FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Below is a list of commonly asked questions regarding pests and the protection of your home. If you still have a question, feel free to send us an email from our contact page.

  • Are Carpenter Ants dangerous to my home

    Carpenter ants are merely a nuisance or a serious structural pest that needs to be addressed quickly. If the weather is mild and you happen to see one every few days, further inspection may be necessary. Try to locate the source. Seeing several daily is cause for concern and treatment maybe necessary.
  • What is the Emerald Ash Borer?

    The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic Asian insect that was accidentally brought into the United States and Canada in 2002. These insects bore and ultimately kill ash trees. They were first spotted in the Detroit area, but from that point on they kept on spreading. They have been spotted in Omaha, and it is very important that we prevent the Emerald Ash Borers from killing all of the ash trees around our area!
  • What are things I can do outside of my house to keep pests away?

    1. Inspect and seal any cracks and holes outside your home. Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
    2. Check around the perimeter of your home for leaky faucets and anything that allows moisture to pool around the base of your home.
    3. Eliminate debris from gutters.
    4. Trim tree branches and shrubbery from around your home.
    5. Store firewood and other wood at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • How difficult are termites to treat?

    Termites are nearly impossible for homeowners to treat on their own. On the other hand, the professionals at Blue Jay Termite & Pests have the training, expertise and technology to eliminate termite infestations.
  • Can pests other than termites damage property?

    Absolutely. Carpenter ants, carpenter bees and powder post beetles are all categorized as wood destroying insects. That’s why it’s important to have a professional identify the source of your problem and provide the treatment to control it.
  • How do you treat for cockroaches?

    Cockroaches have long been one of the most common household pests in our area, coming most frequently in the German, American, Oriental, or Brown-banded variety. We've developed years of expertise in solving cockroach problems. Our control strategy depends upon the species of cockroach, which is why inspection and identification is an important first step. Upon identification of the species and analysis of the situation, a strategy is developed. Use of pesticides may be appropriate in some cases. Increasingly, we utilize baits, carefully placed out of reach of children and pets, to eliminate cockroach populations. In other situations, insect growth regulators, which inhibit the ability of the cockroach to molt and grow, are used in combination with other methods. And additionally, we provide information to clients about the ways that they can minimize pest immigration and avoid providing harborage for pest populations. So you see, cockroach control is really best achieved through a combination of techniques - an "integrated" approach to pest management.