Common Pest Control Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked general pest control questions we get here at Clark Pest Control. Maybe you were wondering the same things? Of course if you have any questions at all, you can still contact Clark Pest Control directly.

Do I need a pest control company?

We think it’s a good idea. Pest management professionals will know how to inspect for pests, identify them properly, and then put the right treatment plan into action, and they will partner with you to eliminate conditions that allow pest activity to thrive.

Why do I need pest control?

Some pests are merely annoying, but others can pose a serious risk. For example, rodents, cockroaches, birds, and bats can carry disease pathogens; ants and cockroaches can spoil food; bed bug populations can quickly explode and make your home unlivable; stinging insects can trigger severe allergic reactions; and termites can destroy your home’s structural integrity.

Do I need monthly pest control?

We’ve found that a service visit every other month, once we gain control of pests on a property, usually works to keep pests in check. Should pest activity return, customers on our Year-round Pest-Away® plan can call or text us, and we will come back and treat for those pests.

What do pest control services do?

We partner with our residential and commercial customers to keep their homes or businesses pest free. We inspect for pest activity, identify existing pests, control them by treating or trapping, and then we recommend corrections to address conditions conducive to pest activity – sanitation, exclusion, and other measures.

How effective is pest control?

Pest control providers are trained to inspect for and identify pests, then choose the best mode of treatment to solve pest issues. They also know how to address any underlying conditions that make pest infestations possible. Because of their knowledge and training, they can solve pest problems much more quickly and effectively than the average person can.

Does pest control really work?

Yes. We pest management providers stay in business because our practices are effective. The systematic, science-based integrated pest management practices we put to work for our customers – inspecting for pests, identifying them correctly, treating to reduce or eliminate their presence, recommending corrective measures that make pest activity much less likely, and documenting what we found and how corrected it – make our services essential, according to our customers.

How long does it take for pest control to work?

Once we begin treatment, some pest problems clear up right away. Others, depending on the pest, may take longer to control, and you won’t notice a difference until after a second or third visit. Sometimes, pest activity appears to increase before it decreases, because the material we’re using agitates pests you had not noticed. After we gain control, we’ve found that regular visits will keep pest populations from exploding again.

What are the methods of pest control?

Clark’s control methods, which are anchored in integrated pest management (IPM), include biological (deploying a pest’s natural enemies), cultural (e.g., sanitation measures, or correcting excess moisture), mechanical/physical (exclusion, trapping), and chemical (pesticides, tented fumigation).

What is included in pest control?

Integrated pest management (IPM) starts with inspection – identifying pest activity and any conditions that allow pests to thrive. Then, control measures based on those findings begins; these can include treatment (chemical or non-chemical), trapping, and recommending sanitation and/or exclusion measures, all of which are documented so their effectiveness can be monitored. We also knock down spider webbing and can answer any questions you may have on how to keep your home or business pest free.

Do new homes need pest control?

Yes. Many subdivisions are built on land recently cleared of agricultural or wild vegetation, and there may be pre-existing pest problems, including subterranean termite colonies. As soon as people move in, their activities tend to attract the same pests that can be found in older homes and neighborhoods.

Do you have to be licensed to do pest control?

Yes. In California, our residential and commercial technicians are licensed by the state Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) to perform fumigation (Branch 1), general pest control (Branch 2), or termite and wood-destroying organism control (Branch 3). Those technicians who perform grounds management, including weed control and landscape pest control, are licensed by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) as Qualified Applicators in various categories. In Nevada, our technicians are licensed by the state Department of Agriculture.

Is pest control harmful to humans?

Many of the materials our technicians use are classified as “generally regarded as safe.” However, we do use some pesticides. Should those products be needed, our state-licensed technicians are highly trained to apply the least toxic and smallest amount necessary to control a pest population, targeted to control only that pest.

Are pest control chemicals harmful to pets?

The safety of pets, and children, is as important to us as it is to you. We have families and pets, too, and we use the same pest control practices at our own homes that we provide for you. It’s why we train our technicians to use the least toxic materials, in the lowest amounts, to achieve control, and to use non-chemical measures wherever possible.