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Animal Control is still an issue for several people.  Raccoons have invaded a customers attic, causing damage in the soffit and nesting in the attic insulation.  I have personally experienced issues with squirrels nesting under my solar panels. They came out and trapped for squirrels and removed the nesting materials from underneath the solar panels.  It is always fascinating to watch Mike working on the roof without fear. Since nesting under solar panels has become such an issue for many, Guardian is now offering quarterly solar panel checks for animal control.  This includes removing any nesting materials under your solar panels. Call the office at 856-768-3330 to schedule.

Animal Control

3/24/2020

 

Are you tired of rabbits and deer eating your plants?  We have deer around the office that keep eating the plants around our building.  The owner has been having an issue with rabbits eating his plants around his house.

 

Guardian has been using an all natural product called Yard Gard to help repel moles for the past 2 years for our customers.  Mike decided to try using that same product around the office and his home to see if it would help with the rabbits and deer eating the plants…..and he is thrilled with the results.

 

If you would like more information on the Yard Gard product, please call the office at 856-768-3330 and we will be happy to help.

Covid-19

With the outbreak of Covid-19, Guardian Termite & Pest Control has reinforced the following protocols:

1) All Guardian employees are instructed to report to their supervisor if/when sick. Employees that have potential coronavirus symptoms will be instructed to have no public contact and/or remain home.

2) The use of sanitizing wipes—mostly for hands, also for cell phones, etc. are to be used in office (as well as disinfectant spray & wipe of surfaces) and to be used by field technicians for hands, cell phones & tablets, steering wheel and other equipment.

3) The use of disposable gloves are used by field technicians. Gloves will be worn for contact with door rails and other surfaces. If and when bare hands make contact with surfaces, a) do not touch face, and b) use sanitizing wipes to clean hands ASAP.

4) We may be asking clients of indoor services whether anyone in their household (or recent visitor) was/is sick. When meeting clients we may avoid handshakes, which is otherwise normally good social protocol. If necessary, we will escalate protocol to execute paperwork and payments remotely.

5) Exterior only services are a good option to keep the bugs at bay while protecting your peace of mind. With the exterior service, we continue to maintain the barrier along the perimeter of your home with the intention of preventing bugs from coming inside the home. In the event that you need or want an interior service the above guidelines will remain in place.

We will continue to provide services for our customers with the same care and dedication as we have for over 23 years. Your safety will always be a priority at Guardian.

Animal Control

Raccoons and Squirrels can cause significant damage to your home. They can rip up roof shingles, chew their way into the soffit. They will try to nest in your attic, under solar panels, and in the soffit. Guardian Termite & Pest Control will do the job in a professional manner.

Groundhogs dig underground and can cause damage to concrete slabs by digging under them and weakening the foundation.

Call Guardian today to schedule your animal control service – 856-768-3330

Raccoons – Animal Trapping

2/16/2020

Raccoons, Groundhogs and Squirrels are adorable….as long as they are not living in your attic, under your solar panels or destroying your garden, lawn or home. Guardian traps Raccoons, Groundhogs and Squirrels with humane traps and safely releases them into the woods far from your home. Their knowledge and professionalism is top notch. Call the office at 856-768-3330 and ask for Jacqueline. She will help get you scheduled in a timely and courteous fashion to help resolve your wildlife issue.

Quarterly Squirrel Control/Solar Panels

2/4/2020

February has arrived with warm weather! The Groundhog did not see his shadow and there is an early spring predicted.

It is never too early to worry about animal control. I have been having a personal battle with squirrels around my house. They keep scaling the side of my house, running through the gutters and now are going in and out of my chimney. They have been building nests underneath my solar panels. Thankfully, Mike Pagano was out to trap the squirrels and helped remove the nest from under the solar panels.

Now that solar panels are becoming more and more popular, Guardian will be offering QUARTERLY ANIMAL CONTROL services to trap any squirrels under your solar panels and clean out/remove any nests. Call the office at 856-768-3330 for more info and pricing.

OFFERING 10% off first time Animal Control Services until 3/31/2020.

10% discount for animal control good until 3/1/2020.

Happy New Year!

