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Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I see results from a pest control service?

In most cases, you can expect to see a significant and noticeable reduction in pest activity within one to two days. The exact timeframe depends on the pest we're dealing with along with the choice of materials necessary to provide the best long-term results. In some cases, you'll see a slight increase in pest activity right after our initial treatment. This is a good sign! This means the pesticides are working. We have disrupted their normal breeding and feeding habits, and they're looking for new place to live. The only difference now is that pesticide is all over them. They are not going to last long. Give it a week or two to die down, but give us a call if they persist past that time. We may need to give them another round.

Are the products used pet and family safe?

Humboldt Termite & Pest Control's first priority is the safety and happiness of our customers as well as being as environmentally friendly as possible.  All of our materials are EPA approved and all technicians have been thoroughly trained on industry safety regulations and guidelines. The products we use are the same products that are used on sensitive areas such as schools and hospitals.

Do I need to be home for a pest control service appointment?

If the work required for successfully combating a pest is limited to the outside of a property, then you do not need to be home. It's our policy to never enter a home without the owner being present. This protects not only our technicians, but yourself. 

When you come to service my house how long will it take?

This can depend on case-by-case details. Certain pests take longer to deal with than others. Certain homes are larger and more complicated, but typically it will take 1-2 hours.

Can we be home on the initial treatment?

Your technician will happily advise you if you, your family or your pet need to leave the home. Simpler treatments for ants and spiders don't require you to leave your home. Often times, treated surfaces need time to dry. More complicated infestations do require you to leave the home 4-6 hours with a one hour venting.

If you have questions regarding your specific circumstances, please give us a call at (707) 822-8644, and we would be happy to answer your questions.

How does rain impact pest control services?

It is common for pest control companies to receive calls requesting to reschedule their services due to rain or not so ideal weather conditions since customers assume their products will be washed away. However, rain or light snow can actually optimize the pest control services as pests are typically drawn out of the ground. Along with that, rain and light snow have been known to benefit pest control services because some products (formulated granular pellets) placed on a property need to be activated by water. These pellets are designed seep into soil to prevent crickets, earwigs, ants and other unwelcome pests from intruding into your home.

Are all the technicians licensed?

All our technicians are licensed and most who have achieved higher training are licensed as "Applicators". The license requires ongoing continuing education and a demonstration of knowledge of pest biology, pesticide safety, rules and regulations, and proper sanitation.

How should I prepare for my initial treatment?

There are typically preparations that go along with our treatments. We will send over a list of things that need to be done prior to treatment (such as taking out the trash). Preparing for the treatment ensures the best possible outcome and the best value of your money.

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.  

Do you offer any "green" pest control options?

We are proud to offer our local community green and environmentally friendly pest control solutions. Depending on the pest and the circumstances surrounding the infestation, we offer a variety of options. If you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (707) 822-8644!

Do you schedule when you will show up?

Absolutely. We all hate it when a professional gives you just a day and says, "Be home!" We will always do our best to provide a range of time that is easiest to plan for. Typically speaking, an appointment will look like something like this:

"Your pest service appointment is scheduled for April 24th, 2019 from between 2pm-4pm." 

We will check-in with you in advance regarding your service appointment and then notify you when we are on our way to you. We provide a 2-hour window for when our technician will arrive to make sure you can keep your day going. 

Do I need to be home when you arrive?

It depends on the service that is required. For simple perimeter inspections and exterior prevention you do not need to be home. 

However, if we need to do an inspection of your homes or businesses interior, we do not do so unless you are on the premises. This protects not only you and your home, but also protects our technicians.

Just think about what it's like arriving at a home only to find that the dog hasn't been locked up. Nightmare! 

We encourage all of our customers to be home for the initial visit. It's important to us that you have the opportunity to meet our team, ask questions, receive answers and build a relationship with our team that allows us to better help you combat your pest problems. 

Quad-P: Why should I stay on pest control after the pests are gone?

Maintaining your home is a lot like maintaining your car. Regular routine maintenance keeps your home pest free. Proactive preventative is the only plan that works for bugs. They will return one way or another. It will be up to you to decide whether you want your home protected when they come.

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Quad-P Do the monthly pest control sprays prevent termites?

Unfortunately, it doesn't simply due to the nature of termites and the challenges associated with combating them. That stated, we do consider a monthly service the first line of defense, because we can help provide you more timely up-to-date notifications on trouble areas. Ultimately, we recommend a termite specific inspection once a year to account for the additional work required to properly confirm and verify their presence or absence from a property. 

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How do I know if I have pest damage?

Well, simply put, look for the signs. Termites in particular can leave behind some of the following signs:

Buckling within your ceiling or walls

The appearance of water damage

Maze-like design damage can often appear in wooden structures

Mud tunnels within the foundations of a home

Bubbling of paint

Or you could also simply see the pest itself. Rodents for instance leave behind some other signs such as:


Gnawed holes

Urine odors

Rub marks

Wood beetles on the other hand often leave behind:

Bore dust/frass

Crumbling wood

Tunnels within wood

Exit holes on wood

To say the least, if you see something and it doesn't quite look right, keep a close eye on it and call a pest professional immediately. Better safe than sorry. Any of these pests, if left unchecked, can multiply and spread extremely causing considerable damage. 

I've got pest damage but no pests. Can you help?

So you've already removed the pests, or perhaps they simply moved on, but you are in need of help repairing the damage done. Don't worry. We can still help repair damage even if there are no longer pests to worry about. Our trained and certified team of professional technicians can help assess the true extent of the damage done and then provide different options for repairing it that can best fit your budget.

How much does pest damage repair cost?

There's no easy way to say it. A lot. Or at least a lot in comparison to what it costs to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place. 

No two pest damage jobs are the same, because no two pests are the same and no two locations/homes and businesses are the same. The simple reality is that some repair work can be inexpensive, but more often than not, it's a bill that we all want to avoid. 

Because of the costs associated with pest damage, we highly recommend reviewing some DIY methods for pest prevention or spend a little time exploring our Proactive Preventative Pest Protection service. 

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