Guide in choosing a pest control company

You have found out that your house is infested with termites, or you have probably heard your daughter screaming and running away when she saw cockroaches or you have discovered that your electricity supply was halted by rats that chewed on the wires that supplies the current to your outlets or worst case scenario, smoke was seen from the fusebox and some explosions were heard and fire alarms went off. These are all reasons to hire a Pest control company nearby………….but how do you choose the right one?

Ask about the Technician’s Competency and Training Certificate and License

The SERVICE TECHNICIAN is the individual who does the actual pest control work. The quality of the control of pests depends to a large degree on the training the technician has received and the professionalism of the technician on the job.

Most Pest Control companies offer services and boasts of their market share. Are the Service technicians well trained? Some companies train their technician by just letting them go and put them to work. A good technician must be able to correctly identify the specific pest from the rest. Technician’s must have undergone training from the authorities in Pest Management such as the National Committee on Urban Pest Control (NCUPC). They must undergo competency training covering the Biology of Insect-Pest, Identification of Household, Structural and Stored products Pest, Proper usage of pest control equipment’s and most important of all is the Safe handling of Pesticides. Sad to say, most companies don’t have a Professionally trained and Licensed Technician. Only the owner of the Pest control company is licensed and not the Technician. They would just say “Technician’s are under the direct supervision of a licensed PCO. We’ll have you seen the licensed owner go with their Technician’s during their routine job and supervise them? If the Pest control guy tells you they are licensed, ask them to show you their license and or certification. If they can’t show it then probably you have to look for another company.

Don’t trust that the pest control technicians are licensed simply because they tell you they are. It is best to do your own research on this matter. Ask the company you are interviewing for their license numbers, and then verify them with the organization that gave the certifications. Remember, pest control licensing regulations vary. For more information on where to check the licenses for your particular area, you can call the Nat’l Committee on Urban Pest Control at (02) 484-0208.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all certificates and licenses are created equal. Agricultural Pest is different from Urban Pest. Research each license and certification individually, and feel free to call the licensing agency to ask them about their requirements. Below are some questions you may want to ask when researching a license or certification for a company you are interviewing:

1. Is this license or certification obtained by simply paying a fee?

2. Does this certification require a certain number of hours of practice or education to earn?

3. Does the contractor have to do anything in order to maintain this license or certification?

4. How often does this license or certification expire?

Do they own a website? Check Their Online Reputation

Though every company will advertise that they are honest, dependable, and affordable, the reality is that there are many businesses that have none of those qualities whatsoever. Sometimes a company will attempt to advertise their experience by talking about how long they’ve been in business. Just because a company has been in business for 80 years doesn’t mean they actually know how to get rid of your pests! Thanks to instant results on Google and Yahoo, it can be really easy to find out a company’s online reputation quickly – if they even have one, that is. Online reviews, ratings, and rankings can help you find a company that backs up their promised value with actual value. For a quick search on Google just type Pest Control(area). Example if you are in Iloilo City just type “Pest Control Iloilo” or “Pest Control Bacolod” and so on and so forth. Check all those listed and call them for an appointment.

Know The Company’s Employee.Take Advantage of the Free Inspection

Most pest control companies will offer you a free inspection of your property so that they can give you a quote for services. Take advantage of this free inspection to see what kind of employees the company hires. A good pest control agent will be able to effectively communicate what is going on in your home, what you can do to help prevent that from happening, and be able to answer any questions you may have, does not say bad things about competitors and are professional in every aspect. If you don’t get that level of service from the employee, then that might not be the best company for you. Do You Need to Get Rid of Some Pests? Despite our best efforts, we can get pests in our homes that can bite, sting, and even leave disease. That’s why it is so important to make sure that we get those pests out of our homes as soon as possible! This can easily be done when you hire a good pest control company. Use these ideas today to evaluate your own local options so that you get the pests eradicated for a fair price! You might as well consider hiring a Pest Control consultant before hiring a Pest control company to ensure you get what you pay. You can call my attention at 0919-3810710.

