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Powderpost beetles and home renovations,Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are considering renovating your home, you are probably aware of the increasingly popular trend of using “reclaimed wood” materials in renovation. Oftentimes, pieces of wood from old sheds, barns, or other aged structures are taken and used in new projects or artistic endeavors. While this is a good use of resources, it can also be a major pest risk if not handled properly.

Because it is often untreated, reclaimed wood can sometimes contain wood boring pests that are difficult to detect.

One of the most destructive of these pests, the powderpost beetle, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Powderpost beetles are a group of small, wood destroying beetles that are notorious for infesting and destroying deciduous trees.

They mate inside of dead hardwoods and thus can often be found in the wild inside dead branches or trunks of trees. They are relatively small, growing to a little under 1/4 inch in length, and are usually brown in coloration.

Powderpost beetles can cause problems for homeowners in a variety of different ways.

For one, they can infest secluded portions of the home such as crawlspaces or basements. Because of their preference for wood with higher moisture content, they are often attracted to more humid environments. Once inside these spaces, they can infest various parts of the structure such as framing and trim.

Powderpost beetles lay their eggs under the surface of wood, and these will hatch into small, white colored larvae. These larvae will survive the winter inside the wood, boring tunnels throughout as they develop. Finally, in the spring, the now fully grown adults will work their way to the surface and spread to new locations.

This will often leave behind a characteristic sign of their activity in the form of small, rounded holes in the wood that are around 1/8 inch wide. This is usually accompanied by a small pile of very fine, powdery sawdust and should be fairly easy to spot, especially in more extensive infestations.

While the powderpost beetle is relatively straightforward to treat in crawlspaces and basements, it can become much more difficult when the beetles gain access to the living areas of the home.

Powderpost beetles can reduce almost any type of hardwood to kindling if given the chance, and they will infest items such as antique furniture, walls, or even picture frames. Beyond this, it becomes much easier for the beetles to hide when they move into a living area, and the treatment options for such cases are more limited. For this reason, it is critical to avoid bringing powderpost beetles into your home.

If you plan to use reclaimed materials in your home, make sure to have those inspected by a licensed professional. Infested wood will often have lots of small holes, and you might be able to see collections of sawdust around wherever the wood has been laying. If you spot any of those signs, you may want to think twice before bringing that wood or furniture into your home.

It also is becoming normal practice for builders to have newly constructed frames of houses coated in some form of borate treatment. This type of treatment will make the wood resistant to most wood destroying organisms and has been shown to be extremely effective for dealing with these pests. While this type of treatment typically must be applied to the frame during construction, it can also be done during any type of major home renovation.

Beyond this, homeowners should also consider having regular inspections performed by a licensed pest control service. This can help to identify any type of pest activity in your home, and in many cases early detection can make a great difference in the difficulty and expense of treatment.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have served for decades as a leading provider of pest control for the greater Panama City area. We offer a wide range of treatment options designed to safely and effectively deal with any pest problem that you might encounter. In fact, we are so confident that we can deal with your pest problems, we offer a 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE on all of our services!

So if you are dealing with pest problems of any kind, DON’T WAIT! Call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service


As we spend time with our loved ones this Christmas season, it is a good time to be able to look back and reminisce on the passing year. It has been a joyful year for us here at Arrow Pest Service. We have had a successful year and have continued to serve our existing customers and we have grown to serve new areas as well.

Our success and wellbeing is in large part due to you, our customer.

Your continued reliance on us as your pest control provider has allowed us to in turn provide for our own families, and for that reason we are very thankful to you. We have always tried to operate with integrity, and we have always wanted those who we serve to feel more like friends and neighbors than just customers. We hope to continue to grow and provide service into the next year and beyond!

 So from our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

We are thankful to you for your business, and we hope that you enjoy days of festive cheer with your family and friends!

And remember, if you need a reliable service to keep your home free of pests (including any humbugs!) you can always call us at 850-874-1900!

 

Merry Christmas, and happy New Year!

 

 

 

Wood decay fungi growth, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Here in Panama city, homeowners have been increasingly encountering problems with wood decaying fungi growth. Homeowners are often shocked to find destructive fungi in their otherwise clean and well kept home.

If you have found wood decaying fungi in your home, or are concerned about the possibility, you might be thinking: how can I protect my home?

Wood decaying fungi are not a single species, but instead area group of species that are known for causing damage to wood either through direct attack or simply by growing over wood and causing water damage. These fungi are considered to be a part of the group of pests known as Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO’s). This group includes other destructive pests such as subterranean and dry wood termites.

