Hire a Pro for Your Pest Problem

Hire a Pro for Your Pest Problem

 

When you moved into your home, you probably didn’t expect to share it with uninvited guests. But pests will move in anywhere they can find food, water, and shelter. When you see pests, it’s best to have professionals deal with the infestation. Here’s a look at a few reasons why:

Different pests require different control methods.

The correct way to eliminate rat infestations is vastly different from the one used for spiders. Likewise, getting rid of bees isn’t the same as treating a home for termites. Different pests require different approaches. When you hire a professional to handle your pest problem, he or she can accurately identify the pest and develop an effective solution.

Contact with pests can compromise your health.

Another reason to skip a DIY approach to pest management is into contact with pests and their droppings. exposure can compromise your health. Pests spread all sorts of diseases and can cause adverse reactions. You might even be allergic to some of them, such as bees or cockroaches. Pest control experts have the right equipment and training to prevent the spread of diseases.

Pest experts can identify the source of the problem.

If you notice an ant crawling along your table, squishing it won’t solve your ant problem. There will likely be hundreds more ants right behind. Pest experts are trained to investigate the source of the infestation, along with eliminating the infestation itself. A professional can advise you on exclusion methods, property modifications, and lifestyle changes that can keep your home safe from future infestations.

The team at Essential Pest Control has expertise in identifying and eliminating all sorts of pests that bother Arizona homes and businesses. Call us at (520) 886-3029 to request an estimate for your property. We’re based in Tucson, but have a broad service area throughout the Green Valley, Vail, and Oro Valley areas.

3 Types of Termites Found in Tucson

 

3 Types of Termites Found in Tucson

All 3 types of termites found in Tucson may be small, but they can cause significant damage to any property. If you see any evidence of a termite infestation in your home or around your yard, it’s time to call for professional termite control. While termites look the same to most of us, there are some important differences between them. Here is a brief introduction to some of the types of termites you’re most likely to encounter:

Subterranean Termites

Common in the Southwest, these termites live underground and make their nests in stumps, dead trees, and any other soft woods that they find. They’re among the smallest termites, but they can develop enormous colonies with thousands of members. They are easy to identify because they leave behind a lot of evidence of their presence. A major indication is the distinctive-looking mud tubes they build for protection.

Drywood Termites

These termites don’t need to get moisture from the wood they eat, so they can attack any of the wood in your home, from furniture to flooring. If you have a termite infestation inside your house, drywood termites are among the most likely culprits. These termites tend to thrive in warmer temperatures, so they’re common in Arizona.

Dampwood Termites

These termites seek out moist wood, so you’re likely to find them outdoors. mainly around old decaying wood sources, rather than inside your home. For example, if you have a fallen tree in your yard, be sure to have it removed as soon as possible. This will help to avoid providing a habitat. If you do find dampwood termites in a building, it’s usually because of water damage or decaying wood.

Essential Pest Control provides dependable pest control services to residential and commercial customers. We service Tucson, Green Valley, and other Arizona communities. When you work with us you can always count on getting fast, high-quality services. For a free consultation, contact us today at (520) 886-3029.

5 Reasons Not to DIY a Termite Treatment

5 Reasons Not to DIY a Termite Treatment

 

There are many DIY jobs one can tackle over the weekend. Place stepping stone, paint touch ups and minor hedge/tree trimming. One job that is best left to the pros is termite treatment. Here are 5 reasons to reconsider and DIY termite treatments.

 

Treatment Expenses

You may be able buy jugs of reasonably priced termite solutions at hardware stores, the reality is, you would be paying a top dollar per gallon over hiring a professional company. Almost about double the price.

Techniques on treatment

To thoroughly treat a home for termites in the correct and effective way, angle and strait drilling through concrete and accessing crevices with special equipment would be necessary to complete the application properly.

Termiticide Amount

An effective termite treatment for the average single family home could range from 125 – 275 gallons of termiticide solution.  Harvesting up to 300 gallons of anything, let alone a potentially dangerous chemical like termiticide is enough to abort your DIY termite control plans.

Using the Latest Chemicals

It is wise to use the one of the latest termite chemical compounds engineered to create a barrier and kill  any existing termites. To avoid any The best and most recent products should be used on your termite control project, which is usually commercial grade.

Time

Considering the large amount of solution and the techniques required, you might find yourself in in an awkward position or in a tight space digging and drilling through concrete for many hours.  Spending this much time will lead to fatigue and trying to rush through the job. This will effect the quality of the treatment.

 

Save time, money and fatigue and call the pros at Essential Pest Control. We offer free inspections! 520-886-3029

 

 

Things To Do To Keep Termites Out Of Your Home

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Termites are so small and inconspicuous that many homeowners rarely see them. The results of a termite infestation, however, are all too obvious. If termites are permitted to chew away without interruption, they can cause major damage to your property. That’s why it’s so critical to try to keep termites away from your home. Here are some tips for keeping these tiny—but formidable—pests away.

Look for water around your home.