Termite Baiting Systems, choose your choice

Ok, lets face it, you’ll be left behind and out if you haven’t have a Termite Baiting System Installed. But how would you choose which one is better than the other? Let’s sum it up by degree of flaw and its effects starting from the worst to the less worst (in my opinion). Let’s focus our attention to the In Ground Stations since it’s it’s claim of Intercepting termites foraging in the ground that makes it more marketable.
 
1. Sentricon Colony Elimination System– In Ground stations made of a hollow cylindrical plastic tube about 2 inches in diameter with slots on its side to supposedly be the entry point of termites and so are  ants, crickets, centipedes and other tiny insects. The hollow center is being used as the cradle of wooden baits. Since it is hollow, it also invites other insects mostly ants into its cavity. When ants are there, would you expect termites to enter? Definitely not!
 
Sentricon In Ground
 
2. Exterra Termite Interception & Baiting System– The In Ground station consists of a hollow body with perforations on the sides and bottom to allow termite entry, an opening opposite the bottom, and a removable, tamper-resistant cover that is affixed over the opening. The station has a volume of 1.3 liters.  Termites are intercepted in the inground stations by timber interceptors that are placed inside the inground stations.  Six timber interceptors made of Australian Eucalyptus regnans are positioned around the edge of the station.  The interceptors provide a food source for termites that establishes termite activity within the station.  Perforations along the sides of the station allow termites to enter and feed on the interceptors. Again, the perforations on the sides will also allow the entry of other insects especially ants.  
 
Once when I was a marketeer of Exterra, I have witnessed that even when placed near mounds (about 1 foot from the mound), termites do not readily enter the station..
Exterra In Ground Station
 
 
Now, I have found two (2) Termite Baiting system that minimizes the flaws of the 2 common TBS shown above, well for a certain point.  It prevents ants from entering the station thereby increasing the chances that termites will find the baits in the station.
 
3. Xterm Termite Baiting System- while it is also made of a hollow tube, the wood bait is solid almost the diameter of the In Ground Station itself plus it has a special compartment on the cap for the placement of ant baits, doubling its function as both ant & termite bait.
 
The compartment in the cap for the placement of ant baits.
 
Xterm Termite Baiting System In Ground Station
 
 
 
 
4. Green Termite Baits-impenetrable by ants or other insects. Made entirely of solid wood block and being implanted directly to the ground.  Can be treated by almost all known termiticides including the latest Insect Growth Regulators. Easy to inspect with its EC2C window. Mud on both window signals termite presence. Less disturbance to termites thus less chances of termites backing out and abandoning the station.
 

 
 
 
 
 
mud on windows indicates termite activity
 
That’s it folks! You choose what’s the best. There are other Termite Baiting systems available but all shares the same characteristics as the first two mentioned  at the beginning of this blog. If I may choose,  I would definitely recommend the last two, the Xterm Termite Baiting and the Green Termite Baits.

 

TERMITE BAITING SYSTEM, CHOOSE YOUR CHOICE

Ok, lets face it, you’ll be left behind and out if you haven’t have a Termite Baiting System Installed. But how would you choose which one is better than the other? Let’s sum it up by degree of flaw and its effects starting from the worst to the less worst (in my opinion). Let’s focus our attention to the In Ground Stations since it’s it’s claim of Intercepting termites foraging in the ground that makes it more marketable.
1. Sentricon Colony Elimination System– In Ground stations made of a hollow cylindrical plastic tube about 2 inches in diameter with slots on its side to supposedly be the entry point of termites and so are  ants, crickets, centipedes and other tiny insects. The hollow center is being used as the cradle of wooden baits. Since it is hollow, it also invites other insects mostly ants into its cavity. When ants are there, would you expect termites to enter? Definitely not!
 
