Termites and Demolition

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Elin Nordegren, the former wife of the professional golf star Tiger Woods, demolished her $12.3 million home in early 2012. While the first reports commented on the extravagance of demolishing the multimillion dollar mansion only to rebuild it in the same spot with nearly the same design, the real reason for the demolition came out later: ant and termite infestation. Most people realize that termites can do a lot of damage, but just how much damage can termites cause? Experts estimate that around 2 million homes are destroyed by termites and other wood-eating pests each year in the United States.

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Simple Ways to Keep Ants at Bay

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People are often surprised at the simple steps you can take to keep ants at bay both before and after you call in professional help from Tiger Termite and Pest Control. Ant prevention comes down to three basic premises: clean, lock, and maintain. CLEAN IT UP It is deceptively simple, but cleaning up after you cook and eat is the best prevention. Ants are attracted to the crumbs and grease leftover on surfaces from both cooking and eating. It might being surprising to realize that cleaning up your table, kitchen counters, floors and sinks may not be enough. Cleaning up

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Subterranean Termite Swarming

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UC Davis says that Western subterranean termites are the most destructive type of termite in California. Subterranean termite swarming is seen usually in the spring and fall, when it is both warm and moist, an ideal environment. California is currently experiencing plague-like infestations in many urban areas of Southern California including areas in Los Angeles, OrangeCounty, Pasadena, Riverside and San Bernardino. Current estimates by experts state that up to 20 percent of Southern California homes will be considered high activity areas within the next few years. There are several big problems when dealing with Western subterranean termites. First, they devour the

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How to Identify Your Ant Problem

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You know when you have an ant problem. They start showing up on the kitchen floors, on the counters, even the bathroom. You make sure to put the dishes away and wipe down surfaces, but that will only do so much. Ant control starts with identifying your ant problem properly. Identifying the ants causing your problem requires taking notes of the appearance of the ant, its behavior and food preferences as well as its location in relation to your home or office. For example, the Argentine ant is the most common in Southern California. It is small (about 1/8 of

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Gopher control during winter?

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During the month of January gopher activity begins to increase gradually and by the end of March mating season begins, increasing the overall presence of gophers in the months of April and May. Gophers may seem cute, but these pesky little critters wreak havoc wherever they go. Gophers have a natural tendency to burrow underground, which quite often disrupts gardens, lawns and underground cables. In reality there’s nothing more frustrating then having one of these guys eat through your cables. So before your lawn becomes another countless victim, we’ve included some helpful tips on preventing gopher infestation. Here are some tips to

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