As a pest control company in Portland and Vancouver, we get a lot of calls from customers needing ant control. Ants are everywhere in the northwest and nearly every home will experience them at some point. Rarely do people call without asking a few questions and it seems that the questions that our customers typically ask are remarkably similar. Maybe you are considering having us come out and take care of an ant problem in your house and have some of these same questions. So, read on below and hopefully we can answer some of them for you.
How much does an ant treatment cost?
Usually between $98 and $198. Now, keep in mind that every home is different and it will depend on the size of the home and also the size of the infestation. Also, the treatment method varies from sugar ants to carpenter ants to moisture ants, etc. Basically, there are several factors that determine the overall price, but we are almost always in the price range stated above.
I saw your $98 coupon online. What does that cover?
Using the coupon is a great value for a basic treatment. Essentially, we have developed a basic treatment for just about every pest for $98.00. For ant control, our coupon price covers either an inside or an outside treatment. If you have sugar ants, you will probably want to do an inside treatment and if you have carpenter ants, you will probably want to do an outside treatment. If your situation calls for more than the basic treatment, we will probably recommend to do a more advanced treatment, but the choice is yours.
Do you guarantee that the ants will be gone?
Our guarantee is that you will be satisfied with our work. Let me explain. First, understand that we are dealing with nature and that results are not always the same for each situation. When we first come to your house, we might see several conducive conditions that are adding to your ant problem and we work together with you on a plan to solve your ant infestation. Sometimes this plan involves a couple of treatments and sometimes just one. What we will do is stand by the expectations that we lay out before our first treatment. If you feel like you didn’t get what you paid for, please call us and let us make it right. Guaranteed!
Is an ant treatment safe for my kids/pets?
Yes! The products that we use for ants are designed for the purpose of killing an insect. These products are smartly designed to work within the biology of an exoskeleton insect and have very low toxicity for mammals. Gone are the days of extermination companies spraying toxic chemicals all over your house. We rely on industry leading products that are safely designed to be used in your home. Consider this, many of the cleaning products that you keep under your sink are far more toxic than anything we would use. Still, we exercise extreme caution in applying pest control products in a safe and responsible way.
How long does it take for you to get rid of my ants?
That is a common question that is very hard to answer. Your ant infestation did not happen overnight and (unfortunately) cannot be rid of overnight. The bigger the colony, the longer it will take for them to go away. Generally, we start to see an improvement within a few days, but it can take a couple weeks. It depends on how many ants become infected with our product and how quickly they can spread it around. Usually if you are still seeing ants after about a month, we would like you to call us.
You just treated my house and now the ants are worse!
Sometimes there is a process called “flushing” that takes place after our treatment. It doesn’t happen very often, but it is unpleasant when it does. You hired us to get rid of your ants and now they are even worse, right? Well, not really. Basically, you already had a large nest of ants, but you didn’t see all of them at the same time. Since we are using baits to draw some of the worker ants out, it can sometimes work too good and bring them out in large numbers. As far as pest control goes, this is a good thing and can help kill the nest even quicker, but as far as you are concerned, this is a bad thing! Usually this period of flushing only lasts a day or so, but please call us if this happens so we can talk you through it.
How long does the treatment last?
We do a combination of spraying and baiting. The sprays breakdown by light and last anywhere from 30 to 90 days depending on where they are applied, but the bait will not last much longer than about 30 days. This is why we sometimes recommend follow up treatments or maintenance plans so that we can “refresh” our treatments and keep the ants away.
If you have more questions, please give us a call and we will gladly help!