Pest Control FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Pests in Pennsylvania

  • What are the most common household pests?

Common household pests include insects such as ants, cockroaches, termites, flies, pantry pests and wasps as well as urban wildlife such as rodents, bats, and birds. Remember, most pests need food, water and a place to live. Eliminating any one of those elements will help significantly in controlling the pest. With that in mind, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to help keep their homes pest free.

  • Every now and then I see what appear to be winged black ants all over my living room floor. I assumed I had termites but a friend of mine said that carpenter ants look very similar. What is the difference between ants and termites?

Ants typically have elbowed antennae and the midsections of their bodies have "pinched waists." Termites have antennae that are not elbowed and the middles of their bodies are thicker and not thin or narrow. If wings are present, the front and back wings of ants will vary in shape and size, while the front and back wings in termites are very similar in shape and size.

  • How can I be sure that the pesticides being used in either over-the-counter products or by professionals are safe for my home and family?

Pesticides (which include disinfectants and other household cleaners as well) are intended to be safe to consumers and the pest professionals that use them. Before being approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a specified use against a target pest, pesticides must undergo stringent controlled tests and studies. After approval, pesticides are subject to strict laws, regulations and controls to ensure that they are used correctly and according to approved labels. In addition, pest management professionals are required to attend pesticide safety and applicator certification at least every two years in most states. All legally registered pesticides that are approved by EPA have a registration number on their label which also contains detailed instructions to ensure that when a pesticide is used according to these instructions it will not harm you, your family or your home. Since any substance can be harmful if used incorrectly, before using an over-the-counter pesticide, read the entire label and follow all instructions.

  • Why should I hire a pest management professional?

Professional pest managers are specialists that are educated, trained, and certified to handle pest management issues. Qualified pest management professionals have the necessary experience and tools to provide protection against irritating and destructive pests. Modern pest managers practice integrated pest management (IPM) where they first identify and monitor the offending pest and then design an effective program to control, manage or eliminate the pests from your home while protecting the safety of you, your family and your pets.
An exterminator in Pennsylvania from Colwell can help you with pest control in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pocono, Stroudsburg, Back Mountain, Honesdale, Mountain Top, Wyoming, and Monroe County.

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