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Pest Athletes That You Never Want to Have in Your Home

Book a Pest Control Service If You See Any of These “Uninvited Guests” on Your Property

This post will tell you a bit more about several “pest athletes” that can compete for the golden medal this spring. Hurry up to read it and book a pest control service in order to save you from their colonies!

  • Whirligig beetle. This bug is the best swimmer in town. Its mid and hind legs have microscopic hairs that increase its surface which means that it has greater swimming thrust. It has eyes that make it possible to see both in the air above and in the water.
  • Cockroach. This is the fastest bug that you can ever meet around your home. The top speed of American cockroaches is 50’. They run on a tripod gait, so they only have legs on the ground. Just to help you make a comparison, if cockroaches were the size of a human, their top speed would be more than 200 miles per hour.
  • Rhinoceros beetle. This is the strongest bug. It can pull 850 times its own weight. To maintain their strength, these bugs feed on fruit and nectar. So, be careful not to leave any juice containers open when they are out of your fridge as this may attract them.
  • Praying mantis. This bug is the best fighter, so stay away. Mantids can turn their heads at 180 degrees to scan their surroundings. In order to scan the environment they are in, they use 2 large compound eyes and 3 simplae eyes. Their legs are equipped with spikes for snaring prey and pinning it in place. If you frighten them directly, they stand tall and spread their forelegs with their wings fanning out wide.
  • Termites. They are the best wood-eaters and do not mind living around people, although this does not make them very social. They would never attack you but the property damage they cause can cost you a lot.

If you see any of these pests on the territory of your property in Lodi, CA, we highly recommend you to call a pest control service provider and book an inspection as soon as possible. To work with one of the most reliable companies in town, you should contact A-1 Exterminators at (209) 333-3311! We will be glad to consult you over the phone and schedule an appointment for a time and date which are convenient for you!

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Protecting Your Home from Pests

Follow the Advice of Our Professional Pest Exterminator

The best way to keep a home free of unwelcome pests is prevention. The fewer pests you have harboring, feeding, and breeding outside your home, the less chances are for your home to become infested. This means you have to pay a lot of attention to what’s happening in your yard and around your home, and at the first sign of pest presence, call a pest exterminator. Additionally, consider implementing these simple rules in your household chores.

Trim Back Plants
Trim back any tree branches and shrubbery that touch the roof or exterior walls of your home. This will eliminate pest bridges and offer you a clearer view of the condition of your home. If there are any gaps, holes or cracks that pests may use to enter your home, clearing the area allows you to spot them easier.

Seal Doors and Windows Trim
Inspect your doors and windows, and if they are warped, broken or ill-fitted, repair them as soon as possible. Pests have a way of wiggling even through the smallest gaps, and they will immediately take advantage of your damaged doors or windows. Additionally, you can consider installing screen meshes for extra protection. They come at reasonable rates and will definitely save of a lot of troubles.

Avoid Trash and Litter
Trash and litter around your home is like a warm welcome for all types of pests. Try to keep your decks, yards, patios, and garage free of standing water, litter, and weeds. Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids, and they are made of hard plastic or metal. Don’t forget to clean your trash cans regularly in order to remove debris on which pests can feed.

Lighting
Flying insects can be a real nuisance, especially in hot summer days. Since most insects are attracted to heat and light, replacing your normal light bulbs with yellow, pink, or orange tinted ones, may drive insects away.

Unfortunately, there are pests that will do everything within their power to enter your home, and many times they’ll succeed. When this happens, your best bet is to call a professional pest exterminator.

A-1 Exterminators is located in Lodi, CA and offers reliable and affordable pest control services. Call us at (209) 333-3311 for more details.

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What Does Termite Inspection Consist Of?

Several Things You Need to Know about Your Termite Control Service Provider

Termites are dangerous little critters that can cause severe structural damage to your home if you don’t take action. Obviously, the first thing that you have to do is identify the threat. This basically means that you have to look for signs of termites in your home, and the minute you find any, contact a termite control specialist. The first step of a complete termite removal service is inspection. During this stage, the specialist will inspect your home and determine the affected areas. Here are some things that you should know about termites and how to remove them.

How long does a termite inspection take?

Depending on the size of the house, a normal inspection can take between 20 to 50 minutes. You can help your inspector speed up the process by ensuring free access to crawlspaces, basements, and attics. The more cluttered these areas are, the longer the inspection will take.

Why does my inspector want to check the attic?

As we all know, termites live close to the ground, so it wouldn’t make sense for your inspector to check the attic. However, this is an essential part of the process as it allows the inspector to eliminate the possibility of other insects invading your home. For instance, carpenter bees can cause pretty much the same type of damage as termites the only thing is that they start from the top of the house. It is important to identify the correct species before the removal process begins.

How do you remove termites?

There are several methods available for dealing with termites. The most common and efficient one involves the use of a special chemical that creates a barrier between the termites (in the soil) and the wooden structure. Another option is to use in-ground bating systems. These systems consist of cellulose base stations which attract termites.

 As you can see, getting rid of termites is not really a DIY work. For the best results, you have to hire a professional termite control service provider. A-1 Exterminators is located in Lodi, CA and we offer a wide variety of pest control services, including termite removal.

Call us at (209) 333-3311 for more information.

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How Termites Can Cause Severe Health Problems

The Importance of Calling for a Pest Control Service the Moment You See The First Sign of Termite Infestation

Most people are aware of the fact that termites can cause great property damage, but what most of them don’t know is that termites can also cause health problems. Besides the fact that they can bite and sting, these nasty insects can also cause mold growth which will eventually pose a threat to your health. Obviously, these critters don’t belong in your home, and the minute you notice their presence, pick up the phone and call for a professional pest control service.

Here are some of the most common types of dangers termites can pose to both you and your property.

  • Termites can cause structural damage. Any home that is built primarily of wood can become unfit for living if termites have already caused damage to the foundation. These insects have a habit of literally drilling holes into wooden structures in order to find shelter. The bad part is that they are very careful with their entrance ways, which are often hidden and in limited number, and this makes it even harder to detect their presence. In most cases, people realize that they have a termite problem only after serious structural damage is caused.
  • Termites can spread mold. As we all know, mold grows in humid and dark areas. Apparently, termites prefer these conditions too. As a result, termites can spread mold by drilling holes into wood, allowing mold to disperse and expand quite quickly. And while mold can be easily removed from open and smooth surfaces, it is almost impossible to remove once it gets into your wooden structure.
  • Termites can cause illnesses. Although they don’t do it directly, they have a major contribution to the process. By spreading mold, termites act as a cause for serious health problems. Studies have shown that mold growth is the main culprit for a number of serious illnesses, including lung cancer, allergies, and irritations.

The bottom line is that termites should be removed as fast as possible from your home. In order to do so, you have to hire a professional pest control service provider. Luckily, A-1 Exterminators is located in Lodi, CA, and we offer some of the best services in the area.

Feel free to contact us at (209) 333-3311 for further information.

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