Termite Control: How to Keep Them Away From Your House

Pest Control WorkerConcerned about termite damage? These pests have been around for 120 million years. Even today, they’re dreaded by homeowners worldwide.

Each year, U.S homeowners spend over $5 billion to fix the damages caused by termites. Commonly referred to as the silent destroyers, these bugs can ruin your property.

No building is safe from termites. The damage they can cause depends on the termite species, size, and food sources available. These pests can chew through wood, paper, plastics, sheetrock, and lumber.

Without adequate termite control, you could lose your favorite artwork, clothes, and books in a short time. The only way to avoid the damage is to take preventive measures and act fast.

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to keep termites away from your house. Here are some tips to help you out:

Reduce Moisture in Your Home

Termites thrive in warm, moist environments. Leaking water pipes, faucets, and rotted roof shingles increase the risk of infestation.

The best thing you can do is to reduce the moisture in your home. Check your property for any signs of leakage, and then take the steps needed to fix it.

Use gutters and downspouts to divert water away from your home. Repair any leaking pipes and faulty AC units. A dehumidifier can help reduce moisture too.

Trim the Trees on Your Property

Even though most termite species feed on dead wood, some prefer live plants.

If you’re concerned about termite damage, cut away any plants or branches that reach over onto your house. Tree trimming should come first on your list.

Watch Out for Signs of Termite Infestation

These pests can cause severe damage to your property before you even notice their presence. They eat wood, paper, and other materials from the inside out. For this reason, they’re not visible with a naked eye.

Before calling a termite control expert, look for any signs of pest infestation. These include but are not limited to:

  • Flying ants inside your home
  • Piles of wings
  • Mud tubes made of wood cellulose or soil
  • Mud in construction joints
  • Damaged wood
  • Tiny holes in furnishings and other wood structures
  • Bucking paint

Use a flashlight and a pocketknife to check for signs of termite infestation.

Pay close attention to wood structures, expansion joints, and cracks in the cement. Inspect the basement window frames, support posts, and sills as well.

Take Care of Your Property

Termites are more likely to grow and spread on properties that are poorly maintained. Decaying wood, old tree roots and construction materials left in place after the home was built create the perfect conditions for pests.

Clean your property regularly. Get rid of old foam boards, tree stumps, newspapers, and other stuff that termites feed on.

Fill any cracks in the concrete on your property. Make sure the air conditioning doesn’t leak. Don’t allow bushes trees, and climbing plants grow against the building.

To keep your home safe from termites, use treated wood for garden fences. Store firewood as far from the house as possible. Consider adding a chemical termite barrier around the property.

Get Expert Help for Termite Control

Sometimes, DIY termite control isn’t enough to keep pests away from the house. Depending on where you live, you could be at a higher risk of pest infestation.

Plus, if you already have a termite colony in your home, getting rid of it can be challenging. These bugs can take over your house – and your life.

Termite control services are your best bet. A specialist will know exactly what to look for and how to prevent further damage to your home.

Don’t let these pests steal your peace of mind and ruin your property! Call an expert today!

Angie’s List Super Service Award

Chet’s Termite & Pest Management Earns Esteemed 2017
Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

2017 Angie's List Award

Tampa, FL, January 26, 2018 – Chet’s Termite & Pest Management is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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Tampa ranks #4 for termites in U.S.

Termites Tampa, FL

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) —It’s spring time and the termites are ready for a feast. And if you live in Tampa, there’s a good chance your home is on the menu.

The city ranks #4 on Terminix’s list of the 15 most termite-infested cities in the U.S., beating out #5 Miami. As expected, the list mainly includes cities from southern climates like Florida and Texas.

1. Mobile, Ala.
2. San Antonio, Texas
3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. Tampa, Fla.
5. Miami, Fla.
6. Los Angeles, Calif.
7. Orlando, Fla.
8. Jacksonville, Fla.
9. Dallas, Texas
10. Baton Rouge, La.
11. Houston, Texas
12. Oklahoma City, Okla.
13. San Diego, Calif.
14. Philadelphia, Pa.
15. Little Rock, Ark.

Pesky termites can cause irreversible destruction, costing homeowners across the U.S. an estimated $5 billion in property damages, according to the pest control company.

To protect your home from termites, the company suggests sealing cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, taking better care of your lawn and having moisture levels at your home under control.

(Source: http://wfla.com/2017/03/22/tampa-ranks-4-for-termites-in-u-s/)

No, That’s Not a Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Paper co-authored by University of California, Riverside spider expert outlines expressions of skin conditions often misdiagnosed as brown recluse bites

By Sean Nealon on February 15, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Many skin conditions are misdiagnosed by doctors as brown recluse spider bites. This can lead to tragedy because about 40 medical conditions, including several deadly bacterial infections, can be confused with brown recluse bites.

