Monthly Archives: September 2017

Differences between Sentricon and liquid termite control

Dallas Fort Worth Termite Treatments come in different methods. For years liquid barriers were used to treat for termites. This method requires drilling and trenching. In 1995 Sentricon was brought to the market. With this system stations are installed around the home. Termites enter the stations and feed on the bait and they feed other termites. This then stops the termites molting process, and this eliminates the termite colony.

Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles

The adult powder post beetle attacks hardwood, Damage caused by the powder post beetle is usually detected with the appearance of small hole(as shown in the photo above) from which a very fine sawdust may fall. Larvae feed on many types of hardwoods used in baskets, furniture, hardwood trim and flooring. Most infestations in homes are almost always due to infestation of the wood before construction.

Powder post beetles have four life cycles: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Damage caused by powder post beetles is usually minimal. In some cases it may affect the resale value of a home. Typically exit holes are found in the wood. Infestations can spread internally to adjacent wood. The larvae chew from one piece of wood to another.

Control of the powder post can be done by removing all wood that may be infested. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what wood they are in. Fumigation is another treatment option.

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Zika

Mosquito spread Zika Virus

The Zika virus is spreading very fast in Central and South America. A second case has been confirmed in Houston. It is thought that it can not be spread from person to person. Only being spread by mosquitos. There is a high level of concern that it could spread throughout Texas. Most people that are exposed to the virus only have mild symptoms. The big concern is for pregnant women. There have been cases that the baby is born with small or deformed heads. Most cases of the Zika virus have been in Latin America and the Caribbean. There is currently no vaccine. For more information on protecting your family and property from mosquitos contact Sureguard Termite & Pest Services about mosquito control.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants:

Carpenter Ants get in many unusual places to nest. Carpenter Ants differ from termites as they do not consume wood. They chew wood to get places to nest. What you see above is called Frass, This is from where the ants chew wood and push it out of the nest. Sometimes you will see body fragments of ants that may have died and body parts pushed out. Carpenter ants are very common in Texas. They are active all year around. Their natural nesting sites are trees. Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants in Texas