Modern Pest Control Frequently Asked Questions

  • General

    • What if it rains right before, during, or after my service?

      All of our services are designed to be effective in a multitude of weather. For that, we have put together a guide for weather concerns below.

      Our technicians will decide as to whether or not the service can be completed. Many of our products are weather-resistant granules or liquid insecticides that are designed specifically to stay in place once they are dry, regardless of the weather. Even if it rains right after, as long as the material has had an opportunity to dry it will remain active and keep you protected.

    • Is the service safe for people and pets?

      Our services focus on treating areas around the outside of the home and spot treatments on the inside of the home to reduce the amount of treatment in your environment. On the inside of the home we typically only treat the “wet” areas and entry points such as door seals. Wet areas are kitchens, restrooms, laundry rooms, and the attic. 

      When treating, pets should be kept in an area where treatment is not applied and wait for the treatment to dry before going into the area. Also cover the fish tanks, food and water bowls, and any toys during treatment as well. People should also stay off treated lawns and other treated areas until product has dried.

      Pesticides for household insects are designed to be applied at low concentrations, usually less than 1 percent. These concentrations are high enough to be effective in killing small insects, but pose no threat to people or pets. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a website that may be helpful. The web address to the site is: www.epa.gov/pesticides.

    • If I sign up with Modern, does it mean I’ll never see any bugs in my house again?

      No. We provide the best pest control service available and our goal is for you to have a pest-free environment. However, pests can enter your home in grocery bags, on pets, or through the air.

      In addition, pests can be an area-specific problem. So even though we are treating your home, pests from the surrounding area can walk, crawl, or fly onto your property and attempt to enter your home, in fact, when we treat your home insects will be flushed out of their hiding places, so you may actually see more pests than usual immediately following the treatment of your home.

      We ask that you allow at least 7-10 days for the treatment to take effect. If after 7-10 days you are still seeing an inordinate number of pests, please give us a call and we will schedule a Service Technician to come and re-evaluate the problem free of charge.

    • Will Modern Pest Control service the inside of my home on every visit?

      No. Although we do recommend that you have the inside serviced during the initial service, we will automatically service just the outside of your home on our regular visit. If possible the technician will enter the home to inspect the insect monitoring devices that have been placed throughout your home and provide treatment based upon the diagnosis of any problems seen or report to us.

    • Do you have to come out on a regular basis?

      We do because insects are tenacious. To control these annoying pests and keep them out of your home, regular service is necessary. Your new service provides you with year-round protection from pests as well as those migrating over from your neighbors’ properties.

      Additionally, a regular service is also necessary due to the relatively short residual of the products available. At Modern Pest Control, we use only those products that have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Texas regulatory agencies.

      The residual, or length of time, most products are effective against pests is approximately 30 to 90 days. So, we will return on a scheduled basis to renew the barrier around your home to protect your family from annoying, disease-carrying pests.

      You do not need to schedule or be home for the regular service; we will come out automatically and leave an invoice on the door.

    • Do I have to sign up for an entire year?

      Depending on your situation, several different services are available, including one-time services. However, at Modern Pest Control, our main goal is to satisfy you as a customer.

      We have found that the best way to provide you with the quality of service you expect is to service your home year-round on our quarterly program.

      We will invest a significant amount of effort to keep your home free from pests and you a happy customer. In return, we simply ask that you stay with us for at least 12 months. Of course, we are sure you will be satisfied with the level of service we provide and will want to stay with us for many years.

    • How do I know if I need extermination?
      The answer to this question is pretty simple. If you see a mouse or even a single ant, you can be sure that they have a whole bunch of buddies lurking where you can’t see them. If you have even a slightly visible problem, then you have a pest problem. Left untreated, your problem could develop into a crisis.
  • Termites

    • How to control termites in the lawn?

      If there are termites in your lawn, it's only a matter of time before they enter your house. Now is the time to take action to eliminate them before they get inside. Our residential termite pest control treatments don't only eliminate termites in your home, but will also take care of the termites in your lawn.

    • What is the average cost of termite control?

      The cost of termite control can vary from home to home. Pricing will depend in part on the size of your home and whether you have an active infestation or not. When we inspect your house, we'll provide you with a quote for our services before we proceed.

    • How to control termites in wood?

      If termites have gotten into the wood in your house, you need professional termite control. They will not leave on their own, and do-it-yourself treatment methods are not effective at eliminating a termite colony.

    • How to control termites in soil?

