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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. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for pest control services?

You may be able to use digital payments such as Venmo, Apple Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash or Zelle to pay for extermination services. Many businesses accept methods of payment besides cash and credit cards. Check with pest control services in your area to see if they have changed their payment methods as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Austin pest exterminators
Ali S.
Good exterminator competitive price good office support easy to schedule and pay online via portal
Bulwark ExterminatingBulwark Exterminating
Mark F.
Mark did a great job! Looks like I found my exterminator moving forward for all my properties.
Blue Light ExterminatorsBlue Light Exterminators
Thumbtack Customer
We wanted a one time extermination and were pleased with the service received. The tech was on time, very professional, asked detailed questions and performed the service in a timely manner. We will use them again.
Bulwark ExterminatingBulwark Exterminating
Rod K.
Bulwark Exterminating treated my dads house for his pesky mosquitos. For the first time we can go outside without being carried away to their home! Thank You for your services. Lavell Hicks was my technician and he was very knowledgeable
Bulwark ExterminatingBulwark Exterminating
Bree W.
I am super grateful for their fast and affordable service!! I can walk around my apartment with more peace of mind now. The exterminator who came on site was very nice, understanding, and very patient while I frantically explained my situation lol. Would absolutely use this service again!
Aries Pest ControlAries Pest Control
Thumbtack Customer
Not good. Setting up was easy and the exterminator was on time. However, everything sold/promised on the phone wasn't delivered. Based on the Google reviews, I had high expectations. On the appointment set-up call, I was sold a thorough and unique service: "We get in the walls, open up outlets, under the cabinets, etc". What really happened is the exterminator sprayed a few corners and baseboards. It took him about 10mins. Also, I requested specific fly treatment (over the phone), I was told they'd place small translucent rectangles to the window as the treatment - I cant recall the cost, but it was around $40. The exterminator brought and began setting up standard sticky box traps. When I asked about the translucent window stickers he had no idea what i was referring to. I was unwilling to pay $40 for something I can get at Hone Depot for a couple bucks, Upon payment, I advised him i was short paying, omitting the fly treatment. I told him to please clear it up internally. I've now received two invoices in the mail for the fly treatment. I'm calling today to clear that up and cancel future services.
Bulwark ExterminatingBulwark Exterminating
Thumbtack Customer
Really friendly technician. He came early because he was in the neighborhood but I asked him to come back at the scheduled time, which he did. This was my first time using an extermination company so I had lots of questions which he answered. It's only been 4 days Sind he came but j haven't seen any bugs!
Bulwark ExterminatingBulwark Exterminating
James R.
Responsiveness ok, but communication was not good. We were out of town, and had set up service with the request for them to call ahead of time. They failed to call either number that we left, and just showed up. After first round of missing the service tech, we had Bulwark Exterminating give us the numbers we had left the first time, and they did, but when the service tech showed up a second time without calling, he swore there was no message. Quality of work and value will depend on whether or not we eliminate our flea problem.
Bulwark ExterminatingBulwark Exterminating
Cheyanne A.
My apartment home was treated yesterday. We haven’t moved in yet and wanted to make sure we had the property treated as per our rental agreement. Scheduling was easy and Anthony was quick to answer any questions I had about the process. The morning of we decided to go with the 60 day plan vs. a one time extermination and requested a courtesy call before their arrival. They called as per my request and showed up on time to the appointment. It was a really good idea in hindsight, for our wallet and piece of mind to go with the continued service option - especially since we found out our new apartment was INFESTED with German Roaches. I knew we had some roaches, but to hear that the level we are dealing with is in fact a “bad infestation” that was not so expected. Couldn’t imagine how bad the situation would have been if we had moved in and then we’re forced to have the problem addressed due to rampant roaches. I shudder in disgust just thinking about it. Just a heads up: One time services are generally more expensive, however this one wasn’t as bad as other companies I’ve looked into. In my opinion: either way you go it is worth the expense to have bug problems professionally treated and diagnosed. Only hiccup in the whole process was when we started the perimeter - the young man ran out of his supplies and was unable to finish the job during my scheduled appointment time. He was extremely polite, communicative, and came back in the afternoon to make sure our home was completely secured from all the creepy crawlers. Going to request that he be our technician moving forward. Since I was planning to be in the area to vote early - it only slightly was an inconvenience, which is why I put the rating at 4 stars instead of 5. **Wish Thumbtack had the option for half starts because they really deserve 4.5!** Thank goodness we decided to have this professionally treated and chose them as our pest control company! Thanks for y’alls help guys!
Bulwark ExterminatingBulwark Exterminating
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