying the eggs in a nest, female scorpions keep her fertilized eggs with her until they hatch. Once they hatch, the baby scorpions will stay clung onto the back of their mother until they are mature.