Some fungi, such as the lignicolous species, grow into the fibers of the wood and cause an internal decay. While not all species are destructive in this way, any type of fungi within this group can cause lasting damage to your home if left unchecked. This can lead to expensive repairs and a great deal of frustration.

The truth is, the spread of wood decaying fungi is usually largely due to environmental factors. Most species of fungi require a large amount of moisture to survive, and typically species only grow in areas with low light. For this reason, you will often find growths in areas such as:

  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Vents
  • Outer eaves of the house
  • Near water features

These areas, along with anywhere else that has a higher than normal moisture level, should be checked if you are concerned about a potential infestation. Removal of a fungal infestation often requires the elimination of conducive conditions that are allowing the fungi to thrive. It is important to note, however, that many times fungi will spears into areas of the structure that are hidden from view, and therefore a growth can be inside walls or in the ceiling of the structure.

For this reason, you may need to call in a licensed pest technician to inspect the home to ensure the fungal growth is completely removed.

Treatment of wood destroying fungus varies depending on species and the severity of the infestation.

While treatment can help to remove the growth itself, it is important to remember that you need to remove the conditions that are allowing the fungi to grow to avoid having issues in the future. If you are concerned about potential wood destroying organism activity in your home, you should consider calling in a licensed pest control company to inspect the property and identify any signs of activity.

WDO pests are covered under most WDO inspection reports, which are required as a part of most real estate transactions here in Florida.A responsible homeowner should consider having an inspection of their home at least once per year to avoid having an infestation grow without their knowledge. With the thousands of different types of pests that could potentially infest your home, it is important that any pest control company you call is equipped to deal with any pest threat.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are a fully licensed pest control company and have served as the leading pest provider for Panama City for decades! We understand that no home and no pest is the same, and that each job is a unique situation requiring a specific treatment approach. Due to this, we offer a wide variety of specialized treatment options that can be employed against any pest you might encounter! All of these treatments come backed by our satisfaction guarantee and at a price that fits your budget!

So if you are dealing with wood decaying fungus, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 

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Identify termites before they cause damage to your home-Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

In an earlier article  we covered in detail the lifestyle, habits, and common evidence of termite swarmers around your home. While termite swarmers can be a sign of a future termite threat to your home, they are only one “caste” of termites in a termite colony. Excluding the queen, there are two other major castes of termites in a colony, the workers and the soldiers.

Learning about these two castes can help homeowners and technicians spot an active termite colony before it has a chance to cause damage to your home!

Workers:

Workers are the most numerous caste in the termite colony. Termite workers are responsible for gathering cellulosic(wood-based) materials to feed the population of the colony. They are also responsible for caring for the young, underdeveloped termites and for the majority of building and repair work for the tunnels and structure of the nest.

Termites workers are rarely spotted outside of their subterranean tunnels. They are responsible for the damage done to homes and other structures, and can usually only be identified when they emerge to feed on wood products in and around the home. Unfortunately, termite workers tend to access the home from beneath, and will typically only be found in secluded areas such as beneath floorboards or inside walls.

Soldiers:

True to their name, the main role of termite soldiers is to act as a first line of defense for the colony. They can sometimes be spotted outside of the nest, assisting in repairs when tunnels or entrances collapse as well as protecting the termite workers. Termite soldiers are physically larger than other termites, and have large mandibles that they use to defend the nest from enemies.

While they do not directly cause structural damage to your home, termite soldiers are extremely important for the vitality of the colony, and their presence should be viewed as a sign of nearby termite worker activity.

Keeping your home termite free:

Termites are a tremendously destructive pest. If left untreated, an active colony can cause homeowners a great deal of expense and frustration. Therefore, it is important to identify any signs of potential termite activity on your property as soon as possible. If you have spotted any evidence of termite activity around your home, it is best to have a thorough inspection performed for your home by Arrow Pest Service.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating for termites. Our technicians will inspect your property and identify any potential evidence of termite activity, note any conditions that are conducive for infestation, and provide you with the best options for both active and preventative termite treatment!

 

So if you want to ensure your home stays termite free, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Termites are swarming, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Winged, alate, reproductive caste of a termite

Termites are one of the most destructive pests on the planet.

Spring is the standard swarming season for termites, and homeowners across Florida could soon be facing an invasion from these frustrating pests. Because of the threat that termites pose, it is very important for homeowners to be able to identify signs of termite activity before severe damage can be done to your home. One of the most obvious signs of termite activity during this time of year is the presence of winged termites, commonly known as swarmers, around your property.

