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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

What are the signs of pests in your home?

Signs of pest infestations vary by the type of pest. Here are a few signs to watch out for when it comes to some of the most common pests: 

  • Ants: Stray ants walking around or large numbers congregating, wood shavings, ants emerging from hidden crevices, ant nests
  • Rats or mice: Droppings, chewed objects and wires, scampering noises, holes in walls and floors
  • Cockroaches: Cylindrical droppings, brown smear marks, live cockroaches
  • Fleas: Small and dark spots on your pet’s skin, your pet starts scratching excessively, pepper-like “flea dirt” in bedding, carpet or furniture
  • Bed bugs: Droppings in the seams of your mattress, rusty/reddish stains on bed sheets, bites on your skin 
  • Termites: Mud tubes, wood-scented droppings, small holes in walls, peeling or bubbling paint, wood damage
  • Bees or wasps: Excessive number of bees and wasps, dark patches on the walls or ceilings, and papery nests or hives under roof eaves, behind shutters, on balconies or in garden sheds

If you notice any of these signs in your house, contact the best exterminators near you

How often should pest control be done?

This depends on several factors, including:

  • The type of pest
  • The severity of the invasion
  • Your home’s characteristics
  • The quality of the pest control company’s work

In some cases, you might require pest control services three to four times a year. Or, you might need services monthly or every few months. 

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 get rid of termites?

The best way to get rid of termites is to act fast. Termites are a problem that will only get worse — and no matter how much you want them to, they usually don’t magically move out on their own. There are three main types of termites: drywood, dampwood and subterranean. Drywood and dampwood termites sneak through cracks in your exterior paint, nail holes, and gaps near windows and other openings and begin to eat through your wood. Subterranean termites enter your house from the ground up by creating mud tunnels. In all cases, they survive by eating the wood of your house. The type of termites you have can steer the treatment plan.

Methods of termite extermination include fumigation, use of pesticides, and use of natural elements that are poisonous to the bugs. The extent of your termite infestation will help determine the treatment method. If you have drywood or dampwood termites that have infiltrated all aspects of the wood in your home, the pest control pro may recommend enclosing the whole house in a tent and gassing the termites via fumigation. If you have subterranean termites, often the entire footprint of the home must be treated by drilling liquid treatments into the slab or foundation of the home to exterminate the colonies. In any case, once you see signs of termites, it’s time to take action and call a pest pro.  

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.

Do I need to leave the house for pest control?

It depends on the type of pest control service you require. Your exterminator can often tell you beforehand which products they’ll be using and where they’ll be applying it. 

If the pest control company will be applying toxic chemicals, limit your exposure, according to the National Pesticide Information Center. For example, consider leaving your house during application and ventilate your home thoroughly when you return. And always keep your pets and their supplies away from the applied pesticides. 

Talk to pest control companies near you for advice on what you should do while they’re treating your home for pests. 

How do you get rid of ants?

The best way to get rid of ants is to hire an ant exterminator near you. The exterminator can also help you find the source of the problem that’s drawing ants into your home. 

After they’re done treating your home, you can invest in ant baits to keep infestations at bay. It’s also important to take preventative steps to avoid ants.

For example, always clean up crumbs and wipe down surfaces to eliminate potential food sources. Regularly take out the trash, fix leaky pipes, store your food in sealed containers and seal cracks near your kitchen cabinets. 

Here are more tips on how to get rid of ants (for good).

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 much does it cost to kill bed bugs?

The cost of bed bug extermination depends primarily on how widespread the pest infestation is and how many rooms need to be treated. Other factors that can affect bed bug extermination costs are the amount of clutter in the location, additional furniture that needs to be treated, and construction of the home. Pest management professionals often have rates for room treatments, which can vary based on these factors. As an example, a pest management company treating a 10-by-15-foot room with light infestation might charge clients about $250, while the same size room with a heavy infestation and large amounts of clutter might cost the clients $300-$400. Clutter and heavier bed bug populations mean more product and longer labor time for the workers. Rates will vary from company to company, and from region to region, but the national average bed bug extermination cost is $320-$400. Bed bug heat treatments are an alternative way to exterminate these pests. Heat treatments are typically charged per square foot and tend to cost more than chemical or non-chemical spray solutions. Although effective, they are not usually recommended for occupied spaces, as the extreme temperatures can damage televisions, window dressings and other home furnishings.

Can you see a bed bug?

Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, but depending on where they are in their life cycle they can be hard to see. Adult bed bugs are the easiest to spot. According to the EPA, they are roughly the size of an apple seed and the height of a credit card. Adults are flat and oval-shaped, have six legs, and are rusty red in color. Bed bug larvae, also referred to as nymphs, are white-yellow or translucent in color and are much harder to spot due to their small size. The nymphs go through five stages of life, shedding an exoskeleton at each stage. Throughout these stages the nymphs grow in size from approximately 1.5 millimeters to approximately 4.5 millimeters. Bed bug eggs can be the most challenging to see as they are roughly 1 millimeter — about the size of a pinhead — and are white or clear. Bed bugs tend to be more active at night, as this is when they feed.

