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Termites are fascinating little creatures, but not when they are in your home.

Mike called us when he started doing the remodel on a home. Mike is an investor who buys, remodels, and sells homes. He and his crew found termites, lots of them when removing drywall in a house. The termites were eating the paper lining of the drywall. I should say, they were feasting on the drywall paper. Termites eat wood, and they eat drywall paper because it is made from wood.

termites eating sheetrock paper found during home remodel

The termites were everywhere in the whole house. (Mike probably didn't have the house inspected before making the purchase.)

After looking over the property and discussing the findings, Mike bought our perimeter plus treatment. This treatment includes drilling and treating the areas of all interior pressure lines, which are plumbing lines. In the kitchen, a pilot hole is drilled through the inside of the cabinet. Then a concrete bit is used to drill at an angle to get to the plumbing access point to treat the soil because that is where the termites are. We drill through and treat the soil under all exterior or dirt-filled porches, slab joints, and exterior concrete. For slab-foundation homes like this one, the soil around the house's perimeter is trenched and treated. (If a home has a crawl space, we crawl underneath to trench and treat around each pier. Pier and beams are easier because you can directly see the termite mud columns coming up.)

With the perimeter plus treatment, Mike receives a one-year warranty on that initial treatment.

We also offer a Golden Rule termite protection plan where we perform annual termite inspections. If termites come back to the property, the yearly protection plan payment covers the total cost of the spot treatment for new termites.

Contact us for a termite inspection of your home or our other pest and weed control services.

Dan had squirrels in his attic and wanted them gone. The squirrels had chewed a six-inch square hole through the attic vent, and they were nesting in the insulation near the vent. Dan replaced the damaged attic vent with a new plastic one, and the squirrels chewed through that one too.

Squirrel

Dan called us. We put out big squirrel traps on the floor of the attic, checking them each day. After two weeks, we didn't catch any squirrels. We moved the squirrel traps so that they were inside the house attic vent. We started catching squirrels. When daily visits were no longer necessary, we did weekly visits until we solved the problem.

Dan purchased a metal attic vent to replace the second plastic one that the squirrels had destroyed. When we were no longer catching squirrels, I stayed to help Dan install the new aluminum vent. He is an older gentleman; he's retired military. I'm so glad I stayed because it was a difficult install. It's at a difficult angle of the roofline, and you hold up the shingles with one hand, hold the vent in place with the other hand, and then hammer in the nails too. That's more hands than he had on his own. It took us about an hour to put the new vent in place. He's good to go!

The squirrels are gone. Dan's happy.

Are squirrels living in your attic and tearing up your property? Contact us.

Bed bug infestations are really bad right now. We received a call from a gentleman; we'll call him Max, asking us to remove bed bugs from his home.

Max's home had a significant infestation. When lifting and checking under the mattress, bed bugs covered it. All of the living room furniture had bed bugs, especially in the crevices and folds (seen in the picture below). The bed bugs were living in the walls of the home.

bed bugs in folds of furniture

Bed bugs are small, flat, brownish-red parasitic insects that feed on the blood of sleeping people and animals. While they aren't known to carry disease, they can cause itching and loss of sleep. They travel from person to person, usually through belongings.

How did we get rid of the bed bugs in Max's home? Since the bed bugs are in the walls, we had to drill holes in the walls to apply the treatment. A small hole is drilled every two feet at eye level, and then one hole by the baseboard in each wall. Treatment is also applied to all the mattresses and furniture. Crossfire is the treatment used, and it is applied as a fine mist. It kills bed bug adults, nymphs, and eggs.

The Crossfire treatment is safe for humans and their pets as long as they wait until the product is dry before re-entering the home or laying on a mattress. Because the treatment is applied as a very fine mist, it dries relatively quickly. It usually takes about four hours to dry. Another nice thing about Crossfire is that there is no odor.

Max was pleased with the results - because the bed bugs were gone. If you see signs bed bugs may be in your home, contact us for an inspection.

It's the coolest thing! I've been doing this for 13 years, and this is the first time this has ever happened. Someone interested in our services, we'll call her Debbie, contacted us because she saw termites castling out (building their little mud tubes) near a window.

It was a rainy day when I went to Debbie's house to do the inspection. During the conversation before the inspection, she was very interested in understanding how termites do what termites do. She has a pier and beam home, which means going under the house in the crawl space to search for termites. As I headed toward the crawl space entry, Debbie asked if she could go too. How awesome is that?! I've never had a customer interested in crawling under their house with me. Usually, I take photos in the hard to reach areas, and show the customer the findings that way. Not Debbie. She wanted to see what the termites were up to first-hand.

Remember I said it was raining. A little rain and dirt didn't bother Debbie. She's a nurse, so she's tough. She was right there with me, crawling on hands and knees under the house, getting muddy and dirty.

Debbie had lots of good questions. Where are the termites coming up into the house? Why are the termites here? I was happy to answer all her questions. There are wooden piers under her home, and in her case, there is a lot of wood-to-ground contact. Termites are subterranean, and the wood pier contact with the ground gives them a direct route to enter the home.

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Debbie hired us, Golden Rule Pest, Termite and Weed Control, to treat and exterminate her home termites. We did our 'full perimeter plus treatment for pier and beam homes' to kill the termites. We also use a wood preservative on all exposed wood which keeps the termites out and is effective for 15 to 20 years. The treatment includes a 1-year follow-up when we do a thorough inspection to ensure the termites are gone.

If you are interested in a termite inspection, contact us to schedule an appointment. We promise not to make you crawl around or under your home, but you're more than welcome to join us if you'd like.

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