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Welcome to our FAQ page! We understand that dealing with pests can be a frustrating and stressful experience. That's why we've created this page to provide answers to some of the most common questions we receive from our customers. Whether you're wondering about our treatment methods, the safety of our products, or the benefits of preventative pest control, we've got you covered. If you don't see the answer you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us directly. Our team of experts is always happy to help!

  • Why should I hire a professional pest control service when I can try to handle the problem myself?
    While it may be tempting to tackle a pest infestation on your own, pests can be difficult to fully eliminate without the knowledge and expertise of a professional. Pests are experts at hiding and finding their way into your home, and a professional pest management service will know where to look and how to prevent or eliminate them effectively. Additionally, only licensed pest professionals are authorized to apply pesticides, which can be dangerous if not used properly. Hiring a professional can save you time, money, and potential health risks in the long run.
  • What types of pest control treatments does Protech Pest provide?
    Protech Pest provides a variety of treatment options for all types of pests, from ants and spiders to rodents and termites. Our team uses the latest application techniques and products to ensure effective pest control, while also prioritizing environmental safety.
  • How soon can I expect the pest problem to be resolved after treatment?
    The timeline for resolving a pest problem depends on several factors, such as the severity of the infestation, the type of pest, and the treatment method used. Some pests may be eliminated immediately after treatment, while others may require multiple treatments over a period of several weeks or months. Your technician will provide you with an estimated timeline for resolving your specific pest issue based on the inspection and treatment plan. It's important to follow any instructions or recommendations provided by your technician to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • What distinguishes bait treatments from spray treatments?
    The method of pest control used in your home will depend on the type of pest, the extent of infestation, and other factors. Baits and sprays are two common treatment options. Baits are an effective way to control pests without applying liquid chemicals in your home. Instead, the pests are attracted to a food source that contains a pesticide. When the pests consume the bait, they eventually die. Spray treatments, on the other hand, involve the application of a liquid pesticide directly to surfaces where pests are likely to live or travel. Your technician can recommend which treatment is best for your particular pest problem.
  • Why does Protech Pest Services prioritize treating the exterior of my home when I have pest problems indoors?
    At Protech Pest, our goal is to prevent pests from entering your home in the first place. By creating a protective barrier around the exterior of your property, we can greatly reduce the likelihood of pests gaining access to your living spaces. However, if pests do manage to make their way inside, we have a range of treatment methods at our disposal to effectively eliminate them. Ultimately, our focus on exterior treatments helps to provide long-term pest control solutions for your home.
  • Is pest control safe for my family and pets?
    At Protech Pest Services, your family's safety is our top priority. We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques that emphasize non-chemical methods of pest control, such as exclusion and sanitation, before resorting to chemical treatments. We also strictly adhere to the usage labels on all products we use, ensuring their safe and proper application. The products we use are thoroughly tested and regulated for commercial usage, with many modern formulas using lower concentrations for the same level of effectiveness.
  • Why does it take multiple treatments to control fleas, ticks, and bed bugs?
    Fleas, ticks, and bed bugs are known to be highly mobile pests that can easily spread to other areas or even neighboring apartments. That's why it's important to identify the source of the infestation and take appropriate steps to prevent reinfestation. Multiple service visits may be required to ensure that the pests are effectively controlled and the infestation is eliminated.
  • Ants
    Ants are social insects that live in colonies and can quickly become a nuisance when they invade your home or business in search of food or water. Some species can also cause structural damage, such as carpenter ants.
  • Bed Bugs
    Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that feed on human blood. They can cause itchy bites and infestations can be difficult to eradicate.
  • Carpenter Ant
    Carpenter ants are a type of ant that can cause structural damage to homes and buildings by excavating wood for their nests.
  • Carpet Beetle
    Carpet beetles are small, oval-shaped insects that can damage fabrics, carpets and other materials in your home or business.
  • Clothes Moth
    Clothes moths are small, winged insects that feed on natural fibers such as wool and silk. They can cause damage to clothing and other fabrics.
  • Cockroach
    Cockroaches are resilient pests that can spread diseases and contaminate food. They are often associated with unsanitary conditions.
  • Fire Ant
    Fire ants are an invasive species that can be aggressive and their stings can be painful, especially for those with allergies.
