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Non-repellent insect growth regulators (IGR) and termite bait systems are increasingly popular, not to mention effective. Many termite control experts believe that IGR termite bait systems are better than barrier treatments—in certain situations.

Part I. Seducing Termites: Origins of Termite Baiting Technology

Over the past decade and a half, termite eradication experts have wracked their brains to provide least toxic termite infestation solutions. With the help of exterminators and building inspection services, scientists have developed several models of very effective least toxic termite bait technology systems. Now, termite eradication is almost as simple as mowing the lawn, changing the window screens, or any of the other various home maintenance projects a homeowner must tend to.

The technology behind termite bait control, however, is not as simple as it seems ; the development of effective termite bait systems requires years of testing in four very different climates and soil types before acquiring approval from the FDA and EPA. For example, one termite bait system must remain viable for at least five years in all four of the USDA testing sites to ensure it is effective in multiple soil types:

Arid, desert soil; termite bait systems are tested in Arizona to assure efficiency
Wetlands; tested in Florida and Mississippi
Coastal soils; tested in South Carolina
Part II. Chemicals of Desire: How termite bait systems work

Termites travel underground looking for sources of cellulose to feed on. Termite bait systems take advantage of the opportunistic mentality—so to speak—of termites. Termite exterminators will place termite bait systems roughly 18 inches from the foundation of your home (and, depending on the size of your property, throughout your yard at regular intervals) spaced, on average, at 10 to 15 foot intervals from one another.

As termites forage for food near your home, they find the bait systems instead. Termite bait systems are not only non-repellent; the best of them are attractants which actually draw termites in the local area to them.
Termites do not travel in packs on their search for food, but independently. As one finds food, more will follow . As termites begin feeding on the baits, your termite eradication expert will open the baiting systems and see their activity. The exterminator will then add the fipronil toxin (or whatever active ingredient your termite bait system uses) to the bait.
Fipronil is a slow acting toxin that will spread throughout an entire population before death occurs. While many termite control techniques result in high casualty rates among termite populations that may push the termite infestation away, termite bait stations will kill the entire colony.
Termite barrier treatments can often fail , and are reliant on the stability and density of the soil type remaining fairly constant. On the other hand, termite bait treatments function fully no matter what soil conditions are present.
The active ingredients in termite bait systems vary depending on brand, but all have been proven effective in the four testing environments, averaging between five to ten years’ viability.

Fipronil, Chlorfenapyr, and Imidacloprid
One of the most popular active ingredients in termite bait technologies, fipronil exceeds all government requirements:

Fipronil will last for a solid ten years in most situations, while
Chlorfenapyr only lasts from four to six years, and
Imidacloprid averages an eight year viability rate, although in Arizona it is the most effective, remaining viable two years longer than fipronil, and matching fipronil at ten years in South Carolina.
Clearly, unless you reside in Arizona, fipronil is the most effective termite bait for long-term use.
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“Natural” termite control—using naturally occurring microbials (such as nematodes; parasitic roundworms that live in the soil) and pathogenic fungi that attack termites where they live—is a wonderful idea, but does it work? Some say yes, others say no. Some termite control experts are willing to give it a chance, but should you?

What’s so natural about natural termite control?
Natural termite control is a relatively new method of handling termite infestations. Some exterminators, rather than creating newer and more powerful chemicals to combat termites and other pests, have become involved in termite eradication efforts based in a more traditional philosophy: fight nature with nature. This is nothing new; there are a number of states and countries that have tried natural pest control for other annoying animals.

For example:

Texas has imported foreign insects to combat fire ants; a strange creature not unlike the nematode, which attacks ants by planting its larva inside of the ant, which grows until large enough to consume the ant’s brain.
Similarly, the Virgin Islands imported mongooses to eradicate snake problems (and then, American hunters to eradicate mongoose problems).
Natural termite control advocates and exterminators have begun using strange sounding organisms like nematodes and bad sci-fi plot drivers like pathogenic fungi to battle termite infestations.

