Frequently Asked Pest Control Questions

If you have any questions about pests or pest control, read the answers provided by the experts at Advanced Pest Control. Please feel free to ask us your question.


Why should we hire a professional for pest control?

Pests are a resilient bunch and are adept at hiding and entering a home in places you would never think. A pest control expert will know where to look for pests and will implement best practices to prevent or eliminate pests. You can count on a licensed pest professional to use pesticides for pest control.

What should we look for when selecting a pest professional?

A qualified and licensed pest management company that is a member of national, provincial or local pest management associations. Ask friends and neighbours to recommend companies they have used in the past. Look for value, not just for price. Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation and the work necessary to solve the problem. The pest company should have liability insurance to cover any damages to your house/condo or furnishings during treatment. If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing prevention and management are necessary.

If WE hire a pest control professional, aRE WE guaranteed a pest-free home?

Pest control companies differ in their guarantees. If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing prevention and management are necessary. It is important that homeowners remain active participants before, during and after all pest control treatments. This type of vigilance helps the homeowner better understand their contract and possible guarantee, and helps the pest professional understand the homeowner’s expectations.

How long does it take to show the results of pest control treatment?

Results may vary based on the type of pest and treatment methods as well as products used. For example, when a yellow jacket nest is removed or treated with a pesticide, immediate results can be seen. However, the results will be seen in a long time when baits are used for ants, rodents, and termites because the pests should ingest the product for it to be effective. Your pest control expert will identify your expectations and will accordingly suggest the treatment.

What can be a possible reason if I have heard a noise in my attic?

If you have heard the noise at night, it usually means roof rats. They commonly cause noises at night, especially in your attic. If you hear a noise in the attic in the day, it may be because of squirrels. Louder sounds indicate even larger animals, such as raccoons. The noise during the day may also be because of birds. They are active during the day and usually leave in the morning, return occasionally, and then return for good in the evening. Other pests, such as insects, usually make noise if it is an especially large infestation.

Why do roach, flea, and bedbug treatments require multiple visits?

Roaches, fleas, ticks, and bed bugs are highly mobile pests and can be carried easily between locations or within a property. Identifying the source of the infestation and taking appropriate steps to ensure a re-infestation does not occur, may need multiple service visits.

If there is one mouse in my home, will there be more?

Mice proliferate quickly and live in large families, typically of 7 to 20. They have small territories, with a maximum of 30 feet in any direction from their nesting site. Mice produce, on an average, 70 droppings and 3000 micro-droplets of urine every 24 hours, which can cause major health issues.

What is the difference between a bait treatment and spray treatment?

Bait treatment is an ideal approach if you do not prefer the use of liquid chemicals in your home. The type of pest, the severity of the problem, and other factors determine the type of treatment a pest control expert should implement.

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