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FAQs: Pest Questions

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Pests

Does Forsyth Exterminating offer pest control service without service contracts?

Yes, however property owners or representatives have to sign a service agreement authorizing the use of our products on their properties. This agreement sets forth the guidelines of what services are to be performed, the frequency of the service, and the dollar amount of the services performed, and the dollar amount of any follow up service. The paperwork may sound like a contract, but it serves to protect the business and the consumer from any miscommunication that could arise if this agreement is not signed. The agreement is not binding and can be cancelled at any time.

Are the pest control products toxic?

The term “toxic” is widely misused and misunderstood. Toxicity is based on the effect a product has on a target pest. All the products used by pest control experts and by property owners with the intent to kill insects has a certain toxic level. It is also a fact Forsyth Exterminating does not use any products with humans or pets as target pests, and that the products are intended to eradicate only small crawling insects. When our products are brought onto properties, their toxicity levels are reduced to an extremely low level, so the toxicity level of the products could be compared to any other household cleaner.

Do you offer green pest control, botanical pest control, or natural pest control?

Yes. We offer products that are green, botanical, and all natural. The products are made from plant oils and seem to do an ok job controlling bugs. It is our regular practice to reduce exposure to humans and pets by concentrating the majority of our treatment on the outside of the structure. While we do have the products that are “green”, Forsyth Exterminating endorses the correct use of products derived from petroleum, as these products have better residual, don’t have any odor, and have been researched over and over to ensure consumer safety. Forsyth Exterminating is owned by an Environmental Engineer, so our clients enjoy company practices that are geared toward green practices as much as possible. We also offer many mechanical solutions that ensure permanent solutions to many pests, which are green methods as well.

Do you service the pest control tubes that I have inside my wall? Is it a good pest control system?

Based on 30 years of experience, we can honestly say that the in-wall pest control system has not worked for many of our customers. The system is placed in an area rarely accessed by pests due to the fact that insulation occupies about 98% of the space between exterior and interior walls. When the system is installed it assumes that bugs will come behind siding and enter the home through insulation, but what we see on a daily basis is that bugs make their way into homes through cracked windows, the bottom of doors, grocery bags, and other carriers different than passing through insulation. After pests have invaded your property, rarely will they go inside your walls, as they prefer to stay close to humans and their food. In our educated opinion, we don’t recommend the use of the system. Forsyth Exterminating’s perimeter treatment does a better job of protecting your house from intruders and includes interior pest control at no charge in case pests find their way in.

Does ultrasound pest control work? Does ultrasound wildlife removal work?

There are many electronic devices that claim that after plugging them into your outlets, you will no see other bug again.

However, there is no scientific data that authenticates that ultrasonic sound waves keep roaches out of your home. It simply does not work. Forsyth Exterminating has had many first-hand experiences over the past thirty years to confirm that they do not work. Ironically, we have serviced many clients with these devices in their homes only to find the devices themselves completely infested with German roaches! Your money is much better spent by hiring a pest control professional than depending on these devices to rid your home of bugs.

The same applies to rodents and other wildlife. We have been in many homes and found these devices in attics and crawl spaces only to be over-run with all kinds of rodents. In attics we routinely find roof rats, grey squirrels, flying squirrels, bats, raccoons, house mice etc. In crawl spaces we routinely find Norway rats, snakes, opossums and many other animals. These devices are a scam!

Do you control cockroaches? I have a problem and they do not seem to improve after many treatments.

There are several different types of roaches that are native to the south, so depending on the type of roach you have an infestation of determines what products we use and the appropriate methods to solve your problem. If you have American roaches (larger, found around windows and attics) chances are that your problem can be solved with a single visit. On the other hand, if you have a problem with German roaches (small, invade kitchens and bathrooms) depending on how severe the infestation is it will most likely take several follow-up visits. Follow up visits are recommended 5-7 days apart until complete elimination to ensure they don’t have time to reproduce in between visits. German roaches have a very high tolerance to certain products which make them more difficult to control. Once the roaches are eliminated, it is strongly recommended to have a regular maintenance program to reduce recurring issues.

I have tried products, but nothing seems to work for fleas. Can you guarantee Fleas for ever?

Forsyth Exterminating has taken pride in providing honest solutions to pest problems for 30 years Unfortunately, there is no “magic wand” that we can wave to provide instant pests elimination. Fleas are difficult pests to eliminate, but our team works with our clients to achieve a 100% success rate. It is necessary to be proactive with your pets and should prepare in advance for a flea treatment. You can expect less fleas from day one, but you need to vacuum every day for 7 days and have 2 or 3 weekly follow-up visits done by a professional until the problem is under control. It takes a little effort and persistence to achieve 100% control, but it can be done!

Is there a way to eliminate bedbugs?

Yes, there are several ways to eliminate bedbugs in a house, hotel, motel or apartment. This is a very complex service, but Forsyth Exterminating has been doing it for over 30 years with optimal results. Starting from removing all bed covering, mattresses, and box springs, we then remove all items from night stands, dressers,and all bedroom furniture. Finally, we remove curtains from windows, remove picture frames from walls , remove all electrical and light fixtures as well as cable and telephone outlet cover plates from the area to be treated. In commercial complexes such as hotel rooms you not only have to treat the infested room, but you also have to treat adjoining rooms. If it is multi-level you also have to treat the floor above the infested room and the floor below the infested room in the same manner that you treat the infested room. After all the items are removed and the infested areas exposed, treatment using different products is performed to every crack and crevice of the infested area. In almost every case it is difficult to eradicate the problem with just one visit to your home or business, but persistence and cleanliness will help to achieve complete elimination. When the bed is put back, bedbug covers should be added to mattress and box spring to provide protection to the mattress.

What does Forsyth Exterminating Pest Control consist of?

A Forsyth Exterminating pest control professional will inspect the property to identify any pest issues and develop a treatment plan that is customized to meet the individual customer’s needs Treatment options may include localized treatment, general preventative treatment every three months or sooner, or mechanical treatments. Areas often evaluated and treated include: exterior of property, under mulch beds, baseboards, door jambs, windowsills, garage, basement, utility closets, cracks and crevices and other potential points of pest entry. The outdoor treatment includes a perimeter application from the base of the building to approximately 8 feet around the exterior of the property treated and removal of any spider webs and wasp nests lower than 12 ft from the ground. It is worth mentioning that there are as many treatment options as there are bugs, so our pest control experts apply different techniques depending on the pest being controlled.

Is your professional pest control service safe for my pets and children?

Yes, our services are safe for your pets and children! The products that Forsyth Exterminating uses are registered for use in homes with pets and children. All products are applied by a professional pest control professional that meets state & local standards. Our staff is required to have sufficient knowledge of the products they use and the proper application methods. In certain instances, such as when a homeowner has fleas, the inhabitants are recommended to vacate the dwelling for a minimum of two hours or until all products applied are completely dried. This procedure minimizes any risks associated with pets or children being in contact with the products applied. It is worth mentioning that the products used by our team when applied in accordance with the label are a lot safer than many of the products a homeowner has underneath their kitchen sink, or cleaning products stored in laundry rooms or bathrooms.