Termites are naturally attracted to soil that has water in it, so make sure that you aren’t inadvertently providing them with a reason to visit you. Check your faucets, pipes, and other fixtures that contain water and make sure there aren’t any leaks. If there are, have them fixed right away. Inspect your yard and look for standing water, which can also be a draw for termites, especially in drier areas like Tucson.

Don’t give termites a source of wood.

Termites need wood in cellulose to survive. If you have firewood, make sure that you’re not keeping it anywhere near your home. Also avoid stacking paper outside, since it can attract termites. If you have wooden items like fencing or planter boxes in your yard, be sure to check them from time to time to ensure that they are termite-free. The more diligent you are, the less likely it is that you’ll have to deal with a termite problem.

Have your property inspected by an expert.

If you think that your property may have been invaded by termites, the first thing you should do is contact a termite control company. A pest control specialist can determine whether you do have a termite presence. If you do have an infestation, the pest control company can offer a treatment solution. If there are no termites on your property at that time, the pest experts may recommend a prevention program. Don’t put up with termites—instead, reach out to a professional for the assistance you need!

Essential Pest Control has been proudly serving the community of Southern Arizona—including Tucson, Oro Valley, and Marana—for more than 35 years. Our services include termite control, bee removal, and bedbug control. If you’re dealing with a pest infestation in your home or yard, call (520) 886-3029 today.

3 Signs of Termites and & 3 Ways To Prevent Them

3 Signs of Termites, 3 Ways to Prevent Them

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Termites are discovered in more than 5 million homes on average each year in the United States. NPMA estimates termite damage costs U.S. homeowners $5 billion each year. You may have heard this saying before this before.. It’s not if, but when will you have termites. Here are three signs of termites.

 

1. Mud Tubes

Mainly subterranean termites construct tunnels made of wood, soil and saliva along walls, on plumbing and across crawl spaces to move between their nests and food sources. If you see pencil diameter-sized track marks, that’s a sure sign termites are feasting on your house.

2. Damaged Wood

Termites excavate in channels as they crawl along the wood, creating galleys or tunnels in the wood

3. Swarming or Live Insects

Certain members of a termite colony grow wings and fly away, doing reconnaissance for new nesting sites. This is very common during monsoon season. If you see their discarded wings, they have found a site for a new colony and action must be taken quickly to prevent infestation. Termites look like marching grains of rice.

Ways to help prevent termites

1. Minimize the Use of Mulch

Wood chips, pine straw and other wood-based mulch traps moisture and creates a haven for termites and other pests, like centipedes, earwigs and ants. Consider replacing it with synthetic materials or stones. Keep all ground covering at least 15 inches from the foundation.

2. Keep Wood and Debris Away from the House

Termites are looking for water and wood, so when firewood gets wet it becomes a termite paradise. Keep your firewood at least 20 feet from the house and if possible, at least five inches off the ground.

2. Get a Home Inspection

A pest control company can assess your home for termites and other pests. If there is any reason to suspect your home might become infested, Essential Pest Control is here to help with either the common liquid treatment or the green option of the Sentricon bait system. Contact us today! 520-886-3029

Termites and Property Damage

Termites and Property Damage

 

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Termites cause around $5 billion of property damage every year in the United States. One of the reasons for this is that termite activity often progresses undetected until the damage inflicted is severe and widespread. It’s essential for all homeowners to know what to watch out for, and to contact a pest management company right away if any signs of termites are noticed.

Types of Structural Damage

Termites do cause cosmetic damage, but they will also literally eat your home out from under your feet. They feast on wood—from the floor joists to the rafters. Over time, these tiny pests can cause structural failure of the following areas of your home:

  • Support beams.
  • Posts.
  • Wall studs.
  • Ceiling joists.
  • Roof supports.
  • Foundation.
  • Attic.

It’s commonly thought that termites only eat wood. In reality, they also enjoy dining on sheetrock, plaster, and insulation. Even metal siding is susceptible to termite damage. Once termites begin to attack a home, they’ll need to be completely eradicated before repairs can be made. And in some cases, if termites have been allowed to eat their way through a home unchecked for a few years, the house may be beyond repair and will need to be demolished.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

People who live in warm climates, such as in Arizona, need to be particularly vigilant about the signs of a termite infestation. Call in the pest control experts if you notice swarms of insects near your home—subterranean termites generally swarm in the springtime. Keep an eye out for piles of discarded wings near your home, as well. Other indicators of a termite infestation include:

  • Frass. These are brown droppings left by termites. They have an appearance similar to sawdust.
  • Mud tubes. These tubes allow termites to reach new areas to feed and nest. Walk around your home’s exterior periodically and inspect the foundation walls for mud tubes.
  • Wood damage. You probably won’t see wood damage right away, as termites prefer to attack the insides of wooden structures rather than the outside surfaces. However, you may be able to detect it using sound. Knock on wooden structures throughout your house—if any sound hollow, termites may be making themselves comfortable in your home.

If termites are threatening your property, you need professional pest control services you can count on. Get in touch with Essential Pest Control today at (520) 886-3029. Our friendly team in Tucson will perform a full evaluation of your property, and provide an effective solution for your termite problem.