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Parasitoid Wasp

Parasitoid Wasp – What is That?

Recently one of our customers called and said our mosquito treatment did not seem to be working. So, myself and one of my managers went over to the home to see what was going on. As we walked into the back yard and saw something hovering. As we looked closer, they were not mosquitoes. Upon further inspection we identified them as Parasitoid Wasp. These wasps actually live in the ground. They lay their eggs on bodies of other arthropods. They typically do not bite humans. We were able to get these unusual pests taken care of for the homeowner.

Why Home Pest Control Is A Necessity

 

 

You know, there are those among us who say that we should try to live as peacefully with nature as possible. And for the most part, we agree.

In fact, if we could write a letter to the termites telling them that we’ve left a stack of wood for them out back as long as they stay out of our homes, we would be in the letter writing business. But the fact is, sometimes species are at odds with each other, and that’s why we’re in the pest control business.

But what happens when a pest is much more than just a pest? Sometimes there’s real danger.

 

 

Termites: It’s this simple…if your home includes wooden supports, termites want to eat your home. That means that they’re at odds with your interest of living indoors and your interest of having a strong, well-supported home. At Sureguard we specialize in termite control, because just asking them to leave isn’t going to do it. You need home pest control that gets results.

 

Mosquitoes: What’s the deadliest animal alive? Crocodiles? Lions? Nope, it’s the mosquito. Because it’s so amazing at transmitting the malaria virus, mosquitoes are far and away the most dangerous animal humanity has ever encountered.  Of course, malaria isn’t very prevalent in the United States, but mosquitoes are also carriers of the West Nile virus, a potentially deadly virus that has been found in 22 Texas counties.

 

Mice: In 1993 something started killing Native Americans in the Four Corners region of the southwest. It was the first American instance of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a virus that kills around one-third of those infected. The hantavirus is transmitted by mice, usually deer mice. You don’t even have to see the mice in order to be infected…while it can be transmitted by a bite, it is most often through handling of mice feces or through the air as people clean an area that’s infested. Texas is fifth in the nation in terms of hantavirus cases.

 

When it comes to pest control, Sureguard is ready to deal with any issues you might have. Give us a call today to keep you and your family safe.

Can Rats Chew Water Lines

Can Rats chew water lines?

Did you know rats can get in a hole the size of a quarter? Mice can get in a hole the size of a dime? Rats can chew on electrical wires and on plumbing. They can cause much damage. Their teeth are very sharp, they can chew through many things. Even though the damage they do is very bad it is not the worst part. Rats and mice can spread disease. They leave droppings all over and the urinate on things that you do not even know they have. Sureguard has an exclusion team that can seal your property so they can not get in. Have one of our rodent inspectors evaluate your home. Call today 972-406-8600.

Termite Damage

Termite Damage

Termites eat all year long. This base board was installed nine months ago. The building had a total remodel. They noticed the baseboards were looking weird. Their contractor went back over and told them they have termites. We went over and inspected and confirmed they do have termites. We found these in several areas. Over 15 feet of baseboards were eaten. Termites cause over 5 billion dollars worth of damage each year. Sureguard offers free inspections. Get your property inspected today!

Christmas Light Installation by Suregreen

 

The Suregreen Team installs Christmas lights! We do a custom layout for what you want on your home. A Suregreen designer comes to your home to see the property and prepare a layout plan specific to your home. We can install our lights or your lights.

Suregreen Installs Christmas lights in Waxahachie, Midlothian, Mansfield, Red Oak, Arlington, Cedar Hill and surrounding communities. If your community is not on this list check with us. We are adding communities every year. And as always we offer Free Estimates!

Pest Control Advice When Buying a New Home

It is important to take into account any problems you may experience that may not be visible to the naked eye. One such problem that can occur could be termite infestation.

 

Termites are known for their ability to chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper, and can cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year. Before buying a home, potential buyers should request a termite inspection by a licensed pest control professional.

 

A termite new home inspection focuses on the telltale signs of termite damage or infestations such as cracks, crevices, and moisture. Once completed, the pest control professional will issue a new home report and then recommend a course of action.

 

Here are signs that could validate a termite infestation:

  1. Mud tubes
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures
  4. Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest
  5. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills

 

Call Sureguard today for an estimate. (972)-406-8600

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.

(972)-406-8600

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.