Are your materials safe?
All products are approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency and when used according to label directions present no significant health risk. Material Safety Data Sheets for all of our products are available upon request.

 

What’s the difference between an ant and a termite?
There are three ways to distinguish a swarming termite from a swarming ant:
  • Antenna: A termite has a straight antenna; an ant possesses an elbowed antenna.
  • Waist: A termite has a broad waist; an ant’s waist is pinched/slender.
  • Wings: Both pairs of wings on a termite are equal in size, while the second pair of wings on an ant is shorter than the first pair.
How do you get rid of termites?
There are several different techniques that we use to eliminate termites from a structure. It will be necessary to inspect the house first to determine the best method for your particular situation. There is no charge for the inspection and estimate.

 

What is a termite swarm?
A termite swarm occurs when male and female winged termites exit the colony on mating flights, to start new colonies. Subterranean termites usually swarm between January and April while drywood termites swarm during the summer months. In both cases, the time of the swarm depends on where you live and the weather. Most people become aware of termites after they swarm inside the home, which signals that there is a termite infestation in the walls or ceilings. Swarmers emerge from small holes made by worker termites and the swarm will last about 40 minutes.

 

I have been seeing big black ants in and around my home. What are they and can they do damage to my home?
These are most likely carpenter ants and while not as voracious as termites they are classified as a wood-destroying insects. They will often times chew the wood to make hollow “galleries” in their efforts to establish a suitable nesting site. They are often found in areas of the structure where moisture exists, as this wood is much easier for them to attack.

 

I have little orange and black ladybugs all over my home. What can I do about them?
These are Asian ladybeetles. They, like boxelder bugs, come onto homes in large numbers in the fall as they attempt to find a suitable harborage site to spend the winter (usually on the sunny side of the home). In the spring you may see them inside the home as they start to emerge. An exterior application of residual insecticide when they first come onto the home in the fall will greatly reduce the number that survives the winter.
How effective are baits for controlling cockroaches?
Cockroach baits are an effective way to get rid of cockroaches when placed properly.  This kind of treatment relies on every cockroach in a population to feed on the bait before the infestation can be eliminated.  Baits should be combined with other control efforts, such as crack and void treatments, to ensure the infestation is eliminated.  Knowing exactly which treatment options to use is where the experience of a Certified Advanced Pest Control Technician can help.

 

Is it possible to get rid of cockroaches and keep them from coming back?
Cockroaches can be eliminated from a home, but reinfestations can occur depending on the particular species involved and where your home is situated.  Outdoor cockroaches, like the large smoky browns in the Southeast or Oriental cockroaches in the Northeast and Midwest, may continually try to enter a home from the outside.  Regular exterior cockroach control, in addition to sealing outside cracks and holes in walls, can help limit such invasions. In addition to keeping an uncluttered and clean environment especially in kitchen and (trash bin areas’)

 

What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They’re known as bed bugs because they like to nest in beds and feed on the blood of sleeping people.
Although bed bugs have not been proven to transmit any disease, their bites can cause itchy welts on the skin and may lead to secondary infections

 

What are typical signs of bed bugs?
Signs include bite symptoms, small brown spots (fecal spots) on bedding and small blood smears on sheets.
Small translucent bed bug eggs may be found in tucks and folds of the mattress and box spring, behind headboards, along baseboards, behind light switches and many more hiding places in the room.

 

How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Advanced Termite offers safe, effective treatments along with monitoring products to ensure the infestation is resolved as quickly as possible.
How can I prevent spiders from entering my home?
you can take the following steps to minimize spiders from entering in your home:

 

  • Seal all cracks around windows and doorframes and around light fixtures, vents and ceiling fans.
  • Seal all openings around pipes under the sink and behind appliances.
  • Place sticky traps designed for cockroaches out of reach from children and pets, near doorways (along walls under and behind furniture and appliances).
  • Regularly remove webs and spiders via vacuuming.

 

You can have your home or business put on a Quarterly Pest Control Program for additional help with controlling spiders from entering your home.

 

How do I get rid of ants in my kitchen?
In the kitchen, ants are commonly found around the trashcans, counters, inside cabinets and around the dishwasher. To treat an ant infestation, it’s especially important to identify the what type of ant is involved.
Some ant species can be controlled using ant baits, while others cannot. In most cases, the key to success is following the ants back to their colony and treating the colony directly.
Advanced Termite can get your ants under control and find out the source of where they are coming from.

 

How do I get rid of pharaoh ants?
Pharaoh ants can be controlled by use of ant baits. Any residual treatments applied to them can make the problem worse by causing colonies to split into two or more. This ant commonly uses the electrical wiring and plumbing pipes inside walls as “highways” to travel from room to room.
These ants are difficult to handle, but once Advanced Termite has them under control the issue should be resolved in a timely manner.

 

How do I know if I have Termites or Ants?
See Termite Section
How do I get rid of mice?
Mice are best controlled by using traps –– either snap traps, live traps or baits.
When baiting for Mice (we make sure that all products used are out of reach of Children and Pets) Also sealing any cracks, holes and putting weather strips on doors to prevent new mice from entering. Mice only need a one-quarter-inch hole to enter.

 

How do I get rid of rats?
When it comes to controlling a rat problem, we are able to use baits or traps depending on the infestation.
Rodent baits should be used only in tamper-resistant rodent stations. Baits should NEVER be placed unsecured where children or pets could access them.