Who knew these things even existed, let alone actually worked for natural termite control?
Nematodes: Termite eating worms
According to studies at the University of Nebraska, a whole lot of people did. Unfortunately, using nematodes as a method of natural termite control doesn’t work. The idea of using nematodes (parasitic round worms that live in the soil naturally and eat termites) is filled with good intentions, but outside of laboratory situations, it’s just not feasible:

When a nematode attacks termites in a laboratory environment, there is nothing else there for the nematode to eat; the environment is specifically not natural.
In the natural setting of your home, or the soil around your home, experiments with termite-killing nematodes have largely failed. There is no evidence to show that the nematodes haven’t just left after being deposited in the soil around your home, preferring to eat something else, instead.
Deadly Spores? Unleashing pathogenic fungi
Unlike nematodes, pathogenic fungi have been shown to have some positive effect in exterminating termite infestations.During germination (when the spores of the fungi are let out to reproduce), pathogenic fungi can infect termites seriously enough to kill them. Natural termite control using fungi poses some problems:

Once death begins, noticeably sick termites are shunned from the colony, left to die on their own. If this happens before a large segment of the termite infestation colony is infected, the treatment will not work.
Ten percent of the termites causing infestation must be infected for the pathogenic fungi to successfully eradicate the termites. While this is possible, it is highly difficult to ensure, and few termite eradication exterminators are trained in the use of pathogenic fungi.
Pathogenic fungi are very sensitive to environmental conditions. They may not be suitable for wide use, and must be used during a specific time period for the climate to be right for effectiveness. If it is too damp, too hot, too anything, they are likely to die and will not work.
The Termite-Control.Net Consensus on Natural Termite Control:

Negative.

You’re better off using synthetic pyrethroid barrier treatments like permethrin , or termite bait systems.
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Successful Methods of Termite Control
We suggest understanding a bit more abouttermite biology before reading further into this section. An understanding of how termites function, and why they are infesting your home will give you a better idea of how to prevent termite damage in the future.

Controlling termite damage
Termite control won’t be effective if you don’t keep an eye out for signs of termite damage, no matter how many other precautions you take. Even if you have a qualified exterminator providing termite barrier treatments, termiticide applications, and baits, you still need to perform regular inspections yourself to be sure your home is safe from termite damage: find out how, right here

Now that you’ve got your eyes set on eradicating your termite problems, you need to find out what to do next. The first step is to identify what kind of termites you have: for a quick reference to the different kinds of termites frequent in the United States, visit our section on termite identification here . If you’ve already read through this section, and have identified the invading termites, carry on in your studies .

More than 90% of termite infestation problems in homes originate in areas where wood meets soil.There is no barrier to termite penetration in these areas; any foraging termite that finds its way to a 2×4 can easily begin working its way into your home—and letting the other termites in its colony know where to go. Learn more about wood to ground termite home maintenance.

Termites may often enter through miniscule cracks in the foundation of your home. A termite can squeeze through any crack more than 1/64 th of an inch wide. Quite often, as your home settles, hairline cracks form that are often not visible to the unconcerned eye during a termite inspection; yet still these cracks allow termites entry into the timbers of your home. To find out more about foundation termite treatments, click here

I’ll Huff, and I’ll Puff, and I’ll…
Chewyour house down: treating foundations for effective termite control Part II

In the previous section, we talked about how slab foundations can be treated with permethrin (synthetic pyrethroid) gel to restore preservation of termite control. In this article, we’ll talk about foundations with walls, crawlspaces, and houses built directly on the ground (well, we’ll mention those, but most of them will have fallen down by the time you finish reading this sentence).Click here for more information about securing the foundation of your home from termite damage.