Have you ever been laying in bed to hear the sound of something running along your roofline?  Or even in your attic? It is very disturbing to think something could be running around your attic.  My son came to me to say “mom, I keep hearing things running around and I am concerned something is in the attic!”

I called my boss and asked for help.  He stopped over the very next day to set up traps.  He found there was a nest from squirrels under my solar panels.  He set a few traps by the tree they appeared to be using and caught one squirrel the first day and another squirrel the second day.  

All animals are caught humanely and released safely in the woods behind our office.  Don’t hesitate to call the office with questions….856-768-3330. 10% discount offered on animal control.

Cicadas have Summer a-buzzin’

August is well known for high-pitched buzzing sounds coming from the trees. That lovely sound is cicadas. They are insects that look like huge house flies. The male cicadas sing by flexing their tymbals, which are drum-like organs found in their abdomens. The sound is amplified by the cicada’s mostly hollow abdomen, very similar to an acoustic guitar. Female and some male cicadas will also make a sound by flicking their wings, but it isn’t the same as the sound for which cicadas are known.

Life Cycle
Cicadas begin life as a small egg which resembles the shape of a grain of rice. The female deposits in a small notch she makes in a tree limb. Once the cicada hatches from the egg, it begins feeding on the tree fluids. Small cicadas look like termites or small white ant.

The cicada eventually crawls out of the notch in the tree limb and falls to the ground where it starts digging to find roots to feed. Starting with grass roots, and working its way up to the roots of the host tree.

Cicada will then stay underground from 2 to 17 years depending on the species. Cicadas spend all this time tunneling and feeding.

After the long period spent underground, cicadas finally emerge as nymphs. They climb the nearest available tree to begin to shedding their nymph exoskeleton.

Finally free of their old skin, their wings inflate with fluid and their adult skin begins to harden. With their new wings and body, they are ready to begin their brief adult life looking for a mate. They males sing, and females respond, mating begins, and the cycle begins again.

Moles Dig the Whole Day Through

Moles are truly interesting creatures. They live underground most of the time.  They have no visible ears and small eyes.  Their cylindrical bodies and front claws allow them to almost “swim” through soil. Their tiny eyes result in very poor sight so they search all day for worms and insect larvae that they find by the sense of touch and smell. Moles often burrow near the surface, creating a complex network of interconnected chambers, visible as bumps in the dirt known as mole hills.

These hills and tunnels are the primary reason why moles can be a nuisance. They can leave these ridged tunnels and molehills all over your lawn, ruining your nice landscaped yard.

Mole lawn damage

Bad, bad, moles!

Because moles live underground, they can not be controlled via live cage trapping like groundhogs. There are no traps designed that can catch them alive. All traps are lethal traps, but there are humane ways to prevent moles from grazing on your lawn or property. At Guardian Termite & Pest Control, we’re all about that. We offer mole services using Yard Gard!

Here’s how it works!

Contact us today or call (856)768-3330 to discuss how we can keep you laws un-dug and mole free, the humane way!

Aedes Albopictus, the Asian Tiger Mosquito

You’ve seen them, right?  Those mosquitos with the black and white stripes on its body and legs?  Yep!  Introducing Aedes Albopictus, or the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Originally from Asia, they first came to this country in the 1980s as eggs which stowed away in used tires and other cargo. Fortunately, they can be caught in the same traps that give off similar vapors to attract and kill other kinds of mosquitoes.

There are measures you can take to avoid bites!

  • Eliminate any standing water on your property.
  • Change your pet’s water dish, the overflow dishes for potted plants, and, if you have one, your bird bath water…frequently.
  • Do not allow water to accumulate in tires, flower pots, buckets, rain barrels, gutters etc.
  • Use personal protection (long sleeves/pants) to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Insect repellent such as DEET (at least 20%) will also reduce exposure to bites.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito is a day biter with feeding peaks early morning and late afternoon, so limiting outdoor activities during crepuscular periods (dawn and dusk) when mosquitoes are generally most active will also reduce those itchy bites.  What fun is that, though?  Dusk is the best time to be outside.   Following the guidelines above plus contacting a professional pest control company like Guardian to spray your yard, will allow you to reclaim your backyard during any time of the day!

Let Guardian spray the bugs away!  Contact us to learn more!