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German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches are a common indoor problem. They multiply at fast rate making it hard to manage as a homeowner.

The pictures below are from three separate residential homes that we have treated and are now living pest free.

If you need help getting rid of unwanted cockroaches give us a call today for a free estimate!

 

Flying Termites

Have you noticed flying termites in or around your home? This could be a sign that a mature colony has already developed. After a termite has mated and picked a place to call home you are likely to find wings in window seals, on the floor, or around the outside of your home. Since this is the early stages of having an infestation, the best course of action is to call in Best Pest Solutions to kill the new colony before they cause any major damage.

These photos are a good example of what flying termites tend to look like.

Wasps

Please proceed with caution if you plan on inspecting a nest in or outside of your home. Call Best Pest Solutions for help managing wasps or removing any nests from your home.

Roaches

These roaches did not stand a chance with our pest control services.

Pesky House Mice

These annoying little guys are the most common type of mouse in the United States, perhaps, even the world. This common type of mouse can be a variety of colors, grey, murkey brown, tan or a combination of them all.  They have large ears, pointy snouts and small pronounced eyes. The house mouse is typically 1-2 inches long with the body being the same length as the tail.

In rural/suburban areas mice tend to live in buildings or

homes but can also be found outside in shrubbery,

weeds, garages, along the foundation, inside storage sheds, and in crawlspaces. While living outside, a mouse will feed on weeds or insects. However, when the weather starts to get cooler this food will start to disappear and the mice will start to move inside homes and business. Common places to look for nest inside your home will be areas that are dark and comfortable, near food sources, inside closets, under refrigerators, within walls or ceilings, or within larger appliances. When inside, a mouse will raid your cabinets looking for anything they can get their noses on. Grains, fruits, and seeds happen to be the top favorite snacks! House mice tend to mark their territory with their urine. The urine has an distinct odor that may become very noticeable especially in an area with a larger number of rodents or when the rodents have been present over a long period of time.

How to prevent mice:

Cleanliness:
– Wash dishes immediate after use
– Store left over food in airtight solid containers.
– Clean breadcrumbs from tabletops and/or surfaces
– Clean floors throughout being sure there are no food particles left behind.

Home:
– All cracks larger than a nickel size should be filled with an cement compound (we prefer to not use wood since mice can chew through it)

If you have taken our prevention measures and are still unsure if you have a mouse problem, feel free to give us a call and we will be more than happy to conduct a FREE Estimate.

Why should you call Best Pest Solutions?  Because mice, termites, rats, bed bugs…. You’ve got ‘Em, We Get ‘Em.

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Our traps speak for themselves!

Best Pest just received this picture from one of our recent clients, we are very happy that our pest traps are working so well for our clients. We are especially impressed that one of their first catches is a snake!

 

Termites

Termites and preventative treatment

We’re talking about Termites here EEK! Most commonly known as the “silent destroyer.” What makes them a silent destroyer? Well, these little guys work their way in to feed on a plant base called cellulose. Cellulose is an organic fiber found in wood and plant matter. Which, unfortunately is located in the foundation of homes, business and even grass! When a small group of termites locate this source then it soon leads to an infestation. Our goal is to prevent an infestation, and protect your home.

When we protect your home against termites we are creating a barrier between all entry points and your home.

Creating a Barrier along Foundation

Barrier under Driveway

Take a look at this recent job that we have completed. There had been previous termite damage to the garage and under the porch.

We treated the infestation so now we are ready to protect and set the home up to prevent any future outbreaks or termite damage.

In the first picture we are drilling small holes in the concrete to apply a barrier under the drive way preventing the termites to enter the home under the driveway and garage.

In the second picture we continue around the house digging a small trench apply a protective seal around the home. Once applied we re-fill and pack the trench with dirt.

Learn More About Termites

Termite Habitat

There are three major types of termites found in our area: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. They all belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Insecta, and the order Isoptera. There are over 2,000 different species in total. They all have different preferences in what they consume. Drywood Termites live within the wood they consume which can often spread to walls, typically found in attics. Subterranean termite homes are usually formed in soil. Within the soil, termites build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnels through which they access above-ground food sources, they prefer softwoods but can and will attach most woods. Damp wood termites usually prefer damp, moist, old wood closer to the ground.

Appearance and Roles

All termites can vary in range from about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in length. The queens and kings happen to be much larger, and can reach over an inch long. Flying termites, also called reproductives or “swarmers,” An infestation begins with swarmers they are signaled to start swarming to start a new colony with warmer weather and warmer rains. The worker termites are typically soft-bodied and pale in color. They are responsible for searching for food for the termite colony, taking care of the nest and caring for the young. Soldier termites fight off predators to protect the colony. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termite

What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home?

Here are some tips on how to keep your home unattractive to termites:

  • We want you to have a safe protected home.
  • Make sure all air vents are open and clean
  • Keep water away from foundation
  • Be sure all gutters and downspouts are clean
  • Remove excess mulch
  • Seal entry points around water spouts or utility coverings
  • Repair any leaks on pipes, spouts or faucets
  • Keep Firewood away from foundation of home
  • Place screens outside of vents
  • Wood on home/decks should not touch soil