As one of Southern California’s leading pest control experts, here at Signature Pest Control weare often approached by customers who have questions about pests and pest control. Many of these customers have similar questions, which you may also be wondering about, so we’ve compiled several of the most commonly asked pest and pest control related questions here to sate your curiosity and to help you safely and effectively prevent and control pests.

What Are the Most Common Household Pests?

A wide variety of pests can afflict a home, but the most common pests includeants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, moths, rodents, spiders, and weevils. Some of these pests can bite, sting, or damage your home, while others carry disease, but they can usually be prevented and eliminated with thorough housekeeping and careful food storage.

Why Do My Pest Problems Keep Coming Back?

There are a couple of reasons your pest problems may seem to keep returning. First, once laid, insect eggs don’t usually require a parent to care for them, so if you aren’t eliminating eggs when you eliminate adult pests the eggs can hatch, leading to more creepy crawlies running around your home. The other common reason is that even though you eliminated the pests, you didn’t deal with whatever draws pests in. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to dig up your vegetable patch or stop storing produce on the counter, though completely eliminating incentives can be very effective. The best way to keep pests out is through physical exclusion strategies to make it impossible for pests to enter in the first place.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

This phrase gets thrown around a lot when discussing pest control and can confuse consumers, but integrated pest management (IPM) simply refers to a process for resolving pest issues while simultaneously minimizing the risk to humans and the environment. IPM focuses on long-term prevention, using an array of techniques like biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical, and physical controls at the same time, only turning to pesticides when monitoring indicates that they are necessary, and only using pesticides in the smallest amount effective and in a way that removes only the target organisms.

How Can I Reduce My Family’s Exposure to Pesticides?

Depending on the pesticide and exposure level, pesticides can be harmless, or can lead to problems ranging from mild irritation to severe illness. People can be exposed to pesticides in three primary ways: ingestion, inhalation, and skin contact. The best way to avoid pesticide exposure is to not use pesticides unless other methods prove to be ineffective, then using a targeted pesticide in the smallest effective amount, as in IPM. Ventilate the area during and after pesticide application and wear protective clothing, like a mask and gloves.

Keep children and pets away from areas treated with pesticide until the product is dry and the area has been ventilated and make sure children and animals can’t access any bait being used. Store pesticides in the original container and away from food and water in a place where they can’t be accessed by children or pets. Bathe thoroughly immediately after using a pesticide, particularly before touching a pet or person or consuming a food or beverage.

How Do I Choose a Professional Exterminator?

All professional exterminators arerequired by law to certified and licensed. You should be able to see your technician’s documentation and check that it is current. Your exterminator should be able to answer the vast majority of your pest control questions, but in the case of unusual or very specific questions, they should at least be able to find the answer for you if they don’t know of the top of their head.

Your exterminator should also have a professional appearance and demeanor, both online and in person, be well reviewed, and be willing to provide documentation of all of the services provided. Your contract should clearly and specifically state the services and service schedule, and should include a guarantee of the quality of the results. Remember that the lowest price isn’t always the best deal, and a budget pest control service may end up costing you far more if they don’t eliminate your problem or, worse, damage your property and make you ill.

Signature Pest Control

Do you have a pest or pest control related question that’s not answered here, or do you just want to know more? Signature Pest Control is Southern California’s premier choice in pest control, with decades of experience using IPM to effectively identify and eliminate awide variety of pests, common and uncommon. Contact Signature Pest Control today get more information or schedule an appointment for your pest control consultation, and find out why so many Southern California locals are thrilled with their decision tochoose Signature Pest Control.