brings to mind many things: sunshine, warm temperatures,
vacation ó and bugs.
insects lay dormant for the winter and make their grand
reappearance when the weather warms up. We talked to
several highly rated pest-control experts to find out
which pests customers most often call about, and best
ways to treat them.
highest number of residential calls we get is due to
ants," says Rick Steinau, owner of Ace
Exterminating in Cincinnati.
treat the colonizing crawlers, Steinau says the
homeowner must first identify the species. "Just
because you see ants doesnít mean that all ants get
treated the same way," he says. "Different
ants are attracted to different types of food."
you need help identifying the species, try asking your
countyís extension agent. Then, Steinau says, look for
ant bait. Most retail stores carry it, but be sure to
read the label to make sure itís the right kind for
the species in your home.
says treatments purchased from a retail store cost $20
to $30, but some professional-level products are
available online for about $10 more. For spray
treatments, he charges $110 to $120.
Singleton, owner of Termite Terry Pest Control in Costa
Mesa, Calif., says he also offers spray treatments.
These generally cost about $180 for a one-time
treatment, or $85 every two months if you sign up for a
socioeconomic groups can get bed bugs," Steinau
says. "You can pick them up in the movie theaters,
at a restaurant, on a plane or a bus or sitting at the
doctorís office. Itís a very common problem
Johnson, owner of Johnson Pest Control in Sevierville,
Tenn. says his company treats bed bugs on a daily basis.
"We see terrible situations," he says.
"Itís really sad. A lot of people are trying to
self-treat, and when they go out and buy a can of
something, the problem gets worse and they spread."
say the best way to completely eliminate bed bugs is to
hire a professional to either fumigate with chemicals or
perform a heat treatment.
also advises homeowners to protect their mattresses.
"Use mattress encasements," he says. "A
lot of people find out they have bed bugs and throw out
the mattress and bring in a new mattress, but theyíll
still get them from the springs." Placing a
protective cover over your new mattress prevents bed
bugs from infesting it and feeding on you at night.
says spot treating bed bugs usually requires three
treatments to deal with all life cycles of the pests.
The first treatment can cost $100 to $150 per room, with
two follow-up treatments costing $60 to $90 each per
treatments usually cost about $1,500 to $2,000, he says.
seeing a lot of roaches in this area," says Bell
Dash, customer service director of Bug Out Service in
Jacksonville, Fla. To treat cockroaches, she says, her
company conducts an inspection to target any areas with
sanitation issues and then uses bait to kill them.
Richardson-El, production manager of City Wide
Exterminating Service in Philadelphia, says German
cockroaches prove to be the hardest pest to get rid of
because they live inside the home, whereas other
cockroaches migrate into the home.
says he applies pesticide with a fogging machine and
crack and crevice treatments. Since some cockroaches wonít
be killed immediately if not exposed to the pesticide,
it can take months to completely rid a home of the
pests, and can cost hundreds of dollars.
says most of his calls involve termite troubles, which
require a professionalís touch to treat. "Many of
the houses require fumigation," he says. "We
also do a variety of localized treatments."
cost about $1,200 or more, he says, and localized
treatments start at about $550 and go up, depending on
the extent of the problem.
says recent calls from Florida customers also involve
millipedes, which require treatment from the outside.
mulch away from the house," she says. "Get rid
of any moisture or drainage issues. They like to nest
where itís moist. They get underneath the mulch."
best to get rid of the millipedesí environment before
treating with chemicals, she says, because itís hard
to apply pesticides underneath mulch.
for the millipedes already in your home, she offers a
piece of advice. "If you have millipedes, a vacuum
is your best friend."