The words “family” and “home” are almost interchangeable. Similarly, choosing the right exterminator is a lot like choosing the right doctor. You trust your doctor with your family’s life; you trust the security and safety of your family’s home to your exterminator. The process of selecting a qualified, responsible, and caring exterminator from the dozens of people who claim to be exterminators is not something that should be taken lightly. There are certain things to look for in an exterminator that can make this search a little easier for the responsible parent and homeowner. Find them here

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The words “family” and “home” are almost interchangeable. Similarly, choosing the right exterminator is a lot like choosing the right doctor. You trust your doctor with your family’s life; you trust the security and safety of your family’s home to your exterminator. The process of selecting a qualified, responsible, and caring exterminator from the dozens of people who claim to be exterminators is not something that should be taken lightly. There are certain things to look for an exterminator that can make this search a little easier for the responsible parent and homeowner:

All real exterminators, whether specializing in termite services or rodenticides, will have a state registered license, just as your doctor does. We tend to take for granted the fact that doctors have their license; we tend to think the same way when dealing with exterminators: after all, if they can get the expensive, highly regulated termiticides and pesticides that they need to do their job, they must be licensed, right? Wrong. Make sure you ask any potential exterminator to show you his license, and request a photocopy of it with the final invoice.
You’re in the right place: we link to only the best exterminators and termite control services. Those that are serious about getting a quality exterminator for the protection of their home are often barraged with estimates hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars lower than legitimate termite services could possibly cost. We collect exterminators license numbers, communicate with past clients and the Better Business Bureau in their area, and finally, if the company passes our requirements, we will post them in our “find a termite exterminator” section.
Don’t just look at the bottom line. Take a close look at the estimates you receive—the prices your potential exterminators outline in their estimates should be very descriptive, explaining exactly what materials are being used for what purpose, how much of that material is being used (in measurable units) and at what price per unit.
It takes one to know one… The best trick in the book is to invite your top two choices for your home exterminator to a meeting—without telling them the competition will be there. Once everyone is gathered together, have them exchange estimates. No one is better at finding faults in an exterminator than another exterminator. If you can’t decide on just two, that’s okay; invite everyone who gave you an estimate. As long as you don’t mind cuss words, nobody’s going to get hurt. The exterminators who cut corners on their estimates will probably get up and leave out of embarrassment, anyway.
Spare no expense. This doesn’t mean cancel your medical insurance so you can afford an exterminator, of course, but legitimate expenses for termite control and treatment services will probably range into the $3,000 area before becoming really overpriced around $4500-$5000; and that’s just for preventative treatment.
Don’t go corporate. There are plenty of exterminators who are just as qualified—if not more so—than the large corporate names you know so well. To top it off, when you pay for a large corporate extermination service, you’re paying mostly for the name—just like a pair of jeans with a certain name on the rear costs more solely for the use of the name. That’s what franchises are; individuals using a common name to promote their reputation. Why pay for that?
Whoever you choose, make sure you have a good rapport with them. Termite control is not an easy business, and it’s not a black and white occupation; the exterminator you choose may be the best, but he is still contending with the forces of nature—much like your doctor.

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• Mosquito control in Saskatoon, SK with professional mosquito spray
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Vegetation Control
With over 23 years of experience under our belt, Yard Master in Saskatoon, SK is the area’s leader in vegetation control and management. After careful research, we’ll assess your vegetation control needs and create an individual plan to rid your grounds of noxious, invasive weeds and unwanted greenery.

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• Prince Albert
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Sea Cliff Pest Control Services – Specialized Pest Treatment and Rodent Control
Sea Cliff Pest Control is the Trained Pest, Termite and Rodent Control Company in Sea Cliff NY that you want on you side!

Sea Cliff Pest Control handles all pest control problems in a professional and attentive manner. Our trained technicians have what it takes to combat spiders, bugs, bees and any other pests that are attempting to infest your home or property; or are already there. Sea Cliff Pest Control services the vast area of Nassau county, Suffolk county and the Five City Burroughs of New York. If you have got a pest infestation or are worried about pests threatening you, your family and your pets, contact Sea Cliff Pest Control for results that will leave you pest free – we Guarantee it! We not only exterminate current pest infestations but Sea Cliff Pest Control helps to prevent new infestations before they ever happen! This leaves you more time to spend with your family and less time worrying about the dangerous insects and pests that pose a threat to your loved ones or business.

