What’s a Termite Inspection Consist of?

When it comes to your home you want to make sure that it is free of any nasty pests and safe from any damage. This is why having a termite inspection done at least once a year on your home is important because termites will eat the wood in your home from the inside out and cause a lot of costly damage to your home, and the worst part is, there could be a lot of damage caused by the termites because it will be later than sooner when you realize you have them. If you happen to suspect that you might have termites, it is better to call to have a proper termite inspection done rather than chance it.

Here are a few things to know about a termite inspection. For starters, a termite inspection can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your home and whether or not you have a packed attic or basement, because the inspector will inspect the entire interior of your home to look for any possible signs and/or damage caused by the termites.

A lot of people may not know that termites are known for staying closer to the ground, but a termite inspection is looking for other wood destroying insects, such as ants and/or carpenter bees. So, this is why an inspector will inspect your attic as well. The inspector will be looking for mud tunnels, also known as termite tubes, inside the home, as well as the exterior, these could be found on the home’s walls and ceilings. They will also be checking the eaves of your home and inspect all wood for any signs and damaged caused by termites.

Once, the inspection is done, they inspector will write up a report of all the damage caused and other items that he or she found during the inspection that may be of concern, regarding termites, ants, or carpenter bees. Once the inspector has done this, he or she will go over a termite treatment plan with you in order to help you flush these costly and annoying pests out of your home.

Top Termite Damage

Termites find their way into your home and think they have found themselves a feast of wood. They will start to eat away at all the wood in your home causing hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in damage, causing your home to become unsafe, and sometimes if it is really bad, unlivable. If you start to notice any of these signs of damage it is important that you call to have schedule a termite inspection immediately.

Top Termite Damage

Top Termite Damage

1. If you start to notice any damage to your walls like loose wood paneling, piles of wood chips, or damp areas, because termites live of of moisture. If you notice any of these things you need to get a termite inspection immediately in order to find out what damage the termites have already caused and get control of the situation before it gets out of control.

2. If you start to notice any damage to your home’s foundation, such as weak, squeaky, or missing pieces of wood in your foundation, you more than likely have a termite infestation. having a bad foundation can cause even more problems throughout your home, such as cracks in the drywall and ceiling, do to the unleveled foundation that is caused by the termite damage.

3. If you happen to have carpet in your home, there is a good chance that underneath it, there is wood. If there happens to be a termite infestation in your home in the foundation or in the subfloor, there is a good chance that the termites are probably living in your carpet. Although the termites will not cause damage to your carpet, they will use the carpet as a place to reproduce. Depending on the color of carpet you may have, it might be hard to see if there are termites living in it. If you ever get the chance to replace your carpet, installing tile would be a better choice, in order to avoid hosting a breeding area for termites.

Summer Termite Tips

Termites can make their way into your house at any time and destroy your place of shelter and where you call home. Use these helpful tips to fight off these annoying pests this summer and help keep your home safe from costly damage.

Summer Termite Tips

                    Summer Termite Tips

1. When it comes to storing firewood and any other wood you may have around the house, do not store the wood up against your house. Instead, store the wood 25 feet or further from your home and if you can try storing it a couple feet off of the ground, this will make it harder for the termites to have any access to your home and to all of the wood.

2. Termites are very small insects that can make their way into your home through any size crack, even the tiniest one. You might think that the crack is too small for anything to pass through, but think again, because a termite will gain access in your home through it. Take and seal any and all cracks that you may have around your home, whether it be around your windows, your doors, outlets, the walls. A simple caulking will seal the cracks perfectly.

3. Termites love moisture. If you have mulch in your yard, termites are loving it because it is filled with moisture. If you want to keep termites away from your home, it would be best to either do a little re-landscaping and move the mulch away from your house at least 25 feet or better yet, replace your real mulch with rubber mulch. This will help eliminate any possible risk of there being termites around your home.

4. Again, termites love moisture and water, it is what they feed on in order to survive. With that being said, eliminate their source of survival and remove any water sources you may have around your home. if you have an area in your yard that forms puddles of water or buckets that are filled with water, get rid of the buckets and find a way to stop water from pooling in your yard. Eliminating their way to survive will eliminate them from taking over your home.

Summer DIY Pest Control Tips

Nasty, creepy, crawling bugs are a big NO, when it comes to having them in and around the house. If you are not one for having anything like this in your house, which who is, than follow these simple DIY pest control tips to keep these pests out and away from your home.

 

1. It is best to start by preventing bugs from entering your house rather than taking care of the problem when you see one. You can start be simply keeping your house clean and your floors free of food crumbs. Try wiping down your kitchen counters with a natural at home solution made of vinegar and water. Simply spray your countertops and wipe any debris and food crumbs. This will make your home less appealing to nasty critters.

