Pest Control Companies
What Makes a Good One?
What makes a truly good pest control company? Well, it makes good sense to start with a local company with Technicians who live and work in the area. The Technicians will respond quickly to your request, and will have a better understanding of the unique issues to the area where your property is located. Also, before choosing a company, get answers to these questions:
Is the company licensed?
Is the company located in my area?
What's the Buzz Around Town? European Honey Bees
One of the first signs of Spring in California is all the Bee’s buzzing around our flowers and blossoming tress. But did you know that Bee’s are not native to California? Around 1830 fruit and grape farmers from Europe found there way to the central coast of California and recognized the amazing resemblance to there homeland. The next thing you know we have the “Wine Country” and the largest produce production in the nation. The Bee’s we see around are homes are considered “Feral” or wild. For the most part they are beneficial, but when they take up residents in and around are homes or businesses we need to take action. A bee hive in a wall when left alone can produce up to 30,000 individuals and the debris they produce can damage property and attracted other pests. We are all aware of the introduction of the “Africanized Honey Bee” to our area along with Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas (now even farther east to Florida). They are very similar in appearance to European Honey Bees so the only real way, other than sending them to an entomologist, to tell them apart is by their extremely aggressive behavior, so it is best to leave this up to your Pest Control Professional. The most common phone call we get regarding Honey Bees is when the homeowner notices a large swarm of bees collected on a tree limb, inside a bush, up under an eve, or even in play yard equipment. This is what is known as a “resting swarm” and will, with time move on, but don’t hesitate to call just to be sure, we will be glad to answer any questions or concerns.
What's That Noise in the Attic? RATS!
We just get into bed, put are heads on the pillow, and there’s that noise. Is it coming from the walls? Or maybe the roof? No, it’s coming from the attic space above our heads! This is usually the first time we notice the rodent infestation that has taken up residence in our house.
Normally you can simply stick your head up into the attic space and see the droppings or debris they leave behind. A rat can weigh up to 16 oz’s and live as up to a year or more, (under the best of conditions 3 years!) and produce four to seven litters a year, with eight to twelve pups per litter. By the time we notice them it is usually well established and will require a professional to fully inspect your property for access points and the extent of the infestation, and then make recommendations for control. So don’t ignore the scathing noise, the sooner we act, the simpler the solutions!
Of all the different termite species, and there are many, the subterranean termite is the most commonly noticed by the home owner at this time of year. On any sunny Spring morning, especially after a rain, we notice large swarms of "alates" or "swarmers" in the air. These swarms are initiated by a fascinating combination of environmental conditions. When the outside temperature, ground moisture conditions, light, and barometric pressure are just right, thousands of termites will take flight with their only mission to multiply and infest our homes. Homeowners often mistake these termites with flying ants. There is an easy way to determine one from the other. With a magnified glass look at the waste, and if you see a pinched area between the thorax and abdomen, you have an ant. But better yet, give us a call. As always, there is no charge to come out and take a look!
By Steven Muir