Pest control

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!

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Termites- THE FACTS

 

 

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 early Spring and sometimes in the later Summer months. Termites are constantly foraging for a food source and they don’t know the difference between the wood studs in your walls, dead tree stumps in your yard or firewood piles up against your home. Termites work 365 days a year without ceasing to feed their colony without sleep. The termites we have here in Texas 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.

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!

 

 

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Wildlife Removal in Dallas

Wildlife can get into homes by many ways. Be sure doors are kept shut. If you leave your garage and ladder down an animal may get into the attic. They can also get into the properties other ways. Animals that get into a property the can nest and cause damage, they can leave urine and feces. Do not let them stay in the property. They can cause extensive damage. Call Sureguard for your inspection, 972-406-8600

Ant Control – I do not want ants in my home

Ants tend to show up when seasons change. When cold or hot weather come ants get into homes and businesses. Ants can contaminate food or other items. Ants can bite people, nest in walls or other places. The best prevention is proper maintenance and care of your property. Preventive treatments can help you avoid infestations of ants. Get your services started today.

Rat Control – How do I stop rodents

Rat Control – How do I stop rodents?

Rats can show up anywhere or anytime. We had a home that had never had a rat or mouse. There was a vacant lot next door to our home. One day we came home and the had mowed the lot. Within the next 7 days we caught 32 rats. The only explanation we could determine is that the rodents came from the lot that was mowed. You need to look at the areas on your property or surrounding properties. Exclusion is the best means of keeping rats out.

Cricket Control – How do you stop them?

Cricket Control – Can I stop Crickets?

As seasons turn crickets seem to show up at unexpected times. Why are crickets so bad at one location and nothing just down the street. Crickets are attracted to lights. They can come by the thousands. Since crickets are hoppers they can be more difficult to control, typically baits are used to control crickets. If you need cricket control call Sureguard 972-406-8600.

Cricket Control in Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Arlington, Plano, Grand Prairie and the DFW area

Four Pests We Love to Hate  

 

 

Four Pests We Love to Hate

 

February is a month full of adoration. While love is in the air, Sureguard Termite and Pest Services  are sharing facts and prevention tips about the main pests many people love to hate—bed bugs, cockroaches, mosquitoes and spiders.

 

Nobody enjoys encountering pests in and around their home, especially when they can bite and produce itchy welts like bed bugs and mosquitoes. Some can pose significant health risks, such as cockroaches, and others – like spiders – can be just plain creepy.

 

The following pests are considered by Sureguard Termite and Pest Services  to be most hated by the public.

 

Bed Bugs: According to an NPMA survey, one out of five Americans has experienced a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has encountered these despised pests. Avoiding these pests requires properly inspecting hotel rooms, leaving suitcases on bathroom tile, for traces of bed bug signs before settling in; and, carefully unpacking upon return to ensure no bed bugs hitched a ride home in a suitcase.

 

Cockroaches: Cockroaches spread bacteria and pathogens by picking up germs on the spines of their legs and transferring them onto food and preparation surfaces. They can also exacerbate allergies and trigger asthma attacks in those people with a cockroach allergen sensitivity. The best advice for cockroach control is to practice good sanitation by vacuuming often and keeping a spotless kitchen. It’s also important to eliminate moisture build up around the home.

 

Mosquitoes: Mosquito bites are not only irritatingly itchy, but they can also transmit threatening diseases, like Zika virus, West Nile virus, Dengue and more. The key to mosquito prevention is wearing bug spray and applying it properly. Make sure to apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535.

 

Spiders: The common house spider is usually the spider most often encountered indoors. To prevent common house spiders from entering the home, seal cracks and use screens on windows and doors. Use a vacuum to remove adults, egg sacs and webs.

Researchers Believe That A Little Known Mosquito-Borne Virus May Become The Next Zika

Researchers Believe That A Little Known Mosquito-Borne Virus May Become The Next Zika

 

Most people can name several different mosquito-borne diseases. The most well known mosquito-borne diseases include the Zika virus, the West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever and maybe the chikungunya virus. Although these diseases have historically been given the most attention on account of the epidemics that have occured in the past, these are far from being the only mosquito-borne diseases that have been documented throughout history. An eight year old Haitian boy has recently contracted a rare mosquito-borne disease that some experts think may become all too common in the future. This disease is known as the Mayaro virus.

