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Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles

The adult powder post beetle attacks hardwood, Damage caused by the powder post beetle is usually detected with the appearance of small hole(as shown in the photo above) from which a very fine sawdust may fall. Larvae feed on many types of hardwoods used in baskets, furniture, hardwood trim and flooring. Most infestations in homes are almost always due to infestation of the wood before construction.

Powder post beetles have four life cycles: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Damage caused by powder post beetles is usually minimal. In some cases it may affect the resale value of a home. Typically exit holes are found in the wood. Infestations can spread internally to adjacent wood. The larvae chew from one piece of wood to another.

Control of the powder post can be done by removing all wood that may be infested. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what wood they are in. Fumigation is another treatment option.

Zika

Mosquito spread Zika Virus

The Zika virus is spreading very fast in Central and South America. A second case has been confirmed in Houston. It is thought that it can not be spread from person to person. Only being spread by mosquitos. There is a high level of concern that it could spread throughout Texas. Most people that are exposed to the virus only have mild symptoms. The big concern is for pregnant women. There have been cases that the baby is born with small or deformed heads. Most cases of the Zika virus have been in Latin America and the Caribbean. There is currently no vaccine. For more information on protecting your family and property from mosquitos contact Sureguard Termite & Pest Services about mosquito control.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants:

Carpenter Ants get in many unusual places to nest. Carpenter Ants differ from termites as they do not consume wood. They chew wood to get places to nest. What you see above is called Frass, This is from where the ants chew wood and push it out of the nest. Sometimes you will see body fragments of ants that may have died and body parts pushed out. Carpenter ants are very common in Texas. They are active all year around. Their natural nesting sites are trees. Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants in Texas

Bed Bugs – What do they look like

Bed 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, Lancaster, Red Oak Area. Serving DFW and Waco.

Does Sentricon Work

Does Sentricon Termite Control Work?

In 1998 we had to ask ourselves this. 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 infesting the homes 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. 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! 855-668-4000

Get rid of those Bed Bugs

Get Rid of Bed Bugs

The most important part to Get Rid of Bed Bugs is a great inspection.

Bed Bugs can get in a home undetected. They can get in through luggage, clothing, and many other ways. Their bodies are flat and they can fit into very small cracks. They do not have nests. There most common hiding places are around mattresses, head boards and box springs. They will scatter over time to other areas of a home. They can also be carried to movie theaters, offices, public transportation and cars.

Bed bugs will bite humans or animals. When bed bugs feed they swell up and turn a redish color. Bed bug bits are typically painless at first bud become itchy welps later on. Many people confuse bed bug bites with mosquito bites.

To Get rid of Bed Bugs have an inspection done, look at your treatment options.

The photo above is from a home we treated. See the bed bug and droppings

What do I need to know about the Zika Virus

Zika Virus: What You Need To Know

The Zika Virus has been all over the media in recent months and the attention on the virus is growing as quickly as the virus itself is spreading. So what do you need to know?

The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne illness whose severity varies. The symptoms are very similar to flu-like symptoms but in severe cases it has been known to cause birth defects in babies whose mothers are infected with the virus and even death. Most people that are infected have such mild symptoms that they are unaware that they are even infected. According to the CDC, it is likely that once you have had the Zika Virus you are more than likely protected from getting it again in the future.

The vast discrepancy between the severity of symptoms is what has people worried the most. According to the Dallas Morning News this morning, scientists are concerned enough that they are genetically engineering mutant mosquitoes that will actually help to combat the Zika Virus. But while that may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, there are some very practical things that you and your family can do to protect yourselves from the Zika Virus this mosquito season.

1. Eliminate any potential mosquito breeding grounds around your home. This includes any standing water such as bird baths or low lying areas in your lawn that pools water.

2. Clean your rain gutters of any debris. Build up in them can create drainage problems and again create standing water issues.

