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Travel Tips

After a long and cold winter, people across the country are jetting off to warmer destinations. It is important to be aware of any pest that might be hiding in your luggage on the trip home. Bed bugs are known to be hitchhikers and are not welcomed souvenirs to bring home from vacation.


In addition to hiding in mattresses and box springs, they can also hide in baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and the crevices of furniture. The National Pest Management Association’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders research has found that these pests are even more prevalent in home and apartment buildings.


If you suspect your room is infested, notify management and request to change rooms immediately. Be sure to avoid rooms next to and above/below the suspected infestation, as bed bugs can easily move and spread by housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets.

Scorpion Prevention


Scorpions tend to avoid human contact and their bites are known to be accidental. Most bites feel similar to a bee sting, but some can be deadly and cause severe reactions. There are 1,200 species of scorpions across the world, so it is important to know what species might be lurking in your home or backyard.


They are known to enter in through structures such as torn screens and holes and cracks in building exteriors.  It is important to seal any cracks or holes in the outside of your home and repair any damaged window or door screens. They can also find their way in through poorly fitted garage and entry doors.


If you have run into a situation with scorpions in or around your home, Call Sureguard Today to schedule a service. (972)-406-8600

Termites Will Not Go Away on Their Own

If your home does not provide a food source for pest, they will not be able to survive. Termites do not fit this situation when it comes to leaving your home.


Your home IS the food source for termites. When they find their way into your home, they will feed for years and years, if allowed to. Termites are very tiny and when a termite takes a bite of wood, the noise is silent.  The behavior patterns of termites can make them extremely difficult to detect. You won’t see them crawling around unless a nest releases termite swarmers.


Subterranean termites create mud tubes, which gain them access to wood that is located above the soil. They usually create these in dark places such as under decks, patios, or exterior staircases. Mud tubes are the same color as the soil around your home, which can make them extremely difficult to detect.


Call Sureguard Termite and Pest Services to schedule your service and save the equity of your home.


4 Things Property Owners Can Do Now To Avoid Mosquitoes Later


Just because you’re not getting bitten by mosquitoes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about mosquito control. Mosquitoes are going to be back in the spring, and they are going to be biting again. Here are 4 things you can do right now to avoid mosquito bites later.


  1. Remove Containers

          All of the containers in your backyard will turn into stagnant water resources for spring mosquitoes to breed in.


  1. Unclog Gutters

          Your gutter system protects your home from fungi, mold, and pest infestations. When your gutters become         clogged, various problems can arise. It only takes an inch of water for mosquitos to hatch and develop. Pools of water   from rain or melted snow can allow for mosquitos to breed. It is a good idea to clear out your gutters after all of the fall leaves have settled.


  1. Trim Bushes

           Mosquitos prefer highly humid environments in order to thrive.  Pruning your brushes help prevent them from    becoming moist and damp, allowing mosquitos to hide in them for protection against the sun.


  1. Invest in Mosquito Control

          While mosquito control services are seasonal, setting up your service now means you won’t have to remember to set it up in the spring when mosquitos begin to hatch. All of this can make your yard a much nicer place to be during the warmer months of the year.

Who Else is Eating Your Cereal?

Pantry pests are a real thing and can in fact be a real big problem. At Sureguard Termite and Pest Services, we want you to be aware of these pesky insects, how you can prevent them and how you can treat them.

Often found in flour, cereal, herbs and spices, pantry pests are most often weevils, a type of beetle. How do they find their way into your pantry? Most of the time, these insects are brought into the home from outside and can originate at the food packaging facilities, warehouses or retail stores.

These insects have 4 stages, egg, larva, pupa and adult. The adult phase is when we often see them but the other stages are more than likely there if you have seen the adults. You will want to eliminate the food as soon you recognize it and call your Sureguard Termite and Pest Services representative to treat the area. While routine service from Sureguard certainly helps prevent these types of insects from making their home in your pantry, as stated above, you can’t control bringing them inside from outside sources however we can certainly help eradicate the the problem if it does find its way inside.

Call Sureguard Termite and Pest Services today and receive a free estimate at  (855-668-4000).

Does Sentricon Termite Control Actually Work?


In 1998 we had to ask ourselves this exact question. We had been using liquid termiticides for 30 years. With liquids you cannot get to every spot in an existing home. We were authorized to be one of the select companies to be able to use the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. We had about 5 homes that had been treated with liquid termiticides that had continual termite problems. The homes were installed with Sentricon at no cost to the homeowner. If we were using a product we wanted to be 100% confident. I am pleased to say within 6 months, all the termite activity was eliminated. These home never had termites in them again as long as the Sentricon was protecting the home. We did have termite colonies show up periodically in the stations as new colonies tried to move in, but they were quickly eliminated. The above photo is one of an A/G(above/ground) station that was installed on a garage floor. You can see how the termites consumed the bait.