Residential & Commercial Pest Control
Sea Cliff Pest Control has an excellent residential service division. We have trained technicians that will inspect your home very thoroughly, identifying any and all potential risks of a pest problem or infestation. Sea Cliff Pest Control will keep your home protected from pests that can cause damage to your house and pose harmful threats to your family. Not only does Sea Cliff Pest Control offer residential service, but we also have a top quality commercial service. We will ensure your office space is pest free and kept that way so your business can run smoothly.

Total Pest Extermination
Sea Cliff Pest Control deals with every kind of pest. We typically service for pests like cockroaches, ants, mosquitoes, bed bugs, bees, yellow jackets and wasps. These are all common pests that can become a huge problem for you if not promptly attended to early.

Thorough Termite Treatments
Sea Cliff Pest Control is a pro at exterminating termites from your home. Termites are capable of bringing down an entire structure. The wood they eat could potentially be a main support beam of your home. Termites cause more damage than any other pest and cost the most in repairs. Sea Cliff Pest Control performs termite inspections. Our inspections will find out if termites have entered into your home and the exact locations they are infesting.

Pesky Rodent Removal
Eradication of rodents like rats and mice can be quite a process. As they are nocturnal, you may only hear them at night or seen their feces laying around. Rodents are escape artists and they are hard to catch as a rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter and a mice, even a smaller hole or crack. To properly rid your home of rodents for good, it takes a professional rodent exterminator like Sea Cliff Pest Control!

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Bothersome Ants
Ants quickly become a nuisance, especially when discovered in your kitchen or bathroom. It’s not uncommon to find a line of marching ants inside of your food pantry or underneath your bathroom sink. Just like us, ants rely on food and water to survive. They are excellent at finding these resources within the walls of your home. Sea Cliff Pest Control is experienced at removing ants from your house, we will provide excellent ant extermination.

Squalid Cockroaches
The sight of a cockroach is often associated with filth. Homeowners do not want the embarrassment of cockroaches in their home. Unfortunately, cockroaches can adapt to pretty much any environment. They must have water to survive, so most likely where they end up settling is close to a water source – and unfortunately there are lots of those in and around your home. Sea Cliff Pest Control will eliminate cockroaches from your home, leaving you feeling clean and comfortable.

Colonizing Bees, Wasps & Yellow Jackets
Bees, wasps and yellow jackets can start a new colony almost anywhere. While bees can be good for your garden, they are not something you want buzzing around too close to your house. Bees can become aggressive when they feel threatened, and a bee or wasp sting is very painful. If someone in your household has an allergic reaction to a sting, the results can become fatal. Sea Cliff Pest Control is professionally trained in removing nests and hives and the stinging insects that call them home.

Threatening Mossquitoes
Mosquitoes are not fun to deal with. Their favorite time to come out is during the spring and summer months at dusk and dawn. Which is also a time when it is nice to sit out on your patio or front porch; but not while being eaten alive by mosquitoes. A mosquito bite can pose some serious threats, as mosquitoes have been known to spread serious diseases like Malaria and Chikungunya. Contact Sea Cliff Pest Control; we will keep seasonal mosquitoes away from your home and your family so you don’t need to stress about being bitten or disturbed.

Furtive Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs are sneaky pests who will latch onto you at night and suck your blood while you are sleeping. You will most likely only suspect you have bed bugs when you wake up with small red bites on your exposed skin or notice little blood droplets on your bedding. Bed bugs are great at hiding inside small crevices and cracks during the day and then finding a host to feed on during the night. Sea Cliff Pest Control will properly dispose of your bed bugs and help you rest easy.

Wood Craving Termites
If you suspect a termite problem on your property or in your home, contact Sea Cliff Pest Control to schedule a termite inspection. Our technicians are trained in all aspects of termite control and extermination. Sea Cliff Pest Control will determine the best treatment for your home and eliminate your termite infestation.

Lurking Rodents
It’s easy to see ants marching across your counter or occasional invaders like silverfish wriggling on your bathroom tile. Rodents on the other hand are a lot more elusive. Not only can they slip through small cracks and holes, they are very social creatures. If you see a rat scurrying across the floor at night or a mouse hiding in the back of a dark kitchen drawer, you can be sure they are many more hiding behind appliances and in your walls. Sea Cliff Pest Control can handle all of your rodent problems promptly and remove this dangerous, disease ridden threat from your property.