Reviews for Philadelphia pest exterminators
Thumbtack Customer
ProActive pest is by far the best exterminating service in the area of philadelphia.
ProActive Pest ManagementProActive Pest Management
Shanelle l.
Very polite and professional arrived on time and exterminated my home.
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't be more pleased with my choice. Cheap Exterminators came were very efficient in handling my problem. They explained where my problem areas were and how I needed to fix them. They were on time which showed me they honored my time as well as my business. I have found my exterminator for life. Thank you Cheap Exterminator and Thumb Tack for a job well done
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Teka J.
Cheap Exterminating did a great job getting rid out the bed bugs in my apartment.
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Mike G.
Cheap exterminating, was a great option, fast, cheap and well done, I’ll keep the business with them.
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Marcel K.
I was able to get an extermination service within 12 hours and it seemed to do the trick. Would recommend!
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Thumbtack Customer
Knowledgeable and courteous. Explained everything really well to help me understand how bed bugs spread, where, and how the process of extermination works. Helped make the process of getting rid of bed bugs less stressful by explaining everything and being able to start the extermination process right away.
ProActive Pest ManagementProActive Pest Management
Thumbtack Customer
Our tenants had a great experience with Harpoon. Prompt and Courteous. We'll be using Harpoon for our extermination needs from now on.
Harpoon Pest SolutionsHarpoon Pest Solutions
Gregory H.
Great experience working with exterminator J . Handled everything seamlessly and knows his stuff . And the prices are great very affordable. Thank you again sir!!
All Vets Pest control (veteran, owned)All Vets Pest control (veteran, owned)
Nyshierah B.
Joe was very informative about his work and how he would execute the extermination plan. I would definitely get any future infestation handled by him.
All Time Pest Solutions/DBA All Star ServicesAll Time Pest Solutions/DBA All Star Services
Ramon R.
I'd recommend Pest Medics LLC to anyone who is looking for an exterminator. Javan was punctual, professional, followed COVID guidelines, and efficient in taking care of our pest problem.
Pest Medics llcPest Medics llc
Francis N.
If you have need to have animals removed, hire Tayo at Cheap Exterminating. Tayo is a consumate professional. He responded to my call promptly. He came out and did a thorough job at a very fair price. He was personable and professional. He is down to earth and responsive to all my calls. I can't recommend this company strongly enough. Take my word for it. You won't find a better value than Cheap Exterminating
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Shelema J.
Rich is awesome he goes above and beyond .If you need a exterminator he is your go to guy he explains everything and include you in everything. Haven’t seen a bug yet
Aggregate Home ServicesAggregate Home Services
Kevin F.
I highly recommend Cheap Exterminating Llc. Tayo was very responsive and professional. He identified the problem immediately and was extremely knowledgeable. The cost was very reasonable; I am a satisfied customer.
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Mariella T.
I really needed an exterminator and Tayo came through. He was professional and informative. Any issues you may have Tayo got you.! I would definitely recommend his services to everyone!
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Emma W.
I had a few roaches in the kitchen and laundry room. Cheap Exterminating came, sprayed and the next day, I barely seen any roaches! No BS!!👀Wonderful job guys keep up the good work!
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Eric W.
I'd already settled on an exterminator, but when they called me back and spoke to me about the service and the price, I cancelled the other appointment and went with them. The work was quick, and I'm happy with the results so far.
Legionnaire Pest ControlLegionnaire Pest Control
Thumbtack Customer
We were exceptionally pleased with the service we received from Terminators Pest Management (TPM). Jerry and his team were very thorough and kept us abreast of the treatment process every step of the way. In addition, he and Shirley (in the office) were very informative and took the time to educate us about bed bugs and the most effective strategies for exterminating them. Jerry offered practical solutions for reducing the risk of subsequent infestations. I would recommend TPM to anyone seeking extermination of bed bugs. Thank you TPM and Thumbtack for your assistance.
Terminators Pest ManagementTerminators Pest Management
Thumbtack Customer
Quick response, efficient extermination, great value, friendly service! Two out of two nights so far bite free since they came. I am beyond relieved that these guys took care of my bed bug problem.
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Thumbtack Customer
We were quoted almost three times as much from Orkin for bedbug extermination. So glad we decided to get a second opinion. Thank you for giving us our peace of mind back and not overcharging your customers.
ProActive Pest ManagementProActive Pest Management
Tonya B.
I had an emergency and Tayo came out the very same day. After assess the situation,He gave me his honest professional opinion. Tayo is a life saver and he will become my exterminator. Reasonable prices and professional service
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Ellen S.
Very responsive. I needed to find an exterminator for my mother who was in desperate need and this pro was right on time. Came out the same day and treated the place and closing up holes as well for preventative measures. Was very punctual. Will definitely recommend.
All Vets Pest control (veteran, owned)All Vets Pest control (veteran, owned)
Tracey M.
Amazing experience. Extremely professional and courteous exterminating services. They came out after 11pm to handle pests that invaded my happy home. Highly Recommended to handle pest control. I'm grateful and extremely satisfied. Now I can rest well.
Cheap ExterminatingCheap Exterminating
Michael R.
Brent not only treated the problem timely and thoroughly, he also showed concern and care about my situation. Just like a doctor needs to be competent both in medical practice and in bedside manner, so too is Brent in his competence in pest extermination and in client care.
ProActive Pest ManagementProActive Pest Management
Barbara S.
I was happy to work with Jessie, Exterminator J. What I thought was a Squirrel problem was actually a Raccoon problem and he was big. Jessie and Mike was very Professional, Efficient with good Communication skills. I look forward to working with them again and for my follow-up.
All Vets Pest control (veteran, owned)All Vets Pest control (veteran, owned)
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