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Zika Virus Confirmed in Tarrant County

mosquito    On thursday the Tarrant County Public Health Department confirmed the first case of the imported Zika Virus in the county. The person infected had travelled to a Carribean country. There are not been any cases confirmed to be transmitted by mosquitoes in Texas.

The Zika virus is typically spread when an infected mosquito bites a human. It is very dangerous to pregnant women. The most common symptoms of the Zika Virus are red eyes, fever, rash and joint pains. The illness usually lasts for several days up to 2 weeks.

Treatment is limited since there are currently no vaccine available.  Prevention is your best treatment for the Zika virus, avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. They are more active during the early morning and later in the evening.

How do I Know if I have Bed Bugs?

we can help ctaHow do I Know if I have Bed Bugs?

Adult bed bugs typically are:

  • About the size of an apple seed
  • Long and brown, an oval shaped body that is normally flat if it has not fed recently
  • If they have fed recently they are more balloon like in a reddish brown color
  • They have a smelly musty-sweetish odor that is produced through glands on the lower side of the body

Younger bed bugs sometimes called nymphs typically are:

  • Smaller, whitish yellow in color or sometimes translucent
  • If they have not fed recently they can be very hard to see

Bed bugs over all are:

  • Very small like the size of a pinhead
  • Pearl white in color
  • Marked by an eye spot if more than 5 days old

Sureguard offers Bed Bug Control in the Irving, Grand Prairie, Waxahachie Area. Serving DFW and Waco.

Is It Flying Termites or Flying Ants ?

antsvstermites (3)antsvstermites (4)How to Tell the Difference between a Flying ant and a Flying termite?

Is it an ant? or Termite?

Termites keep themselves well hidden. They are typically in enclosed tunnells.

If you are seeing Flying termites it is probably the swarming season or the reproductive swarm. The problem is swarming termites look like flying ants.

This will help you tell which one you are seeing:

Wings: The ants front pair is linger than the backnand they do not come off very easy. On Termites, they are of equal length and do come off easily.

Waists: Ants are narrow and the termites are thicker less defined.

Antennae: Ants are elbowed, Termites are straight.

We are always available to identify if it is termites or ants.

 

 

 

Why Home Pest Control In Dallas Is A Necessity

termitesmallYou 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.

Mosquitos: What’s the deadliest animal alive? Crocodiles? Lions? Nope, it’s the mosquito. Because it’s so amazing at transmitting the malaria virus, mosquitos are far and away the most dangerous animal humanity has ever encountered.

Of course, malaria isn’t very prevalent in the United States, but mosquitos 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 in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, Sureguard is ready to deal with any issues you might have. Give us a call today to keep you and your family safe.

Outdoor Living- Take Back Your Outdoor Areas

There’s nothing worse than having limited time this season for you and or your family enjoying the great outdoors because of those pesky pests that bite & sting.


Texas mosquitoes, fleas and ticks can spread so many
diseases such as west Nile Virus, Lyme disease and in some cases St. Louis encephalitis. Fire ants also pose a great health threat and risk as some people are highly allergic to their sting. Protecting you and your loved ones health in these hot sticky summers is one of our greatest concerns, so don’t let these pests take away the enjoyment of your outdoor living and or playing! Are you tired of going outside only to be bitten or bothered by these pests. One of our acquaintences wife was bitten by a mosquito in 2013. She became ill and had to go on bed rest. There were times that they were not sure if she was going to make it. They set a hospital bed up in the living room. I am glad to say that she has recovered. Unfortanatly she still has affects from this. She is weak at times. But is doing much better now. But it was a long two years.


Sureguard Termite & Pest Services has developed an Outdoor Living Program specially targeted to control and maximize these pests we’ve mentioned so you can get back
out there and have fun in the sun and start enjoying outdoor living again without becoming an evening meal for another pest.

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Bugs bugs bugs they will drive you buggy

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs… they will drive you buggy!newaboutusforsureguard

With spring arriving this year on March 20th, bugs seem to be on the go and ready to start stretching their wings for a new season of living and doing what they do best and that’s BUG YOU!