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Mosquito Control
Are you ready to spend time outdoors? When the weather is nice out, the best way to spend the day is outside enjoying your time with friends and family. The problem is that we are not the only ones that enjoy the nice weather. We are often times left to share the space with the dreaded mosquito. Mosquitoes are known to swarm around areas that have a water source close by. Mosquitoes don’t need a lot of water so if you have a small leak in your hose that can pool up and be just enough for them to thrive. They also carry and transmit diseases and viruses that can be harmful to people. To keep your family and guests safe from biting mosquitoes this spring and summer, call Sea Cliff Pest Control for expert mosquito removal.

Zika Virus Prevention
One of the newest viruses that have been linked to the bite of mosquitoes is the Zika Virus. This is a terrible virus and has some very serious repercussions. The virus started in Brazil but has begun to make waves here in the United States. It even has some areas such us the state of Florida calling for a state of emergency. The virus has ill effects for soon to be mothers causing birth defects such as hydrocephaly, which is a small head. The virus has some symptoms such as fever, red eyes, rash and joint pain which are similar to many other common illnesses such as the common cold. It is believed the virus and the infected mosquitoes will continue to spread even further. The skilled technicians at Sea Cliff Pest Control are trained and stay up to date with pests and the evolving diseases they spread.

How to Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus
This is a disease that is transmitted to people and animals through a bite from an infected mosquito. The disease is found primarily near the West Nile River but has been found in the United States and can still be found in areas across the United States. West Nile Virus can cause no symptoms at all or can come across like the flu. Many people are unaware that they have been infected. The best ways to protect your family and guests from West Nile Virus and other mosquito transmitted diseases is to eliminate standing water and calling a professional pest control company that specializes in mosquito control.

Other Viruses & Diseases Transmitted By Mosquitoes
There are several other viruses and diseases that can be caused by a bite from a mosquito such as Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Malaria. These viruses cause health concerns and have been found around the world. The Yellow Fever has a vaccination that is the best way to keep it under control. Mosquito viruses are best controlled when mosquito populations are low around your Sea Cliff neighborhood. Contact Sea Cliff Pest Control for professional mosquito and pest control services.

If you are ready to keep these diseases and viruses from coming anywhere near your home and family, call Sea Cliff Pest Control today to make an appointment and have your property treated.
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Choosing the Best Pest Control Company in Sydney

Article by Benjamin Thomas

Pests like ants, cockroaches, rats, spiders, termites, bugs, flies, mosquitoes, to name a few, can make your life miserable. Even a huge city like Sydney is no exception to pest infestation problems. The pesky critters can destroy not only your appliances and furniture, but they can also pose a big health problem.

Not every home and business owner is sold to the idea of hiring the services of pest control companies, especially with the availability of a plethora of pest control products and do-it-yourself solutions to pest problems. While this may appear like a good and cost-effective option, the truth is, pest eradication requires the use of advanced techniques. Certain pests have developed resistance to traditional pesticides so they require special formulations. Moreover, regular application of chemicals is also a must. For these reasons, it would be to your best interest to choose the services of the best pest control company in Sydney.

Most pest control companies can deal with a broad spectrum of pests. Considering the fact that pests can have frequent access to your home or office, you may have to get your premises treated a couple of times each year. Since this calls for professional expertise, a lot of people are now realizing the value of professional pest control companies in Sydney. However, when you consider the number of providers in the city, it can prove to be a bit difficult. So how do you choose the best pest control company?

The first thing to do is to get references from your family, friends or colleagues. They may have previously hired the services of a pest control company. You may also go online and conduct a search and then make a background check by visiting the company website. There you are likely to find all the information that you need about the service provider. Read the testimonials and ask for references of previous clients. A company that is confident about their services will be more than willing to provide this.

