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    geographical location 7 What can I do to prevent termites The most important thing is to remove the conducive conditions termites need to survive Termites love moisture avoid moisture accumulation around the foundation of your home Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts gutters and splash blocks Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation Prevent shrubs vines and other vegetation from growing over and covering vents Be sure to remove old form boards grade stakes etc left in place after the building was constructed Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building Most importantly eliminate any wood contact with the soil An 18 inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building is ideal It doesn t hurt to routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage 8 Does my insurance cover termite damage Homeowner s insurance does not cover termite damage 9 How are termites controlled A pest control professional will come in and treat the problem so that you can live comfortably in your home 10 What is the most effective type of termite treatment The Delaware Pest Control Association and the entire industry are committed to providing highly effective treatment options for all pest issues The most effective type of treatment depends upon the severity of the infestation the species of termite and the location and construction of the home or building A trained and licensed pest control operator can assess each infestation separately and recommend a rigorous treatment plan that will effectively control the termite population 11 How difficult are termites to treat Termites are nearly impossible for homeowners to treat on their own On the other hand pest control professionals have the training expertise and technology to eliminate termite infestations 12 How much does a

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    other than termites cause damage Absolutely Carpenter ants carpenter bees and powder post beetles are all categorized as wood destroying insects That s why it s important to have a professional identify the source of your problem and provide the

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    have reported bed bug activity on a national scale Bedbugs are being found from the East to the West Coast and everywhere in between 4 Why are bedbugs so hard to treat Bedbegs should NOT be equated with filth or sanitation problems in hotels or in homes for that matter Bedbugs are VERY elusive transient and nocturnal pests They are often found in other areas besides the bed And they are hardy They can live for a year or more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 113 degrees Fahrenheit Bedbugs CAN be controlled with vigilance and constant inspection and treatment by professional pest control companies 5 Are bedbugs hard to control No They simply require the expertise and constant attention of a pest control professional 6 What can a consumer do to protect themselves from bedbug infestations To prevent bedbug infestations consumers need to be vigilant in assessing their surroundings When returning from a trip check your luggage and clothing If you think you may have a bed bug infestation contact a pest control professional This is not a pest that can be controlled with do it yourself measures 7 Why are bed bugs an issue for hotels visitors and homeowners Bed bugs leave itchy bloody welts on human skin Adult bed bugs can live for a year without eating making them especially hard to control Once inside a hotel or home bed bugs spread rapidly from room to room through pipes in vacuum cleaners on clothing and luggage In a hotel bed bugs can even spread to neighboring rooms since guests are may end up moving to another room 8 Are bedbugs just in beds Bedbugs are not just in beds They can be in chair cushions sofas behind electrical

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    treatment be more harmful than the mosquitoes Many homeowners erroneously believe that all pest management professionals do is spray chemicals to treat their homes This is simply not true anymore Many pest management professionals today use an Integrated Pest Management or IPM approach IPM controls pests by getting rid of the three things they need to survive food shelter and water And consumer education is a vital part of any IPM program This approach consists of inspection identification of the pests employment of two or more control measures and evaluation of effectiveness through follow up inspections Control measures include mechanical methods such as caulking sealing and sanitation biological methods such as encouraging pest eating birds or fish cultural methods and when warranted chemical methods When applied professionally and used according to label instructions professional pest management products that have been registered with the U S Environmental Protection Agency pose little threat to humans or pets 6 How often should a property be treated for mosquitos The length of effectiveness is dependent upon several variables including temperature humidity surfaces treated materials or control methods employed The time lapse between treatments depends upon these factors and specifically the materials used 7 Can treatment of mosquitos affect our health Every care is taken when such pest management products are being used When licensed professionals use them in accordance with EPA approved labeling these products pose little threat to humans or pets 8 Can a family stay at home while their home is being treated or immediately after Yes 9 Why should homeowners consult a pest management professional instead of letting the public health department handle mosquito management Not every community provides municipal mosquito management Only a concerted community wide effort can properly manage these pests and reduce the risks associated with them Therefore

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    months 4 Why shouldn t homeowners try to control stinging insects without the help of a trained professional Many types of stinging insects such as yellow jackets are social insects They will sting to protect themselves and members of their colony The insects give off pheromones which cause other members of the colony to react as well The chaotic reaction is too dangerous for a homeowner to address alone 5 What will a professional do to control stinging insects The first step in controlling any pest is to identify it correctly There are many kinds of beneficial flies that closely resemble wasps and there are many kinds of solitary wasps such as sand wasps which also look exactly the same as yellow jackets but pose a lower hazard After the type of pest is identified there are a variety of control methods that a professional could take Many pest control professionals practice a new technique called integrated pest management or IPM This technique involves removing the pest s food water and shelter In the case of stinging insects this could involve cleaning up your yard and sanitizing outdoor areas The professional will use appropriate steps and techniques to address the particular type of infestation Vacuuming is a new technique in stinging insect control 6 Can stinging insects also be a property threat Certain species of stinging insects can pose a large property threat Carpenter bees are wood destroying insects that can cause serious structural damage if not caught in time and properly controlled 7 What can a homeowner do to avoid an unwanted encounter with a stinging insect Homeowners can take a clue from the professionals and practice integrated pest management to avoid stinging insects and other types of pests Again it is important to consult a pest management professional

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