• Household Pests

    Monthly Maintenance & Infestation Control

  • Cockroaches or "Palmetto Bug"

    Infestation & Prevention Treatment

  • Rodents

    Trapping & Removal

  • Termites

    Inspection, Evaluation & Treatment

Facts & Questions

A: No, InStar Pest Management LLC does not require a long-term contract. We offer as-needed services as well as monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly service plans. We feel that if you are benefiting from our maintenance service that you will remain an active customer. You will not be penalized for cancelling your service.

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

All of the products InStar Pest Management LLC uses have been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and have satisfied our own test evaluations.

InStar Pest Management LLC 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. 

Spray products break down fairly quickly in most cases, and must be contacted by the target insect in order to be effective.  However, baits work on both the bugs you see and the bugs you don’t see.  Ants, for example, will bring the bait back to their nest and spread it throughout the colony.  This leads to a more effective and efficient pest control system with results you can really see.

Cockroaches are a leading trigger of allergies and asthma attacks. The pests’ saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children

Tests conducted by Texas A&M University at five sites throughout the state over the past 20 years show that all currently registered termiticides have a life expectancy of from four to ten years. Non-repellent type termiticides (fipronil, imidacloprid, chlorfenpyr) appear to work better compared to termiticides that are repellent to termites (e.g., permethrin, cypermethrin, bifenthrin).                                                 InStar Pest Management LLC usually uses imidacloprid, but will offer one of the other non-repellant type of termiticides, if a customer requests it. the cost of treatment may increase a little.

This is a little tricky because everyone has heard for many years now to purchase a contract that will pay for damages caused by termites. However, most of these contracts have been written and/or copied from the main company who invented this industry. In other words written by a team of lawyers that mostly protect the company and not the homeowner. These so called damage guarantee contracts generally exclude paying if the building has a high moisture content, or if there is wood to ground contact, which could be a crack in the slab and wood flooring or other cellulose flooring where the termites enter. This means if such a condition is present on your home, the company that promised you they would pay for the damage will not pay. Two main conditions need for termite survival are: high moisture conditions and wood.

Termites are not a pest that can be effectively treated by a homeowner. A licensed pest control professional will be able to recommend a course of action depending on many factors, including the area of the country that you live in, the size of your infestation, the termite species present and your home’s construction.

Depending on where you live, termite swarms may be visible in the early spring. Termites are often confused with flying ants. Telltale signs of termite infestation include soft wood in the home, mud tubes on the exterior of your home (often near the foundation) and darkening or blistering of wood structures.

Termites are wood-destroying insects. Their presence dates back to the dinosaurs. While they play an important role in nature, experts estimate they cause $5 billion of property damage each year.