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Protecting Your Home Against TERMITES

When you establish a home, one of your goals is to protect it from predators. Cat’s Eye King Pest Control offers a complete termite treatment and termite control system, utilising the world’s most effective products.

Why Should You Choose Cat’s Eye King  for Termite Pest Control Control?

You have a lot of choice when it comes to termite control companies for your home. However, none of your other choices tops Cat’s Eye King’ Termite Treatment and Pest Control Services. Here’s why:

Environmentally friendly: While chemical-free solutions to termite problems aren’t always the most effective, you do get the feelgood factor that comes from dealing with a certified environmentally. Cat’s Eye King Pest Control environmental management standards.

Innovative detection methods: Our termite detection dogs offer an extra layer of certainty in your termite control and treatment plan.

Why Is Termite Control So Important?

There is one main reason why termite control is so important to homeowners – the potential monetary loss. You should know that termite damage in homes:

– Is usually not covered by insurance. This is why Cat’s Eye King Termite Guarantee is so valuable. – Can go unnoticed for some time. You may only notice termite damage when it is too late, without regular inspections. – Can cause the loss of an entire building.

Improper termite control currently causes more damage to buildings in Australia than the combined effects of fires, floods, storms and tempests combined.

Save Your Home From Termites by Recognizing Three Important Indicators

An untreated termite infestation can threaten the stability of your home. Unfortunately, termites often live and thrive in a house for months or even years before they’re discovered. Luckily, learning how to recognize certain indicators can help you spot an invasion before the termites can eat their way through your walls
Termite Droppings
Like most pests that invade our homes, termites leave behind droppings. However, if you’ve never come into contact with the insects before you can easily overlook this inconspicuous sign. Termite droppings, also known as frass, resemble wood shavings and are often spotted near window sills or in less frequented areas, such as crawl spaces or basements. If you believe your home is infested, and you’re searching for evidence, pay close attention to the nooks and crannies around your house. If you do spot termite droppings call your pest control company, immediately.
Hollow Wood
Due to a termite’s attraction to dark and humid areas, the bug generally does not feed on the surface of wood. Unfortunately, this makes detecting their presence a complicated process. If you suspect your home has a termite problem, knocking on your walls and hearing a hollow sound can alert you to an infestation. However, clearer evidence can occur when termites create galleries that run closer to the surface. The damage will cause cracks to appear in the wood. If you find unusual fissures on your walls, floors or ceiling don’t ignore them; otherwise the issue will only get worse.
Termite Wings
Termite swarmers are not a common occurrence, but when they are seen, it usually indicates a nest is close by. Flying termites are fertile males and females searching for a mate. While their presence outside of your home doesn’t necessarily signify an infestation, it does warrant an inspection. On the other hand, if you see them inside or you spot discarded termite wings on the floor of your house the likelihood of a nest in your home is extremely high.
If you’ve discovered one or more of these indicators in your home, please contact us today to schedule a termite inspection.

Super Termites, and They’re Not Genetically Modified

A hybrid colony of Coptotermes termites. A king C. gestroi (nutty-brown abdomen) is shown on the left, and a queen C. formosanus(orange abdomen) on the right. They are surrounded by their hybrid offspring, including eggs, larvae, workers, and soldiers. Photo by Thomas Chouvenc, University of Florida /IFA.

Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi) are the most damaging pest species in the world. Both are highly invasive and have spread throughout many areas of the world due to human activity, and their distributions overlap in some areas.

Now scientists in Florida have observed Formosan males mating with Asian females — in fact, they seem to prefer the Asian females more than females from their own species — and their hybrid offspring seem to grow colonies twice as fast as their parents.

Many hybrids are unable to reproduce (the mule, for example, which is the sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse). And many hybrids that actually can reproduce tend to lose vigor after one or more generations, which is why farmers often buy new hybrid seeds each growing season.

But so far that doesn’t seem to be the case for these termite hybrids. In the laboratory, the Florida researchers are raising a hybrid colony that is growing twice as fast as same-species colonies, suggesting a potential case of hybrid vigor.

What do termites look like

WHAT ARE TERMITES?

Termites are insects that feed on cellulose, an organic compound mainly found in vegetative matter such as dead trees, wood, and plants. Preferring to live in dark or subterranean spaces, the foundations and walls of houses often make perfect sites for infestations and, if left unchecked, can expand to grow into thriving colonies.

On those occasions, the colonies can reach population numbers in the hundreds of thousands, depending on the type of termite and the conditions available.

WHAT DO TERMITES LOOK LIKE?

When identifying termites, look for wings of equal length and straight, rather than bent, antennae. As for coloration and size, there are three distinct variants of termite.

