Mosquito larva grow

10956400_744104769039108_6314473576429659256_nI hope you don’t have any mosquitoes this summer. They can ruin a great time enjoying your backyard.
I wanted to let you know that mosquito larva grow in standing water. So, look around your property to see if you have any standing water in a bucket, a puddle, a barrel or on top of a surface that holds water for a long period of time, mosquitoes can grow there.

Be aware of TICKS

1897870_744111522371766_8701226566527651321_nHere’s a tick compared to the size of a penny. If you’ve had ticks before you know they are very hard to locate. They like to crawl and find a spot where the skin is tender and then feast on you. They can spread disease and if you don’t remove them properly the wound could get infected. If you find ticks or just want to make sure you don’t have any in your yard, give us a call and we’ll treat your yard.

How to Spot Termites

Termites are the uninvited guests that come to your house and damage your beloved property without you knowing about it in time. These tiny parasites feed off of the walls, furniture and the roof of your house and leave behind a nasty trail of feces and other dead termites. What’s worse is that they are very sneaky, they start working from the inside, so you never know what you are cohabiting. These nasty housemates will slowly eat away your home, and you will not even notice until it’s too late.
These sneaky pests live in large colonies that have a caste system of their own. So, an entire culture of termites is accompanying you without you even noticing it. Termites usually feed on the cellulose found in trees and wooden objects, but they also like to include papers, the insulation between walls, swimming pool liners, and filtration systems, in their feasts.

There are different ways you can spot these silent destroyers, but since they do not live out in the open, you may need a specialist to find these little critters. The first step would be to know what termites look like because many people mistake them for ants. Some termites can even fly around and may even look just like flying ants to the layman.
The difference between these two is apparent when you look at their wings. Ants have larger wings in the front and smaller ones in the back, while termites have two uniform wings on each side. They also have different antennas–ants have slightly elbowed antennas and termites have straight ones. Moreover, in ants, you can easily see the segments in their body because of their thin waist, but termites have a uniform width.
Not only do termites harm your house, but they can also wreak havoc in your yard, slowly. They even survive on living trees and shrubs and harm woody plants that are already on the downward spiral. Termites can be found anywhere, from the foundations of your house to bookshelves and the books on them. If you suspect that these bugs are actively consuming your house, you should inspect your house immediately.

Although it may not be easy to identify an infestation in its early stages, you can always look for signs. The biggest telltale sign of termite infestation is hollowed out walls with fine dust like substance in the place where your wood was supposed to be.
After feasting in one place, termites move to another part of the house and leave behind a trail of feces along with other dead termites. For closer inspection, take a flashlight and check the corners of your house. Take a screwdriver and lightly prod the wall with it. Use the backend of the screwdriver and use a gentle hand, so that you don’t harm your walls. Listen to sounds the wooden parts make. Look out for hollowed sounds. If you feel like the inside of your wooden object is hollow you may have to call in the professionals. For a complete inspection call Gary at Absolute Pest Control at (804) 598-8193 or request an inspection at www.absolutepestcontrolinc.com

Most of the times, it is not easy to identify termite infestation your own. Therefore, if you are buying a new house or renovating your current one, it is always a good idea to call Absolute Pest Control for a complete inspection.

Termite Damage and How to Fix It

Hand of a carpenter pointing at a wood plank destroyed by termites.

Discovering termites in your home can be a very distressful experience, especially if you discover an infestation in full swing. These tiny critters can consume the insides of your house and make the structures hollow. It is vital to immediately look for how much damage they have done as soon as you discover their presence. Many people find out about the termites living in their house after they have already done a substantial amount of damage. That’s because people do not know how to differentiate between termites and ants. To a layperson’s eye, they do look similar unless you are a professional educated to identify the insects. The type of damage control you employ highly depends on the level of your termite infestation. Consider yourself lucky if you discover it in the earlier stages. Before these pests reach the core of your structures, you can choose to employ some home remedies. Termites usually move towards areas with moisture in them. Therefore, it only makes sense to harden that area. You can also identify them through the occasional termite trail. Use wood hardeners to treat wooden structures. There are various wood hardeners that you can choose based on the type of wood you have. Another option is using wood sealers. This product is good at cutting off the oxygen supply and killing termites within a few days.

If the termites have made a home in your wooden structure, you will be able to see clear signs of their presence. You may be able to see the termite trail in irregular patterns. If this is all you see, then it means that you still have time. But if you leave it any longer, the infestation may become deep rooted and get out of your hands. Before that happens, chisel the infested area and make it smooth by sanding it. Next, use wood fillers to strengthen the site and polish the area to top it all off. You need to take special care of these sights during wets seasons and make sure that they do no soak up moisture. Otherwise, you risk the infestation developing all over again. When you see that the problem has gotten out of your hands, you need to call in the professionals. You can identify it through the holes in the wooden surface and a hollow sound from the object. The professionals will remove the damaged parts which may include undoing wires and plumbing in the infested spots. They will scrap the inside of the wood and use special wood-strengthening products in places where they think is necessary. There is nothing wrong if you want to take on the repair-work yourself and you are confident that you can do it without causing further damage, but do not try to fix the infestation with home remedies alone. The whole experience could end up like fixing a crack in the wall with a band-aid. It is very important that you call in the professionals as soon as you suspect that these creatures have made your home, their home. The experts may employ termiticide or bait traps to get rid of these insects. The pest control sprays termiticide in different areas of your house to kill termites. The chemicals in the trap affect the termite that fed on it as well as the termites that come in contact with this termite later.

You can deflect termite damage before it happens by using borate. Building home with this material can help keep the termites away. It can’t deal with an entire infestation but can control it to some extent. Request an examination before the problem becomes worse and costs much more in repairs than in dealing with the infestation.

Mosquitoes Mist Blower – does it really work?

10348389_744082785707973_8605394017119466998_nThis winter I could just imagine having a good time grilling out with my family this summer but then I thought…oh no…those pesky mosquitoes. I mean really, how can anyone enjoy being outside with mosquitoes eating them up while trying to have a good time. Are you feeling the itch already?
Well, we’ve got the answer…this year were using a mist blower to get rid of mosquitoes for good. Does mist blowing really work? Logically you would think that a mist blower is to kill mosquitoes in the air. Mosquitoes actually have to land somewhere before flying to bite you. Mist blowing also uses less chemical than conventional sprays. It lets out micro beads of chemical that kills mosquitoes on the ground, in bushes and plants. So, give me a call so you can enjoy the great outdoors this summer.