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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with an exterminator during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ask exterminators in your area if they would be willing to offer a consultation over a phone call or video chat. You can then ask them any questions you have about the upcoming appointment. Make sure to ask what precautions they are taking to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and whether they are observing social distancing guidelines. You may ask them if it's possible to conduct the appointment virtually or without person-to-person contact. 

How can I find out if an exterminator is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Essential service providers during the COVID-19 crisis are defined by individual states, cities and localities. For the most accurate information, visit your official state or city government website to see what is considered an essential service. 

CISA is the government agency that defines critical workers on a national level, so you can check its website for more information. However, note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire an exterminator when social distancing?

If you need pest extermination services inside your home, talk to the exterminator first to be sure that you both feel comfortable completing the project. Also, follow the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing. You can also arrange with the exterminator to take extra steps to stay safe, such as waving instead of shaking hands, staying at least 6 feet apart, using digital payments and sanitizing any common spaces before and after the project is complete. 

Does an exterminator need to enter my home?

If you have an outdoor pest infestation, it’s unlikely an exterminator will need to enter your home. But if your pest infestation is inside your home, the exterminator will likely need to enter your home. Check with the exterminator beforehand to explain the extent of the problem, the layout of your house and see if they can complete the job outdoors. You can also ask the exterminator to video chat or set up a phone call to exchange as much information as possible before you begin the project. 

Do exterminators offer remote or virtual services?

Typically, extermination takes place at your home or place of business, but you can ask if the business is offering special accommodations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you come across a profile that states the exterminator is offering remote services, ask what those services include. But if the job has to be done in person, be sure to follow the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing or see if you can postpone your appointment.

How much does it cost to treat a house for termites?

Termites are not only creepy-crawly, they can literally eat your house out from underneath you. Termites feed on damp and dry wood and can chomp through your house at an alarming rate. The national average pest control cost for termite extermination is $240-$400. Treatment costs can be higher for an extensive infestation. Here are some examples of average pest control costs for termites:

  • Liquid treatment of subterranean termites: $3-$4 per linear foot.
    • For $75 per year, a company may offer a maintenance plan that provides inspection of the property and renewal of the warranty.
  • Liquid treatment of subterranean termites: approximately $400 for a 2,000-square-foot home at $3-$5 per linear foot.
    • The price is higher for additional work such as foaming and drilling inside of concrete slabs.
  • Fumigation treatment of drywood termites: $1,200-$1,500 for a 30,000- to 35,000-cubic-foot home
    • Fumigation is measured in cubic feet because it fills the airspace of the home and infiltrates the wood that the termites may be colonizing. The cost of fumigation is affected by the number of levels in the home as well as the square footage.

How much does it cost to get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are not only ugly, they are difficult to get rid of. Quick and resilient, they can be hard to get rid of without professional help once they have inhabited a house. Nationally, the average range for cockroach pest control cost is $80-$130. Extermination professionals typically provide a free estimate to determine the extent of the infestation. They’ll check for the main sources of the bugs, identify bug access and entry points into your home, and determine the best method for elimination. There are a variety of cockroach extermination tools including gel baits and traps, pesticide foggers, desiccants (which dry out the cockroaches), neurotoxins, and other pesticides. Pest control costs can also cover preventive measures like regular spraying and trap maintenance. Some regions of the country are much more prone to cockroach problems than others, so pest control costs may need to be part of your quarterly budget. Cockroaches love dark, humid, and warm areas and water sources, so place traps near your washer and dryer and under your sinks.

How long does a bed bug treatment last?