Worker termites, which collect food, are white colored and can range from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. Soldier termites, which protect the colony from outside threats, have white bodies and dark-colored heads and can range from 2/3 to 3/4 inch in length. Reproductive termites, which are responsible for procreating, are either black or light-brown and range from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. Due to the presence of wings and antennae, reproductive termites are often confused with flying ants.

These divisions in labor are a result of the caste system that governs termite’s behaviors and roles. The coloration and size of these insects will also depend on their species.

Additionally, there are four common types of termites that cause most of the damage to homes: drywood, dampwood, subterranean, and Formosan.

Drywood termites are about 3/8 of an inch in size and are pale brown. These types of termites do not require soil or moisture to thrive, generally feeding on drywood, as their name implies, as well as wallpaper and plastics. They can build nests and extensive tunnels systems that can undermine a home’s structural integrity. Drywood termites are usually found in hotter climates and are not present in areas that suffer severe winter conditions.

Dampwood termites, on the other hand, flourish near water or in places with high humidity. Because of this, they feed on dying wood or on the wood of homes with plumbing or roof leaks. They’re generally larger than drywood termites, between half an inch to 5/8 of an inch, and are more of a dark brown.

Considered the most destructive type of termites, this subterranean species can establish huge colonies with hundred of thousands of members. They eat all types of materials, not just wood, and can cause severe damage to a home’s foundations, floors, beams, plumbing, and insulation, among other things. Subterranean termites are 1/8 to 1 inch long and range from light to dark colored brown. They’re found in most of the US and can live either underground or in humid areas above ground.

Finally, Formosans are a type of subterranean termite and are the most voracious eaters among these insects. Once a colony is established, it is difficult to eradicate because of its population size and territorial extension. They are about half an inch long and have yellowish brown markings. They tend to be prevalent in tropical climates; in the US, they’re strictly found in the southern states and places with mild winters.

DO TERMITES HAVE WINGS?

Only reproductive termites have wings, which grow once the insect has reached the point of sexual maturity.

This allows new reproductive termites to fly away from their birthplace and start colonies of their own. Oftentimes, these wings are shed once they’ve found a suitable locale. Piles of discarded wings are a sign that a termite infestation might be in process.

WHAT DO TERMITES EAT?

Termites eat dead plants and trees. They gain nourishment from cellulose, which is commonly found therein.

Cellulose is also found in wood, which makes up the majority of a termite’s diet. A colony’s location is dictated by the termites’ preference. However, termites are also known to eat plastics, plumbing, wallpaper, and other synthetic materials, thereby increasing their destructive capabilities.

In subterranean colonies, damp, moist, or decaying wood is preferred. Colonies that infest homes, however, are content without moisture and feast on dry softwood.

WHERE DO TERMITES COME FROM?

Termite colonies thrive in areas corresponding to their dietary needs. These can vary between dry, damp, and subterranean environments.

Drywood termites may enter your home by way of nearby trees, new furniture, or firewood. Dampwood termites often enter your home at ground-level. These can include dog doors or water drainage chutes. Subterranean termites need soil to operate. While their colonies may be based in the yard, under a branch or tree stump, they may build underground tunnels to their next food source, like your home’s foundation.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A TERMITE INFESTATION?

There are several symptoms of a termite infestation. If your home shows any of the following signs, contact a pest control inspector for further inspection. Remember that different types of termites can can cause different types of damage.

Signs of infestation may include:

  • Small holes in drywall
  • Hollow wood
  • Earthen packing
  • Mounds of droppings near entry points
  • Piles of shed wings
  • Mud tubes along the foundation or walls
  • Maze patterns in the walls and floors

HOW CAN ONE PREVENT FUTURE TERMITES?

There are simple methods to protect a home against termite infestations. Methods to consider include the following:

  • Sealing all cracks in the home’s foundation
  • Covering a majority of wood-to-soil contact areas in plastic sheeting
  • Repairing broken roof tiles
  • Keeping moisture leakage from air conditioners
  • Ensuring that wooden furniture is minimally away from the wall
  • Repairing leaky pipes
  • Removing all tree stumps from the yard
  • Storing firewood off the ground
  • Using fenceposts of materials other than wood

HOW CAN ONE RESOLVE AN INFESTATION?

If a home has termites, it is advisable call an exterminator immediately. Depending on the severity of the infestation, the exterminator will suggest one of several options:

  • Bait
  • Physical barrier
  • Chemical barrier
  • Fumigation

Termite baiting involves the dissemination of lethal poison to worker termites, which slowly radiates towards the rest of the colony. Physical barrier options might include the coverage of all soil spaces in an impermeable layer, such as plastic.

Chemical termite barriers are sprays that can act as either an exterminator or deterrent. When all else fails, fumigation is the last option. Otherwise known as termite tenting, this form of chemical termite treatment will immediately resolve the infestation. The process, which involves covering the home in a large tent, blasts every nook and cranny with termite-killing gas.

