FAQs on Pest Prevention

What’s the difference between traditional pest control and Massey’s Pest Prevention?

There’s a huge difference.  Traditional pest control relies on the routine application of pesticides throughout your home indiscriminately…whether it’s needed or not. To be successful, this method requires that pests come in direct contact with the pesticide where it was applied, INSIDE your home.

Massey’s Pest Prevention concentrates on keeping pests from getting inside in the first place by taking preventive, exclusionary measures like caulking and sealing even small, hard-to-see entry points. Also, treatments are targeted to specific areas OUTSIDE your home, where pests live and breed.

Ultimately, Massey’s Pest Prevention makes more sense and is more effective than traditional pest control…and it’s better for you, your family and our environment.

How can you control pests inside my home if you concentrate on outside areas?

Initially, we eliminate any problems inside your home first, to get rid of any existing pest issues and to seal off avenues of pest infestation. Only then do we focus our attention outside, where pests live and breed.  We concentrate on eradicating access areas where pests can gain entry or where they might find food and water sources; then we create a barrier of protection so that pests won’t reappear.

By keeping pests outside, we eliminate or reduce the necessity of coming back again and again to service the inside of your home.

What if I still spot a problem inside my home after you’ve serviced the outside?

If you ever spot a problem inside, we’ll come back at no additional charge, and at your convenience, to diagnose and eliminate the problem.  We’ll also come back as many times as needed to eliminate the problem.

How will your products affect my pets?

We are pet-lovers too.  All of the products that in our programs are not harmful to pets as long as you follow our recommendations.  Keep in mind that some treatments require time to dry before pets can be allowed back into the treated area.  Every situation is different and your Massey Services Team Member will give you specific information on the product application we used and how to keep your pets safe.

Are your products environmentally responsible?

All of the products we use have been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and have satisfied our own test evaluations.

Do you provide removal services for snakes, raccoons, armadillos and possums?

We do not provide services that trap and remove wildlife animals.  However, we do communicate with various local companies that provide these services and will provide a recommendation for a reputable company in your area.

My pet brought in fleas and ticks.  Do you treat for this?

Yes, Massey Services can provide treatment to eliminate fleas and ticks inside and around your home. We encourage you to work with your veterinarian, who will likely place your pets on a veterinary-prescribed treatment. Ask us for our complete homeowner checklist to gain a comprehensive understanding on what steps to take.

Do you also treat for bees, wasps and other flying, stinging insects?

Yes. Our regular Pest Prevention Program includes sweeping of eaves, awnings and other areas where wasps, bees, and other flying stinging insects may place nests, to keep them away from your home.  Depending on the degree of the infestation and the situation, we have other programs that we can put in place to eliminate these nests.

I think we have bed bugs. How can I tell?

Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4″ to 3/8″ long (5-9mm).  There are a few simple steps you can take to identify bed bugs:

  1. Pull pillows and sheets down from your bed about a third of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard.  You may not see the actual bugs themselves; keep your eyes open for a trail of spots.
  2. Search for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
  3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.

If you suspect you have bed bugs, call us immediately or request a free inspection.

Why should I hire a professional Pest Prevention service?

Pest management professionals are educated, trained and certified to handle the specific pest issues that you will encounter in and around your home. Massey’s professionals are also trained in the safe handling and proper application of materials used to eliminate or prevent pests.

Some general guidelines for choosing a pest management company are:

  • Seek out a reputable company with knowledgeable and professional representatives and a great image.
  • Ask friends and associates to recommend companies they use or have used.
  • Look for members of state and national industry associations such as the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) that provide ethical guidelines and technical information.
  • Be certain the company is licensed by your state’s regulatory agency.

Why do I need to have my home inspected before you can give me a price?

No two homes, landscapes or pest problems are exactly alike and neither are their treatments. That’s why we thoroughly inspect your home – inside and outside. We then design a program customized for your situation without any pricing surprises.

You mention conditions, avenues and sources.  What are they?

Household pests live and breed outside your home. In order to survive, they seek food, water, and shelter – and your home provides all of those necessities. Conditions, avenues and sources provide means for pests to get inside your home.

  • Conditions are situations outside your home conducive to pest activity, such as sanitation around garbage cans, standing water or wood stored near your home’s foundation
  • Avenues are pathways into your home, such as unsealed cracks and/or crevices, tears in windows screens, breaks in caulking around pipes or cable television wires, etc.
  • Sources are places of origin for pests, such as mulch beds, underneath accumulated leaves, inside unsealed trash containers, and others.

What are the health risks associated with common pests?

Pests can transmit a number of potentially serious diseases, illnesses and allergies. Here is a sampling:

  • Cockroaches: Asthma, allergies, and food poisoning
  • Ticks: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Fleas: Dermatitis, murine typhus and bubonic plague
  • Rodents: Hantavirus Pulmonary syndrome, murine typhus, salmonella and rat-bite fever
  • Mosquitoes: West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malaria
  • Fire Ants: Severe allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock
  • Bees/Wasps/Yellow Jackets: Severe allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock

To find out more about diseases related to pests, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.