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FAQ’s About Termites | West Palm beach Termite Control

What are termites?

Termites are wood-destroying insects. Their presence dates back to the dinosaurs. While they play an important role in nature, experts estimate they cause $5 billion of property damage each year.

Are there different kinds of termites?

Yes, the three major kinds of termites in the United States are dampwood, drywood and subterranean. Dampwood termites commonly live in heavily forested areas of the country as they prefer wet wood; while, drywood termites, much more rare in the United States, prefer extremely dry wood. Subterranean termites require moist environments, live mainly in the soil and are the most destructive species.

How do you recognize termites?

Depending on where you live, termite swarms may be visible in the early spring. Termites are often confused with flying ants. Telltale signs of termite infestation include soft wood in the home, mud tubes on the exterior of your home (often near the foundation) and darkening or blistering of wood structures.

How much damage do termites cause?

Termites eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning damage to wood in and around a structure can happen very quickly. In fact, the NPMA estimates that termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year. The good news is that termites can be controlled with the partnership of a trained pest professional.

When does a homeowner see termites?

Homeowners are most likely to notice termites when they swarm in the early spring. A termite swarm is a sign of a likely infestation. If you notice a termite swarm on your property, contact a licensed pest professional promptly.

What can a homeowner do to prevent termites?

There are many steps a homeowner can take to help prevent termites from infesting their property. Most importantly, a homeowner should eliminate or reduce moisture in and around their home, which termites need to thrive. Divert water away from your home’s foundation by installing properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Trim vines, hedges and other vegetation to prevent them from blocking vents. Remove old form boards, grade stakes, tree trunks and roots near a building, as they may attract termites. In addition, maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home. Finally, routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage.

How are termites controlled?

Termites are not a pest that can be effectively treated by a homeowner. A licensed pest control professional will be able to recommend a course of action depending on many factors, including the area of the country that you live in, the size of your infestation, the termite species present and your home’s construction

What is the most effective type of termite treatment?

The National Pest Management Association and the entire pest management industry are committed to providing highly effective treatment options for all pest issues. The most effective type of treatment depends on the severity of the infestation, the species of termite, and the location and construction of the home. A trained and licensed pest control professional can assess each infestation individually and recommend the most effective treatment plan.

How difficult are termites to treat?

Termites cannot be effectively treated by a homeowner on their own. Pest control professionals have the training, expertise and technology to eliminate a termite infestation.

 

Florida Pigeon Control & Removal Experts

Florida Pigeon Control & Removal Experts

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Pigeons can be found anywhere in the country, but are most frequently found in heavily populated areas where people (most often unintentionally) will provide them with an abundant supply of food.  Pigeons prefer grains for food and by spilling food or leaving trashcans uncovered, humans are inadvertently providing them with a continuous food supply, one that these birds have become dependent on.

Pigeons have also become dependent on humans to provide them with roosting and nesting sites.  They are commonly found around agricultural areas, warehouses and feed mills, as well as inner city parks, buildings, and bridges.  They prefer to build their nests on flat, secluded surfaces such as ledges, eaves, and windowsills, or in other protected areas such as gutters and steeples.

Most pigeons are approximately 11 inches long and weigh about 13 ounces.  They typically have a gray body with whitish rump, red feet, and two black bars on their wing feathers and a broad black band on their tail.

Pigeons are filthy birds and carry many other pests on them, such as fleas, ticks and mites, which pose their own health dangers to the public, including lyme disease.  Pigeons themselves are known to carry several diseases and can contaminate food, causing food poisoning such as salmonellosis.  Their plentiful droppings are also known to trigger human slips and falls.

While some may suggest using a decoy owl, snake, or brightly colored balloons to scare the pigeons away, ultimately the pigeons will become acclimated to the presence of these devices and ignore them.  The best way to avoid a pigeon infestation is to deny them nesting and roosting space.  Vents and gutters should be sealed or covered.  Nesting on ledges, eaves or windowsills can be deterred by installing tightly strung wire or string just above the surface.

Additionally, make sure to clean up food spills promptly and keep trashcans covered.  By denying the pigeons of a continuous food source, they will seek shelter elsewhere.

