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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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Pest Test Word Search Infographic

You may have seen a pest test word search going around Facebook this summer. In it, you are asked to make a comment of the first pest you see, and boy did you respond. Over 10,000 people have commented.

What was the most common pest that was commented?

See for yourself:

Pest Test Word Search Infographic

 

Pest Test Word Search

The following inforgraphic is presented by Bulwark Exterminating.

 

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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

Termites are Determined and Highly Organized Pests


Eastern subterranean termite

Eastern subterranean termite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Termites are one of the most common pests in Tulsa, OK. These highly destructive pests will actively feed on trees and free-standing poles, as well as homes, buildings and other timber structures; creating major pest control problems for unsuspecting homeowners and tenants.

Termites

Within the termite nest, there are members of different social classes, each with a different role to perform and every class dependent upon the other; for the continued survival of the entire termite colony. The defined termite social classes include: the queen, king, winged reproductive (young kings and queens), soldiers and worker termites.

Termites are Determined and Quick to Multiply

Let me just begin by saying that, queen termites are “egg-laying machines.” Their bodies are enormous, compared to their termite off-spring, and remarkably she is able to survive; for more than twenty-five years. During this period, a queen termite can produce more than two-thousand eggs per day. As you can imagine, this creates urgency for effective pest control services to eliminate this destructive pest invader; before extensive property damage results.

Worker termite

Worker termite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Termite Organization

The first termite homeowners will usually see is the soldier termite, because of their large numbers. Anytime a termite’s shelter is damaged, the soldier termites will rush out to guard the opening, while the worker termites repair the breach. The termite workers are by far the largest social class in the eastern subterranean termite colony (for example), and also the group that does the damage. These termite members are a creamy translucent color, soft bodied and carry out all work in the nest.

The Need for Termite Control

Several years are required, before a termite colony will reach it’s typical mature size. This vast nest may contain millions of termites, searching for timber food sources; anywhere within a 400 foot (100 yard) radius. Like I mentioned before, termites are  highly destructive pests will actively feed on trees and free-standing poles, as well as homes, buildings and other timber structures; creating major pest control problems for unsuspecting homeowners and tenants. You definitely do not want a termite problem!

If you suspect termite damage to your home or property, of if you are seeing termites in your home, its imperative that you call a termite control professional immediately before the termite situation gets any worse. The faster you act, the more likely you will prevent more damage from being done.

Tulsa Pest Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa,OK74103
(918) 582-2629
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OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com

Mosquito Defense Systems LLC
4136 S 70thEast Ave
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-6844
mosquitodefense.net

Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
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