Friday, February 23, 2007

Termite Baiting vs. Liquid Termite Treatment

The debate goes on about the effectiveness of termite baits versus getting your house treated with liquid termiticide. Let's look at both techniques. In baiting the termite company would place termite bait stations around the outside of your home with an attractant in them every so many feet. When one of those attractants showed signs of termite activity then the attractant would be replaced with active bait and thus destroy the colony. Liquid treatments consist of drilling into the ground both outside and inside. Sometimes the treatment company will have to pull back rugs to get to the slab underneath, sometimes they will need to drill into cinder block walls also. The drilling will be every foot inside and out and where there is no cement slab then they will rod into or trench the soil.
Liquid termiticides are very effective these days...especially the non-repellent chemicals such as Termidor and Premise. You know that the liquid is in the ground and that the termites will eventually come in contact with it and die. The drawbacks are lots of moving of furniture...drilling into your's very invasive. The baits can be just as effective if they are placed properly and you get activity. Some companies will use a combination of the two.
It boils down to you the customer. Do you want hammer drills and hoses being drug through your home or do you like the more reserved approach. Either one in time can do the job in most cases.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007



With March right around the corner and spring only 29 days away it's time to start thinking about termites and termite swarms. This time of year, in the months of March, April, and May, is known as the termite season. It is during this time of year that the conditions are perfect for swarming and often times the termites do just that. On a warm day after a good rain, with the sun beating down, is when you can be pretty sure to come home to a thousand or so flying insects that look like flying ants.

People are often shocked to come home to these swarms covering entire living room floors and furniture or piled up on the window sill. Sometimes all people will find are the wings of these insects scattered on the kitchen floor. Whatever the case may be it is advised that you save some of them and show a pest control professional.

Some characteristics to look for is if the antennae are straight and the body is not pinched in the center then it is most likely a termite ant swarm will have elbowed antennae and a pinched body.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Squirrel Evictor

Squirrel Evictor
Getting rid of squirrels in the attic can be frustrating and an overall pain in the butt! There are several ways of dealing with a squirrel in the attic; trapping and sealing up the hole is one of them and a product called the squirrel evictor is another. It is a strobe light device that you hang in your attic and the flashing lights agitate the squirrel's sensitive eyes. One of their MB10K models can cover a 900 sq foot area. The web site to check out the product is

Pest Control Information

Pest Control Info
This blog is about pest control information in regards to what to look for if you think you have a pest infestation and how to go about dealing with that infestation. In some cases it is recommended that you seek professional help in dealing with a particular pest or wildlife control problem and in other cases I offer insight into doing the treatment yourself. Hopefully you'll find this blog helpful. I hope you find the information you need.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Mattress covers and Bed Bugs

Using a mattress cover in the battle of bed bugs is gaining popularity on both a defensive and offensive front. If you are unfortunately already infested with these bad boys then you can avoid having to throw away your whole bed set and/or drenching your bed with chemicals by wrapping your bed and box spring in a hypo-allergenic mattress cover. This will keep any live ones from escaping and prevent any new ones from infesting the millions of cracks, crevices, tufts, nooks and crannies that a mattress and box spring have to offer these bugs. The trapped ones will eventually die from hunger and you've saved yourself a grand by not throwing away your bed.

On a defensive front if you travel and you happen to bring some of these buggers home with you then this will keep them out of the posts that they love the best which is your mattress and box spring.

Mattress covers are just a tool in the vast arsenal it takes to get bed bugs under control and eventually eliminated, but it's definitely a tool worth investigating.

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