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Q & A

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.

Is it safe to use an exterminator spray?

Exterminator sprays and pesticides are generally toxic, and toxicity levels can vary by product. Therefore, it’s best to speak with the best pest control specialists near you to determine the safest way to get rid of your pest problem and reduce the risk of exposure. If a pesticide is needed, it’s likely safer to let the pro spray your home. 

Keep these tips in mind if exterminator spray will be used in your home: 

  • Exterminator spray is not safe to swallow, inhale or touch. 
  • Leave the house when the spray is being applied indoors.
  • Ventilate your home by opening windows and doors upon return. 
  • Keep pets and pet supplies away from the chemicals.

Is monthly pest control necessary?

Monthly pest control service is only necessary for certain situations. For example, severe ant or cockroach infestations may require monthly pest control in order to destroy the infestations at the source. 

Talk to the best exterminators near you to get an idea of what type of service you need — and how many times you’ll need follow-up treatments.

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.

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.
Reviews for Manhattan pest management professionals
Thumbtack Customer
I was extremely pleased with the services provided by Jerry Ramtahal and Terminators Pest Management. They were very thorough and knowledgeable. They did everything they said in their ad. The crew was pleasant and efficient. I was anxious about my "pest problem" but was assured that it would be taken care of. I highly recommend this company.
Terminators Pest ManagementTerminators Pest Management
Sonia R.
Terminators Pest Management went above and beyond. Great customer service! Thank you Sherly and Thank you Jerry for understanding my needs and getting the job done so quickly.
Terminators Pest ManagementTerminators Pest Management
Caterina M.
This service was TOP NOTCH. Not only because they are precise,price is unbeatable, they were on time, attentive to details ( Richard,the exterminator, even made sure to push back my stove to check if there were any holes behind it where roaches could be coming in and there actually were 2 huge ones which he proceeded to seal.) Customer service through the Phone was excellent, Mr McGowan was very pleasant to talk to, he was very curteous and efficent, he even managed to schedule the service for the VERY NEXT DAY which is paramount for your peace of mind when you have a pest problem and want to be able to sleep at Night without having roach related night terrors. Overall great guys , great experience would definitely recommend and will call them again.
Thumbtack Customer
A Stand up crew that takes pride in their projects and craftsmanship. You could tell right away that they genuinely care. They made us feel comfortable. Compassionate and dedicated in their attitude and service. The owner Gene got in touch with me on labor day. I'm sure he has his own family to mind to. But he was there no questions asked. Gene spent some time with me on the phone discussing various options and working around our needs. We have 2 newborns and Gene worked on a all natural organic treatment for us. He is thorough and knows his work. A true gentleman and a pro. Thank you thumbtack.com and Thank you Gene and the team at ODIN PEST MANAGEMENT. Jane
ODIN Pest ControlODIN Pest Control
Kathleen L.
My initial experience with Odin was great, until I paid them. In summary: My pest issue was resolved with one treatment, but the quote was for two treatments and I never received the second. Despite repeated contact to the company and Gene, I have yet to receive an accurate invoice or summary of what they did in my apartment. Since they took my money, Customer Service has been terrible: unprofessional and unreliable. The full details: I suspected I had a pest problem and contacted Odin. The quoted price was a low price for an initial inspection, and if the issue was confirmed, a higher rate would be charged which included 2 onsite treatments and a 6 month guarantee. I spoke to Gene multiple times on the phone and was very happy with how attentive, patient and thorough he was - I even told him he seemed to provide a much more hands on and personal approach to business than the larger companies I had spoken to - he assured me this is what Odin strives for. In addition, Gene gave lots of advice for working with my landlord and assured me he would help with documentation so I could get reimbursed from my landlord. I agreed to the terms, paid a deposit and scheduled an appointment. Gene arrived late for the appointment, but was attentive, thorough, and answered my many questions. He confirmed my pest issue, and conducted the full treatment. I paid him the remainder balance via credit card through a secure app on his phone. Gene told me that he'd be in touch the following week to check in and schedule the 2nd treatment. He gave me multiple business cards to share in my building and gave advice for notifying neighbors. I was quite happy at this point, as the treatment worked and we were able to sleep through the night with no pest issues. From there things went downhill: Gene never followed up to confirm the 1st treatment worked or schedule the 2nd treatment. I called the numbers he provided and the phone was 'disconnected'. I emailed Gene 2-3 times (both at his direct email and the company email on the website) and received no reply. I found another number online and called to receive a machine, which had a recording saying my call would be returned promptly - no one returned my call in the stated timeframe. I called again the next day and Gene then called me back. I asked for an invoice, documentation of findings and treatment and to schedule the second appointment. Gene assured me he’d send it right away. Again, didn't receive anything - I emailed this request again. Gene texted me asking ME when my appointment had been and how much I paid! I replied, then was emailed an invoice - it had an address in a completely different state, no summary of treatment, and a stated 3 month guarantee (not the 6 I had been told). An invoice with the wrong recipient is worthless, let alone the other wrong/missing details. Before I could reply, I immediately received a calendar invite for follow up treatment at the incorrect address – and a random date (no one even inquired my availability). I emailed to say the invoice was wrong and asked if the calendar invite could be scheduled at a time I provided. The person replied "We got you mixed up with another [client same name] - you are the better one I promise ;). Gene K had just brought this to my attention. I will make the necessary changes". I never received an updated invoice or calendar invite. It’s been weeks. My landlord has screamed at me and threated to evict me because I cannot provide documentation of treatment, and cannot get Odin to provide accurate documentation. The amount of time I’ve wasted trying to get basic customer service from Odin, and the second treatment I paid for, is infuriating. In summary: Thankfully, my pest problem was solved. But I feel ripped off: I paid for a two treatments and received one. They can't (won't?) provide documentation of the treatment or invoice, so I can't get reimbursed. They are unresponsive and unprofessional. Bad office management and follow through. Never again.
ODIN Pest ControlODIN Pest Control
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