Rick Vetter, a retired University of California, Riverside entomologist, along with lead author Dr. W. Van Stoecker and Dr. Jonathan Dyer, both dermatologists in Missouri who specialize in treating brown recluse bites, have co-authored a just-published paper in JAMA Dermatology that describes expressions of skin conditions that are often misdiagnosed as bites from this spider.

“People always tell you what a brown recluse bite looks like, so what I started emphasizing is, ‘This is what a brown recluse bite doesn’t look like,’” Vetter said. “That message really has the potential to save lives.”

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Cockroach…Fact or Fiction?

Cockroaches: Fact or Fiction?

Because of their close association with humans, cockroaches have enjoyed a prominent place in human evolution, culture, science and mythology. Legends abound about the strength, prowess, and survivability of the cockroach. So what is true and what is not?

Fact or Fiction?

  1. Cockroaches can run faster than humans.

    Not really, they can run about 3 mph, which is about walking pace for humans. If speed were factored by size, the cockroach would certainly have the advantage, but then you’d also have to consider the fact that they have six legs while humans have only two. All that said, though, cockroaches can run faster than any other insect.

  2. A cockroach can live without its head.

    This is, in fact, a truth – at least for a week or so. The circulatory system of the cockroach is different than that of humans, so a clot is formed at the site of a wound (or completely severed head), so it would not bleed out as we would. Additionally, because it has multiple “brains” along the ventral nerve cord that process sensory input or control motor functions, and it can breathe through holes in its body segments, the cockroach can continue to live until it needs food or water. Without a mouth, it has no way to get this sustenance.

  3. Cockroaches can swim.

    Yes, the American cockroach can swim almost four inches in a second and “hold its breath” for 40 minutes. So, because this cockroach is known to inhabit sewers, it is, indeed, an unfortunate fact that they can come into a home from the sewer system, making their way through plumbing traps and swimming up into toilets.

  4. A cockroach bite can hurt – a lot!

    Yep, this one is true too. A study by Cambridge researchers found that the force of a bite by an American cockroach is five times greater than that of a human, and 50 times its body weight. Thankfully, though, while cockroaches have been known to bite humans, this is not a common occurrence.

  5. Cockroach milk is the new super food, one of the most nutritious substances known.

    True! Researchers in India who analyzed cockroach milk found it to be a complete food, rich in proteins, fats and sugars, and peptides that can impart significant health advantages. In fact, they found cockroach milk to be three times as nutritionally rich as buffalo milk, and four times as concentrated as cow’s milk.

  6. If you have a cockroach problem, it most likely came in with potatoes, so getting rid of the potatoes will get rid of the cockroaches.

    Uh, no. Although cockroaches certainly could be brought in with any food or item from an infested store or supplier, they are no more likely to be in with potatoes than anything else. Collins Pest Management President Dan Collins said he often hears customers blame a cockroach problem on a potato purchase. Perhaps it is because they’ve heard that cockroaches are attracted to starches or because potatoes are often shipped in net bags. “I don’t know why,” Collins said. “I’ve never really seen them with potatoes, but potatoes seem to have become the default ‘blame game.'”

  7. And the ultimate factoid … True or False?

    Cockroaches could survive a nuclear explosion. The answer – Maybe. Factoids about cockroaches and nukes are so common that Discovery Channel’s MythBusters took on the challenge to test its validity. Their finding: “Plausible.” Here’s why: Using German cockroaches as their subjects, the MythBusters exposed three groups of cockroaches to three different levels of radioactive metal cobalt 60 for a month: 1,000 (which would kill a human in 10 minutes), 10,000 (about the radioactivity of the Hiroshima bomb), and 100,000 rads. The results: After the 30 days: 50% of the group exposed to 1,000 rads and 10% of those in 10,000 rads were still alive, but all those exposed to 100,000 rads died. Thus the “plausible” verdict – cockroaches could survive an atomic bomb depending on its intensity. Additionally, since only the German cockroach was tested, which is one of the smallest species, there is plausibility that other species could survive at even greater levels.

    A similar verdict was reached by Purdue University Professor of Urban Pest Management Gary Bennett: Will cockroaches be the last surviving creature on this earth? “Who knows – could be true, considering their adaptability.”

  8. So, who started this cockroach survivability rumor anyway?

    And why? According to the MythBusters episode summary from Discovery, shortly after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, reports came out that cockroaches were among the Japanese cities’ only survivors. Then, the summary states, “during the Cold War, anti-nuclear activists and scientists spread the myth far and wide as a cautionary tale of the atom bomb’s destructive potential.”

