Mr. Pest Control


Q:

What is the recommended follow-up time for bait stations?

A:

There really isn’t a set time period because it depends on the level of rodent infestation and where the bait stations are located. The expectation is that bait remains available and in good condition. If the stations are located in a hot and humid environment, you may only get a couple weeks of fresh bait. If there’s a large infestation that eats through a lot of bait, the stations may need to be checked every few days to replenish the bait. As long as a salesperson from another pest management company has nothing to say about the quantity and condition of the bait in your bait stations, you’re in good shape. The key is that you stick to the service schedule promised to a customer after you’ve determined the appropriate frequency for their location.

Q:

I recently inspected a house for termites. It had them in various places, inside and out. I asked the homeowner if it had ever been treated and he said it had been, 25 to 30 years ago with chlordane. How can I help this homeowner? Is chlordane still toxic in the ground?

A:

Chlordane is known to persist in soil for over 20 years, so it is possible for it to be detectable under the house. However, the fact that the house has termites in many locations shows that whatever chlordane is left is not at a concentration that is effective against termites. The fact that the house was once treated with chlordane does not affect current treatment options and you can help this homeowner as you would any other homeowner with a subterranean termite infestation.