Termite swarmers are classified as a caste of termites known as alates. They are the reproductive members of the termite colony, and will eventually become the kings and queens of new termite nests. During the early spring, termite swarmers will emerge from their colonies and gather in large groups to mate. Typically, all nearby nests will perform this process in sync, and this allows a large, diverse group of swarmers to converge together. These gatherings occur at different times during the day or night, depending on the species.

After they have mated, the termite swarmers will descend, lose their wings, and establish new colonies. These colonies are often close to their original location, and can therefore be a threat to any nearby homes.

Termite swarmers do not consume cellulosic materials, and therefore cannot pose a direct threat to your home. However, they are a sign of both current and future termite activity on your property. Therefore, if you spot termite swarmers in or around your home, it is best for you to have a thorough inspection of your property performed by a professional pest service. Once a technician has inspected your home, they can identify any signs of active termite infestation and provide you with any treatment solutions that may be necessary.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience dealing with termites. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify any signs of termite activity or conditions conducive to future infestation, and provide you with the best possible treatment solutions to get termites away from your home and keep them away permanently!

 

So if you have spotted termite swarmers on your property, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Termites, Panama City, FL

Have you ever seen a Termite?

Check out this video to see what they really look like. You might just be surprised.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team of highly trained technicians is equipped to deal with any PEST CONTROL problem you may face. We are proud to offer an efficient, safe service at a price that fits your budget!
So if you have problems with BUGS, or simply a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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WDO Termite Inspections , Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Termite inspections are an important part in protecting your home from termite damage.

As we head into the swarming season for termites, any responsible homeowner knows that is important to make sure that your home and property are well protected. I have already written on the major types of termite treatment. However, one aspect of termite treatment that is often neglected is to have an up to date inspection of your home.

Termite inspections are one of the most common types of inspections that many pest control companies perform. The reason for this is due to the requirement in most real estate transactions to have a Wood Destroying Organism(WDO) report drawn up before a property can be bought or sold. While there is no legal requirement to do so, most banks and buyers will not close a deal until an inspection has been completed due to the potential of substantial expense termites can cause.

WDO reports are a very important part of selling a property, however it is also important to have regular termite inspections on homes, even if you are not planning to sell. Much like insurance or checkups with a doctor, it is always better to make sure your home is termite free as opposed to paying to eradicate an infestation that goes undetected.

Unlike many other pests, it is relatively easy for termites to remain hidden from homeowners.

We have several videos posted to our YouTube channel showing the hidden damage that termites can cause, and unfortunately it is fairly standard for termites to pick out of the way areas to consume. It is also important to remember that termite damage is exponential. In many early cases, termites will do relatively little damage. However, as the nest grows and the termites become more accustomed to the area, the amount of damage will rapidly increase. If you have an inspection at least once a year, termites can be found before they are well established and this will prevent the bulk of the damage that they cause.

Even if your home has been treated within the last year for termites, it still is a good idea to have it inspected. The fact is that even professionals can sometimes make mistakes, and even the best products and solutions will sometimes fail. Because of this, having regular inspections can help to expose any potential mistakes or unforeseen problems with the treatment.

If you have recently renovated your home or are planning on renovating, it can also be beneficial to have an inspection. Any new renovation to your home can sometimes displace previous treatment or create conditions that are conducive for termite infestation such as wood to ground contact. It can also be beneficial to treat hard to reach areas of the home during renovation, as this allows the technician to access areas such as inside of walls without having to damage finished space.

If you are finishing a large area, such as a basement, there are also certain treatment methods, that can protect your home from termites for long periods of time. Boric acid treatment is one of the most popular methods for these types of scenarios, and it involves spreading a solution of boric acid and glycol onto any wood or wood based products. Once this product has entered into the wood, it will be poisonous to any termites that try to consume it. Just that relatively simple step can guarantee protection to your home for years to come.

Another advantage to regular termite inspections is the possibility of locating other undiscovered pests and problems.

Termites are not the only threat to your home, and in many cases an inspection for termites can reveal the presence of wood destroy fungus and mold, or other pests such as ants. While there are inspections that can be done specifically for those pests, termite inspections often focus on areas that can be missed when looking for other pests.

In conclusion, as we approach the active season for termites, it is in the best interest of any homeowner who has not had an inspection in over a year to consider having an inspection done for their home or other property. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year, and they are most troublesome if they stay undetected over a period of years. As I said before, much like you would visit a doctor to catch any unknown health problems, it is always a smart decision to have your home inspected for termites before they have the chance to cause significant structural damage. Like in many other parts of our lives, it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Our team at Arrow Pest Service has decades of experience performing termite treatment and inspections. If you need to have your home inspected or treated for termites, you can count on us to give you the most dependable, efficient, and effective service no matter what!

