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Effective Flying Termite Control Tips

Flying termites are one of the most annoying pests that are twice as likely to damage your home as regular termites. What makes flying termites very difficult to control is the fact that they can easily fly from one location in your home to the next. This essentially means that if you spot them near your cupboard and spray some type of extermination chemical they may still survive if they flew to a nearby food cabinet or into your pantry. So, as soon as you spot even one flying termite near your premises or in your premises its time to exterminate with extreme prejudice. That said it’s not easy to kill these otherwise resilient pests.

Flying Termite Control Steps

If you want to get rid of flying termites effectively the below tips offer a good starting point.

Step no. 1: Scrape their Nest

Termites cannot help but to leave a trail of wood fillings and dirt. This trail almost always leads to their nest which looks as if it’s something that is built out from the woodwork. The nest can vary in size but it’s almost always solid and gray or brown in color. Once you have identified the nest you should scrape it off using a metal blade. After the nest has been removed the termites that inhabited the nest will be forced to relocate. Hopefully, this will disrupt their activity enough to give you time (usually around 24 hours) to get all the stuff you need to exterminate them completely from your property.

Step no. 2: Treat with Orange oil

Now, if you do not have many termites to deal with i.e. a minimal infestation then orange oil spray is the best solution. Orange oil can be purchased for a few dollars from any hardware surplus store and is a natural termite repellant. It is harmless to human beings and pets and all you have to do is load a regular spray bottle with the liquid and spray it anywhere you see the termites. Also spray wooden furniture that are not yet infested with these pests.

Step no. 3: Secure your wooden possessions

There are a number of effective flying termite control pesticides that can be purchased over the counter and be applied to everything made of wood in your home. However, since these consists of various chemicals make sure that they are as per your building’s regulations because you certainly do not want to be fined for using chemicals that are not allowed. That said splashing these termite control sprays should help to secure almost everything. Furniture you cannot spray or do not want to spray should be varnished every year to safeguard them against termites in general.

Step no. 4: Preventing future infestations

Once you have run through the steps given above you should have gotten rid of 90% of the termites in your home. However, the next step in termite control especially if you are already living in a home that was infested before many times or near a home that is infested use poisonous termite control baits. These often consist of a number of different types of treated natural plants that kill termite naturally. When one termite takes the bait it spreads over to the entire termite colony hence saving you the trouble. The only thing you need to be careful of is to purchase natural termite control baits.

Professional Services

In most homes professional termite control services may not be needed unless the home has not been lived in for a long time due to which it has severe infestation. It may also be needed if all the above procedures were not effective or cannot be performed. Hiring an expert team can save time but they are also expensive. If the infestation was widespread apart from getting rid of the termites you’ll also have to get a lot of the wood around your home replaced since termites will certainly reduce the reliability of everything made from wood. If your home is mostly made from wood, consider extensive renovations prior to moving back in with your family. Then proper termite control measures can be put in place to prevent any future infestations.

Manu Alias is one of the leading experts on flying termite control in Australia. He has authored a number of books and manuals on the subject. His techniques are used by some of the best professionals in the country to get rid of termite infestation. Forensic Pest Control Facebook, Google +

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February 19, 2014 - 3:54 PM No Comments

Bed Bug Family Ties: Unraveling The Mystery Of Their Resiliency

One of the reasons that people fear bed bug infestations is because the little pests are so hard to eliminate. Researchers from North Carolina State University may have discovered a new clue in the battle against bed bugs: they are able to successfully inbreed. This is important because it means that bed bugs can replicate quickly, even when there are just a few bugs living in a given space.

What is the Research Based On?

The study examined a total of three apartment buildings on the east coast, both in the north and south of the country. Researchers determined that the bed bug infestations in all of the apartments were similar in one important way: the bed bugs were all closely related to one another.

What Does it Mean?

The research helps experts understand why it is so hard to get rid of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are hitchhikers; if an individual brings home a pregnant female, an infestation can quickly take hold. Once that female gives birth, the babies will begin to mate, both with their siblings and with their mother. Treatment for bed bugs is expensive, and because the pests like to hide in cracks and crevices, it is hard to get rid of the entire infestation even when a professional is involved. And, because of inbreeding, one or two survivors could mean a fresh infestation not too far down the road.

Why are Bed Bugs a Problem?

While they do not carry disease, which is a relief, there is a negative stigma attached to bed bugs. In addition, the treatment is very expensive compared to traditional pest control, due in part to how much work goes into eradicating the bugs. Finally, bed bugs do bite. The bites can be quite itchy and may even resemble a rash on some people, leading to discomfort and agitation in the affected individual.

What Can be Done to Prevent Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs can be transported from one place to another via the human body. However, that actually does not happen as often as people think. If a bed bug attaches to you, it generally can’t stay on for longer than ten minutes. Instead, most people carry the bugs home either through secondhand furniture or through their luggage after traveling.

To avoid bed bugs, make sure you carefully examine any furniture that you bring into the house. Put bed bug covers on your bed, and when you return from a trip, make sure that your dirty laundry and bedding goes directly into the washing machine and the dryer. While there are no guarantees, taking these steps should help.

Bed bugs are tricky pests to eliminate. Although new research is helping us understand these bugs a little better, it is still very difficult to treat an infestation when one occurs. Keep in mind, however, that while bed bugs may bite, they will not harm you or your family members in any other way. Try and prevent an infestation as much as possible, but make sure to keep a cool head if one occurs.

