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How to Tell if You Have Termites

In the video below, Guardian owner Michael Pagano did a termite inspection at a property and found this piece of wood in the crawl space. He brought the wood back to the office to show us what it would look like when he broke the wood. These are worker and soldier termites!

Most termite species cannot crawl on the open ground like ants and other pests (only conehead termites can do this), so they build tubes made of mud to connect their colony to food sources.  These tubes are a sign homeowners can use to identify that termites are near.

Also lookout for bubbling or cracked paint. Also, if any wood around your home sounds hollow when you tap on it, contact us.

Many people believe that termites are only a problem in the spring because that’s normally when the swarms are seen. It’s important to know that some termites, especially the subterranean species, are active year-round, especially in warmer climates. This means that termites can eat your house 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Termites are not a DIY pest.  If you do see signs of termites, it’s important to use an licensed termite and wood destroying insect inspector to treat the infestation before serious damage is done.

Contact us today to talk with a professional about treating termites infestations.

5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Bugs

There are several reasons why bugs can get into your house. Here are a few tips to make it hard for those crawly critters to get in.

  1. Trim back tree branches or shrubbery that touch your house. Shrubs that touch your house are bug “bridges”.
  2. Mulch is pretty but it provides ideal shelter for pests. Using less pest-attractive ground cover such as rock or stone is less pest-attractive ground cover to bugs. Inspect and repair warped or broken doors and windows.
  3. Pests can wiggle through tiny cracks and gaps. Repair rips or tears in screens.
  4. Keep yards, patios, decks, and garages free of trash. Nothing attracts animals and bugs like a free buffet.
  5. Ensure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids and clean the cans and area regularly to remove debris and liquid. This eliminates the pest “food”.

Keep up with your house and the immediate surroundings will greatly reduce your pest problems. If problems persist, it could mean a greater problem. Call us today at 856-768-3330 for a professional solution.

Not All Lights are the Same

It is better to place lights far away from your front door, using a pole light if possible.  If you must have porch lights next to your front door, it’s best to take a look at your bulbs.  Mercury vapor lamps are a high intensity discharge lamps.  Replacing these white standard mercury vapor lights with warmer high-pressure sodium vapor or halogen lights will reduce flying insects around doors and windows.  These bulbs have a pink, yellow or orange tint and will be least attractive to the flying insects.

 

A Simple Rule After a Flea Infestation

After the horror of discovering your home is infested with fleas, you’ll probably call a professional service to have the house treated.  Assuming you have read your labels and consulted your vet, you’ll probably shampoo, dip, powder, and spray your pet, as well.

The next thing you need to do is vacuum – daily.  This is very important for overall flea eradication.  Before you fire up the vacuum, put an extra flea collar inside the vacuum bag.   Flea collars emit a gas that is toxic to fleas and will kill any fleas that you suck up.  Vacuuming will pick up eggs, larvae and pupae before they develop.  Collars that absorb into the subcutaneous fat of your pet’s skin are the most effective.

Dispose or change the vacuum bag properly and frequently.  If you use a new bag, place a fresh collar in the bag.  Otherwise, the fleas will hatch, develop, and leave the vacuum to re-infest the home.  If you’re still struggling with an infestation, call Guardian today at 856-768-3330 or use the form on the right!