      Although termites in your soil are something to be concerned about, it's better to find them there than to find them in your house. However, it's still important to immediately contact us for professional termite control, so they don't have a chance to get into your home.

  • Rodents

    • How do you control rodents?

      Rodents are dangerous pests that spread illnesses and cause serious damage to your house. Controlling a rodent infestation requires skill, experience, and attention to detail. Modern Pest Control provides rodent control using a variety of methods that are proven to work.

    • How much does rodent control cost?

      Each rodent infestation is unique and requires a different combination of treatment methods. If you have a rodent problem, we'll perform an inspection of your home, then provide you with a quote based on the treatment plan we draw up for your house.

    • How to control pests and rodents?

      A home that is unprotected can easily become infested by pests and rodents. In order to control them, you need the proper pest or rodent control systems in place. While you can do some pest control yourself, professional pest control gives you the extra peace of mind.

    • What is rodent control?

      Rodent control is a combination of services and treatments designed to remove rodents from your home and prevent future infestations. These services and treatments include setting up traps and bait stations and performing sanitation and exclusion work.

  • Mosquitoes

    • How to control mosquitoes?

      While mosquitoes are a difficult pest in some respects, they can be controlled in a variety of ways. Modern Pest Control employs a wide variety of tools and control methods when fighting mosquitoes, including seasonal treatments and mosquito misting systems. These tools give us a great deal of control over we approach your mosquito problem, allowing us to create a customized solution that’s perfect for you. 

    • Can pest control get rid of mosquitoes?

      Yes, pest control can eliminate your mosquito problem. While no one-time treatment could ever completely stop mosquitoes from returning to your home, an ongoing treatment program from Modern Pest Control is the perfect way to protect your home from mosquitoes today, tomorrow, and into the future. 

    • How to control mosquitoes in the yard?

      The only way to prevent mosquitoes from getting into your yard is by eliminating any and all sources of standing water that they could try to use as a breeding pool. Unfortunately, that’s next to impossible around Houston. Summers are hot and humid, the perfect combination for mosquitoes to thrive in yards across the region. Ultimately if you want mosquitoes gone from your lawn, the only solution is to call a professional mosquito control provider for help. 

    • Do mosquito control services work?

      Modern Pest Control offers two primary mosquito control services: seasonal treatments and mosquito misting systems. Seasonal treatments kill active mosquitoes in the air as well as their developing larvae in the water, while mosquito misting systems are lasting installments around your yard that mist your yard with insecticide at specific intervals. 

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  • Commercial

    • Are recurring services necessary?

      If your goal is to both rid your business of active pests and keep pests out in the future, then recurring services are very important. While our treatments are extremely effective at eliminating and preventing pests, they begin to break down over time. By providing on-going services to your business regularly, we maintain its protection and keep it pest-free.

    • What industries do you service?

      We provide our pest control services to a wide range of industries in Katy, and the surrounding Greater Houston area. These include: Nursing Homes, Hospitals, And Other Healthcare Providers, Schools, Homeowners Associations, Condos And Apartment Buildings, Warehouses, Churches, Camps And Cabins, Office Buildings, Storage Facilities. If you don't see your industry listed above, please contact us to see if we can help!

    • How does your scheduling work?

      We understand that treating pest problems in a business setting can be difficult. You need discretion and the least disruptive service possible. That's why we will work with you to develop a service schedule that works for your business's particular needs.

    • Do your treatment methods comply with our industry standards?

      Every industry operates under certain guidelines, standards, and laws. When we develop your pest control program, we'll address those standards to ensure we are complying with your industry's protocols.

  • Residential

    • How much does residential pest control cost?

      Your residential pest control costs depend on several factors, including your house size and the service plan you choose. Please contact us to receive a customized quote.

    • What is residential pest control?

      Put simply; residential pest control is pest control to protect your home from pests. These services can include treatments to eliminate active pests, treatments to prevent future outbreaks, and services to help make your home and property less conducive to pest infestations.

    • Is pest control worth the money?

      Many people think it makes the most sense to hold off on pest control until a pest problem arises. Unfortunately, at that point, it's often more costly to take care of the pests and the damage they've done. With preventative pest control, you can save money in the long run.

    • How often should I do pest control?

      How often you have pest control services depends on a number of factors, such as if you have an active pest problem. We offer monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly service plans to meet your needs. In general, when you go over 90 days without service, the treatment starts to break down, and pests begin to return.