STRAIGHT ANSWERS FROM CHAPMAN PEST CONTROL
I have ants in my kitchen and have used traps, but they do not work.  Why?
Identifying the ant species is critical before attempting any control measure.  Some ants like sweets, others like proteins.  Some like both but at different times in their development.  Our technicians are trained in insect ID so they know what method of control best suits their customers’ ant  problem.
In the evening, I see large reddish brown ants.  What are they?
If they are 1/4 of an inch or longer, they are most likely  carpenter ants.   They are active at night and are attracted to the lights in and around your home.   Carpenter ants like to live in wood that has been damaged by water or other insects, but they will nest in a variety of other locations.  Some of their favorites sites are in tree holes, landscape timbers, water heaters, gutters, attics, soffits, potted plants and a large variety of other places.  We have even found them in toilet tanks.
Will do they damage my home?
While they do not ingest wood like a termite, their excavation can cause damage.   They also can cause damage by nesting in electrical equipment.  If you see large ants, it’s best to save a couple for positive identification and have an inspection of the premises.
How often will my home be treated?
We offer a variety of frequencies to fit your schedule.  The most popular is every other month.  We also offer quarterly and yearly.
Do you treat the outside of the structure?
Yes, the outside is a large part of our treatment.  We want to prevent the outside insects from becoming inside pests.
I have a clean house.  How did I get roaches?
The most common ways are that you brought them in or they found an entryway.   Roaches will hitch a ride home in grocery bags, cartons, and on produce.  They will also enter through loose or open doors and windows and through cracks in the wall or roof.
It’s embarrassing to have cockroaches but are they really a health hazard?
Yes.  Not only do they spread disease carrying bacteria but research shows that roaches cause severe allergies.  In addition to their health hazard, they will damage food, fabric, books and much more.
Since I moved to Florida, I see very large insects that my neighbor calls Palmetto bugs.  What are they?
Many people refer to American or Australian cockroaches as “Palmetto bugs“.   They get their nickname from the pioneer days of Florida when much of it was covered by Palmettos.  These insects preferred to live in the Palmettos and thus were nicknamed “Palmetto bug“.
Is there something special that you do for “Palmetto bugs”?
Since large roaches are very common to our region, we thoroughly treat the outside of each home.  We want to control these outdoor insects before they become indoor pests.
I have a dog and a cat.  It seems that I’m always bothered by fleas.   Is this something I just have to put up with?
Not at all.  We use a product  that not only kills the adult  fleas but also has an insect growth regulator (IGR) that keeps the eggs from developing into adult biting fleas.
I have two small children.  Is your treatment sound?
Yes.  We place the products in cracks, crevices, voids, and use bait stations.   This gives more effective control and keeps the products away from people and pets.
I used to have pest control service and it smelled terrible.  What about yours?
Our products are either odorless or very low odor.  After they dry, the odor does not linger.
The other thing I didn’t like was that I seemed to see a new technician every service.  Do you have long term employees?
Most of our technicians have been with us for over five years and several over ten.  Every month each one receives a minimum of four hours of technical and customer relations training.
I want to protect my family from these unwanted pests, but I want to make sure I choose the right company.  Can you tell me about yours?
Over 34 years of quality service has made us a leader the the pest control field.   We serve over 6,000 customers and are active in many civic and community projects.
Are you licensed?
We are certified and licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Our employees are bonded and all products we use are registered by EPA.
What happens if I see pests between my scheduled visit?
Simply call our office!  The technician will return promptly and of course at no extra cost.
How will I know when my pest control service is due?
You will be assigned a specific day.  Each year, we give you a calendar that has those days marked for the entire year.
I also own a  business.  Do you do commercial work?
Absolutely! Your staff will be pleased with the professionalism of our technicians and non interruption of your business.
I’m convinced!  How do I get started?
Simply call our office.  One of the trained office personnel will determine your needs and make a convenient appointment for your first visit.