Morgan is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control, an extermination company located in New Jersey. When Morgan isn’t writing, she enjoys reading and traveling with her family.

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December 10, 2013 - 10:25 PM No Comments

How Serious A Problem Is A Bed Bug Infestation?

The number of reported bed bug infestations in North America has risen steadily since a point in around about 1995 when these creatures, which had been considered all but a thing of the past since the forties, began to make a comeback. They are small reddish brown bugs that like to live inside houses and tend to house themselves and their very small, sticky eggs in things like sofas, beds, cushions and even soft toys. There are different species, some of which prefer to feed on certain animals (for example ‘bat bugs’) and one in particular which considers human blood its favorite food. These are the ones you are most likely to have a problem with in your own house.

Don’t Only People with Dirty Houses Get Bed Bugs?

 

It is a common misconception that bed bugs are only found in dirty places. It is blood that they feed on, and nothing else, so they don’t prefer to live in dusty or dirty places like some other insects – as long as there are people to bite, the bugs are happy enough. The idea that they are more common in dirty places is probably more down to the fact that in places that aren’t clean or well maintained it is unlikely that anything will be done about the bug infestation too quickly, so it could be from places like these (for example seats in old movie theaters or even on subway trains) that people end up picking up bugs on their clothes. Once the bugs make their way into your clothes or luggage, they can set up home in your nice clean house. This means that if you do discover that you’ve got bed bugs, this isn’t a comment on the hygiene of you or your house.

Are They Dangerous?

 

Bed bugs are more a nuisance than they are dangerous. They are not known to be able to pass any diseases on to people, and their bites, though they can leave blisters, are no worse than mosquito bites. Of course, the idea that in your sleep there are insects crawling around sucking your blood is not a pleasant one, and nobody wants bed bugs sharing their homes, but it is not a cause for panic if you do find them. It is however very important to have them exterminated as soon as you possibly can by a professional pest control company, because otherwise you are going to continue to suffer from the bites and the infestation will only get bigger.

You are also of course risking passing on the bed bugs to other people, which isn’t very nice! A pest control specialist will be able to rid you of your bugs safely and quickly using pesticides and also in some cases using techniques where the bugs living in items are sealed up in plastic so that the insects all suffocate (this can be a good way to kill bugs hiding in things like teddy bears). You should not attempt to fight the bugs yourself as it is really a job for professionals who have the right equipment and poisons.

Author Bio: Frank Coleman is a car enthusiast, but considers his wife and three children to be the most important thing in his life. He works as an exterminator in Toronto at Home Hardware Pest Control, providers of complete pest control services.

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October 7, 2013 - 4:04 PM No Comments

3 Signs Of A Termite Infestation In Your Home

Termite Damage

Termite Damage

Termites are a nightmare to homeowners, because of their talent of hiding and destroying homes and other wooden structures undetected. These tiny creatures usually hide underneath the soil or wood surfaces and in mud tunnels making it easier for them to invade homes. They can enter our homes from the soil surface and then forage in the wood materials used to build our houses. Unfortunately, termites are very difficult to control when the infestation is severe, so extensive efforts to prevent and control termite infestations must be done once termite infestation is suspected.

The Common Entry Point Of Termites

Termites usually infest a home through the soil along its foundation. They can find their way into the house through utility conduits, cracks in the slab, plumbing connections and expansion joints. If there are wood structures in your home constructed in direct contact to the ground, such as decks and patios, you can expect problems as they are a warm invitation to termites. Since termites live in colonies in the soil, early detection can sometimes be very difficult.

Signs Of A Termite Infestation

Some believe that detecting a termite infestation early is impossible. However, there are three easy ways to indicate that you are dealing with unwanted visitors.

1. Mud Tubes

These tubes are actually foraging tubes that extend from the ground to the infested wood, which also provide shelter for termites. The mud tubes can be distinguished by their muddy appearance and flattened tubes having a width of a pencil. Unfortunately, the tubes are not easily seen because they are often located underneath flooring, along cracks and behind base boards. Sometimes, they can also be found extending over concrete foundations as well as other surfaces that are exposed.

2. Wood Damage

Another sign of termite infestation that is common in infested homes are the dark areas of blisters located in the wood flooring. Such damage is not always seen immediately as termites feed on the spring wood and not the grain and exterior surface. To check for any termite damage, the wood can be tapped on every inch using the handle of a screwdriver. The damage can be detected when you hear hollow sounds or when the screwdriver breaks through the wood because of the damage inside. In the event that the infestation is still active, you may find termites working inside.

3. Swarmers

You can also tell if you have a termite infestation, when there are winged termites emerging from swarming tubes located near the house. Since these termites are attracted to light, you can find them swarming around windows, lighting fixtures, vents and doors. When you find plenty of tiny termite wings left behind on windowsills and floors, you can be certain that you already have an infestation.

Termite infestation is sometimes caused by poor construction practices, as they provide termites with a certain amount of access into the structure. They can also create living conditions for termites as a sufficient amount of moisture is applied. As such, termite infestations can be prevented during construction and after the house has been built through treatments. When you detect termite infestation in your home, have it treated immediately before it can be severely damaged.

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Valerie Adams is a mother of four and freelance writer specializing in safe pest control methods of InsightPest.com and termite control. She also provides homeowners with vital information as to how termites infest homes and how their infestation can be detected.

 

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March 6, 2013 - 6:57 PM No Comments
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