  • Fleas
    Fleas are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They can cause itchy bites and can transmit diseases.
  • Flour Beetle
    Flour beetles are common pests in kitchens and pantries and can infest stored food products.
  • Grain Beetle
    Grain beetles are pests that can infest stored grains, flour, and other food products.
  • Grasshopper
    Grasshoppers are known for their jumping ability and can cause damage to crops and gardens.
  • Meal Moth
    Meal moths are pests that can infest stored grains, flour, and other food products.
  • Millipede
    Millipedes are long, worm-like creatures that can be a nuisance when they gather in large numbers.
  • Moisture Ant
    Moisture ants are a type of ant that is attracted to damp or moist wood and can cause structural damage.
  • Moth
    Moths are pests that can infest stored clothing and fabrics.
  • Pavement Ant
    Pavement ants are small ants that are commonly found in concrete cracks and gaps. They are brown to black in color and feed on a variety of foods including insects, grease, and sweets. Pavement ants are not known to be harmful, but they can be a nuisance if they invade your home in large numbers.
  • Pharaoh Ant
    Pharaoh ants are small, light-colored ants that are known for their ability to infest a wide variety of structures. They prefer to nest in warm, humid areas and are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. Pharaoh ants can carry disease-causing organisms and should be eliminated as soon as possible.
  • Pill Bug
    Pill bugs, also known as roly-polies, are small crustaceans that are commonly found in damp environments like gardens and basements. They are not harmful to humans or pets, but can be a nuisance if they invade your home in large numbers.
  • Silverfish
    Silverfish are small, wingless insects that are commonly found in damp areas like bathrooms and basements. They feed on a variety of foods, including paper, glue, and starches. While silverfish are not known to transmit diseases, they can be a nuisance if they invade your home in large numbers.
  • Sow Bug
    Sow bugs, also known as woodlice or pillbugs, are small crustaceans that are commonly found in damp environments like gardens and basements. They are not harmful to humans or pets, but can be a nuisance if they invade your home in large numbers.
  • Spider
    Spiders are a diverse group of arachnids that are found in a variety of habitats. While most spiders are harmless, some species can be dangerous to humans and pets. Common spider species in the Vancouver area include house spiders, wolf spiders, and black widows.
  • Termites
    Termites are small, social insects that feed on wood and other cellulose-based materials. They can cause significant damage to homes and other structures if left untreated. Signs of a termite infestation include mud tubes, discarded wings, and hollow-sounding wood.
  • Tick
    Ticks are small, blood-sucking arachnids that are commonly found in wooded areas and tall grasses. They can transmit a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. It's important to check yourself and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors.
  • Wasp
    Wasps are a diverse group of flying insects that are commonly found in the Vancouver area. While most species are not aggressive and will only sting when threatened, some species can be dangerous to humans and pets. Common wasp species in the Vancouver area include paper wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets.
  • Woodlouse
    Woodlice, also known as pillbugs or sow bugs, are small crustaceans that are commonly found in damp environments like gardens and basements. They are not harmful to humans or pets, but can be a nuisance if they invade your home in large numbers.
  • Why should I be concerned about pests in my home or business?
    Pests can present a variety of threats to your health, safety, and property. Some pests, such as rodents and cockroaches, can transmit food-borne illnesses like E. coli and salmonella to your food. Stinging insects like bees and wasps can cause painful bites and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. Bed bugs can cause itchy bites and emotional distress. Termites, nuisance birds, and wildlife can also cause damage to the structure of your home or business. It is important to address pest problems promptly to prevent these risks and protect your property.
  • Why is it important to have regular pest services even if I don't see any pests in my home?
    At Protech Pest, we believe that prevention is better than cure. Regular pest services can help you identify and address potential pest problems before they become an infestation. Our trained technicians use their expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to detect signs of pest activity, even when pests are not visible. By taking a proactive approach, we can keep your home and family safe from the nuisance and health risks that pests can bring.
  • Which pests are commonly found in households in the Greater Vancouver area?
    While there are over 7,000 species in British Columbia, only a few are typically found inside homes. The most common household pests in Vancouver include ants, spiders, and rodents. Our pest management professionals can help identify and eliminate these and other common pests in your home. For information on the pests commonly found in the Vancouver Area, please refer to our Local Pests section.





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