 

So if you need termite service, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Options for termite control, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

 

 

Termites are a major problem for homeowners. In the next several months, we will be entering into what is considered the “swarming season” for termites. Termites can be an extremely damaging pest, and if you want to protect your home, it is important to know what treatment methods are available to you.

Termite control is divided into two major methods, liquid treatment and bait systems. Each has pros and cons and they can sometimes be used in conjunction with one another to treat homes.

Liquid treatment is a method involving the creation of a chemical barrier around a structure. This is done by spraying a chemical agent, or termiticide, around any parts of the structure at risk for termite infestation. The nature of these chemicals vary, but their main function is to make the soil and moisture that the termites need to survive inaccessible. Liquid treatment is the fastest solution to a termite problem, but it is necessary to reapply the treatment more often than a comparable bait system.

The major downside to many liquid treatment methods is that termites can sometimes find small gaps in the liquid barrier. Once they have found those, they will exploit them to gain access to the house despite treatment. Fortunately, newer liquid treatment products have been created that are undetectable to termites, and this means that they will be less likely to get through the barrier without coming into contact with the poison.

The other major method of treatment is the bait station system. Bait stations are essentially feeding boxes for termites, containing various food sources such as cardboard or wood scraps. At first these are filled with regular food supplies to attract termites. However, once termites have been found consuming the bait, these food sources are coated with a poison that will slowly kill them. This slow acting poison spreads to other members of the termite nest when they come into contact with the infected termites. After some time has past, this spreading poison will eliminate any encroaching termite populations.

The bait station method has more recently come into greater use as the technology has been improved over the years. One major advantage of bait station systems is their ability to act as an early warning system to termite activity when dead termites are found nearby to them. This allows homeowners to identify potential termite risks before a termite even enters into the home.

Termites can be both frustrating and expensive for homeowners to deal with, and for that reason it is better to be prepared for termites before they become a problem. Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team of experts has had decades of experience dealing with termites using a variety of treatment methods. Our technicians can inspect your house to identify any possible termite activity as well as conditions that are conducive for infestation such as wood to ground contact.

So if you want to make sure your home is prepared for termite season, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Termite Inspection Reports, Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

When closing on a home or other property in Florida, it is common for the buyer or lender for the deal to request a Wood Destroying Organism(WDO) Report. The WDO Report is an official form created by the Florida Department of Agriculture. It is also known by other names such as “Termite Letter”. The form must be filled out by an inspector from a licensed pest control company. The inspector must also have received special treatment specifically relating to wood destroying organisms and will have a card that was issued on the completion of that training.

Typically, a lender or buyer will request the WDO Report within 30 days of closing. To acquire the report, you need to have a complete inspection done on the property. The report covers the some of the most common wood destroying organisms, including:

  • Subterranean Termites
  • Dry Wood Termites
  • Wood Destroying Beetles
  • Wood Decaying Fungi

It is important to note, however, that this report DOES NOT cover all of the pests that can be classified as WDO’s. Certain organisms, such as carpenter ants and carpenter bees, are not covered by this report. During the inspection, the technician will report any signs or evidence of wood destroying organisms that are active in the home. He or she will also note any damage that has been caused by those organisms. The inspector will also report any areas that cannot be accessed, such as blocked off storage areas. Those spaces will be marked as unconfirmed and will not be covered by the form. You should also pay special attention to any notes about areas that are at risk for infestation, such as wood to ground contact areas. Once the inspection is completed, the report will denote whether or not there is an active infection or any damage that has not been disclosed. If an infestation is found, the lender or buyer will typically request for treatment to be completed on the home. After the treatment is completed, another report can be issued confirming that the problem is resolved.

If you are closing on a home or other property, you want to have a company you can trust to do your WDO inspection. Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have a team of highly trained professionals who have had years of experience completing WDO inspections. We are certified and can ensure an accurate and complete report for any property!

So if you are in need of a WDO Report, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 

Mack

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What do Termites look like-Panama City, FL

Have you ever wondered what termites look like?

Most homeowners mistake termites for ants, watch this video so you won’t be Mistaken.

 

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team of highly trained technicians is equipped to deal with any PEST CONTROL problem you may face. We are proud to offer an efficient, safe service at a price that fits your budget!
So if you have problems with BUGS, or simply a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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