2. The next step you can take in preventing bugs from entering your home is to fix any leaks you may have around the house. Bugs are looking for water in order to survive and if you are providing the water, they will come.

3. If you have boxes of cereal, pasta, or other dry goods, take and transfer those goods to sealed containers. This will help keep those bugs away, they are attracted to any food that is left out or easy for them to access.

4. Along with keeping the food in seal tight containers and crumbs off of your countertops and off of your floors. You will want to keep your kitchen drain free of food, as well. You can do this by taking baking soda and pouring it down the drain and then pouring vinegar. You will want to let this solution sit in the drain for about 5 minutes or so and then run hot boiling water down the drain in order to flush everything out.

5. You can keep those annoying ants away by sprinkling coffee grounds along the base of your doors and around your windows.

 

Subterranean Termites in Arizona

All types of termites can be found throughout Arizona, the Arid-land subterranean termite, the Western dry wood termites, and Pacific damp wood termites. However, the most common type of termite is the Desert subterranean termite. These termites like to live in dead cactus and other desert plants, but they are well known for feeding off of timber buildings and other timber materials. It is very hard to see these pests due to their yellowish/clear brown color.

Subterranean Termites in Arizona

Subterranean Termites in Arizona

These termites like to eat the spring wood in timbers and will create a honeycomb like appearance to the wood that they have eaten. The subterranean termite rarely ever eats anything with moisture in it and prefers dry wood and other dry timber materials. If you notice mud tunnels along the walls or ceilings of your home, it is safe to say that you more than likely have an infestation of termites and it is time to get a termite inspection done. By now the damage that these termites have caused is severe seeing as the mud tunnels are what they create to go from one place to another and feed.

These termites only require the tiniest, littlest cracks in order to gain entry into the walls and roof of your home. If there is wood, which your entire house is made of wood, they will find a way to get to it and feed of of it. So, it is very important that you seal all cracks possible, even if you think that they are too tiny, because they can still get in. This is also said for any cracks in your concrete. They do get in through the cracks of the concrete and then make their way into your house and start causing damage.

If you think that you may have a termite problem it is best to call a Gilbert pest control tech and have them come out to do a thorough inspection, they know exactly what sign to look for. They will be able to tell you if you have a little termite problem that is just beginning or an infestation, which will require an intense termite treatment.

 

DIY Scorpion Treatments

Although most scorpions in Gilbert are not poisonous, except for two species in particular, they can still be painful if stung by one and annoying, scary little pests. Regardless if scorpions are poisonous or not, they are a creature that you do not want anywhere in your household. So, here are a few things that you can do yourself in order to keep them out and away from your home and family.

DIY Scorpion Treatment

DIY Scorpion Treatment

1. You will want to get rid of any wood piles you may have in the garage or in your yard, as well as trash piles and landscape trimmings. They love to hide in these piles due to the moisture that is inside. Scorpions will try and find a home for themselves in anything that provides some sort of water.

2. You will want to seal and cracks that are around doors, windows, siding, and cracks around plumbing. Inspect your house for anything that may appear to be a form of an entry way for scorpions into your home and seal them properly.

3. You can go to a local pesticide store or home improvement store and purchase a residual spray that you can spray along the perimeter, interior and exterior, and potential entry points around your home. You can also add an extra precaution by laying down an insecticide dust in your attic, which is also another entry point for scorpions. This dust is also good to apply to any cracks that you may have. Placing the dust in window frames is also recommended.

While taking these precautions to keep scorpions out of and away from your home, it is also important to know that scorpions live by eating other insects, so you may want to routinely spray your home for all insects, keep all those nasty and annoying pests away, will help keep the scary pests away as well.

How to Tell If You Have Termites

Termites can be one of the most annoying pests out there, as well as the most costly when it comes to the damage they cause. Termites feed off of wood structures, which means that they can damage a building making it an unlivable place, by eating away at the structure so much and ruining the strength of the building. Here are a few signs to look for to tell whether or not you have termites.

How to Tell If You Have Termites

How to Tell If You Have Termites

1. Although termites are mostly known for eating anything wood, whether it be the structure of your home, your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, or even your wood furniture, they can eat and create damage to many other materials throughout the home. For example, termites can eat through plaster and metal materials as well, which can also cause some significant damage to your home. If you start to notice tunnels that the termites have created or notice that maybe exposed wood that you may have in your house looks damaged or rotted away, you may very well have termites. At this point you will want to get a termite inspection done to see just how much damage the termites have caused, as well as if there are any safety issues with the damage they caused before trying to deal with them on your own. The termite problem may look small from the outside, but once an inspector is behind the walls and looks at the underlying problem, the damage can be much worse than expected.