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5 Things to Remember About Pest Control

Keeping your property free of any pests is not always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes, no matter your best efforts, these stubborn pests find a way to sneak past your defenses and get into your home-in between your walls, in dark spots and corners, or underneath the floorboards. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you suspect you have pests in your property:

Know the signs

It is often easier to tell if there are certain pests more than others that live and thrive in your home. Roaches often leave behind eggs. Plus, they are not the shyest type so they typically come out of the shadows at night. Fleas, bugs or termites however are not as easy to spot. If you think you have a pest problem-ants swarming your table 5 minutes after you leave behind donut crumbs, cobwebs everywhere, or bad smells-it is time to call in for the pros.

Hire a professional

Hiring an emergency pest control expert helps you identify possible sites of pest infestation in your home. By doing so, you can easily determine what kind of pests you are up against and you will be in a better position to know what steps or solutions you can use to eliminate the problem.

Know the cause

Professionals will also take a look around to find out the root cause of the infestation. For instance, termites are attracted to dead wood. If you have a lot of wood debris, dead tree trunks or stumps in your backyard or garden, an emergency pest control expert will suggest you clear all that from your garden and give other preventive measures to keep future pests out.

Pack the right tools

Do not try to take on pest problems by yourself, no matter how easy a Youtube tutorial makes it seem to be. Professionals have the proper tools to efficiently and effectively eliminate your pest problems. Do not waste your time, money and energy on DIY solutions. Hire an expert to take care of your pest problems for you.

Finding Help

Pests can lead to health problems, structural damage and much more. It is important to hire an expert pest control professional to stop pests from thriving in your home. Contact us at Chet’s Termite & Pest Management for a quote. With over 30 years of field experience, a proven system, and a dedicated team, we will make sure your home is going to be pest-free in no time.

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What’s Pest Control?

Pest control includes the process of removing or minimizing a broad array of undesirable insects and additional pests from areas occupied by people. This process might take place inside the home, within a place of business, or inside a public building. Normally, controlling pests includes using some kind of insecticide to keep them from getting into the space, and to destroy any pests which already have set up a presence inside the space.

When to call in the experts

It isn’t unusual for businesses, homeowners, as well as municipalities to employ the services of our Pest Control Companies in Tampa. Alongside handling the usual pests which might seek shelter and food inside a building, professional exterminators also can address the presence of pests which might cause severe structural damage to a property. For instance, a pest control service is very likely to handle ants and termites which may infest the building and surrounding landscape of a property and eventually cost a property owner a good amount of money in replacement and repairs of buildings.

Oftentimes, people use both individual and professional efforts to sustain a pest-free atmosphere. It often will mean keeping the area uncluttered and clean and making certain there aren’t any crevices or cracks to permit easy accessibility from outside. In order to compliment those efforts, exterminators are contracted to enter and treat the area on some kind of continual basis, like one time per month.

What is the goal of pest control?

The eventual goal of all types of pest control include removing roaches, mice, termites and additional kinds of pests from spaces in which humans work, live, and play.

Termite Invasion Hits Tampa Bay Area Homes

It’s that time of year again…

“Termite Invasion Hits Tampa Bay Area Homes!”

The pirate invasion has come and gone in the Tampa Bay Area…now it’s time for the TERMITE INVASION!! It happens each year, just like Gasparilla and so many other wonderful annual Tampa Bay events. However, this annual event doesn’t have all the fantastic floats, colorful beads and thousands of people having a great time. In fact, I can’t think 1 joyous thought about termites as a homeowner. They’re not pretty, they have a ravenous appetite that can literally eat you out of your home and they cost a lot of money to treat and repair damages.

Did you know that Tampa is ranked the #3 city in the US for termite activity? Not exactly a distinction we’re proud of, but it is a fact that nearly every home in Tampa Bay and surrounding cities will have a termite infestation at some point.

Whether you’ve had Subterranean Termites, Formosan Termites or the much dreaded Drywood Termites in the past, termites are just not welcome guests for any homeowner at any time. The Subterranean Termite & the Formosan Subterranean Termite don’t get as much coverage simply because homeowners aren’t too inconvenienced with the treatment process. Drywood Termite treatments, on the other hand, can make homeowner’s lives miserable.

I actually think Drywood Termites get a bad wrap. What do I mean? Well, Drywood Termite colonies are smaller and take longer to develop, which means the potential for structural damage is actually less than Subterranean Termites and much less than Formosan Termites. I’ve seen Subterranean & Formosan Termite damage so bad that structural support pieces of wood actually crumble into tiny pieces in my hands. Imagine having that wood supporting your entire home. (I have many videos on YouTube.com at the ChetsPestControl channel that shows exactly what I’m talking about).

