Vinx Home Services Inc FAQ
All Your Questions Answered by Our Pest Control Experts
We know you have questions, and we have answers. For your peace of mind, we’ve asked our team to weigh in on the most common concerns our customers have expressed.
What Exactly Do You Use to Treat Pests?
We use a combination of treatments depending on the specific needs of our residential and commercial clients. Our main form of treatment is in the form of a liquid spray composed of chemicals that are regulated by the EPA and are proven to be safe around kids and pets. We also offer granulated pest control for exterior landscaping and sticky traps for certain pests if necessary.
Is it Safe for My Family and Pets?
All the products we use are regulated by the EPA and are safe for use in hospitals, daycare centers, schools, homes, and kennels. All we ask is that you keep kids and pets away from the products for approximately 15 minutes, or until dry, for maximum safety.
What Does Your Service Include?
For both residential and commercial customers, we start with a power spray to create a 6-foot barrier around the foundation of the building, preventing pests from coming indoors. We also remove visible spider webs and nests from the eaves of homes and buildings, as well as spread granulated pest control around exterior lawn or landscaping for extra protection.
Do We Need to Leave the House When You Treat the Inside?
No. The products we use inside homes are odor-free and safe to be around. Just remember to keep kids and pets from touching the products until dry. Indoors, the products we use are milder than the exterior products and are designed to flush pests out of the house and through the exterior products.
How Much Do Quarterly Treatments Cost on Average?
We have quarterly maintenance programs available for about $40 per month. This includes a full guarantee for the inside of your home and your yard/exterior, with free re-treats between treatments if pests persist.
Why Do I Need Quarterly Treatments?
Each season has different pests that require different treatment methods. Our quarterly program is designed to keep each season’s pests at bay. Since products naturally break down over time, it is important to keep a protective barrier in place around your home/yard. This helps you prevent any future infestations.
What if I’m Still Seeing Bugs?
All of our service programs come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are seeing more than the occasional pest in between regular treatments, just let us know and we will retreat the affected area at no charge. We stand behind our service and will do whatever it takes to make sure you are properly taken care of.
I Have Questions About Black Widows
The mention of black widow spiders tends to make people nervous. Their reputation for being very dangerous can cause anxiety and fear. While they should be treated cautiously, knowing the facts about black widows can ease some of that anxiety. We get a lot of questions about these spiders, and we’ve assembled an FAQ to teach you the basics of identification, prevention, and treatment.
Do Black Widows Live in Our Area?
Different species of widow spiders live all over the United States. Here in Texas, we normally see Latrodectus mactans, known as the southern black widow. They tend to live in dark secluded areas like under rocks, in crevices, under ledges, and in woodpiles. When cold weather our drought drives them into buildings, they are often found in garages, basements, or piles of debris.
How Do I Identify a Black Widow?
Black widow spiders are most commonly associated with a red hourglass on the abdomen. This is only true of adult female black widows. They are typically shiny black with hairless, globe-shaped abdomens. The characteristic hourglass shape may be reddish or orange and may appear as two separate triangles or even red dots in some species. The males and juveniles tend to be smaller, tan in color, and have white markings. Widow spiders spin webs that are erratic in shape and form. The webs are rough and sticky with very strong silk.
How Dangerous Are Black Widows?
Black widows are the most poisonous spider in North America. Their venom is said to be 15 times as toxic as a rattlesnake. That being said, they seldom cause death because they inject such a small amount of poison, and the chances of an encounter while using a pest control service dramatically are decreased. Only the adult females are poisonous, while the males and juveniles are harmless. Overall, human mortality from black widow spiders is less than 1% of those bitten. Those at most risk are the very young, very old, and the family pets. So, while black widows should be treated cautiously and prevented as much as possible, the likelihood of death or severe reactions from a bite is very, very small.
What Should I Do if I Get Bit by a Black Widow?
The first step is not to panic. Try to catch the spider for proper identification and wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Call your physician for advice on further steps to take. Ice is often suggested to reduce pain and swelling at the site. Doctors usually do not administer an anti-venom because it has the risk of anaphylactic side effects, but it is an option. Some of the more severe symptoms can include abdominal cramping, headaches, pain, profuse sweating, convulsions, and vomiting. In rare cases, hospitalization and monitoring may be necessary. To be safe, always seek a doctor’s advice.
How Can I Prevent Black Widows from Entering My Home?
- Prevention is the key to good spider control. Here are some ideas that can help.
- Seal the outside of your home. Use caulk or spray foam to fill in all cracks and crevices that may allow spiders to enter your home. Also, check the window screens and weatherstripping around windows and doors to make sure that they are intact.
- Clear away weeds and other debris that are in your yard, especially those that are close to your home.
- Change your outdoor lighting. Bugs are attracted to bright white or bluish lights, and where there are a lot of bugs, you will find spiders. Yellow, orange, and pink lights tend to attract fewer bugs.
- Vacuum and dust your home regularly to clean up webs, eggs, and spiders.
- Wear gloves if you are moving boxes or cleaning areas that may house spiders (garages, basements, etc.).
- Shake out clothing, shoes, and other items that have been sitting for a long time before using them.
- Hire a professional pest control company to treat your home with a chemical barrier that will prevent spiders and other insects.
If you are concerned about black widow spiders in the Dallas area, Vinx Home Services Inc can help! Our team of licensed and trained technicians will come to your home and take care of the problem. We use only the best and safest products and have the best guarantee in the industry. You will feel safe knowing that your home is protected by our pest control experts.