If you are already seeing signs of a pigeon infestation, it is always a good idea to contact a professional pest control company who has the expertise and equipment necessary to rid a property of these creatures. A pest professional can help you not only safely eliminate the pigeons, but also help you determine where and why these animals are infiltrating your property and how to eliminate the conducive conditions to prevent future problems.

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Hulett will send a trained professional to survey your property and provide solutions to meet your needs and your budget at no charge. Want to protect your employees and customers health & well being? Want to protect your company’s image and bottom line?

Where are pigeons most likely to be found and why?

Pigeons can be found anywhere in the country, but are most frequently found in heavily populated areas where people (most often unintentionally) will provide them with an abundant supply of food.  Pigeons prefer grains for food and by spilling food or leaving trashcans uncovered, humans are inadvertently providing them with a continuous food supply, one that these birds have become dependent on.

Pigeons have also become dependent on humans to provide them with roosting and nesting sites.  They are commonly found around agricultural areas, warehouses and feed mills, as well as inner city parks, buildings, and bridges.  They prefer to build their nests on flat, secluded surfaces such as ledges, eaves, and windowsills, or in other protected areas such as gutters and steeples.

What do pigeons look like?

Most pigeons are approximately 11 inches long and weigh about 13 ounces.  They typically have a gray body with whitish rump, red feet, and two black bars on their wing feathers and a broad black band on their tail.

What risks do pigeons pose to the health of the public?  Do they carry disease?

Pigeons are filthy birds and carry many other pests on them, such as fleas, ticks and mites, which pose their own health dangers to the public, including lyme disease.  Pigeons themselves are known to carry several diseases and can contaminate food, causing food poisoning such as salmonellosis.  Their plentiful droppings are also known to trigger human slips and falls.

Can pigeons cause damage to buildings and other structures?

Yes, pigeons can cause extensive damage to buildings and other structures due to the corrosiveness of their droppings.  Over time, a build up of droppings on any surface will accelerate the aging of the structure and the corrosion can lead to structural instability.

What are some preventative measures that can be taken to avoid a pigeon infestation?

While some may suggest using a decoy owl, snake, or brightly colored balloons to scare the pigeons away, ultimately the pigeons will become acclimated to the presence of these devices and ignore them.  The best way to avoid a pigeon infestation is to deny them nesting and roosting space.  Vents and gutters should be sealed or covered.  Nesting on ledges, eaves or windowsills can be deterred by installing tightly strung wire or string just above the surface.

Additionally, make sure to clean up food spills promptly and keep trashcans covered.  By denying the pigeons of a continuous food source, they will seek shelter elsewhere.

What should homeowners and business owners do if they suspect they already have a pigeon infestation?

If you are already seeing signs of a pigeon infestation, it is always a good idea to contact a professional pest control company who has the expertise and equipment necessary to rid a property of these creatures. A pest professional can help you not only safely eliminate the pigeons, but also help you determine where and why these animals are infiltrating your property and how to eliminate the conducive conditions to prevent future problems.

Just Call HULETT…for the birds!

New Children’s eBook ~ The Uninvited Houseguest

New Children’s eBook ~ The Uninvited Houseguest

The NPMA just released a second free eBook, “The Uninvited House Guest,” in its children’s eBook series.

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SHOULD HOMEOWNERS/RESIDENTS BE CONCERNED IF THEY FIND ANTS IN THEIR HOME?

Most species of ants are considered ‘nuisance pests,’ meaning that they don’t pose a significant threat to health or property, but are an annoyance when found indoors. In fact, ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States.

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Some species of ants, however, can pose threats to health and property. Carpenter ants, for example, excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can cause extensive damage to a structure. Fire ants, on the other hand, sting when threatened, resulting in painful welts that can be dangerous to allergic persons. These species should always be handled by a professional.

Regardless of the species all ants can contaminate food sources and small infestations can grow quickly, so any sign of an infestation should be dealt with promptly.

Honoring All Who Served

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Black Widow Spider Bites: Should I Worry?

More on black widows: http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/s…
Black widow spider bites are less common and more severe than other spider bites. Dr. Parada explains the symptoms in detail.

A Closer look: American Cockroaches

A Closer look: American Cockroaches (Click on the image below to learn more)

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