2. If you happen to be dealing with subterranean termites, the damage may go unnoticeable until it is too late and the damage can be severe. The signs of subterranean termites can actually appear to be as if you have some small water damage in your home. For example, you could have buckling floors, ceiling, or other wood surfaces, and a small presence of a mildew or mold smell may be apparent. Because the signs of the damage from these termites is small and appears as water damage, you might actually have a full blown termite invasions by the time you realize you have termites, so it is best to get a termite inspection done immediately.

 

Scorpion First-Aide

In cities like Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek, and well pretty much anywhere during the summer in Arizona, scorpions make more of an appearance then any other time of the year. With it getting so hot during the summer the scorpions are finding areas that will provide them with cool temperatures and moisture. Unfortunately, a lot of times these areas are inside your home or even in wood piles or other cool places outside your home. Because scorpions tend to appear almost transparent looking, they easily blend in with carpets and other things, making it hard for you to spot them right away. Although scorpions tend to only sting when they feel threatened, it is important that you know what to do in case you or a family member ever do get stung by a scorpion.

Scorpion First-Aide

Scorpion First-Aide

When it comes to a scorpion stinging, the amount and type of venom that they will release all depends on the size and the type of scorpion. Baby scorpions tend to release more of the neurotoxic venom due to the can not control the amount of venom the release unlike an adult scorpion who can.

So, some signs to look for if you have been stung by a scorpion are redness, pain, and warmth of the area you were stung. Do note that the bark scorpion is one of the most venomous scorpions and their venom can be highly toxic to children, so if you think or see that your child has been stung by a bark scorpion, it is best to take them to the emergency room. However, in most cases the sting will simply cause pain, a little numbness, and swelling for awhile around the stung area.

In order to keep the venom from spreading, it is important that you keep calm in order to keep your heart rate and blood pressure down. Getting too worked up can cause the venom to spread throughout your body. If for some reason the sting of the scorpion is really serious and the venom happens to spread, there is an anti-venom that a doctor can give you in order to help.

 

DIY Termite Treatments

When it comes to termites in Gilbert, they can be not only a bothersome, but more of a headache because of all the damage that they do. However, there are two different DIY treatments for termites that you can do until you are able to call the professionals and really get those things gone for good.

DIY Termite Treatments

DIY Termite Treatments

The first DIY termite treatment you can do, is the standard termite chemical barrier for ground termites. This type of chemical treatment is designed to stop the termites from entering your home. Along with stoping the, from entering your home, it will also stop the termites that are already in your home, from getting into the soil, which is where they go to get the moisture they need in order to live. This termite chemical barrier will provide the protection you need for 3 to 5 years.

The second option for DIY termite treatment is to use a baiting system, which there are several different kinds available. You simply will place these termite bait stations outside, in the ground along, the structure of your home. The termites will then find the bait stations, feed on it, and die shortly after. Termite bait stations are good for when you can not use a termite chemical barrier, due to bodies of water being nearby or when you are unsure about using a pesticide in or around your home. There are also some cases when a termite chemical barrier is used to do a soil treatment and the soil treatment has failed for some reason. Then, the only other DIY termite treatment option would be to use the termite bait stations.

If you see mud tunnels around your home or damage to wood structures in your house, it may be best to get a termite inspection done to see just how much damage is being caused and to stop those critters from creating more. However, if you can not do that right away, doing a termite treatment yourself is a start to stopping those unwanted pests.

It’s Always Termite Season

When it comes to termites there is no one specific season termites come out. Other than subterranean termites who tend to swarm during the spring and summer when it is warm out, termites will take over and invade your home regardless of the weather.

The reason for termites being year round is because different species of termites prefer different weather conditions. For example there are some termites that like to swarm right after a rainfall, there are some that prefer a little dampness, and there are some that prefer the dryness.

So, the type of termites that swarm and invade your house will all depend on what season it is and what the weather is like. However, because there are different species of termites that prefer different climates, that means that the time between termites swarming could be a matter of just a few weeks, a few days, or the time of day.

This is especially true for Gilbert, seeing as, we have hot, dry weather, but than because of monsoon season we have months when we have humid weather, causing moisture, along with the moisture from the rain fall.

It's Always Termite Season

It’s Always Termite Season

Even though there is no real termite season, termites tend to be less active in the winter. However, with keeping your house warm and cozy in the winter, you are creating a pretty inviting environment for the termites, so don’t be surprised if you see some small termite action in your house in the winter.

One thing to note about termites is that since they can come and swarm and invade and damage your home all year round, you want to try and keep an eye out for any visible tunnels they may have created. However, because termites tend to eat and work their way from the inside out, it may be awhile before you notice that you have a termite problem.