Termite Infestation: 3 Frequently Asked Questions

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pest control serviceTermites can give any property owner nightmares because of the amount of damage they can cause. If a termite population grows inside your home, you could be on the hook for extremely expensive repairs. Here are a few frequently asked questions regarding these unwanted pests.

How Much Damage Can Termites Actually Cause?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. residents spend roughly $1 billion to $2 billion each year on termite repairs and prevention. Too often, homeowners find a few termites and assume that it’s a minor problem. In reality, these termites feed in large groups and can quickly eat away at the structure of your home.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Termite workers are soft-bodied and pale and about one-quarter of an inch in length. They are broadly jointed to their abdomen with strait antennas. Winged termites, on the other hand, are commonly referred to as swimmers, and they have pigmented bodies with broad waists to go along with their equally sized wings. The discarded wings of swarmers are usually a great indication of a termite infestation; after these pests fly a short distance from their nest into your home, they break off their wings with the intention of settling in for good. If you notice multiple termite wings around your home, it’s time to contact a pest control service and hire an exterminator.

How to Protect Your Home From Termites?
Keeping wood and debris as far away from your home as possible is a great first step, along with raising any woodpiles a few feet off the ground to keep termites out. But the only way to effectively rid your home of these unwanted insects is to work with a professional pest control service. A quality pest control company can assist you in both termite prevention and extermination. The best thing you can do to assist the exterminators is to regularly inspect your own home and let them know where exactly you’ve identified any signs of termites or termite damage.

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring a termite infestation. Just remember that for every termite you do see, there are potentially tens of thousands more hiding within your home.

A Short Guide on How Not to Deal With Pests in Your Home

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pest control companyThere are plenty of projects that savvy homeowners should definitely DIY. Painting a deck, putting together a bed frame, patching up the driveway asphalt, no problem. But when it comes to pest control, you need to leave it to the professionals. Unless you get a weird thrill from sharing your home with mice, wasps, termites, beetles, and bats, there’s simply too much at stake to choose DIY pest control treatments.

If you still think you can DIY it, you might need a reminder of why you should leave extermination and removal to a professional pest control company. Here are a few DIY “treatments” for pest control that don’t actually work like they’re supposed to…

Dryer Sheets
Residential pest control is still pest control, which means it still requires a pest control service. Many people think that dryer sheets are a good deterrent for bed bugs, but the truth is that they only mask the smell of your furniture and sheets. The truth is, if dryer sheets could really get rid of bed bugs, we wouldn’t have to deal with bed bug infestations in the first place. Don’t believe this urban legend; if you really want to get rid of bed bugs effectively, call a pest control company.

While mothballs are effective for keeping moths away from clothing, they’re not effective in any other form of pest control. Despite this, some people have tried to use mothballs to get rid of unwanted wildlife in their backyard. Not only is this ineffective, it’s not a labeled use of the pesticide and could be harmful to the natural, four-legged wildlife around your home.

Kill it with Fire!
It’s tempting to set fire to particularly creepy crawlers, but you’ve probably been told from the time that you were a small child not to play with fire. Exterminating insects with fire should never be the first thing that comes to mind! If there’s an insect infestation that is particularly bad, call an exterminator immediately.

Even if you don’t plan on setting fire to anything, gasoline is never a solution that you should use for residential pest control. Besides being extremely flammable, gasoline is toxic and shouldn’t come into contact with your skin or eyes. Yes, this liquid might be deadly to pests around your home, but it’s deadly for humans, too!

Homeowners in the U.S. spend approximately $5 billion every year to control termite damage alone, and for good reason. DIY insect control isn’t something you should be doing, period. Unless it’s squashing a single spider in the bathroom, make sure to call your pest control service at the first sign of a serious infestation.

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