Bed bug extermination can last forever as long as the treatment killed all the bed bugs (and their eggs) and if new bed bugs are not transported into the location. Factors that can affect the outcome are how severe the infestation is and whether all bed bug sources were properly identified and treated. When working with a pest control professional, the EPA recommends you check and call references; ask if they offer both chemical and non-chemical treatment options, if they recommend both encasements and interceptors, and if they offer two or more service visits and follow-up. Bed bugs are tiny (adults are roughly the size of an apple seed) and can hide anywhere a credit card can slide into. They squeeze into cracks in walls, behind electrical outlet sockets, in bedding, and in other dark places. Learn how to prepare your home for a bed bug treatment for the best outcomes. Michigan State University shares some examples of possible reasons that a bed bug extermination is not 100 percent effective:

  • Not all sources (aka hiding places) of the bed bugs were identified during initial inspection.
  • Not all sources of bed bugs were treated.
  • The insecticides used were not effective or, in the case of heat treatment, there was insufficient contact time.
  • Infested items such as bedding or other materials were reintroduced into a cleaned area.

How do you check for bed bugs?

If you are concerned you have a bed bug infestation, look for physical signs of their presence. Bed bugs love to hide in small, dark spaces and typically come out to feed (generally on human blood) after dark — although they will come out in daylight if hungry enough. The Environmental Protection Agency states that indications of an infestation can include seeing shed exoskeletons of bed bugs, rusty spots on your bedding (which are either bug droppings or bloodstains), live bed bugs, bed bug egg casings, a sweet and musty odor (if the infestation is severe), and evidence of bites on your skin.

To spot bed bugs, look in and along mattress seams and bedding, in curtain and furniture folds, inside cracks or crevices in the walls, behind picture frames and mirrors, under loose wallpaper seams, on recently used luggage or backpacks, inside electronics, and inside clothing or cluttered areas such as closets. If you see signs of bed bugs, be careful not to disturb them too much as you don’t want them scattering to other parts of your house.

Reviews for San Diego pest exterminators
Thumbtack Customer
Gilbert responded very soon after the request, and came the next day to do a flea extermination.
Slate Termite and Pest Control ServicesSlate Termite and Pest Control Services
Gina M.
Looked into exterminators on a weekend and Cal Coast responded same day! They continued to stay in touch with regards to my rental and ant issue.
Cal Coast Pest Management, IncCal Coast Pest Management, Inc
Alfonso D.
Michael Keith was very helpful with today’s extermination. Found every possible solution to every problem. Did a very good job with everything.
Cal Coast Pest Management, IncCal Coast Pest Management, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Gilbert was very prompt in showing up to the appointment, had a cordial and pleasant demeanor, and even was able to call-out the issue I was having with dry wood termites just from the description I provided in my initial request, site unseen. It seems that my issue still falls under the warranty of another exterminator that has checked my place before I had moved in, so I ultimately did not contract Gilbert's services. But Gilbert even walked me through the inspection report from the other exterminator and took the time to explain a few things regarding the report. All in all, a great experience. I will definitely consider Gilbert's services in the future if the need shall arise.
Slate Termite and Pest Control ServicesSlate Termite and Pest Control Services
Thumbtack Customer
The service Gilbert provided was great. I had a "tenant & mouse" situation that required more than just "show up and set a trap. The "other" exterminator service was mainly interested in getting a long-term contract signed. Gilbert was concerned with getting the problem solved. I'm very grateful for his expertise with the mice and sensitivity to the tenant situation.
Slate Termite and Pest Control ServicesSlate Termite and Pest Control Services
Thumbtack Customer
Joe provided thorough professional service, and showed a true understanding of the best way to handle my very complicated ant problem. We had them both inside and outside our home, in mass! We've tried for a year and nothing worked. When Joe came, after a thorough inspection, he knew that we must also have ants inside walls in pilot nests, as well as many locations on our property. If Joe had just treated the exterior, they would have been sealed inside the sprayed perimeter, and fled inward, really infiltrating my home. Instead, he located their internal nest sites, and treated with a product they walked through and carried back to their nests, delivering the pesticide back to the other ants. Its been 2 weeks, and every day dozens of new dead ants appear in the shower on the ledge, but at least they are dead. We rinse them away, just grateful that they aren't moving in and taking over our home. They only make it out to the ledge before they die. Joe is the only one who has been able to really kick our massive ant invasion! Thanks Joe! After 18 years of living in multiple properties in San Diego, which seems to be one huge ant hill, you are the only exterminator I'll ever call or recommend!
San Diego IPMSan Diego IPM
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