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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 if you are experiencing them in your home or business.

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.

Wow! Those are some pretty incredible facts. We understand that cockroaches are a difficult insect to rid your home or business of on your own. Sureguard has the solutions that will quickly take care of cockroaches or other insects that you have. We have a proven record of almost 50 years of helping rid homes and businesses of these pests with solutions that work. For more information call  972-406-8600 or 817-648-7400 or visit us at www.sureguardpest.com.

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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  972-406-8600 or 817-648-7400.

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Warmer Weather and Rodents

I don’t know about you but we are rejoicing at the warmer temperatures in North Texas lately. Spring has certainly finally arrived! But just like with every other season, you have to be prepared for what that change in temperature means for pests and insects.

At Sureguard Termite and Pest Services, we see a lot of concerns during the cooler months about rodents such as mice and rats making their way into your home to warmer temperatures. Often times in our area people believe that something bigger such as a squirrel may be in their walls but with the amount of gnawing that mice can make often times makes them sound much larger than they really are.

While rodents are certainly not clean and the idea of them sharing a living space with you is less than desirable, there are some really important reasons why you want to make sure they don’t take up permanent residence in your home.

Rodents can do extensive damage to your home and vehicles including:

*Damaged electrical wires that can lead to fire

*Tearing, chewing and burrowing into insulation

*Chewing and nesting in car engines

*Damage surfaces due to urine and feces droppings

The first sign that you may have a problem is often time the damage or droppings that they leave behind. If you find signs of these pests in your home this season call Sureguard and let us take care and prevent them from being a bigger problem down the road.  We offer customized services to handle your pest large or small. Call us today for more information 972-406-8600 or 817-648-7400′

What do termite tunnels look like

 

 

 

 

 

Termite tunnels can be in different sizes, colors and shapes. The termites take the soil and use their saliva to bond the tunnels together. They can build the tunnels up through cracks in the foundation, up plumbing areas, and sometimes up exterior foundation walls. These are some photos of recent tunnels I have found. One of these tunnels looked like a hump in the ground next to the fondation, very unusual. The other one cam up on the outside foundation of a building. I was there 2 months ago and they were not there. Termites can build tunnels very quickly. Three tunnels came up on the outside. One of them was almost the size around of a bananna. It just glancing you could of thought it was fire ants. So be sure to look closely. It is always recomended to have a professional inspection at least every two years. Annually would be the best. We do offer termite control. Our page  www.sureguardpest.com/termite-control has information on termite prevention and control.

 

 

4 Ways You May be Attracting Termites

Termite is a scary word for homeowners. These silent pests can slowly eat away at your families home and do major damage to your investment. While people often times do not treat for termites until their damage is made evident, what’s worse, is they may be inadvertently attracting termites to their homes.

  1. Clogged Gutters: Not taking the time to clean out your homes gutters can prove a costly mistake. The pooling water and insulation of debris create the perfect climate for attracting termites. Be sure to keep those cleaned out!
  2. Wood Stacks: While it may seem convenient to stack your firewood close to the house, it can actually create the perfect environment and entry into your home for termites. Be sure to keep your wood at least 20 feet away from your home and off the ground if possible.
  3. Rotting Wood: Old tree stumps or perhaps excess wood from a project laying around can create fuel for termites that may eventually spill over into your home. Make sure to remove these items from your yard.
  4. Mulch: While mulch is often times used in close proximity to your homes foundation, be sure to keep an eye out for signs of termites. Mulch provides the fuel and moisture that they are attracted to making it the perfect spot for an infestation to begin.

As always, be sure to contact your Sureguard professional to ensure that your home is safe from these destructive insects. Even better, ask us how we can further help you prevent termite damage from ever occurring.

Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home from Vacation

Check out this article from NBC DFW March 7, 2017

The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation, but the bites can cause a variety of symptoms from allergic reactions to secondary skin infections like impetigo and ecthyma and, in rare cases, anaphylaxis, which can impair breathing and require a trip to the emergency room.

Some simple steps when you arrive at your room could help avoid hassles and expenses after check out.

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It might sound extreme, but to be safe, put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room. Bed bugs prefer hiding places that are dark and creviced — places like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture and even inside walls. This typically makes the bathroom a bug-free safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters.

Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust-colored spots and exoskeletons — the casings the bugs leave behind. Don’t forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.

Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too.

It’s important to take action if you do find anything suspicious. If you find any signs of bed bugs alert the manager immediately and ask for a new room in a different part of the hotel as infestations can spread from wall to wall.

Even if your room is clear, Consumer Reports said it’s a good idea to keep your luggage and clothes on off the floor on a hard surface or luggage rack, clear of any potential bed bug zones.

Consumer Reports said when you get home throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for 30 minutes. And store your empty luggage in your basement, garage or a hot attic.

Source: Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home from Vacation | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dont-Bring-Bed-Bugs-Home-From-Vacation-415503293.html#ixzz4agSISiO1
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Can Rats Climb

rat-climbingWe often get asked Can Rats Climb? The answer is yes! As you can see in this rare photo how a rat can climb right up the brick of a building. Lucky for this building owner there are no entry points near this corner of the building. Rats will look for holes about the size of a quarter or larger to enter buildings. As they go in and out of the holes there body leaves a grease mark often called swing marks. So if you are seeing any holes around your property those need to be fixed. Sometimes these are things you can fix using such products as steel wool. However there are also holes or entry points that you will need to have professionally repaired. We do offer rodent exclusion services. Free estimates are always available. Just do not let the rodents or animals continue to live in your property. They can carry diseases and can damage lots of stuff by urinating, chewing on things, this can also create a fire hazard.  Let us know if we can be of assistance.

 

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 if you are experiencing them in your home or business.

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.

Wow! Those are some pretty incredible facts. We understand that cockroaches are a difficult insect to rid your home or business of on your own. Sureguard has the solutions that will quickly take care of cockroaches or other insects that you have. We have a proven record of almost 50 years of helping rid homes and businesses of these pests with solutions that work. For more information call  855.668.4000 or visit us at www.sureguardpest.com. 

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Cooler Weather and Rodents

I don’t know about you but we are rejoicing at the cooler temperatures in North Texas lately. Fall has certainly finally arrived! But just like with every other season, you have to be prepared for what that change in temperature means for pests and insects.

At Sureguard Termite and Pest Services, we see a lot of concerns during the cooler months about rodents such as mice and rats making their way into your home to warmer temperatures. Often times in our area people believe that something bigger such as a squirrel may be in their walls but with the amount of gnawing that mice can make often times makes them sound much larger than they really are.

While rodents are certainly not clean and the idea of them sharing a living space with you is less than desirable, there are some really important reasons why you want to make sure they don’t take up permanent residence in your home.

Rodents can do extensive damage to your home and vehicles including:

*Damaged electrical wires that can lead to fire

*Tearing, chewing and burrowing into insulation

*Chewing and nesting in car engines

*Damage surfaces due to urine and feces droppings

The first sign that you may have a problem is often time the damage or droppings that they leave behind. If you find signs of these pests in your home this season call Sureguard and let us take care and prevent them from being a bigger problem down the road.  We offer customized services to handle your pest large or small. Call us today for more information 855.668.4000.tumblr_inline_oebnyjap0z1tm4xkj_400tumblr_inline_oebnzqx4oy1tm4xkj_1280

What do Bed Bugs Look like?

bed-bugBed Bugs – What do they look like?

Adult bed bugs typically are:

  • Close to 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

Young 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:

  • Tiny 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 Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth Area.