3. Make sure that your screen doors and windows are free of any tears or holes that can allow for insects to come in.

4. Utilize insect repellent and citronella candles when spending time outdoors.

5. Be proactive by getting your home seasonally treated by Sureguard Termite and Pest Services mosquito control.

While there is still a lot of unknowns in the battle against the Zika Virus, one thing is certain that mosquito prevention is a great way to help defend against it. Sureguard Termite and Pest Services is here to help. Call 855.668.4000 today for a free service estimate and we will be happy to assist you with discovering any potential breeding grounds and treat the areas in and around your home

When it Rains it Drives the ants Crazy

When The Rain Comes Down, The Ants Come In

It’s springtime here in North Texas and springtime means rain. While the rain is great for our often dry region, it comes with some unfortunate side effects. Ants are one of these side effects and they can be quite a nuisance.
Rain can cause flooding to our streets, yards and homes so imagine what it does to something as small as an ant nest. Like anything else, they head for higher drier terrain in these conditions and that may very likely be your home if you’re not prepared.

When ants are on the move they look for food and water, so if you have anything like that laying around (which most of our homes do) your home is a likely target for them to take residence in. We see the majority of our reported ant problems in the home during this time of year. Sureguard Termite and Pest Services is more than prepared to help you combat this problem but what’s even better is being able to prevent the situation all together through our preventive quarterly services.

If you are in the unfortunate circumstance of dealing with ants in your home now, call us at 855.668.4000 or visit our website here for more information on how we can rid your home of ants now and prevent them from coming back in the future.

Summer Fun for the Kids

Summer Fun: Bug Crafts and Activities for Kids

Summer break is upon us and chances are that even though we aren’t too far into it, your kids are complaining they are bored. Next time you hear, “I’m bored,” remember this fun little blog from Sureguard Termite and Pest Services. Kids love bugs. Kids love crafts. Parents love easy. Win, win, win!

-First up are these adorable paper plate caterpillars perfect for toddlers, easy to do and require very little supplies. One plate can yield two caterpillars.
All you will need is:
*paper plate
*scissors
*paint
*construction paper
*staples

For older kids you can take whole paper plates or the centers used for the above projects and make a long colorful caterpillar. If you put the plates together with metal brads it will allow for movement of the caterpillar too. How fun is that!?
These require a few additional supplies:
*pipe cleaner
*tissue paper
*glue
*press on googly eyes

Tie it all together with the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle and you have yourself a fun educational lesson on the life cycle of a caterpillar too! Bonus: Head outside and search for real life examples right in your own garden or park to enjoy some outdoor time together.

-Egg Carton Ants can utilize a lot of the same supplies as the above craft but with the addition of a household item almost all of us have.
*Egg carton
*Paint or markers
*Pipe Cleaner
*Googly eyes.

Bonus: For your older kids you can help them label the various parts of the ants body such as the head, antenna, thorax and abdomen.
For a fun family movie night, cook up some popcorn and watch the movie Antz together once your project is complete.

-I like a craft you can eat! How about you? These celery butterflies are fun to make, taste great and are a healthy snack for you and your kiddo to enjoy together.

Ingredients needed are:
*celery
*mini pretzels
*cream cheese
*raisins
How cute and delicious do these look?
Bonus: Pack up your snack and head out with your family to the Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly House and Insectarium at Fair Park in Dallas. Visit daily at noon for a lesson on butterflies followed by a fun butterfly release.

While these insects are all very fun, cute and educational, if you are currently co-habitating with insects that aren’t, call Sureguard today! We are here to help. For more information visit us www.sureguardpest.com

Black Widow

5 Surprising Facts About Black Widows

It’s summer time in North Texas and that means spider season. We have seen a big rise in the amount of black widows in and around peoples homes. Here are 5 surprising facts about black widows that you need to know.

1. Black widow venom is in fact 15 times stronger than rattlesnake venom. Yikes!

2. Female black widows are about twice as big as males and significantly more venomous.

3. Part of the venom is comprised of  alpha-latrotoxin which  basically takes over the victim’s nervous system. It is capable of killing a human and can definitely kill a pet.

4. Black widows are actually “shy” spiders and are known to bite only when they feel there is a significant threat. They can choose to bite without releasing venom as its metabolically costly for them to replace it.

5. Black widows are active when the temperatures are 70 degrees or hotter meaning summertime is the perfect time for them to be hiding out in your garages and attics.

If you are experiencing problems with black widows or other spiders, let Sureguard Termite and Pest Services take care of the problem for you.

Visit www.sureguardpest.com today!