Choose a company with years of experience in the pest control industry. Pest control companies typically make use of chemicals to exterminate pests. Such chemicals must not pose any health problems to humans, particularly children and the elderly. Choose a company that only uses environmentally safe products throughout their pest control services, whether for residential or commercial pest control. Make sure they only use the safest and least toxic chemicals to deliver the best result that does not have a negative impact on your health and on the environment.

Make sure the company is legitimate and is duly licensed. They must have an expert team of professionals. You can assess this the first time the company personnel visits your premises. Check whether they are inspecting all areas meticulously. This indicates that they are well trained and knowledgeable. They should also be using sophisticated equipment and wear protective clothing when they visit your place. It is also a must to ensure that the pest control company has insurance coverage with clauses that cover any damage to your property.

Most pest control companies in Sydney provide a wide variety of pest control services, however, there are companies that specialize in various areas such as termite control, residential pest, food handling establishments, wildlife control, and so forth. Just make sure the company you choose specializes in the specific services you need. In all, choose a pest control company in Sydney that can deliver safe, convenient, and affordable services. You may find it tricky to get all three from a single company but at least try to find the best combination of these three essential qualities.Contact the Best Pest Control Company in Sydney – Safe Pest Control for all your pest control needs at 1300 119 085.

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Ways To Get Rid Of Ants At Home

Article by Joaquin Alford

When you Wish to Get rid of Ants, Knowledge Is Essential With an estimated 22,000 species, ants are 1 of the most largely recognized pests within the world, as well as one of the most typical pests. Ants could be found practically everywhere, including backyards, homes, hospitals, workplaces, warehouses and any other location where water and food is common. They can seep into buildings for warmth, refuge or refuge from dry, warm weather or swamped conditions.

Ants form colonies can range from a few dozen to 300,000. Their nests might be discovered anywhere inside and about your residence. Colonies consist of fertile females (queens), fertile males (drones), workers, soldiers and scouts. Ants will certainly collectively work together to aid the colony through the division of labor, communication between people, and the ability to solve complicated issues.

Don’t let the colonies multiply; exterminate ants today! Try out 1 of the techniques below. For fast and efficient results, use an organic and natural ant killer.Realizing how you can get rid of ants can be the key to a happy house!

Eliminate Ants- Method #1: Protect Your Residence Discover where the ants are invading and seal those places with caulk. Normal entry points consist of windows, doors, cracks, electrical wires and pipes. Because of the ants small stature, this might be a time-consuming and unfeasible job. Regardless of how hard you attempt to barricade your residence, it oftentimes fails to get rid of ants. These little insects can discover thousands of doorways into your house, which oftentimes makes an organic ant killer a a lot more effective answer to your ant invasion.

Ant Exterminator – Method #2: Clean And Seal Food will attract hungry ants into your home like nobody’s business. Ants specifically enjoy dining on sugars, syrups, honey, fruit juice, fats and meat. To get rid of ants, you must stop the all-you-can-eat buffet. That indicates you should maintain every thing nice and clean. You will need to sweep and vacuum often. Also, keep countertops free from crumbs and take the trash out frequently.

Ant Exterminator- Technique #3: Kill The Scouts Ant colonies will send out scouts in search of food and water sources. As soon as nourishment is located, the scouts will leave pheromone trails for the other ants to follow. (This is yet another reason why it is crucial to help keep areas within your residence clean: whenever you eliminate the pheromone trails you eliminate the ants.) You’ll need to squish these scouts if you see them, so they can’t make it back to the nest alive.

Yet another alternative would be to follow the scout back to the nest, then wipe it out with an organic ant killer. This is a a lot more effective method to eliminate the ants that are plaguing your house. Get rid of ants with out a chemical odor! You’ll find organic ant killers which have a fresh citrus or mint scent. Plus, the aerosol versions are easy-to-use, fast-acting and CFC free.

To eliminate ants in your residence, spray them directly with the organic ant killer. Keep on spraying until surfaces are wet. Ensure you pay special attention to exactly where the ants hide, for example cracks, crevices, baseboards, drains and pipes.

