Termites – Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

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termiteNo, the idea “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work in the case of termites. It is very important to have a termite warranty and annual termite inspections to avoid expensive repairs from the extensive structural damage they can cause. Your home is usually your biggest asset, so it is definitely worth protecting!

Did you know that termites work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? They eat all day and all night, and they can destroy a structurally sound building before you know it, turning solid wood into mush! Having an infestation of termites could mean that you have several million worker termites eating your home around the clock.

Termites are known as the “silent destroyers,” for the damage they cause is often unseen until it is extensive. The subterranean termites, which are the most common termites in this area, are so sensitive to moisture levels that they actually build long mud tunnels to and from their food source so that they do not dry out on the trip between their underground home and the structure they are eating. In fact, these tunnels are one of the few visible clues that your home might be undergoing destruction from the inside out by termite invaders.

And who pays for the cost of eradication and repair? YOU…the homeowner! That’s why it is so important to have pest professionals do a thorough inspection, for they know exactly what to look for and observe in out of the way places in your home. What may look like a small area of cracked wood in a corner to you may indicate an actual termite infestation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, for once termites have gotten a strong hold on your home, they are more difficult and costly to remove. Call Dixon today for a termite inspection.

The Ruckus About Rodents!

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rodentWhere there is ONE RODENT, you will find MORE RODENTS. Rodents start becoming more of a nuisance as the weather turns cooler so watch out! They are seeking warm, comfortable places like YOUR HOME! Even though you can see signs of rodents, like their droppings, many people underestimate the size of the population and infestation. Here are some signs to look for:

DROPPINGS: New droppings are shiny and like putty in texture while old ones are hard and crumbly. Varying sizes of the droppings indicate both juvenile and adult rodents are present.

GNAW MARKS: When they are done by mice, the holes are small and clean cut. Gnaw marks from rats result in holes that are big with rough, torn edges.

RUB MARKS: These are left when rodents travel along walls and the dirt in the environment combines with the oils in their skin.

FAVORITE RODENT PATHWAYS: Window sill ledges, fence rails, foundations, electrical wires, pipes, and conduits.

BURROWS: Norway rats, commonly known as brown rats, nest in borrows that are usually 4 to 5 feet in the ground in areas where there is lots of protective vegetation.

A family of 6 mice can expand to 50 to 60 mice in only 90 days! A Norway rat can gnaw through a lead pipe and cause significant damage. Rats have extremely hard teeth that can bite six times per second and exert a force of up to 7,000 pounds per square inch. Rodents are nocturnal and typically feed at night. If you see them in the daytime, this is usually a sign of a large infestation.

Be extremely wary if you see a rat, for they can vertically jump nearly 2 feet from a standstill. When running, they can jump horizontally 3.5 feet! As the writer of this blog, don’t worry, I’ll be sprinting away from ANY type of rodent I see!!

Dixon Pest Services, Inc.1706 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308