When warmer weather arrives we start seeing the beautiful butterflies buzzing around the flowers and the little red lady bugs that are just hanging around, bees start buzzing around and look for things to pollinate and do their thing. With all that said Springtime brings other insects that can potentially do harm & damage to our way of lives and these insects are called TERMITES, termites cause over 5 billion dollars in damage each year to our homes our largest investments so don’t let these wood destroying insects take away your restful nights and your stress free weekends, take care of them with the Sentricon always active, it’s a peace of mind 24/7 365 days a year and you can go outside and enjoy springtime like you were meant to. Enjoy your springtime and summer.

Call Sureguard Termite & Pest Services today for your complete inside and outside free estimate. Let us take care of those pesky pests while you enjoy the great outdoors again

Termites “It’s not if it’s when”!

Termites, are they your best friend or your worst nightmare? According to Dow Agro Science most recent study, Termites cause 5 billion dollars in damage each year from invading our homes, to commercial structures or anything that provides food to sustain their need for living. Termites in Texas have become prevalent and make themselves known during the springtime to early and sometimes later summer months, most of us find Termites by seeing with our eye the mud tubes they build, but what you don’t see is what hits your pocket book, Termites are constantly foraging for a food source and they don’t know the difference between the wood studs in your walls to dead tree stumps in your yard or firewood piles up against your home. Termites work 24/7 365 days a year without ceasing ttermiteo feed their colony and they never sleep. The termites we have here in Texas are mostly subterranean so they live underground and they can forage up to 250 feet from their colony. Remember termites don’t know an address they just know where the food sources are.

FACT… We identify Termites by the mud tubes on the walls, unfortunately when mud tubes are found the damage in most cases have already been done! This is why preventive actions are so important in the state of Texas.” It’s not if it’s when”

Surguard Termite & Pest Services can protect your home from these silent invaders by installing the Sentricon Termite Colony elimination system around your home, it’s like having us in your home 24/7 365 days a year protecting your greatest and largest investment. Don’t be one of the 5 million homes that TERMITES INVADE EACH YEAR!

Texas Red Fire Ants

Texas Red Fire Ants

  Texas Red Fire Ants pose a serious health threat this time of year not only to our animals and plants but to our children in their play areas, but in some cases they even attack grown adults when disturbed. Texas fire ants when messed with can be very aggressive and silent in their attack until you feel the excruciating pain from that first sting. Fire ants like crawling up vertical surfaces which means as humans we’re usually standing up vertical while outside tossing the ball with our kids to watering our plants or playing fetch with the dog. Fire ants have also been known to move into your home without asking permission to do so, they can come inIStock- red ants web, in many ways such as overgrown trees over your home, wood piles, windows, weep holes, trash and many other ways. We recommend it’s always best to treat your home several times a year if you’re not already on a regular scheduled maintenance program with a licensed pest control company.

Sureguard Termite & Pest Services offers a wide arrangement of pest control programs since we realize not everyone has the same bug issues as their neighbors might have. We offer services for general pests, rodents, termites, animal trapping and fire ants. We can customize your pest control program to fit your busy schedule and your busy life. Why worry about pests in your home or lawn when we are here to give a helping hand and a solution for any area of your home to your lawn. So give Sureguard Termite & Pest Services a call today and let us give you that piece of mind that your children and or family can rest easy while playing outdoors this season or staying in to enjoy family night, it’s just that simple.

We have found fire ants in Dallas, Mansfield, University Park, Highland Park, Irving and Arlington in the last few days.

HUB Certification For Sureguard Pest Control DFW

Carrie-blogHUB Certification For Sureguard Termite & Pest Services DFW

Carrie Houston owner of Sureguard Termite & Pest Services is proud to announce as of February 10, 2015 her company has been HUB certified by the state of Texas. Sureguard Termite & Pest Services proveds service to the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex area. We service City’s, Food processing plants, Hospitals, Restaurants, Hotels, Nursing Homes, Airports, Schools, Day Cares, Storage Units, Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters, Bakeries, Warehouses, Commercial businesses, Office Buildings, Residential, Churches and much more.

