At JK we know that your privacy, your pets and your living space is very important. That is why we use only state approved and regulated systems. It is important to control your pest situation without compromizing your families saftey or that of your pets. Saftey first, and if there are any questions, we will answer them before we apply any treatments, traps or capture devices.
About Pest Capture Devices
Some capture devices can capture small pets, like cats and small dogs, but our devices do not harm the animals as we attempt to capture and release most of the non-harmful animals back into the wild elsewhere. However, pests like rats are destroyed as they can cause health issues.
If there are any questions reguarding our methods - please feel free to contact JK today.
1. Is the pesticide you put in my house harmful to my children, pets or me?
A:The products that we use are all regulated by the EPA. Our technicians have all been properly trained to apply it according to Label specifications. Yes, Pesticides can be harmful if not properly handled or applied correctly. However, if used properly there is very little exposure to children, pets or you. We make sure to inspect surroundings & apply the products so insects & rodents come in contact with it & that you & your family do not.
2. How much does pest control usually costs?
A: Prices for the most commonly encountered household pests usually costs about $400.00-$500.00 for the year. This includes an initial fee with monthly or quarterly maintenance fees. Each house & problem is different, so prices may vary with your problem or the program needed to correct it.
3. Do you take care of all types of pests?
A: Yes we are a full service pest control company. If it walks, crawls, flies, slithers or hops we take care of it.
4. How often should I have my house sprayed?
A: Depending on what type of insects you are having a problem with, we usually recommend a Quarterly Pest Control Program. Some insects like roaches may require a monthly service.
5. Do over the counter sprays really work?
A: Some over the counter sprays work for a limited time & some do not. The biggest difference is that we have been trained to understand the biology & behavior of the insects. This knowledge is very useful in determining the best method of treatment. Also, the over the counter sprays are generally products our industry used 10 years ago or it's just a watered down version.
6. How do I know if I have Termites?
A: You Don't! Termites invade millions of homes each year. They cause more damage to homes annually than fire, water or any other natural disaster. Termites can enter any style of home through a gap as small as two sheets of paper in width. So, if you currently have not had your home protected or inspected we highly recommend it. You should have your home inspected once a year. The best time is from May-October, this is when termites are most active.
7. I live in an all Brick home so I don't have to worry about termites, do I?
A: Actually, you may be more at risk than many other types of homes. As mentioned above, termites can enter through very small cracks in concrete or mortar. Brick homes usually have brick down to the ground or below ground level. Behind the brick is a 1" inch gap known as a weep gap. This is there to allow moisture toescape from behind the wall. The problem is, if termites find a tiny crack in the mortar around the brick & get into this weep gap area they go undetected. Directly behind the bricks weep gap is the wood that your home is built with & this is what termites find & destroy.
8. Do termites fly?
A: Yes! Each year usually from April-June termites known as swarmers come to the surface & take flight. These termites have only one purpose, it is to mate & start new colonies. They have no ability to eat wood! If you see a swarm of termites around or in your home call right away. This is an indication that somewhere on your property there is a parent colony that the swarmers are leaving. This colony may be threatening or may have already invaded your home.
9. What do termites look like?
A: Swarmers, as mentioned above are mistaken for flying ants all the time. Termite swarmers are black & have wings. The differences between ants & termites are many. Termite swarmers do not have a pinched or segmented body. They have a solid body from head to tail. Termite swarmers have a pair of wings that are equal in length & twice as long as the termite. Also the wings are not a permanent appendage. Termite workers are white or cream colored. They can only travel above ground by building tubes made out of soil. Termite workers have no exoskeleton & must return to the ground periodically to remoisten their body & share the wood with other members of the colony. Termite colonies live in the ground not in your home. Termites come to the surface to feed in mulch beds, on landscape timbers, fences, fire wood, your home & many other wood sources that come in direct contact with the ground. You may never see worker termites unless you find them in the areas that they are feeding in. Our website has pictures of termites so you can see what they look like.
10. What types of treatments are available against Termites?
A: There are generally two types of termite treatments available to you. The first is the traditional liquid barrier treatment. This is applied around the exterior of your home against the foundation. This type of treatment may require some treatment holes to be drilled in concrete slabs attached to the home. The second type is a termite baiting system. This is done by installing bait stations around the home. These stations are installed about 6-8 Ft. apart & about 2 Ft. from foundation. The bait system is inspected every 60-90 days. Both come with a one year warranty.
11. It says that you also take care of unwanted wildlife, how is this done?
A: Typically we can flush the animal out of the home & seal the entry point. However, some animals may require us to trap to remove.
12. Do you kill the animals you trap?
A. No! We only temporarily keep the animal trapped so we can seal the entry point. We then release the animal. Animals can no longer be transported from the property unless that animal is going to be euthanized.
13. What do you use to make the animal enter the trap?
A: We use different types of baits for different types of animals. This will help entice the animal to enter. However, keep in mind we cannot make the animal enter the trap. Some animals are trap shy or will avoid it because there is an alternative food source.
14. What do you use to fix the entry area?
A: We use a wide variety of products to seal animal entry points. We use metal flashing, wire meshing & wood. We evaluate the situation & determine the best method to fix your home.
15. Can animals be accidentally closed in the sealed area or die in the traps?
A: Unfortunately this sometimes occurs. We take every step to ensure that this does not happen. However, animals can hide from us even though we try to make sure there are no more in the nest areas & animals panic when trapped causing them to perish. Again, we do not want this to happen but when dealing with wild animals it doesn't always go the way we have planned.
16. Do the animals mess up insulation?
A: Yes they can & do. We often have to remove animals from the attics of homes. The animals displace the insulation using it for nesting material & also use it as their bathroom. In most cases the problem is relatively small. However, we do encounter major problems & recommend the insulation be replaced.
17. What types of animals do you deal with?
A: We deal with mice, squirrels, raccoons, oppossums, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, bats, rats, moles, snakes, birds. Beaver & Deer on occasion, they can be too difficult & the problem too widespread for us to control.
18. What other types of services do you offer?
A: We also offer services in relation to pests, insects & wildlife damage. Such as, some Termite Damage we encounter during inspections can be repaired by us. If we feel the damage found is far too great for us, we would recommend hiring a contractor. We also remove & disinfect soiled insulation in attics & crawl spaces. This is insulation that animals have ruined during nesting or roosting. Bats in attics almost always require this service. We also treat wood for fungi growth, we clean gutters & install gutter guards.
19. We have little black ants in the kitchen & bathrooms. What are they & how do you get rid of them?
A. These ants are most likely the odorous house ant (they get their name from the coconut-like odor that is produced when crushed). These ants can nest both indoors & out. They forage for food both night & day, they eat many different types of food, but prefer sweets. The colonies can number up to 100,000 ants & produce many other smaller colonies (called satellite colonies) throughout the year.These ants can be controlled by using baits, non-repellant sprays, clearing harborage areas & improving sanitation. However, control can take many treatments, depending on number of colonies.
20. Do you have to use sprays for everything?
A: No! There are alternative methods that we can use. Keep in mind though, this way is not always effective & for some insects, because of biology & behavior, there are no alternates.
21. Do you also deal with moles & voles?
A. Yes we do. Moles infest the yard feeding on earthworms & grubs. Voles feed on plants. Both can be difficult to control, but if the right program is put into place we can generally get rid of them. Success varies from place to place, a lot of the problem may have started elsewhere & migrated to your yard. In these cases, control may difficult to acheive.