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Q:How much does it cost to treat my house for Fleas, Ticks, Silverfish, Cockroaches, Bees, Ants, Mice, Rats, etc?
A:At Lake Ridge Pest Control we schedule a free inspection with one of experienced technicians.  The technician will inspect your property, give you a firm quote and begin treatment right away if you accept.  It's that easy! Plus, we continually work to improve our treaments to adapt to changes in the environment or season so that we can keep your home pest-free all year round.  And remember, we offer an Unconditional 100% Satisfaction Guarantee For The Duration of Your Program so there's absolutely no risk involved.

Q:Are Carpenter Ants dangerous to my home?
A:Carpenter ants are merely a nuisance or a serious structural pest that needs to be addressed quickly. If the weather is mild and you happen to see one every few days, further inspection may be necessary. Try to locate the source. Seeing several daily is cause for concern and treatment maybe necessary.

Q:How do you treat for Cockroaches?
A:Cockroaches have long been one of the most common household pests in our area, coming most frequently in the German, American, Oriental, or Brown-banded variety. We've developed years of expertise in solving cockroach problems. Our control strategy depends upon the species of cockroach, which is why inspection and identification is an important first step. Upon identification of the species and analysis of the situation, a strategy is developed. Use of pesticides may be appropriate in some cases. Increasingly, we utilize baits, carefully placed out of reach of children and pets, to eliminate cockroach populations. In other situations, insect growth regulators, which inhibit the ability of the cockroach to molt and grow, are used in combination with other methods. And additionally, we provide information to clients about the ways that they can minimize pest immigration and avoid providing harborage for pest populations. So you see, cockroach control is really best achieved through a combination of techniques - an "integrated" approach to pest management.

Q:How do you treat for mice?
A:The house mouse is one of the most common pests triggering a call to Lake Ridge Pest Control.  They are best dealt with using an integrated approach including exclusion, sanitation, and population reduction. Usually traps are employed to eliminate mice living inside buildings but rodenticide baits occasionally have some utility as well. Each account should be inspected and assessed for the best approach to use at each home/building.

Q:How do you treat for moths?
A:Most pest moths fall into one of two categories: 1) stored product pest moths, or 2) clothes moths. We can help solve problems with both groups of pests. In both cases, the solution involves identifying the source and eliminating them; in conjunction, a program can be devised to monitor for their presence. Programs vary widely depending on the account. Residential services and commercial services can take on radically different approaches and each requires individual assessment.



Q:Why can't you just come out once and get rid of all my pests?
A:If only it was that easy! The fact of the matter is, once pests are sighted, it might mean the population is out of control. When a homeowner sees one mouse, or one cockroach, or one silverfish, it is usually an indication that the infestation has grown large enough for pests to seek new nesting sites or food sources. If an Integrated Pest Management Program is not completed, the source of the infestation will continue to produce new pests.  Lake Ridge Pest Control Protection Plan provides year-round pest maintenance.

Q:What are the effects of long-term exposure to the pesticides you use?
A:New formulations, such as baits, have nearly eliminated airborne pesticides indoors. Liquids and aerosols used by Lake Ridge Pest Control have minimal amounts of active ingredients. In fact, the inert ingredients in some "over-the-counter" pest control products are more harmful to homeowners and the environment than anything a Pest Management Professional (PMP) would consider using. Let our expertly trained technicians find a treatment that works best for you and your family.

Q:Will your treatment hurt my pets?
A:No. The danger to your pets lies in not having a Lake Ridge Pest Control IPM program.  Fleas, ticks, bees and rodents, can be a problem for your pet as well as your family. State-licensed and trained professionals at Lake Ridge Pest Control work quickly and efficiently to be sure that the treatment we perform targets the pests only. The safety of our customers and their pets is our biggest concern.

Q:We have seen a couple of roaches, but we are concerned about a treatment because our child suffers with Asthma. What do you suggest?
A:Please have your home treated by a Pest Management Professional. Studies reported by Columbia University, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Howard University have reported a link between cockroaches and asthma in children. We offer the newest technology in cockroach control with a variety of baits, pheromone traps and HEPA-filter vacuums, which quickly eliminate roach populations with minimal applications of nonvolatile, low-toxicity products.

Q:When I had your pest control service many years ago, the technician sprayed inside and outside my home but now your technician doesn’t spray?  There are also times when an interior treatment isn’t done, is that normal?
A:Years ago, the technique used for treatments was a spray because they were the products available. Now with the advancement of products, we rarely use liquid treatments. Most pests are controlled by baits, gels and granules. Our goal is to establish an exterior barrier so we do not have to inconvenience you each time to do an interior service. If you are seeing pests inside, we will be glad to provide an interior treatment at no additional cost. Most of our customers are happy with exterior treatments once that barrier is established.



Q:Why is my technician recommending me to change my monthly pest control account to a quarterly account?
A:There are actually two reasons why a Lake Ridge Pest Control representative would recommend this change in your service schedule. Once your technician feels that your pest infestation is under control, he will treat the exterior of your structure every 90 days to reduce the pest population and provide a safe and effective barrier. You do not need to be home for this service, which frees up your schedule while we take care of your home. Our quarterly program will also save you money.

Q:I travel a lot for work and am hearing more and more about bed bugs. Is this something I should be concerned about?
A:Bed bugs became relatively scarce during the latter part of the 20th century, but their populations have resurged in recent years. They are most abundant in rooms where people sleep and conceal themselves in cracks and crevices around the room and within furniture. Favorite hiding places include the bed frame, mattress and box spring; however, clutter around the room offers additional sites for these bugs to hide. Bed bugs are most active in the middle of the night, but when hungry, they will venture out during the day to seek a host. Unfortunately, you will be that host and they do bite.

Q:What should I know about the pest control products you use?
A:We only use products approved by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Pesticide Regulation.  We choose our products with a focus on the highest effectiveness and the lowest environmental impact.  Our Pest Control Technicians receive ongoing safety training to reinforce their expertise. The materials we use to kill insects and rodents are low in toxicity to people and pets with normal health. We avoid spraying flowering plants, fruits, and vegetables, of course.  For some pests (roaches and ants), we do use some alternative methods like gels and baits.  We use strategically placed traps to eliminate rodents in your home.  This allows us to easily monitor and change them for you.

Q:What is the most effective type of treatment?
A:A trained and licensed Lake Ridge Pest Control Professional is the best person to make a recommendation for each particular property.

Q:What questions should homeowners ask during a professional inspection/treatment?
  • What type of treatment is recommended?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take to get rid of the pests?
  • What type of contract or guarantee is offered?
  • Are they a member of the National Pest Management Association?

Q:What are five things I can do inside my house to keep pests away?
  • 1. Keep all kitchen areas clean (including floors) and free of useless clutter. Kitchen appliances should be kept free of spills and crumbs. Clean shelves regularly and store foods such as cereal, flour, and dog food in resealable containers.
  • 2. Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly.
  • 3. Check pipes and pipe areas around the house for leaks, cracks and gaps and seal and patch any problems if necessary.  Leaky faucets should also be fixed.
  • 4. Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. If you have mold and mildew in your home or office crawlspace, it’s a symptom of an excess moisture problem.
  • 5. Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly. Insects have also been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage.

Q:What are five things I can do outside of my house to keep pests away?
  • 1. Inspect and seal any cracks and holes outside your home.  Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
  • 2. Check around the perimeter of your home for leaky faucets and anything that allows moisture to pool around the base of your home.
  • 3. Eliminate debris from gutters
  • 4. Trim tree branches and shrubbery from around your home.
  • 5. Store firewood and other wood at least 20 feet away from your home.