Posts Tagged ‘cracks’
Tricky termite treatments
Pavers, flagstone and tile always make a termite treatment more difficult. Sometimes it almost impossible, these pavers are in fact put in place with cement or sand. It is possible to drill but it also is worrisome because you might crack the paver. It is essential to the treatment to get the termiticide to the area where the termites may try to get into the home.
I also run across built in cabinets and they pose another obstacle to getting the termiticide to that expansion joint. What other issues do you think we run across on our daily termite treatments and do you have any unusual obstructions at your home or business?
Are you refurbishing your Home?
So this last week I decided to replace a piece of carpeting in my dining room. I never liked it in the dining room to begin with and finally decided to put in tile. After removing the carpet I noticed a very large crack and YES I had the termite expert (Mike) come to my house and drill it before putting in the tile.
Nothing looks worse than tile that has to be drilled after you notice the termites.
So a piece of free advice – if you are replacing a floor with wood or tile, take the time and treat for termites. Most termite companies would prefer not to drill a new tile, it will never look the same.
A few pictures of cracks in the concrete…
Before replacing a floor take the time to have it fixed, I don’t like drilling new wood or tile floors. Trust me on this one, please!
Incredible story of those crafty termites.
As good as you may think you are, termites are probably better! What’s that you say, no way. Termites have been working out their problems over the last 250 million years and what do we do but build houses (wood) right on top of their homes. If you give them an inch they will certainly take it and that is evident of the picture posted below.
You never know how or where they will enter a home and you almost have to play detective to understand and eventually solve the problem. So be prepared to investigate and you will be rewarded with the clues to solve the dilemma for the customer.
ProBest Pest Management Top 10 Tips to keep those bugs out!
- Seal up those cracks, holes and any entry points where those critters can get in.
- Reduce harborage areas where those bugs hang out.
- Keep trees, shrubs and vines off the house.
- Check your home monthly for any signs of trouble.
- Never and I mean never stack firewood against the house.
- Check and repair window screens.
- Store food in seal-able containers and I usually freeze it first then store.
- Avoid taking in boxes and storing them in pantry – see #7 above.
- Don’t forget to check out buildings, honeybees and termites can show up and do significant damage if not caught immediately.
- Follow your local Pest Management Professional on FaceBook, Twitter or their blog to stay current with local issues.
Stink bugs and other True Bugs…
How many True Bugs can you guess? How about Assassin Bugs & Wheel Bug, Aphids, Bed Bugs, Boxelder Bugs, Leafhopper, Milkweed Bug, Squash Bug and of course Stink Bugs.
All true bugs have similar mouthparts, which is what characterizes the true bugs. True bugs suck. That’s right, the true bugs have specialized mouth parts used to suck juices.
The brown marmorated stink bug, or simply the stink bug, is an insect in the family Pentatomidae, and it is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. They have invaded the East Coast and have made their way across the U.S. They get their name because release an unpleasant odor when you crush them or when they are protecting their homes. Stink bugs do not hurt humans, but they can cause a lot of damage to crops and plants.
Tips to prevent them from getting into your home from National Pest Management Association (NPMA):
- Seal cracks around your house.
- Replace damaged screen on doors and windows.
- If you see a stink bug indoors vacuum them up and throw away the bag immediately.
- If you see a stink bug in your garden, lightly spray the area with approved insecticides. Keep weeds around the garden in control and clean up the garden at the end of the growing season.
- Hand pick stink bugs in early morning when they are slow moving.
Stink bugs were not even reported in the United States until the late 1990’s!