 

The Mayaro virus was first discovered and documented in 1954 in Trinidad. This mosquito-borne virus was discovered after several forest-workers in Trinidad fell ill from the virus. Since then, the Mayaro virus has not gone on to infect large populations, and the virus could be considered quite rare. However, South America has seen a few Mayaro outbreaks since 1954. The virus has infected people living near the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The virus is spread by a tree-dwelling mosquito species that typically feeds on monkey blood-meals. A new study suggests that this virus may currently be underdiagnosed, and it could become more prevalent in the future.

 

The Mayaro virus is a close relative of the chikungunya virus and its symptomology is largely the same. Mayaro causes fever, joint pain and muscle pain that can be acute and can last for weeks. In addition to this unpleasant symptom, Mayaro symptoms are similar to those of the flu. Typically, Mayaro disease is not a concern to public health professionals. However, this has changed after a boy living in the Caribbean became infected with Mayaro. American medical researchers detected the mosquito-borne disease in the boy after he was wrongly diagnosed with typhoid fever. Public health experts are now on the lookout for the Mayaro virus, and the researchers confirmed that the virus is currently circulating among Caribbean islands.

 

Do you think that if another mosquito-borne disease epidemic occurs, the disease will be a rare and largely unknown one, like Zika was?

 

 

Assassin Bugs Use Bait And Camouflage To Lure Unsuspecting Termites To Their Deaths

Assassin Bugs Use Bait And Camouflage To Lure Unsuspecting Termites To Their Deaths

 

Insects are constantly tending to their own survival during their short lives. Some insects are naturally endowed with more effective survival methods than others. No matter how well a particular insect species is protected from predators, no type of insect can afford to relax within such a hostile environment. This is especially true for termites. Termite predators are prevalent in most regions where termites can be found. There exists several different ant species that regularly declare war on termite colonies. Unfortunately for termites, ants normally win. Obviously, ants are relatively small creatures, so how would termites hold up against larger forms of insect prey? The answer is just as you would expect–not well. When considering all the different types of bugs that prey on termites, assassin bugs would have to be the most feared among termites. Since termites are elusive creatures, it is rare to find them defending their colonies against enemy incursions in the wild. Luckily, Dr. Elizabeth McMahon, a University of North Carolina biology professor, managed to observe a termite colony being attacked by a single assassin bug. What amazed Dr. McMahon was the assassin bugs use of bait and camouflage to lure its termite prey into certain death.

 

While conducting field research in the Costa Rican rainforests, Dr. McMahon noticed several termites venturing out of their nests for food. Strangely, she also noticed that a part of the termite nest had been moving. She quickly realized that this moving object was actually an assassin bug that glued fragments of a termite nest to its back in order to invade a termite nest unseen. Once the assassin bug reached the nest entrance it impaled an emerging worker termite with its mouthparts before sucking out all of the termites innards. However, the assassin bug was still hungry, so it used the termite corpse as bait to lure more termites toward the entrance of the nest. The assassin bug then killed the next worker termite and repeated the process until the assassin bug had consumed the innards of thirty one individual termites. These termites continued to move to the entrance due to their habit of consuming fellow colony members after they die. Termites need to consume dead colony members for the nutrition that they offer. The assassin bug’s camouflage was the perfect choice, as the blind worker termites assume that this camoflauge is just a part of the nest that had fallen apart. The worker termites never expect an assassin bug to be hiding behind pieces of their nesting shell. Dr. McMahon was the first person to document this predatory behavior, and she caught it on tape. The assassin bug’s seemingly intelligent baiting method remains one of the most sophisticated predatory behaviors ever to observed in insects.

 

Do you think that an assassin bug’s uniquely effective predatory behavior is a sign of intelligence in an insect, or is it a matter of instinct?