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Termite breeding complexities: primary and secondary reproductives
There is a large difference between the termite Queen, the termite King, and the alates, or secondary reproductive termites. Termites breed a large number of secondary reproductives to decrease chances of a family’s extinction. Termite reproductive processes are one of the most complex in the universe; one termite larva has the potential to become a member of any termite caste, depending on any of several variables throughout its younger life:

Primary Reproductives: Termite Queens and Kings
The size and appearance of the primary reproductive termites depends on the species of termite at hand. Termite queens in the tropics, for example, may reach up to five inches long and produce over one thousand eggs daily. Luckily, most of you don’t have to worry about that.

Termite queens start their mature lives as secondary reproductives, taking flight at a certain time of year (which varies depending on what climate you’re in) to begin a courtship process with male reproductives.
Once the flight has taken place, the queen that has chosen her king beds down in the soil near the wood-source they have chosen. After excavating a chamber, they begin mating, producing dozens of eggs at once. During this time the queen is of near average size, and with each birthing she grows a bit more distended in the abdominal area.
After a year or so, the queen has become quite large—common North American species reach nearly an inch and a half in length. As the abdomen reaches this point of distension, the white membranes beneath the exoskeleton of her abdomen become visible, giving her a striped appearance.
Termite kings remain the same size throughout their lives: relatively small in comparison to their queen.
King termites will spend most of their days caring for the queen; after she reaches “full” size, she is practically immobile, and unable to eat. The king feeds her through the common practice of “trophallaxis” common to ants and termites (as well as the termites’ forebears, the cockroach).
Monogamy in termite colonies
Surprisingly, in comparison to most other insects, termite reproductives are monogamous. Once a queen and king have settled together, they mate only with each other, producing large colonies that in turn carry the same incestuous family gene further.

Termite death-matches and the plight of secondary reproductives
In most instances, secondary reproductives—alates—serve as caretakers for the young. These termites are capable of becoming primary reproductives, but a pheromone inhibitor (a chemical emitted by the dominant queen and king of the colony) prohibits the further molting that needs to occur for them to become independent.

If a termite queen or king becomes ill and is near death, the gland will stop creating the pheromone. When this happens, secondary reproductives begin molting, morphing into primary reproductives.
In some species of termites, this situation results in all of the secondary reproductives engaging in ruthless battles to the death; the last members of each sex still alive at the end become king and queen of their termites’ clan, and life resumes as normal.
This exceptional behavior among normally harmonious and unassuming secondary reproductives has caused some stir in the scientific community, particularly in the genetic field.
It seems that the behavior, as drastic as it seems, serves to carry further Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest.
>>>>More on termite biology: The Social System

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Better termite control through construction methods
There ’ s only one thing better than having your home fully treated with natural termite control methods to be repellant against termites: only paying for it once. When you hire an exterminator to protect your home from termite damage, he can ’ t truly guarantee that termites will not penetrate the barriers or survive his eradication treatments (and a good exterminator will let you know this). What ’ s more, he ’ ll have to come back for monthly or bi-monthly termite inspections to be sure that termites aren ’ t finding a way past the barrier. This costs money.

Understanding of how termites cause damage has given rise to these new construction materials:>
Termite treated wood products
ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quaternary)
ACQ is a chemical compound, but commonly refers to a piece of timber treated with the chemical. Technically speaking, ACQ is made up of a copper and quaternary ammonium compound. In lay terms, this means that fungus is killed before it can grow, and termites don’t mess with it; meaning that at least the framing of your home is safe from termite damage. However, many carpenters don’t like working with treated wood inside the house: so while the framing is safe you still have to be sure that termites aren’t infesting with routing inspections.
CBA (Copper Boron Azole)
This chemical allows for direct wood to ground contact while still protecting from termite damage.
Borates (Borax, boric acid)
Borates are one of the most popular “natural termite control”—also called “least toxic” termite control—in the market. They bear many names, from boric acid to borax, and more, and are a largely misunderstood chemical substance. Some fanatical environmentalists have pushed the product as an alternative to pesticides so hard that they began lying, saying that there were no dangers associated with the product. However, U.S. Borax (the largest manufacturer of the product) has issued several press releases warning the public that the product contains arsenic, a known carcinogen. In a strange turn of the tables, those same environmentalists claim that boric acid has so little arsenic as to be insubstantial, a dead ringer for dozens of corporate comments let slip during similar attacks from environmentalists.
The truth about boric acid is that it is one of the least toxic products of termite control available; however, widespread use of it throughout the household should not be condoned, as excessive epidermal contact and inhalation can lead to poisoning.
In this instance, borates are chemically bonded to the wood, making it very difficult for termites to cause any damage to it. Whether you want to call it “natural termite control” or “least toxic termite control”, it works .
Termite control is simpler, safer, less expensive when prevented from the start
Concerning the prevention of termite damage, termite control methods—natural or otherwise—and all other topics in this site, only one message need be remembered, and you will find it repeated throughout these pages: No matter how many precautions you take, nothing ends the need for routine termite inspections performed by a licensed professional. For best effectiveness, be sure to have a local termite control provider inspect and apply preventative termite control solutions regularly.

