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Frequently Asked Questions

Just like your grade school teacher said "Don't Be Afraid To Ask A Question!" We encourage our customers to ask questions. We want you to know more about the Eco-Friendly way of pest control. And, the people-friendly service we offer to protect your family, pets and property.
You may find that some of our customers have asked the same questions. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below and click on the questions to read our response. Or, if you'd don't see want you need, CLICK HERE to link to our Request Info./Bid page and we'll be happy to respond quickly with the answers you need. There's No Obligation!

 
How will I know if I have bed bugs? GO

How long can bed bugs survive? GO

If you spray for spiders will the kids's bedrooms be safe? GO

What is the health risk of cockroaches? GO

How do you treat for cockroaches? GO

Why should I hire you when I can try and do it myself? GO

What are 5 things I can do INSIDE to keep pests away? GO
 
How do you get rid of ticks in my backyard? GO

Is there anything I can do to keep snakes out of my yard? GO

What's the best way to control mice? GO

Are the products you use dangerous to kids and pets? GO

How long after your treatment does it take to see results? GO

What are 5 things I can do OUTSIDE to keep pests away? GO
 
 
How will I know if I have bed bugs?
You may suspect bed bugs if you wake up with bites or welts on your body (small, red rashes) that grown itchy and painful, and especially if this happens repeatedly. Other signs of infestation can be detected with a magnifying glass and flashlight. What to look for:
1) Tiny black spots (excrement) on linens or other objects
2) Small red stains from crushed bed bugs
3) Translucent light brown skin casings
4) Live bed bugs that rusty-red in color, about the size of an apple seed.
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How long can bed bugs survive?
Bed bugs can survive without food (human blood) for 80 to 140 days; older stages can survive up to a year or longer without feeding. Storing suspect furniture or luggage or closing a bedroom or infected area may not end the problem. We recommend spray treatment and the use of mattress encasement bags as the best protection against a bed bug comeback.
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The bedrooms for our kids are in the basement. If you come to spray for spiders will we have to move the kids, bedrooms upstairs?
Our pesticide solutions for household insects are low concentration. They are formulated to be effective against spiders and small insects but are of no danger to humans or pets. Following inspection and treatment of spiders in your home, we'll advise you of any precautions needed. In situations like this we have an insecticide with absolutely NO CHEMICALS - Essentria IC3™ - which may be the best choice for your basement. Remember too that spiders are also predators of insects. The most effective control method is to limit their primary food supply. So, the presence of spiders may indicate the need for other pest control in and around your home.
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What is the health risk of cockroaches?
Roaches are adaptable pests, which is why they have survived for so long. Good sanitation is essential. Cockroaches can cause gastroenteritis including nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting diarrhea, etc, cause by their fecal material being placed on food, dishes, glasses, etc, to allergic responses such as skin rashes, watery eyes, sneezing, and can even set off asthma attacks in people.
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How do you treat for cockroaches?
At Eco-Friendly Pest Control our strategy depends upon the species of cockroach, which is why inspection and identification is an important first step. Upon identification of the species and analysis of the situation, a strategy is developed. We may utilize baits, carefully placed out of reach of children and pets, to eliminate cockroach populations. In other situations, insect growth regulators, which inhibit the ability of the cockroach to molt and grow, are used in combination with other methods. And additionally, we provide information to clients about the ways that they can avoid providing harborage for pest populations.
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What are five things I can do inside my house to keep pests away?
1. Keep all kitchen areas clean (including floors) and free of useless clutter. Kitchen appliances should be kept free of spills and crumbs. Clean shelves regularly and store foods such as cereal, flour, and dog food in airtight containers.
2. Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly.
3. Check pipes around the house for leaks, cracks and gaps and seal and patch any problems if necessary. Leaky faucets should also be fixed.
4. Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. If you have mold and mildew in your home or office, it's a symptom of excess moisture.
5. Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging you bring into your home thoroughly. Insects have also been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage.
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We have a wooded backyard and a ton of ticks. How do you get rid of ticks in my backyard?
It would be difficult to eliminate all the ticks in your backyard in an environmentally-sound way, but they can be managed. Sources of the ticks are deer, squirrels, and ground-nesting birds. Habitat modification is important in tick management, like keeping overgrown weedy areas trimmed back where these animals may nest. Take the usual precautions when working outdoors; use repellants (DEET or alternatives on your skin and clothing).
Tuck long pants into your socks to keep ticks off your legs. And consult your veterinarian about the best options to protect your pets.
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My backyard borders a creek and have seen a few snakes. Is there anything I can do to keep them out of my yard?
Fortunately, in our part of South Dakota, poisonous snakes are rare. But, even so, most of us don't like their company. Make sure all holes in the foundation of your home are sealed. This will help keep rodents out, which attract snakes. Make sure the yard is not cluttered with debris that snakes may hide under. We'd like to help with your snake problem. Because most snakes are a not a threat, we trap them and find them a new home where they can live in a wild, more natural enviornment.
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What are five things I can do outside of my house to keep pests away?
1. Inspect and seal any cracks and holes outside your home. Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
2. Check around the perimeter of your home for leaky faucets and anything that allows moisture to pool around the base of your home.
3. Eliminate debris from gutters.
4. Trim tree branches and shrubbery around your home, especially if they are touching the building.
5. Store firewood and other wood away from your home.
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Are the products you use for pest control dangerous to kids and pets?
Safety is more than just a name for us. It's our top priority. At Eco-Friendly Pest Control our service professionals have been trained on the proper application of pest control materials and methods. We also offer a insecticide with absolutely No Chemicals that is effective for many pest problems. We will advise you of all available methods - insecticide or chemical-free applications are available - and the steps required, during and after our treatment process, to ensure a safe and healthy environment for your family, your pets and your property.
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What's the best way to control mice?
The house mouse is one of the most common pests triggering a call to Eco-Friendly Pest Control. They are best dealt with using an integrated approach including exclusion, sanitation, and population reduction. Usually traps are employed to eliminate mice living inside buildings, but baits are also used. We'll inspect and assess the problem at your home or business and recommend the best approach for you.
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Why should I hire Eco-Friendly Pest Control when I can try and do it myself?
  • At Eco-Friendly Pest Control, we use the latest and most effective products and know the habits, life cycles, food preferences, etc. of the pests in our area.
  • How to handle products safely, when and where to apply them and how much is necessary is often overlooked on consumer available pesticides.
  • An inspection by Eco-Friendly Pest Control can spot problems before they become serious and therefore reduce the amount of product to be applied.
  • We're familiar with non-toxic methods of pest control; including habitat modification, exclusion techniques, growth regulators and the proper use of baits.
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How long after your treatment does it take to see results?
For most of the pests we encounter, results are usually rapid. Time of results depends on the insect and the method we choose for your home. We can be more specific after an inspection. Rest assured though, if your pests don't go away – neither will we! With our Eco-Friendly worry-free guarantee, we'll arrange another treatment at no additional charge.
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Still have a question?
Couldn't find an answer to your question? No problem! Let us know what's happening in your home by filling out the request for service bid form on this website. There's no obligation! We'll address your concerns and recommend the treatment that is right for you. And, if we need to inspect your home before we can make a recommendation, we'll let you know that too. CLICK HERE to link to our Eco-Friendly Pest Control request page.
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