We continue to use the Sentricon System today to eliminate termites. Quality service is the key to the Sentricon.

We are proud to be one of the Select companies to be able to use Sentricon.

Give Sureguard Termite & Pest Services to discuss Sentricon for your property! 972-406-8600


Coronavirus: Message to our Customers

During this uncertain time, our customers’ health and well being is our highest priority. As we continue monitoring developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), rest assured, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure our customers and employees are safe.


We are taking the following precautions regarding our services:

  • Suspending all interior services/treatments unless absolutely necessary
  • Ensuring our team wears proper gloves and PPE if entering your home

As a note, we are running on normal business hours at this time. Should you have concerns regarding our services, we’re here to support you and offer flexibility to reschedule at your convenience. We encourage you to contact us at 972-406-8600 if you have questions.


As the seriousness of this virus increases, all of our employees have been instructed to follow the CDC’s best practices, including frequent handwashing, limiting proximity to sick individuals, and being aware of symptoms. While this has not been an issue for Sureguard Termite & Pest Services yet, we will also implement 14-day quarantines for any employees who show symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19. We encourage you to do the same.


Finally, our hearts go out to all those affected by Coronavirus. Please check back for regular updates from us as we navigate this evolving situation, Thank you for being a part of our Sureguard Termite & Pest Services family.


Why is Pest Control Considered an Essential Service ?

The professional pest control industry, an essential service, is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant public health pests, many of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry.


We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply.  Pests can spread diseases such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, salmonellosis, hantavirus and encephalitis.  Stinging insects force half a million people to the emergency room every year.  Cockroach and rodent allergens trigger asthma attacks in children; rodents contaminate or consume about 20% of the world’s food supply and bed bugs can cause allergic reactions.   The importance of the pest control industry to the nation as an essential service cannot be understated.


Additionally, the pest control industry is trained, tested and certified in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians routinely employ the use respirators, eye protection, gloves, and clothing to conform with safety requirements established by EPA and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.   With over 135,000 service technicians on the ground in the United States backed by over 19,000 companies, we stand ready to continue our fight against pests and diseases.  With Covid-19 on the mind of all US citizens, and the world, we want to be sure we continue to serve the country in our battle with the diseases spread by pests.


As an essential service industry, we will continue to service the nation’s food production facilities, grocery stores, medical institutions, multifamily housing units, warehouses, homes and businesses.  We cannot afford to have our medical facilities, groceries stores or homes uninhabitable due to pests and pest related diseases, particularly as we tell citizens to stay home.  There is not a segment of the food industry that could comply with federal sanitation and health regulations without an adequate pest control program.


The Truth About Cockroaches

There is a reason why cockroaches have been around since prehistoric time, they are fairly indestructible pests. For that reason, its important to enlist the help of the professionals at Sureguard Termite & Pest Services.

Think you can get rid of them on your own? Here’s 4 facts about cockroaches that will have you thinking again.

1. They can live for almost a MONTH without food. That’s pretty incredible and speaks to their endurance.

2. They are capable of holding their breath for up to 40 MINUTES! Seriously!? Good luck trying to drown them!

3. Cockroaches have been around since before the time of dinosaurs. That means they survived whatever killed them off. Enough said there.

4. Here’s the kicker, they can live for up to a week without their head! Gross, but true.

Bed Bugs- How Do I get rid of them?

Many People ask How do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs???

The first step in getting rid of Bed Bugs is proper identification. We get many calls with people thinking the may have bed bugs, but do not have bed bugs. Identification is the most important step.


They appear to be small, brownish, oval shaped insects that live on blood. Adult bed bug bodies are flat and are about the size of a lemon seed. After they feed on humans or animals they swell and turn a redish color.


Bed bugs be on floors, ceilings and walls. Immature bed bugs are called nymphs. They shed there skin five times before reaching maturity. They also have to feed before they can shed. In ideal conditions bed bugs can develop in as little as 30 days and can produce three or more generations in a year. Female bedbugs can lay hundreds of eggs over a lifetime.



Treatment options to Get Rid of Bed Bugs:

There are several treatment methods once a positive identification has been made. One method is a chemical treatment of the infested areas. The second method would be to steam all areas to kill the bed bugs and their eggs. The third option is using heat by raising to a temperature that will kill the bed bugs.

Remember the first step to Get Rid of Bed Bugs is a proper inspection!