So, from a wood damage perspective, Subterranean & Formosan termites are most destructive. However, the inconvenience factor makes the Drywood Termite a more formidable foe.

For a Subterranean & Formosan termite treatment, you don’t have to leave your home for treatment. Besides the sound of loud drill noises, the only inconvenient part of the treatment is…you have to be home for service. Not too bad, right?

Well, the complete opposite is true when treating for Drywood Termites…in most cases. Most Drywood Termite infestations require Tent Fumigation, which means you and your entire family, including pets have to leave home for a few days. You also have to bag up food and medicines and a plethora of other things that need to be done prior to treatment. For most families with kids and pets, this can be a very difficult and daunting task.

In recent years, I’ve offered a unique, natural, no-tent alternative treatment called XT2000 Chet’s Orange Oil. This treatment allows you to remain in your home during treatment so you don’t have to go through all the hassles that are involved in tenting.

The XT2000 Chet’s Orange Oil treatment is a very specialized process and not all homes qualify for the treatment. To find out if your home qualifies for the Chet’s Orange Oil treatment, schedule your free inspection today.

Late Spring, early Summer marks the return of the Drywood Termite. We’ve already seen a few swarms in Tampa & St. Pete, but we haven’t seen the major swarms yet….oh, but they’re coming just like the Love Bugs come each year. If you’ve ever experienced a swarm of termites, you’ll never forget it. For those of you that have yet to see a swarm or want to know what to look for, here is some information you may find helpful:

Drywood Termite Swarmer, immature and pellets

Drywood Termite Swarmer, immature and pellets

Drywood Termite Swarmer, immature and pellets

Drywood Termite Swarmer, immature and pellets

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll usually find them around your lights and windows. They’re naturally attracted to light. It’s not unusual to be watching TV or reading by a lamp at night and suddenly hundreds of these termites come swarming out of a crack or a kick out hole.

pile

A kick out hole is a small nail size hole they make in wood or drywall and pellets or piles of droppings, especially around window sills, baseboards or on hardwood floors.

Usually a swarm is the 1st indication you have a termite problem. If you see a swarm, don’t panic…because they don’t bite, and believe it or not, they can’t eat wood. These are the reproductives, whose only function is to find a mate and reproduce. Their job is the same as all love bugs we get a few times year here in Florida.

parachutesDo you remember watching World War 2 movies? In scenes where the plane would be circling over a target to let out the paratroopers? Once they were over the right location they would open the door of the plane and start jumping out, one after another. Floating to the ground and then discarding their parachutes.

This is similar to what reproductive swarming termites do. They develop during the course of each year and when the time is right they make their own little door and come out, one after another.

Since they are really bad fliers, they’ll land on the closest window or light. Once they land, just like a paratrooper, who no longer needs his parachute, they break off and discard their wings.

This is why you’ll see so many wings lying around without their bodies.

We get a lot of calls about flying termites that turn out to be swarming ants. At this time every year most insects are breeding and flying around. You’ll see both termites and ants around your outside lights.

One of the most dreaded pests that any homeowner can have is termites. Termites left unchecked can literally bring the house down around your ears. We know your house is a major investment, and we want to help you protect it.

We’ve had some homeowners wait decades before calling us to come out and solve the termite problem. By then it could be too late, and may require lots of wood replacement. Why would a person put a free inspection or treatment off for so long? It’s simple. They flat out refused to move out of their house for three days. Some people don’t want to put their dog in a kennel or they just have too many pets to move out. I know it can be very stressful and interrupts you and your pet’s daily routine.

Termite control begins with a thorough inspection process. We provide this free of charge to businesses and homeowners. We search all of the visible and accessible areas of the structure for wood destroying pests.

termatracWe’ve added a revolutionary new device called a Termatrac. It detects termite activity even through walls. We move it along drywall or the wood itself. It picks up any unusual movement, insect body heat or moisture. Just like being able to finding wall studs with a stud finder. It’s the same way the military finds its targets with thermal imagining.

“How Chet’s Treats Drywood Termites”

There is no ONE treatment that will work for all homes and businesses. There are a lot of cases when fumigation is the preferred method, but there are many cases when the XT2000 Chet’s Orange Oil is also an option. Since Chet’s Termite & Pest Management is the only company in all of Florida who is trained and certified to offer you both options, you can count on us to recommend the proper treatment for your home or business.

With either treatment you get a 100% money back guarantee.

Call my office 813-935-7554 right now while it’s fresh on your mind. Ask for your FREE INSPECTION and more specific details. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing one way or the other.