Commonly Asked Pest Control Questions and Answers

Will bed bugs feed on my pets?

Put simply, yes! Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide exhaled by warm-blooded mammals (humans and pets alike). This gas is highly attractive to bed bugs, indicating that a blood meal is close by. While this pest prefers the blood of humans, it will feed on any susceptible host, including your pet. It is important to note that while these bugs do not live on people and pets, they do live in the environment and feed on both by sucking their blood.

Should I have my home/apartment inspected for bed bugs before I lease, rent, or purchase?

Absolutely! Moving into a home that is infested with bed bugs can be both time consuming and costly. Many apartment communities have actually opted to inspect all vacant units prior to leasing to ensure they are “bed bug free.” While this proactive measure certainly provides peace of mind, it is also a highly effective measure in reducing the spread of bed bugs in a multi-family dwelling.

My pet has fleas and I’m worried that they will infest my home and furnishings. Can you eliminate them even if they are still on my pets?

Eliminating fleas is a multi-step process. Begin by removing all stages of fleas (egg, larvae, pupae, and adults) from the indoor environment. This can be accomplished by vacuuming and the application of an approved pesticide. (Note: It can take up to 21 days for complete eradication). Removing fleas on your pet is also a critical stage of elimination. Using flea control products, such as shampoos, dips, collars, and oral products can provide success. Again, realize that persistence is key. While an initial treatment may remove adult fleas, subsequent treatments may be necessary to eradicate immature forms that may continue to develop. Depending on the severity of your situation, treatment of your outdoor environment may also be necessary. This can typically be accomplished by removing moist organic debris (leaves, straw, grass clippings), and the application of an approved pesticide.

I see flying ant-like insects in my home. Are these flying ants or swarming termites?

Termites are often mistaken for flying ants; however, an obvious physical characteristic that easily distinguishes the two is the absence of a cinched waist on the termite. Additionally, termites have two body sections (head and thorax) and equally sized wings, whereas the ant has three body sections (head, thorax, and abdomen), and larger forewings. Termites typically “swarm” in early spring. “Swarming” is the process of reproductive termites leaving their overwintering sites to establish new colonies. This is typically the first and most obvious visual evidence of a termite infestation. A licensed pest control professional can definitely identify your infestation and recommend treatment options.

I have fire ants in my yard, and have been unsuccessful in getting rid of them. Can you help?

Action Pest Exterminating is a licensed and insured pest control company capable of handling your most aggressive pest control needs. Our technicians will bait the entire property, and will then saturate the mounds directly with approved pesticides. While fire ants do not aggressively seek out and attack humans, they will do so if their mound is disturbed. A single fire ant sting is a mildly painful experience; unfortunately, an encounter with fire ants usually involves more than one ant. The pain and irritation associated with a single sting is multiplied many fold in such circumstances. A small number of individuals develop allergic reactions to fire ant venom. In the most extreme cases, even a small number of stings can result in a life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis.

How can I inspect my home for bed bugs?

The most accurate inspection for bed bugs is conducted by specially trained canine inspectors. While a technician can visually detect a moderate to severe bedbug infestation in approximately 30% of situations, canines boast up to a 90% success rate. These dogs undergo extensive training (almost identical to that of drug dogs) and quarterly certifications in bed bug detection. When a dog locates bed bugs, it will signal the find with a passive alert-an unassisted sit position. Action Pest Exterminating has three canine inspectors, Charlie, River and Max.

Does your company treat for rats and mice?

Definitely! Action Pest Exterminating utilizes tamper-proof bait stations, traps, and exclusionary methods to address rat and mice infestations.

Does your company offer any guarantees?

Action Pest Exterminating stands behind their work and takes pride in the level of service provided. Limited warranties are provided, though they vary situationally.

Do you spray for bed bugs?

Action Pest Exterminating primarily utilizes thermal treatment for the eradication of bed bugs. A heat treatment is a “once and done” application, with success typically achieved upon first application Heat is the ONLY method that is scientifically proven successful in killing all stages of bed bugs – eggs, nymphs, and adults. Certain chemicals act synergistically with heat. They are utilized in “hard to treat” areas such as outlets, wall voids, under carpets, behind baseboards, and door trims. In severe infestations, these chemicals are also indicated for use in areas such as ceiling lines and bed frames.

Do you remove wildlife from dwellings?

Specially trained “Animal Agent,” Anthony Hardison, is certified to handle nuisance wildlife infestations. Registered as both a NC Wildlife Damage Control Agent and a SC Wildlife Control Operator, Anthony commonly deals with infestations involving bats, snakes, raccoons, squirrels, feral cats, and opossums.

Do you offer mosquito control?

Yes. Action Pest Exterminating offers one-time, monthly, or seasonal treatments. During the initial inspection, a pest control technician will identify areas that are conducive to breeding mosquitoes, and will provide information and education regarding your specific risk factors. They will also determine which type of equipment and what chemicals most closely meet your needs, and will give specific details as to your treatment plan. Treatment will incorporate spraying or misting around landscape plants, turf and ground cover, under decks, around building foundations and other places where mosquitoes may rest. This may be applied using handheld sprayers, backpack sprayers, or a combination of such. After application, it is imperative that people and animals remain off of the treatment area until the chemical is completely dry.

Do you offer a regular maintenance service for my home and yard?

Action Pest Exterminating offers extensive pest control management for residential and commercial customers. These include, but are not limited to: one-time and quarterly general pest services, annual termite inspection/service, seasonal mosquito treatments, and insect specific treatments.

Could I have an infestation of bed bugs and not be aware of it?

It is possible to have a bed bug infestation and be unaware of it. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, mainly feeding at night. Similar to mosquitos, they feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. While the bites are initially painless, they will often turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites (that are mainly concentrated around the ankles), bed bugs seek any areas of skin that are exposed while sleeping. People who don’t realize they have a bed bug infestation may attribute the bites and subsequent itching to other causes, such as fleas or mosquitos.

Can I have an insect problem and not be aware of it?

Most certainly! Each insect species has its own nuances regarding socialization, habitat, and infestations. It is realistic that a homeowner or tenant may be unaware of an infestation until such a time as the pest invades their home.

Are Water Bugs and Palmetto Bugs roaches?

Yes. The term “palmetto bug” and “water bug” are colloquial references (generally attributed to the southern United States) to either the Smokey Brown cockroach or the American cockroach. Contact a licensed pest control company to correctly identify the species of infestation and to learn about specific control measures.

Are only some spiders poisonous?

No … All spiders are poisonous to their prey, but relatively few are harmful to humans. Locally, the spiders that we consider to be harmful to humans are the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider.