Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

August 24, 2020

Whether it’s rodents, roaches, or termites, pests can wreak havoc on your health and your home. Pest control is very important, they can cause structural damage to your house. If pests stay undetected or if they start to increase in number, the cost can be irreversible. Understanding how to identify and eradicate pests is the key to ensuring that your most significant investment and your family’s health stays safe.

What are the types of pests that are common in North Texas?

Invasive pests are quite common, but the type of pest you’re forced to deal with may depend on where you live, such as more rural areas versus in the metroplex. We often help our customers with rats and mice, termites, wasps, ants, mosquitoes, bedbugs, roaches and other other crafty critters. Even pests like pigeons and barn swallows can become a nuisance if they decide to make your house their home.

When am I more likely to see pests?

It depends on the pest, which is why we recommend service year around. Certain pests, like termites, thrive in warm weather and enjoy humid conditions, and are more likely to cause problems in spring months. Insects like termites and carpenter ants can destroy your home’s foundation or subfloor and are extremely threatening to your home. If you have signs of termites they should be eliminated as soon as you find them.

Other pests, like mosquitos and wasps are common during the summer months. Scorpion, on the other hand, start finding their way inside during late summer and fall when it’s driest and just starting to cool off.

Rodents tend to wreak havoc on homes during winter months and like mice and rats can chew on electrical wires and eat your insulation, as well as posing a health hazard to your family. Most rodents hide in the walls, garage, or attic as they prepare their nests for winter.

How do Pests Affect my House?

Different pests cause different problems when it comes to the integrity of your house. Some small mammals, birds, and rodents may only live in your home temporarily, while swarms of insects could decide to make your home their permanent residence. It’s essential to recognize how pests can harm your home to ensure you take appropriate action.

Damages to Infrastructure

The damage caused to your home can depend on the type of pest you’re dealing with. Animals that get into your walls or attic love to chew on insulation, which can affect your home’s ability to retain warm or cold air. Sharp teeth on rodents and other animals allow them to chew on wiring, which may result in an electrical short or even something more severe like a house fire. Wood-boring insects and bugs that enjoy eating wood like termites can cause your subfloors to be compromised. These pests can also chew up the framing of your home, windowsills, baseboards, and more. The cost to fix these problems can be huge, so contact a pest control company as soon as you spot them to prevent further damage. Pests can even cause issues with your furniture. Moths and bed bugs will damage upholstery and leave tiny holes behind. Other animals, such as mice, love to chew up furniture cushions and take the material back to their nests.

Damages to Your Garden

Pests can do serious damage to your garden as well as your home. If you’re growing a garden, it’s important to be aware of the possibility of harmful pests. Certain species of beetles can destroy trees in your landscaping, while worms are notorious for eating and destroying vegetables and fruits. Rabbits and rodents love to munch on cabbage, leafy greens, and tomatoes. Aphids are another tiny pest that loves to tear up plants and destroy the leaves of your vegetables in the garden. Inspect the plants in your garden regularly to look for signs of pests so you can take proactive steps to get rid of them.

How Can Pests Harm My Health?

Aside from damage to your home and garden, certain pests can also be a threat to your health. Here are some examples of how different pests can affect your health and the health of your family:

  • Disease: Rats and mice carry a variety of dangerous diseases, including typhus and hantavirus. The droppings and urine of mice, as well as bites from fleas, can spread these diseases to humans. Insects also carry diseases like West Nile (mosquitos) and E. coli (flies). Cockroaches are notorious for spreading diseases to humans, including salmonella and dysentery, to name a few.
  • Allergies: If you suffer from allergies, pests can make the problem worse. Dust mites are the leading cause of indoor allergies in children and adults. Dander from mice and other small pests can also make allergy symptoms a lot more unpleasant. Roach saliva, feces, and urine have been shown to exacerbate the symptoms of asthma and allergies, particularly in children.
  • Venomous Insects: Bugs like fleas, spiders, and bees can cause discomfort and even danger to your health. If you’re allergic to bee or hornet stings, the consequences can be fatal. Venomous insects can also bite and cause a myriad of other symptoms, including rash, burning, itching, and swelling of the skin.
  • Pests in Pets: Fleas and ticks can make your pet’s life miserable if the problem isn’t addressed. Make sure you give your pets regular flea treatments to keep these tiny pests away. When fleas or ticks bite your pet, it can make them extremely uncomfortable and itchy. In some cases, it can even cause anemia, particularly in kittens and puppies.

How do I Identify Pests?

If you want your home to be pest-free, it’s important to know how to spot and identify pests. One of the first signs of a pest issue is noticing tiny breadcrumbs that they leave behind. Small pests can get into your kitchen cabinets and pantry and tear open plastic packaging, leaving the evidence behind. Here are some other ways you can spot the presence of pests in your home:

  • Inspect your home for seasonal pests like mosquitos in the summer and small rodents or bats that want to hide in your attic in winter.
  • Small mammals and rodents like to hide in walls and attics, while insects prefer the foundation or your garbage and kitchen cabinets.
  • Knowing what attracts pests can help you keep them at bay. Don’t leave food out of the fridge and clean your sink and cabinets often since food crumbs and sticky residue is a prime attraction for a myriad of different pests.
  • Research how different pests look, including their size, coloring, and other features. That will make identifying pests quick and easy, so you can come up with a solution as soon as you see them.
  • Upholstery with small holes or chew marks can be an indication that pests are in your home. Small piles of sawdust near corners or windowsills may indicate that you have a termite problem.
  • Tiny droppings, unusual sounds, or unpleasant smells like a strong urine odor are common indicators that pests are lurking or living nearby.

How do I Get Rid of Pests?

If you discover pests are in your home, there’s no need to panic. There are several alternatives to handling virtually every pest known to man. If one method doesn’t work, you can always try another until you find the method that works for you. You may think that a quarterly pest control service might cost you more in the long, but in our experience, DIY and over the counter products are not enough in many cases.

You don’t have to use harsh or toxic chemicals when getting rid of pests. In fact, there are plenty of green alternatives you can use, such as essential oils that will keep insects away from your home and garden. Seal doors, windows, and any other points of entry where pests can sneak inside. Keeping a clean house is one of the best ways you can ensure a pest-free home. Sweep up crumbs and vacuum regularly, and never leave discarded food indoors for long periods of time. Put non-perishable food in sealed containers so pests can’t chew through the packaging. Mop the floors of your bathroom and kitchen often, and wash linens and bedding frequently. A clean home is the most important thing you can do to prevent the possibility of annoying pests in your home.

Say Goodbye to Pests Forever

Constant cleaning will help you keep pests at bay, but there are a few other things you should do in order to ensure your home is safe and pest free. Look for the signs of a pest infestation so you can prevent things from getting out of hand. Consider a pest control service to help you eradicate dangerous pests and keep them out for good. As seasons change, pay attention to the different pests that may want to move into your home. With the right understanding of pests, it’s much easier to be prepared if you happen to spot them.

(Adapted. Originally posted on Porch.com)

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Sentricon®: The Key to Effective Termite Prevention

Spring is officially upon us! The flowers blooming. Temperatures rising. Termites swarming. Just as we’ve been social distancing the last few months, some of our more overly social friends, termites are out and active again. Luckily for you, Buckaroo Pest Protection is here and ready to service the local Plano and Dallas area with the best termite protection treatment out there: Sentricon®.

Over the course of the last few months we’ve been the bug in your ears informing you of the all the pests local to the Dallas area that may endanger your home and risk the health of your family. What we haven’t discussed yet is how we do it. Since the hottest pest of the season is termites, we figured we could start there.

How do we treat for termites?

Most companies tackle termite prevention and management with a liquid barrier solution that can easily be sprayed around your home and indoors. Though this method is effective, it’s not a long-term solution to get rid of an active termite infestation. Termites burrow deep within the earth or moist environments such as decaying wood or damp earth.

Using this liquid solution to treat and rid your home of termites may kill some on the surface but won’t effectively reach deep within the borrows to destroy the rest of the colony. We prefer to use a product called Sentricon® to not only take care of an active infestation, but prevent another from happening in the future. This product is effective and a great investment toward the longevity of your home.

How does Sentricon® Work?

Sentricon® utilizes bait around the perimeter of your home and indoors to lure these little homewreckers into the most deceptive of traps. This system uses the termite’s hunger against them by encouraging them to munch on bait they’re attracted to. Foragers will bring this newfound goodness back to their colony and spread the wealth. Sharing is caring right? We think so too.

What they don’t know, is that it’s lethal. As long as Sentricon® is in place, your home will be safe and free of termites! Sentricon® is the ultimate defense.

Termites are the sneakiest of pests because they know how to hide and protect the longevity of their colony. If the queen lives, the colony will be able to reproduce and carry on. We don’t want you or your family to live in fear that your home is being destroyed from the inside out.

A common misconception of pest infestations is if you can’t see them anymore, they must be gone. Since you don’t typically start to see termites until an infestation has gotten out of control, that logic doesn’t necessarily apply here. By the time you start to see termites massing at your windows and begging to be let in, it’s too late. They’re here and now, they plan to stay. With Buckaroo Pest Protection in your corner, we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen.

Ok, I’m interested! How do I sign up?

Great! As a local and family friendly business based in the Dallas area, we aim to help you protect your home, family and memories in any way that we can. Our technicians are professional, well informed, and dedicated to thoroughness. We want to make sure that you and your family have all the information you need to make an informed decision about which preventative measure works best for your home. Let us do the heavy lifting for you!

If you’re interested in getting more information about Sentricon® or other forms of termite prevention, pick up the phone and give us a ring! As always, the key to effective pest protection is early intervention. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Click here to sign up for a free whole home inspection or give us a call at (469) 598-0560 for more information. Check out our latest promos! For current covid related updates, click here to view a message from our company.

The Necessity of Pest Control: Covid-19 Friendly

Let’s set the stage. You’re stuck at home quarantined in lockdown during this global pandemic that’s still spreading throughout the Dallas area. Your kids are stuck at home, you’ve fought your way through numerous monopoly battles and cabin fever set in last week. That’s probably the worst it can get, right? Wrong. Now, on top of everything, you’re hearing scratching and clicking in the walls, seeing termite droppings around the baseboards and you think there’s a definitely something going on in the attic. What do you do now when the whole world is shutdown? Fear not, we’re still here! Buckaroo Pest Protection is here and ready to service all your pest control needs.

We understand how important it is right now to protect your family and your home during these times. After all, how can you be safe in an infested home? We don’t need to battle Covid-19 and termites. Here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we know how important it is to protect the health and safety of your home and wanted to reach out and remind you what we can do for you during these confusing times.

Why Do We Matter?

The last thing we want you or your family to worry about right now is an active pest infection that can endanger your health and risk the quality of your home. With temperatures warming up and the good Ol’ state of Texas flipping back and forth into April showers, it’s created the perfect environment for all the creepy crawlers to make their move into or around your homes. Seeing a few bugs here or there isn’t much to worry about, but if you start seeing them daily, you might have some new roommates.

Most bugs and rodents alike can carry diseases, bacteria or even create avenues for their friends to come in too. When you’re stuck at home trying to mill your way around the mysteries of common core, the last thing you need to be worried about is whether the winged bugs you’re seeing around the windows are ant or termites.

Outdoor Protection

Indoor pest control is important but so is outdoor. With limited resources available and your backyard being your ourdoor oasis, we want to make sure your family is safe both inside and outside your home. Most bugs prefer the rich and damp environment we’ve been experiencing lately, so we want to make sure you know what to look for.

Wasps

Our favorite neighborhood bully, wasps love the warm weather and tend to build their nests in the most inconvenient places. These mean, vicious creature tend to attack without much provocation and may lead to more than a few stings before you can fend off their assault. If you start to notice nests being built around your trashcans, canopies and around your lawn, feel free to give us a call. Buckaroo Pest Protection, fears no flying menace and will ensure the removal of nests to protect your family from harm’s way.

Flies

Another less volatile menace are flies. This warmer weather is where they thrive and tend to swarm near the front door of your home or nearby your trashcans. Have you ever gone to take out the trash and noticed that your trashcan was covered in maggots? Yeah, we don’t wish that on anyone. Most flies are harmless, but some species like the horse fly have a pretty painful bite. If you think wasps are bad, just wait until you run into a few of these. Not only do they bite you, but they’re determined to follow you if you catch their interest. If you’re worried about an overabundance of these nasty buggers, give a ring to come and inspect your home.

Remember, the best form of pest prevention lies in early intervention! If you think an infestation is upon you, fear not and pick up the phone! Some pests like mice or cockroaches only need one friend to form a colony. We’ll make sure to take of those creepy crawlies, before they damage your home, creep out your kids or become a long-term issue.

We have an infestation, what now?

Buckaroo Pest Protection is ready and waiting anxiously by the phones to help you protect your family, home and sanity. If you think you have a pest infestation, don’t wait, pick up the phone and give us a holler! Feel free to give us a call at (469) 598-0560 or click here to sign up for a free professional home inspection.

As the pandemic rages on, rest assured that the safety of your family and our technicians is just as important as protecting your home. Our technicians will practice proper social distancing effort and will have the proper equipment in stock for home inspections. For more covid related information click here to view a message from the company. Last but not least, don’t forget to check out our covid friendly deals!

Stay safe, happy and healthy!

COVID-19 Message

Dear Customers,

Buckaroo Pest Protection will remain on duty even though we are under a “Shelter in Place” directive.  We are considered part of an Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce that is necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and health of the nation. 

The health and safety of our customers, employees, and community is our greatest concern. That is why we have implemented procedures based on information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This is a fast-evolving issue and we encourage you to continuously refer to the website of the CDC for updates: www.cdc.gov.

We have instructed our employees to take these common-sense precautions:

  • Take their temperature every day before coming to work, and to stay home if they are sick.
  • Wear gloves, masks, and shoe covers inside customer’s home.
  • Notify us immediately if they come in contact with someone who is ill.
  • Greet others in ways other than hand-shaking and practice safe social distancing.
  • Minimize the risk of infection by conscientious hand washing and sneezing/coughing into a sleeve or tissue, and reemphasized the importance of hand washing.
  • Additionally, for the time being, unless necessary, we will be pausing any interior services, to reduce the risk of transmission.

Our expectation from you, our customer, is that you inform us immediately if someone in your home or business becomes sick. If you feel you need to cancel your service appointment due to illness, please let us know and rest assured that we will welcome you back when you are ready.

As a community, if we look out for each other, we will get through this trying time. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns on this issue to contact our office directly.

Our thoughts are prayers are with you,

Buckaroo Pest Protection

Termite Warranties: Retreat vs. Repair. What’s the Difference, and Why Should I Care?

Brent Vann, our Vice President of Operations here at Buckaroo wants you to be educated on what you’re buying when it comes to termite prevention warranties.

Termite swarm season is upon us, and here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we want to make sure our community is educated and prepared when it comes to protecting their homes and properties from termites.

Termites are found in more than 5 million homes on average each year in the United States, and it is estimated that termite damage costs U.S. homeowners $5 billion each year. Not insurance agencies, but homeowners, like you. What’s even worse is termites can be living in your home even without visible signs of damage.

During March through mid-summer, termites “swarm” which means that they become much more active, and more visible to the average home owner. (Scarily enough, termites actually don’t sleep. They will eat 24 hours a day seven days a week, year around. Even outside of swarm season).  This is why it is crucial to protect your home and property before it’s too late, especially if you start seeing termites within your home in the coming months- it most likely means your house has already been under attack.

When it comes to protection though, homeowners have hundreds of providers who offer seemingly the same service, and the same warranties… Right?

Wrong.

There are several different types products and treatments available to pest control companies to treat termites. However, knowing the difference between when a sales technician offers you a Retreat Warranty vs. a Repair Warranty could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

Even though both cost the same at the time of the initial inspection, over 90% of pest control companies will only offer Retreat Warranties. Here’s why:

Retreat Warranties only guarantees that if termites are found after initial treatment that your pest control company will come back out and retreat your home once again.

That’s it.

Any and all damage is the home owners responsibility. The home owner’s cost. The home owner’s problem. The pest control company has no obligation to do anything other than come back out to the home and treat the home again, with the same product most likely that didn’t serve it’s purpose in the first place.

Buckaroo is part of the small minority offering higher quality service and protection by offering Repair Warranties.

Repair Warranties holds your pest control company responsible for the quality of their work. In the event termites are found after initial treatment, not only does the provider come out and retreat the home for termites, we also are accountable for the any and all damage caused by the termites.

We’re willing to stand behind our work and our products.

90% of our competitors aren’t. Which warranty are you going to choose?

Please feel free to share this with your family and friend, so we can make sure our community is protected and informed.

Spring is Near: 3 Pests to Watch Out For

Ticks, Bees and Wasps, Oh my! Spring is right around the corner and that means now is the perfect time to prepare for all that is to come. Spring showers will most definitely scare all of the creepy crawlies out of their hiding spots. But fear not! Buckaroo Pest Protection is here to help you through the worst of it.

Ticks

There are four types of ticks that are commonly found in North Texas: the lone star tick, black- legged tick (aka deer tick), American dog tick and brown dog tick.

While there’s a lot of speculation that ticks of all kind can potentially spread Lyme disease. We want to put your hearts at ease and know what to look for in this up and coming season. The two types of ticks that carry and spread Lyme disease are the black-legged tick and western black-legged tick (the second, not being found in Texas).  Very rarely are there many cases of Lyme disease here in the DFW metroplex. Furthermore, while Lyme disease is well known as an infectious disease, it is commonly treated with antibiotics.

Whew! Breath of fresh air, right?

Well, Lyme disease is far from the only health risk ticks pose for people and their furry counterparts. In fact, different species of ticks can transmit over 15 different viruses or infections to humans or pets. With this in mind, here are a few tips to protect yourself from these nasty leech-like creatures.

  1. Wear light clothing! Which makes the ticks easier to spot.
  2. Tuck your pant legs into socks to prevent ticks from becoming secret stowaways!
  3. Check your family and pets if you’ve ventured into a potentially tick-infested area, such as wooded areas or tall grass.
  4. Preventative measures to treat your yard, will help keep your four legged friends from bringing them inside.

Here at BPP we make sure your family is our family and make sure all the education you may ever need is at your fingertips. The most important aspect of tick prevention is making sure that you’re educated about what causes a large tick infestation, how to prevent them and what to do to keep them at bay.

Wasps

Picture this. It’s a fair Spring morning and you’re enjoying the weather with a nice family picnic. There’s food, music, dancing and you go to reach for your soda can only for this angry looking wasp to fly from the heavens above and sting you square in the face.

Wasps come in all shapes and sizes, but few are harmless, so it’s important to protect your home and know what to look for to avoid getting stung. Be diligent and check the surroundings of your home.

Wasps nests start out small and can easily be taken care of if you catch them early enough. Making sure to control the amount of nesting around your home can drastically cut back the wasps lingering around lying in wait to strike. Garbage cans are one of the main attractions for wasps and can provide a cozy home if they’re not sealed properly and stowed an appropriate distance from your home.

Preventative pest maintenance can take care the wasps you have and keep them from rebuilding their nests.

If nests grow too large because this can also lead to wasps finding their way into your home via any cracks or small spaces and may start rebuilding their nests within your walls, roofs, attics or even lighting fixtures. In some cases, some nests grow so large they need to be removed by a professional service, but we aim to prevent that horror from happening with proper education and preventative service packages.

Bees

These furry little flying helpers are nowhere near as aggressive as wasps are, but they can still be a nuisance around the home. Like wasps, bees like to hang around trash cans and awnings and tend to set up shop wherever they want. Unfortunately, they come with the added bonus of producing copious amounts of delicious honey. Which can easily become a nightmare for any homeowner or tenant that finds a nest inside or outside of their home. These nests grow quickly and can lead to structural damage in your home as well as attracting other insects.

Even though bees are an integral part of our environment, it’s still important to make sure you’re taking the proper steps to prevent them from nesting to close to your home. Make sure your trash cans are sealed and stowed a good distance from your door. Bees will be attracted to the smell of food and tend to linger nearby even if they can finagle their way inside. Remember, by keeping these cans close to your door increases the risks of them sneaking inside, looking for food.  

If you start to hear buzzing within your walls, stop what you’re doing and immediately give us a call. This may be the first sign that a nest is being or has been built within your home. The quicker these are dealt with and removed the better for you, your family and your insurance deductible.

Prevention means Protection

Above all, spring is a time of fun, joy, spring break and yummy foods! The best way to enjoy spring is with proper pest maintenance, which keeps the bugs away. Remember, this ain’t our first rodeo, folks. Kick your feet back and get comfortable. Buckaroo Pest Protection can take care of your pests before they become problems and ensure the integrity of your home.

For more information or to get on our schedule click here for a free inspection! Don’t forget to check out some of our sweet deals and call us at (469)-598-0560 if you have any questions.