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.

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.

Pest Tube In wall system

Why We Love Our PestTubes & Sentricon System From Sureguard Termite & Pest Services

At Sureguard, our customers are the foundation of all that we do. We are always looking for more innovative ways to better service our customers and their homes. Read The Pearce Family testimonial below and find out why they love Sureguard and the services we provide:

Our family recently moved into our second John Houston Custom Home and we couldn’t be happier! This home offers something more than our last home as it has PestTubes and the Sentricon System from Sureguard Termite and Pest Services.

In the past, we have had various pest control companies and there really wasn’t much difference from one company to the next. When John Houston Custom Homes introduced us to Sureguard and the services that they offer we were blown away. First, our home came with PestTubes built into the framing of our house. This is such an innovative and awesome feature that we feel adds a tremendous value to our home. The PestTubes run throughout the walls of our home and have an external outlet that allows our technician to treat our entire home without us even having to be there.

We love that its odorless and that its a safer alternative for our kids and dogs to be around. We especially like the idea that its treating our whole home, not just the perimeter of the home.

Another service that Sureguard offered our home was the Sentricon System for Termites. Again, such an innovative and unique treatment option that we have never been offered with any of the other pest control companies that we have had. What we like most about Sentricon is that its a preventive measure to protect our home from termite damage.

Our technicians from Sureguard are very helpful and informative and have given us exceptional customer service. We feel that Sureguard has definitely set itself a part from other companies and they have earned lifelong customers with our family.

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.