Below are many questions that we frequently receive here at Indiana Pest Management regarding general pest control (including ant control, spider control, flea control, rodent control, etc.) and termite control.
Why should I choose Indiana? Why should I hire Indiana when I could try to do it myself?
Quite a few customers call us in frustration after they have already wasted time and money buying and applying over the counter products to control their ant, spider, flea or other general pest problems. IPM(Indiana Pest Management) will solve your problem efficiently without you having to buy, apply or store pesticides. Homeowners very often over apply pesticides, resulting in unnecessary personal exposure, or potential environmental harm. Killroy also offers a 60-day guarantee on treatments. If your pest problem persists within 60-days after initial treatment, we will come back for additional service at no additional cost to you.
What type of materials do you use and how toxic are they?
Most of the pesticides we use are classified in "Category III" - the lowest in toxicity. Additionally, many of the materials that we use are natural oils or plant derivatives. Our goal is to expose only pests to pesticides by carefully following all of the manufacturer's instructions as well as all rules and regulations from our licensing agencies. Even relatively non-toxic materials still require proper safety precautions.
Do you offer any "green" pest control options?
Yes! Our Sensitive Solutions division offers natural, chemical-free options and low-toxic solutions for the customer to choose from when developing an individual pest management program. The treatment plan of pest control measures designed to reduce or eliminate pests while minimizing customer concerns regarding chemicals may include repair or exclusion work, improvements in sanitation, interior/exterior baiting, harborage reduction, habitat modification, and alternative controls. Many of the options are eco-exempt and organic including granules, botanicals, clove oil, insecticidal soaps, and more.
Are Indiana's technicians licensed? How can I recognize a Indiana's technician?
All our technicians are licensed and most have achieved higher training and are licensed as "Field Representatives." This license requires ongoing continuing education, and a demonstration of knowledge of pest biology, pesticide safety, rules and regulations, and proper sanitation. You can identify and recognize a IPM technician by their uniform with name tag and signature truck with our "IPM" logo.
Do you require a long-term contract?
No, we do not require a long-term contract. We offer as-needed services as well as monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly service plans. We feel that if you are benefiting from our maintenance service that you will remain an active customer. You will not be penalized for canceling your service. If you do wish to re-start a canceled service after 90 days, there will be a small extra fee.
When I call your office with a pest problem, how fast can you respond with treatment?
We try our best to meet your needs efficiently and effectively. With that being said, our summer months are busy, and we give top priority to all of our regular maintenance customers. Even in our peak months, we can usually have help on the way within a day or two, and even sooner for emergencies. Remember, good service providers are often busy, but are worth the wait!
When you come to spray my house how long will it take?
It depends on the type of pest and many other factors. A routine initial service for ants, for example, will often take less than an hour, and still control the problem for several months. Your technician will recommend things you can do to reduce pest pressure around your home. Rodent problems may require several service visits and cultural control measures as well.
Can I be at home during treatment or do I need to leave?
Your technician will advise you if it is necessary to leave the home, or only to avoid specific areas until any treated surfaces have had time to dry. Advise your technician of any sensitive persons, pets, or organic gardens requiring extra care. Fish ponds are especially sensitive and care will be taken to avoid any exposure.
Is there anything I need to do to my home prior to Pest Control treatment?
Your technician will advise you to remove pet food, water dishes, exposed food items, and children's toys from areas he needs to treat. If there are active pests indoors, other items may need attention.
What if I touch an area that has been sprayed?
You should avoid any treated areas until dry. That is the minimum precaution for virtually all pesticides. If you accidentally touch a moist deposit or are otherwise exposed to a diluted pesticide, wash the exposed skin with soap and water. Remember that most of the common materials that we apply have been highly diluted and should not cause any ill effects. Consult the specific pesticide label for any further recommendations. Our service invoice and your technician will have further instructions for the specific products applied.
Is it safe for my pet to go outside after spraying?
Every pesticide requires that pets and people avoid treated surfaces until dry. This is the minimum standard for all products. Once dry, the material will not be easily transferred to paws or human skin.
If my house is treated inside, when will it be safe for my children to crawl or play on the ground?
Generally 2 to 4 hours or until dry. Your technician will inform you in advance of any precautions required by the label and our safety policy. If you have any questions you can always feel free to call our office.
What is the difference between granules and liquid spray?
A granular form of a pesticide has the active ingredient pre-diluted and impregnated on clay, paper or other sand like particles. Granules can be equally effective to sprays in damp winter conditions for a variety of crawling perimeter pests (ants, earwigs, millipedes, Oriental Cockroaches, etc.). Sprays are most effective on contact for ornamental and turf pests such as caterpillars, aphids, scale, whiteflies, and most spring and summer garden pests.
If my house is sprayed right before it rains will the pest control treatment wash away?
Pesticide applied to eaves, around windows, under patio covers, and many pest harborages will be effective even if it rains. Dormant Oil sprays need to dry a little before it rains to smother overwintering insect eggs on shrubs and fruit trees. If pests re-appear within 60 days, we will be happy to do extra service under our standard guarantee.
We offer an extensive range of pest control services designed to have maximum impact on the target pest species and minimal impact on you, your family and the environment.