While the process and subsequent aeration take approximately 30 hours, homeowners are mandated to stay out of their home’s premises for at least three days. By that time, however, the termite infestation will have disappeared.

How To Prevent A Termite Infestation

No one likes to see an infestation of household pests in their home. Cockroaches, spiders, ants and many other bugs are dreaded and unwanted pests. But nothing affects a homeowner like knowing there is a presence of termites in the house. Roaches are gross and spiders are frightening but neither one causes any significant damage. However, termites are a different story and are one of the scariest insects in existence relevant to the structure of your home.

Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage every year and can go undetected for years before the damage is discovered. Their ability to hide for long periods of time is one of the most dangerous things about termites. One termite colony can have hundreds of thousands of termites and still go unnoticed for long periods of time. The termite hides behind walls, under floor covering, behind insulation and other obstructions doing their damage from the inside out.

With the termite’s ability to hide so effectively, termite inspection is a must for establishing termite control. One of the most obvious signs of termite infestation is the sudden appearance of flying termites, often called swarmers. These swarmers are most active in the springtime. The presence of these swarmers is a pretty sure guarantee that there is a colony close by.

Mud tubes or tunnels on a foundation often identify the presence of subterranean termites. These mud tubes are found on foundations and provides access to a wooden structure. Other signs of termites in the home may include termite droppings and a buildup of soil at the bottom of a set of stairs or along the bottom of a wall.

Most termites need three things to survive; soil, water and wood. With that in mind, the following tips will help with Maryland termite control. Begin with a thorough termite inspection. Look for any water leaks in your home and repair as needed. Remember, water is one requirement for termites to survive.

Remove any piles of brush from around your home. These are great sources of food and water that attracts termites. Be sure to shape your lawn to eliminate any standing water from close to your house.

Remove any unused lumber, dead trees and old stumps from your property. Any wood directly on the ground is a magnet to termites. Use treated lumber when building decks, porches or any portion of your home that has direct contact with the ground.

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

 

Bed Bugs Pest Control Services

These tiny brown insects feed on humans and animals alike. However, they are much more than annoying little bugs. Much like mosquitoes, there is plenty of concern that bed bugs can transmit diseases as they bite by transferring blood from person to person. These bugs can transmit deadly parasites and can lead to a number of issues if not promptly addressed. Here are some examples of diseases/conditions that can possibly be spread by these pests.

Chagas Disease

Chagas disease causes a number of different conditions, and depending on the severity, the disease can be fatal. It can also damage the heart causing fatal heart disease later in life. Fever and inflammation are common as are enlargement of the liver and spleen. The infected area will also swell. If left untreated, the condition can become chronic and impossible to get rid of. This happens as the bed bug introduced Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite, through their feces. There is evidence that bed bugs can effectively transmit Chagas disease to live mice which leads to the question: Can bed bugs transmit Chagas to humans? Thankfully, there are no documented cases of bed bug related transmission of Chagas to humans as of yet, but experts have projected that it is still too early to completely rule out the possibility of transmission.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions are common when it comes to bed bug bites. While this isn’t a disease, severe allergic reactions can be just as deadly. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rashes, itching and swelling in the bitten area. Severe allergic reactions can lead to fatal anaphylaxis. It is important to speak with your doctor about treatment for any allergic reactions brought on by bed bug bites, and it’s even more important to remove the bed bugs from your home to prevent future problems.

HIV Transmission?

Not yet thankfully. Because bed bugs may bite multiple people or animals over the course of their lifespan, there is always the concern that they will transmit HIV. Bed bugs have tested positive for diseases like hepatitis B, but information is inconclusive about whether or not they can spread the disease to humans. In controlled laboratory settings, there has been no evidence of HIV or Hepatitis B transmission between infected bed bugs. Bed bugs are also known for carrying diseases like MRSA that are unlikely to spread to humans.

The Risk of Disease from Bed Bugs

Whenever bed bugs are found in the home, it is important that they are treated right away. As the colony grows, the potential risk for disease transmission also grows. Diseases can be spread through the saliva that comes in contact with the skin when the bug bites, or through the feces that is left behind. Dealing with the outbreak in a swift manner can reduce your personal risk. Contact a local pest control company today to help you eliminate the bed bug problem in your home and learn preventative techniques you can use in the home.

Removal

At any rate, it’s safe to say bed bugs have no place in our homes. If you suspect bed bug infestation anywhere in your home, contact a qualified bed bug removal company that uses a combination of heat, vacuuming, and light pesticide to kill bed bug harborages. Heat treatment is the single best method for eradicating bed bugs and number one EPA recommended approach to successfully ending bed bug infestations.