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Pressure Treated Wood vs Termites

02/19/2018

People think that pressure-treated wood is protected from termites and decay, so they can use it with abandon. While that might be true in the short term, even pressure-treated wood is susceptible to termites in the long term. Construction codes in the U.S. state that pressure-treated wood is considered to be “termite-resistant”, not “termite-proof”. Pressure-treated…

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Recognizing Termite Damage

02/19/2018

Wood that has been damaged by subterranean termites will have a honeycombed or layered appearance when broken open since these termites prefer to eat the softer springwood, leaving the summerwood. Galleries in the wood usually run parallel to the grain and are messy, containing a mixture of solid and digested wood, and soil. Gallery walls…

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Termite vs Ant

02/18/2018

Termites or Ants? Termite reproductive and other large ants, reproductive are very similar and difficult for the untrained to tell apart. Both are black with two pairs of wings. The three main visible differences are in wings, waist, and antennae. Ants have a larger front pair of wings with a second smaller pair beneath. Termites…

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Getting to know the Fruit Fly

10/28/2017

The most common small fruit fly is Drosophila melanogaster, and it and D. simulans are known for their large, bright red eyes. A newer pest is the dark-eyed fruit fly (I am seeing more and more of this one, but manly in commercial kitchens), actually a group of related flies, including D. repleta, with darker…

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Wood to ground contacts

10/26/2017

When landscaping a property it is important to understand things that could cause unwanted insects or termites. Soil or Mulch Buildup – Excessive soil or mulch against brick walls or siding at the foundation provides a protected gateway for termites to enter a structure by bypassing the treated soil beneath. Raised Foundation Planters – Landscaping…

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Fall Invaders

10/25/2017

Occasional invaders is one term that we use to describe those pests that enter structures periodically, and only under certain circumstances. They are not permanent indoor residents that are able to successfully reproduce indoors. Most occasional invaders are normally outdoor pests. Some are foundation pests found in mulch, woodpiles, and plants around the perimeter of…

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Bed Bug Bites, More than you wanted to know…

10/24/2017

Although bed bugs will feed on other animals if they have to, they prefer human blood. All active stages of bed bugs feed on blood: nymphs, and adult males, as well as Although bed bugs will feed on other animals if they have to, they prefer human blood. All active stages of bed bugs feed…

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How to kill Bed Bugs by Washing

10/23/2017

When doing bed bug work, we tell customers that they need to clean or launder their clothing and linens to kill any bed bugs present. Bed bugs don’t live in clothes like body lice but they will hide in clothes or shoes. And it’s very likely that some bed bugs will be found on bed…

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Pest Proof Exterior Doors to keep Rodents Out

10/23/2017

Just like people, mice and rats commonly use doors to enter buildings, but they typically go under them rather than through them. To rodent proof a door, you can install door sweeps and thresholds at the bottom, and weather seals or weather stripping around the sides and top. There are weather seal door kits for…

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