Sentricon In Ground
2. Exterra Termite Interception & Baiting System– The In Ground station consists of a hollow body with perforations on the sides and bottom to allow termite entry, an opening opposite the bottom, and a removable, tamper-resistant cover that is affixed over the opening. The station has a volume of 1.3 liters.  Termites are intercepted in the inground stations by timber interceptors that are placed inside the inground stations.  Six timber interceptors made of Australian Eucalyptus regnans are positioned around the edge of the station.  The interceptors provide a food source for termites that establishes termite activity within the station.  Perforations along the sides of the station allow termites to enter and feed on the interceptors. Again, the perforations on the sides will also allow the entry of other insects especially ants.  
Once when I was a marketeer of Exterra, I have witnessed that even when placed near mounds (about 1 foot from the mound), termites do not readily enter the station..
Exterra In Ground 
Now, I have found two (2) Termite Baiting system that minimizes the flaws of the 2 common TBS shown above, well for a certain point.  It prevents ants from entering the station thereby increasing the chances that termites will find the baits in the station.
 
3. Xterm Termite Baiting System- while it is also made of a hollow tube, the wood bait is solid almost the diameter of the In Ground Station itself plus it has a special compartment on the cap for the placement of ant baits, doubling its function as both ant & termite bait.
The compartment in the cap for the placement of ant baits.
Xterm Termite Baiting System In Ground Station
4. Green Termite Baits-impenetrable by ants or other insects. Made entirely of solid wood block and being implanted directly to the ground.  Can be treated by almost all known termiticides including the latest Insect Growth Regulators. Easy to inspect with its EC2C window. Mud on both window signals termite presence. Less disturbance to termites thus less chances of termites backing out and abandoning the station.

mud on windows indicates termite activity
That’s it folks! You choose whats the best. There are other Termite Baiting systems available but all shares the same characteristics as the first two mentioned  at the beginning of this blog. If I may choose, and I definitely recommend the last two, the Xterm Termite Baiting and the Green Termite Baits.

 

TERMITE BAITING, ARE THEY REALLY EFFECTIVE?

Termite Baiting, are they really effective?

 
     At some point, termite baiting is good since it is proactive, contains less toxic element, easy to install and is being checked from time to time for evidence of termite infiltration.
    
     Did it ever crossed our mind that it is the frequent inspection done that helps the job done? It’s what we are paying for, the inspections.
    
     By theory, termite bait will intercept foraging termites which might come near the installed interceptors. What if it bypasses the interceptors which is evenly placed at 3-8 meters interval? Termites are blind and they just rely on random search for food sources. Factors such as readily available cellulose in between and midway of interceptors, decaying wood, fallen timber and dried grass can easily attract termites and leave the installed interceptor empty for long periods. Termites might even find your home easily than those interceptors. 
   
      Termite baiting system employs the use of cellulose containing materials to supposedly attract “blind” termites. Depending on the Termite Baiting system you are offered into by your Pest Management Professional, some contains softwoods, paper, cardboards and other materials which are all by products of wood and contains cellulose. And your home has it all, much more in quantity than those placed in  interceptors.

     Results for termite baiting systems are encouraging but more studies should be conducted before we can conclude on its efficacy. Some areas contains multiple  colonies and should be inspected more often to deter infestations coming into your homes.

     Again, it is the frequent inspections that is crucial, not the system. Homeowners think that the system works once it is installed. No, it is the other way around. For it to work, someone must inspect it regularly.
Inspect your home and its surrounding more frequent, shoot some over the counter chemicals if you found infestations and save thousands.  If you cannot do it yourself, comes the hiring of Pest Control providers. Remember it is the frequency of  inspection that matters not the expensive system offered.

OF COCKROACHES, ANTS AND FROGS ON TERMITE BAIT STATIONS

Of Cockroaches, Ants and Frogs on Termite Bait Stations

 
     Since I started on experimenting on the proper placement and spacing of termite interceptors around a given perimeter and check on the results I used to see ants, earthworms, crickets, cockroaches and occasionally, frogs on an installed In ground termite interceptor.

     When digging the earth to install these termite baits, I see to it that the soil is compacted thoroughly when the interceptors are in place. Surprisingly, these little creatures still find themselves onto the shelter of the embedded termite interceptor.  It is a known fact that termites will avoid the termite traps/interceptor/bait when there is “someone” already in there, especially ants of which is the mortal enemy of termites.

     While it is supposed to intercept/attract termites, it seems it is the other way around. How did these creatures enter those interceptors?

 

 

Snapshots of ” Interceptors with cockroach, ants and frog”