HUB Certification is for-Texas Historically Underutilized Businesses.

Hub is defined as a business or organization under the laws of the State of Texas in which at least 51 percent is owned and operated or controlled by American Woman, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Hispanic Americans and Black Americans whom are economically disadvantaged and or have been historically underutilized because of their identification as members of these groups. As a business owner you must complete a HUB Certification application  and submit it to the CPA. If approved your HUB Certification is effective for four years. Eligibilty requires that businesses have their principle place of business located in Texas where the HUB owner makes decisions and controls the day to day operations. Owners must be residences of the State Of Texas.

Sureguard Termite & Pest Services, serves the following communities: Addison, Aledo, Allen, Alvarado,Arlington, Balch Springs, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Cedar Hill,Cleburne, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, Collin County, Coppell, Corinth, Crowley, Dallas, Dallas County, Dalworthington Gardens, Desoto, DFW Airport, Duncanville, Ellis County, Ennis, Euless, Farmers Branch, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forest Hill, Forney, Frisco, FT Worth, Fort Worth, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Highland Park, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Johnson County, Joshua, Keene, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Dallas, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lantana, Las Colinas, Lewisville, Little Elm, Mansfield, Maypearl, McKinney, Mesquite , Midlothian, North Dallas, North Richland Hills, Oak Cliff, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Palmer, Pantego, Plano, Pleasant Grove, Prestonwood, Red Oak, Rendon, Richardson, Richland Hills, Seagoville, SMU, Southlake, Tarrant County,TCU, The Colony, Trophy Club, M Streets, University Park, Valley Ranch, Venus, Watauga, Waxahachie, Wedgewood, Westworth Village, White Rock

To learn more about HUB Certification go to: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hub/default.shtm

 

Termites in North Texas

Termites in North Texas

Are you seeing black, winged insects in your home?

Reproductive termites are darker brown. They have wings, two sets of equal length. They are typically about 3/8 inch long. These winged termites are called “swarmers”, they are reproductive with the duty of mating and starting new colonies. When they begin to swarm they may loose their wings. So you may see wings laying around and just the termite bodies on the ground. Many confuse termites and ants. Termites have two body segments and two sets of wings of equal lengths. Ants have 3 body segments and two sets of wings but the are not of equal lengths. The swarmers are sometimes the only thing that homeowners may see to alert them that they have a termite infestation. Termite swarms typically occur from March to May in North Texas. If you think you may have a termite infestation give us a call.

Sureguard Termite & Pest Services are the North Texas Termite Control Specialists

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Addison | Aledo | Allen | Alvarado | Arlington | Balch Springs | Bedford | Burleson | Carrollton | Cedar Hill | Cleburne | Cockrell Hill | Colleyville | Collin County | Coppell | Corinth | Crowley | Dallas | Dallas County | Dalworthington Gardens | Desoto | DFW | Duncanville | Ellis County | Ennis | Euless | Farmers Branch | Ferris | Flower Mound | Forest Hill | Forney | Frisco | FT Worth |Fort Worth | Garland | Grand Prairie | Grapevine | Haltom City | Haslet | Highland Park | Hutchins | Irving | Johnson County | Joshua | Keller | Kennedale | Lake Dallas | Lake Highlands | Lakewood | Lantana | Las Colinas | Lewisville | Little Elm | Mansfield | Maypearl | McKinney | Mesquite | Midlothian | North Dallas | North Richland Hills | Oak Cliff | Oak Lawn | Pantego | Plano | Pleasant Grove | Prestonwood | Red Oak | Richardson | Richland Hills | Seagoville | SMU | Southlake | Tarrant County |TCU | The Colony | M Streets | University Park | Valley Ranch | Venus | Watauga | Waxahachie | Wedgewood | White Rock