FAQ About Pest Control:
How do I get rid of Fire Ants?
Fire ants can be difficult to eliminate totally because they can reinvade from neighboring properties. The best solution for treating for fire ants would be a broadcast yard treatment of a contact insecticide to help control unseen mounds and colonies foraging from neighboring properties. Regular fire ant service is necessary to keep ants to a minimum. Blue Star offers a twice a year Fire ant treatment for the yard area.
Is it possible to get rid of cockroaches and keep them from coming back?
Cockroaches can be eliminated from a home, but reinfestations can occur depending on the particular species involved and where the home is situated. Outdoor cockroaches, like the large american, smoky browns or oriental cockroaches, may continually try to enter a home from the outside. Regular exterior service in addition to sealing outside cracks and holes in walls can help limit such invasions.
Why do I need ongoing pest treatment?
In any pest control program, ongoing maintenance is necessary to ensure control of any infestations and to help prevent future ones from occurring. Pests want three things: food, water and shelter – all things that are inside your home. They often are relentless in looking for ways to get inside your home, so we must be vigilant in keeping them out. Also, different pests are active as the weather changes, requiring different treatments as the seasons change. We partner with our customers, encouraging them to take simple steps in addition to the appropriate pest treatment, to help keep potential pests in their place all year round, and to help keep your home protected.
I have a clean house but still have bugs – why?
Pests want what we have – food, water and shelter. Many pests such as roaches and even rodents can fit through tiny cracks and crevices in search of these resources. This can happen no matter how clean your house may be. Other pests like bed bugs are not related to cleanliness at all. They are hitchhikers in search of a blood meal that people can easily – and often unknowingly – provide. It is best to have Blue Star conduct a thorough inspection to identify pest risk factors around your home.
My kitchen is inundated with small ants. What should I do?
It is important to identify the ant involved before trying to control it. Some ant species can be controlled using ant baits, while others cannot. The key to success is following the ants back to their colony and treating the colony directly (except when dealing with pharaoh ants).
What's the best way to get rid of pharaoh ants?
Any residual treatments applied to control pharaoh ants only makes the problem worse. Such treatments cause colonies to split into two or more colonies. Pharaoh ants can only be controlled by use of ant baits. This ant commonly uses the electrical wiring and plumbing pipes inside walls as "highways" to travel from room to room.