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Q. Hi Lady bug team. I am writing you from Ginosi Apartels, an international apartel chain. We're currently working on a company policy for bed bug management. As we're not experts, we need your professional consultation. I would appreciate if you could send me a quote for this service if you provide it. Looking forward to your response. Sincerely,
A. Consultation services are $150.00 initial minium. Thereafter $100.00 per hour. We have drafted our own protocols for our Hotel owners and apartment owners. Thank you.
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A. sorry, we are a 2 man/woman band and 3 bed bug dogs. So don't need to call anyone. Thanks.
Q. Why choose Ladybug Pest Management, Inc.?
A. Because you will gain a company that truly cares about you and the importance of solving your pest problems. We are a family-owned, friendly business, and you will be dealing directly with the owners when you call.
Q. I had a swarm of what I thought were flying ants in my home, and a friend told me that they might have been termites. How can I tell the difference?
A. Termites are often confused with ants; a few characteristics can help distinguish the two. Termites have a broad waist, straight parallel antennae and both wings are the same size. Ants have a thin, pinched waist, elbowed antennae and their hind wings are smaller than their front wings.
Q. When is the best time to treat for termites?
A. The best time to treat for termites is before they infest a structure. Termite control is an ongoing process rather than a one-time treatment. You should have a termite control & monitoring plan to avoid costly infestation and damage.
Q. How do termites get into my house?
A. Homes and other buildings provide termites with an ideal combination of warmth, moisture and food sources, wood and/or any cellulose materials. Termites are small enough to enter basements and crawlspaces through openings as small as 1/32nd of an inch. A loose mortar joint, a small space around a drainpipe or a settlement crack is all they need to gain entry into your home.
Q. What advice can you give to prevent a termite infestation?
A. Preventative action makes good sense. Consider having a Home Pest Control professional inspect your home and implement a termite control program. There are also measures any homeowner can take to help prevent infestation:
  • Remove all wood and cellulose (cardboard) debris from around and under your home.
  • Grade the soil around your foundation so it carries water away from the house. Maintain gutters and downspouts.
  • Create at least 18" of clearance between the bottom of the wood floor joists and soil in the crawlspace.
  • Prevent wood-to-ground contacts such as porch supports, stairs and decks. Set wood posts on concrete pads so they don't have contact with the ground.
  • Ventilate the crawlspace to reduce moisture.
  • Use pressure treated wood wherever wood will contact the ground.
  • Repair any plumbing leaks.

Q. My next-door neighbor has termites and is going to have his house treated. Are the termites going to attack my house next?
A. Termites move randomly through the soil searching for a source of food (wood)...so they don't know where your house is exactly. So, if your next-door neighbor treats his home for termites, your house isn't automatically the termites' next lunch. Your house does not need to be treated; but, if there are active termite infestations in your neighborhood, it is a good idea to have it inspected.
Q. How do roaches get into my house?
A. Roaches can enter through cracks and crevices around windows, doors and plumbing. They often enter by way of shipped packages, groceries, bags, soft-drink cases, cardboard boxes, used appliances, rugs and furniture, too.
Q. What is the best way to rid my home of ants?
A. Ant identification is the most important step in controlling an infestation around your home. Proper control and treatment techniques depend on which ant species you are having a problem with. Exterior liquid treatments with a residual pesticide are very effective for some ant infestations, where as interior bait applications are more effective for others. Our professional, trained technicians are able to properly identify the ant species and determine the suitable treatment technique to gain effective control.
Q. Will I still see pests after service?
A. It is likely that you will still see a few pests for up to 2 weeks following service, although the number will drop greatly after the initial service. Information will be provided on what to expect after service. We encourage customers to call us with questions.
Q. If I don't see any pests, can I skip a service call?
A. Remember, "when we do our best job there is nothing there." For us to maintain control, we must perform all of your services.

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