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Oranges not an alternative to whole house fumigation!

oranges

Some companies have been misleading consumers about the safety and effectiveness of treatments using orange oil (d-Limonene) products. Before you spend thousands of dollars you need to get the facts. (1) Orange oil is a spot treatment. Only detected, accessible colonies can be treated by drilling small holes into which d-limonene (citrus oil) is injected. (2) Orange oil is not equivalent to a fumigation. Fumigations are whole house treatments and kill all detected and undetected termites, including those inaccessible for spot treatments. (3) Effectiveness. The effectiveness of spot treatments will vary considerably based on the techniques and experience of the

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The Cost of Structural Repair from Termites

termite damage

The Cost of Structural Repair from Termites Fewer forces are more destructive to homes than termites. Worse, unless the homeowner’s insurance carries a special rider, repairing termite damage is not covered. Because termites must stay hidden from ants, they are very difficult for homeowners to discover and can cause significant damage to properties before they are detected. How much does it cost to repair termite damage? This depends on: The age of the termite colony. The type of termite. Where the damaged is located. Who is going to do the repairs. In 2014, 36 six percent of pest management professionals

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Can A Pest Control Company Stop The Squirrels From Eating My House?

grey squirrel

This is the time of year that the squirrels start becoming more active as they begin the task of finding a home and starting a family.  They do this twice a year, the first between February and April and the second time between August and October.  You will probably notice their increased activity as they chase each other through the trees or across your roof. One thing you might not notice is how they are deciding what is an acceptable “home”.  Oftentimes they build leaf nests or use holes in the trunks of living or dead trees.  But, they are

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Pest and Termite Inspection are an Important Part of Buying a Home

escrow inspection

Every good home buyer understands the need for a home inspection before signing on that final dotted line. What many home buyers forget though, is that a pest and termite inspection is just as important. Termites and other boring inspects can cause severe structural damage to a home, and add up to big dollars and big headaches down the road. Plus, other pests and rodents can pose health and safety risks to you and your family if not identified and exterminated. Structural Damage Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage in the U.S. every year. California’s coastal climate is

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Warning Signs of Termites

drywood termites

Termites are small insects, but they can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home or property. Homeowners often know about the dangers of termites but may not be aware of the warning signs of termite activity. If you see any of the following in your home, you may have a termite infestation. Hollow Sounding Wood Most termite species prefer dark environments. Because of this, termites are more likely to be active on the inside of wood rather than the top surface. Even when termites are active the top surface of the wood may still appear normal. If the

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Ant Control – Simple Solutions

ants

When an ant problem first presents itself, most people reach for the ant spray. But the truth is that ant sprays are ineffective for keeping ants at bay because they will only deter the ants from that particular spot for a certain amount of time, which is until the spray wears or is washed off. Ant baits, on the other hand, are a very effective tool against ants. The best kind of ant bait in a self-contained station that you place directly near the trail of ants. The bait used is a slow-acting poison. The foraging ants then enter the

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Termites and Demolition

house destruction

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

ants in house

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

subterranean termite

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

ants

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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