Friday, April 18, 2008

Bees and wasps

Out in force and ready for action. Bees and wasps are popping up in houses, attics, and generally being a pest outside again. Spring is here and summer is right around the corner and if the bugs of summer are not already out they will be soon. If you have a bee or wasp inside it is probably just an over wintering bee. If you start seeing several then there could be a chance that they have found a home in your walls or attic or near a window. Here are some things you do not want to do. If you see them entering the wall, do not plug up that hole! They will for sure find there way into your home even worse. A professional would dust the hole which would kill off the bees or wasps. If you have bees or wasps in your attic, do not fog! This will kill off a few but could agitate the rest and drive them down into your home. If you suspect honey bees, do not attempt to eliminate them yourself. Call a professional.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Termite defense

This article will help you sort out all the products that are available for the control of termites. There are so many techniques and products to choose from it can be intimidating to the novice. So what do you choose or what do you ask your pest control provider to treat your home with? There are termite baits like Advance Termite Baiting System, there are granules like Bayer Advance Termite Killer Granules, there are liquid treatments like Termidor, there are physical barriers like mesh screens, it's mind boggling. IF you are faced with a termite problem at your home I would recommend simply leaving it up to your professional. DO a little research as to what chemical you want, then ask. I still am a strong believer in Termidor as a full treatment and then maybe using a bait as a back up. The history and research behind Termidor is so strong that it is hard to not chose it. The baits have some good history as well, but if the termite doesn't find the bait then it is useless. The granules should be used as an add on, never to do a full treatment.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Orkin or Western Pest Services?

Who is the best in termite control these days? The fact is that many of the pest control companies out there use the same chemicals and control measures in some form or another. So how is a person to know if they are getting a fair shake? I am a big advocate of doing your homework. Ask neighbors and friends who may have had the same problem who they used and what they thought of their service. Researching on the web is also a great idea. Companies like Orkin have great websites with a wealth of information and knowledge about the company and what they offer. Google the companies to see if there is any opinions written about them in the world wide web. As always, your best bet is to get three estimates from a large company like Western Pest Services or Orkin, a mid sized company that is located in your area, and maybe a neighborhood guy. Quite frankly, the neighborhood guy may offer the best service and price. You may get a pie in the sky warranty with the bigger firms, but when it comes right down to it, if you call the neighborhood guy with a re infestation I would say that nine times out of ten he will be there that day to retreat for you free of charge. The decision is entirely up to you, but one thing you should not do is rush into it. The termite are not going to eat your home in a day like you see in the cartoons. Research and homework.