>>>>More on Successful Methods of Termite Control

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Animal control covers a wide variety of services ranging from a onetime visit to a program of planned and repeated visitations for a reoccurring problem. Texas is home to a wide range of wild animals which include many species which can put your home and family in danger and even jeopardize their health and safety. Many species can also cause varying degrees of property damage which can include from destruction of yard grass and flower beds from burrowing, digging and rooting for food to undermining a homes’ foundation and floors from different types of wild animals digging and burrowing under your home. Some animals will also invade a homes’ attic or crawl spaces and is a common place for them to build their nests. If this occurs in your home, the point of entry must be discovered. The usual points are the corners of the roof where the soffit meets the rooftop. A thorough search of the eaves will normally divulge the entry point. Another entry point can be through the gaps under barrel tiled roofs. Once the infestation has been removed, the entrance must be blocked and sealed to prevent any re-entry.

For animal control to be efficient and effective, many different types of strategies involving different types of traps and baits must be implemented. The proper choice will depend on the type of nuisance animal and the location of the problem. Our technicians are thoroughly trained in the most efficient methods of animal control and removal to provide you with the optimal choice for your problem.

Most problems are caused by the animals’ primal activities crossing paths and intersecting with humans and their habitat. An animal’s daily life consists of a few main actions which are necessary to their survival and are done on an ongoing daily basis. Proper animal control involves taking all these factors into account when deciding upon the proper method to eradicate the problem. These activities include the search for food, water, shelter, and a protected place to raise their young.

Some of the main problems in Texas creating the need for professional animal control are caused by the following wild creatures:

Raccoons
Squirrels
Armadillos
Rats
Opossums
Snakes
Bats
Roosting birds
Snapping turtles

There are a variety of things a homeowner can do to provide a measure of animal control in addition to the services provided by us as professionals. These would include pre-emptive precautionary measures such as:

Do not leave pet food or water dishes out over night.
Keep trash cans tightly covered and placed in a garage or a secure shed if you have one.
Restrict access to pools or ponds to mitigate the animals search for water.
Block access to the underside of free standing sheds to prevent animals from entering to build nests.
Professional animal control must be utilized when these measures do not prevent or solve the animal infestation. Failure to do so can result in a myriad of safety and health issues for your family and your home.

These include:

Threat of gnawing and chewing: Rats, mice, and squirrels in the attic, crawl space, or walls are a direct threat to the electrical wiring, plumbing, and AC ducts inside the attic and other spaces. All types of rodents gnaw or chew constantly, and their unchecked infestation and presence constitutes a severe fire hazard in your home and expensive repairs.

Threat of disease: Many wild animals can spread infectious diseases, not the least serious of which is rabies which can result in severe illness and even death if left untreated. Disease can also be caused by the presence of feces, a dead and decaying animal or from parasites from infected animals.

Threat of bodily harm: Numerous attacks occur against humans and pets each year from wild creatures who feel trapped, threatened, or who are simply trying to protect their young.
We provide the proper, most effective methods of trapping and removal services for all residential and commercial properties and structures done in a fast, reliable and efficient manner.

We provide animal control. Call us.

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