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Q: Are the products used dangerous to kids and pets?

A: Safety is our top priority. All products used in our treatments are EPA registered, and when used according to the label pose little to no risk. Furthermore, all products selected for indoor use by our company fall into the caution category, which is the EPA’s lowest risk category.

Q: Is my cat / dog safe?

A: There is no concern to the safety of animals since the amount of active constituent that they may take in, either by contact while it's wet or by ingesting it orally, is very small. Rodent traps are concealed and/or and placed in locked stations.

Q: Will the gel / paste that is applied to the inside of cupboards contaminate my food?

A:No it will not. The gel / paste is only applied to areas where insects congregate or harbour, like cracks, crevices or hinges.

Q: Will I see cockroaches, spiders or ants after the treatment?

A: Yes, it's possible that insects may wonder in from outside or out of their harborage areas. Chances are that they will have crossed treated areas or have eaten the bait placed and will die shortly after.

Q: Are there any types of pests that you will not deal with?

A: NO! Many companies refer their wildlife, bed bug or termite service to somebody else. Peerless deals with everything.

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Q: How can I tell if I have bed bugs? Bed bugs are insects that feed on blood from a living host. Humans, as well as pets or birds, are typically that host. They are extremely difficult to control and are usually brought into the structure by the people who occupy it. Some simple ways to tell if you may have a bed bug infestation are…

1) Inspect your bed, box spring and bed frame, paying special attention to the edges where the bindings are located. If brownish looking spots are discovered this is a good indication of an active infestation.

2) Inspect your arms, legs and back area for possible bites. Bed bugs will feed on areas not protected by clothing.

3) Look on the underside of drawers, bedside tables, and the base of the bed legs. These are a few things you can check for in advance of hiring a professional or doing unneeded treatments.

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Q:How much does it cost to treat my house?

A: Your house is special. Your needs are special. Peerless Pest Control will do its best to come up with a low cost solution to fix your problem. Most of the time, estimates can be given over the phone for many general treatments and services. Problems like Termites, Bed Bugs, Wildlife and Bats may need an inspection and estimate on site before any work is performed. Upon approval, we can then solve your issue.

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Q: Can I get rid of roaches myself?

A: Yes. It takes a lot of work but any one can go to one of our two locations and buy non restricted use pesticides. You will need to completely understand the chemical that you are using and its affects on your surroundings. We can explain how each product works and give you expert instructions on how to apply it.

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Q:I have tried all types of sprays and “bombs” to get rid of roaches in my home. What else can I do?

A: Cockroaches are very difficult to control because a broad variety of things contribute to their survival such as food, water and shelter. Aerosol bombs are not very effective in controlling cockroaches but Peerless Pest Control's service professionals are experts in controlling cockroaches and other pests. If you'd still like to treat them yourself, stop by one of our store.

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Q: What is the difference between cockroaches and waterbugs?

In this area of Pennsylvania, the most common roaches seen are the german cockroach, the oriental cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach and the American cockroach.

German cockroaches can be found all over the world. They are the most common cockroach in the United States. Each German cockroach can live about 100-200 days. They commonly found in kitchens or food areas.

Oriental Cockroaches probably get their names from trade ships but they are actually from Africa. They are large and very dark compared to other cockroaches. They usually travel through sewer pipes and drains. They prefer dirty places and cooler temperatures than other cockroaches. An Oriental cockroach creates a strong smell and is considered one of the dirtiest of all the cockroaches.

The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses. Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year. Cockroaches don’t get their wings until the become adults. American cockroaches are also known as “waterbugs” because they are so commonly found near rich water resources, like puddles and water pipes. American cockroaches are nocturnal. They rest by day and forage for food at night.

Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the two light bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. The male’s wings are larger than the female’s wings. Brown-banded cockroaches often hide their eggs in or under furniture. They usually live 5-6 ½ months.

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Q: How do I know if I have termites?

A: Reproductive (swarmer) termites usually emerge from late March to early June, when billions of winged termites fly from their nests to start new colonies. Swarmers resemble winged ants with straight antennae, a broad waist, and both pairs of wings equal in length.

Swarmers are attracted to sunlight and are usually found around windows.

Additionally, mud tubes on your foundation, sill plate, or header and floor joists are signs of a termite infestation.

Tapping or probing with a screwdriver can locate damaged wood. Damaged wood will sound hollow. If the area is still active, you may see worker termites inside.

Also, be sure to remember that termite galleries in wood are mud-filled and run with the grain.

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Q:When should my house be treated for termites?

A: We offer a free estimates for termite treatments. It is not reccommended to treat for termites in the colder months. Usually in late March through late October is the best times to treat for termites. A treatment for termites may not be successful if the ground is frozen since the chemical is not able to flow into the soil like it is needed to properly protect the home.

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Q: How do you treat for mice and rats?

A: The best method for treating rodents is exclusion. Mice can fit into a hole the size of a dime and rats can fit into a hole the size of a quarter. Caulking, foam and copper mesh are great for sealing holes and cracks that mice and rats enter. After you’ve sealed any entry points, we can implement a variety of products that will take care of rodents. We commonly use snap traps, glue boards, and rodent baiting programs. If you don't feel comfortable sealing the property yourself, we can do that too!

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Q: Do you have to come out on a regular basis? Can’t you just come out once a year?

A: That’s a good question. In fact, a lot of people ask that same thing. Bugs are very tenacious! In order to get rid of annoying pests and keep them out of your home, a regular service is necessary. A regular service is also essential to break the pest development cycle. Insect eggs are resistant to pesticides. So even though we service your home this month, most of the eggs that pests have already laid will hatch next month. A regular service agreement provides you with year-round protection from your pests as well as those migrating over from your neighbor’s property. A regular service is also necessary due to the relatively short residual of the products available to professionals. Peerless Pest Control uses only products that have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. The residual, or length of time most products are effective against pests, is approximately 60-90 days. Therefore, having regular service is the only way we can provide a guarantee.

Q: If I sign up with Peerless Pest Control does this mean I’ll never see another bug or rodent in my house again?

A: No. Peerless Pest Control provides the best pest control service available, and our goal is to provide you with a pest-free environment. However, pests can enter your house in grocery bags, on pets, or through the air. In addition, pests are usually area/neighborhood problems; so even though we are treating your home, pests from the surrounding area can walk, crawl, or fly onto your property and attempt to enter your home. In fact, when we treat your home the insects might be flushed out of their hiding places and so you may see more pests than usual immediately after we treat your home initially. We ask that you allow 2-3 weeks for the treatment to take effect. If you are still seeing an excessive number of pests, give us a call and we will re-service your home free of charge. By servicing your home regularly, we guarantee that you will receive the most thorough pest control money can buy.