termites

March 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Subterranean Termites

Termites are responsible for thousands of dollars of damage to homes all over Iowa every year. The control and treatment of termites is very large part of the pest control industry. Not all pest companies do termite work due to the large amount of liability involved. Many homeowners are frustrated with the amount of money involved with termites which can be expensive not only for treatments but for paying for damage repair. Pest control specialists must know how to treat termites safely and effectively to kill the entire colony

termites

March 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Termites choose areas depending on soil type, moisture, conditions of wood, and temperature. Usually, the older rotting wood is more prone to an infestation. They can infest new wood however. Termite treatments can be expensive because of the cost of chemicals. The entire structure needs to be treated to ensure no new activity or damage in areas where the termites may not have been seen. Structures need to be measured to determine prices of treatments.

termites

March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There are 3 classes of subterranean termites which is the type of termite found in Iowa. The first is a worker. They are off white and do not have wings. Workers do the majority of the damage to wood and structures. Soldiers and swarmers are the other two classes of termites. Swarmers are active in the spring and fall after big rains. They look for new nests to start new colonies. Termites cause millions of dollars in damage to homes and buildings every year.

termites

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Termites

 

Termites have been around the world for millions of years and will continue to thrive for years to come. Termites are found in colonies because they are considered a “social” insect. In the U.S. there are over 40 species of termites

stored product pests

March 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Stored Product Pests

These pests can be responsible for damaging up to %10 of the worlds grain and crops every year. There are numerous types of these pests but most are a type of beetle

centipedes

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Centipedes

Centipedes can be a nuisance when they invade homes. Turning on lights at night and seeing a large centipede sprint across the floor can be intimidating. They can reach lengths of up to 6 inches long. Centipedes are usually yellow or tan in color. These insects feed on flies and or spiders and can bite when handled. Bites can be painful.

            Control is usually obtained by spraying and removal of decaying vegetation, rotting wood and other harbor areas around the structure.

Boxelder Bugs

March 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Spraying these insects with soapy water will kill them but this is usually not practical. Insecticides work well for keeping numbers down on a more permanent basis. Sealing all cracks and holes on houses can help keep them from invading the living area. Some houses can be completely engulfed in these annoying bugs in the summer

Boxelder Bugs

March 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Boxelder Bugs

This insect is a pest of boxelder trees which is how they got the name. Boxelders used to only inhabit the western portion of the U.S. but have now spread all over. They usually congregate on the warm sides of houses in the spring and summer. In winter, they will over winter in attics, wall voids, and warm areas of homes. Adults are black and red, younger boxelders are completely red.

bed bugs

March 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Bed bugs can cause a mild reaction when they bite. Most bites are congregated in one area of the body and may look like mosquito bites. Some people may not show any signs of bites but still are being fed upon. Bed bug bites will show up after a night of sleeping and the bugs inject a painkilling agent that will mask the pain of bites. This will make it difficult to tell when they are feeding. If any bugs are found they should be kept in a baggy or jar so they can be identified. Some doctors can distinguish bed bug bites but others cannot.

bed bugs

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Bed bugs have become a serious problem in the U.S. and many pest control operators are becoming overwhelmed by huge infestations especially in apartments where bed bugs spread to several rooms. Landlords have trouble paying to treat all apartments when infestations become high. Congress has passed new bed bug legislation trying to help people pay for the enormous costs. People can help themselves prevent infestations of their own homes by being aware when traveling. Make sure not to set luggage and bags on the floors or near beds. Ask questions at the hotel to make sure they do not have an infestation; they may or may not tell you. Wash and dry clothing on high heat when returning home to kill any eggs that may have hitched a ride on the way. Being a clean person does not assure any bed bugs will not infest your home

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