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The ants are invading-Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As winter comes closer, homeowners here in Florida may soon be facing a new wave of pest activity.

Various species of insect and wildlife pests are much more likely to invade homes during this time period seeking warmth and nourishment.

One of those pests, the pharaoh ant, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Pharaoh ants are a species of yellow colored ants that grow to around 2mm in size. They can be recognized by their distinct black and red body markings, though these can be hard to see at distance due to their small size.

Pharaoh ants often enter homes as the temperature drops and they are attracted to the warmth and nutrients. Due to their small size, they are easily able to infiltrate a home or other structure through even the smallest cracks and gaps. Once inside, pharaoh ants will typically establish a nest somewhere that is secluded and is near to a moisture source. The ants can often be found nesting beneath large appliances and in cabinet and wall voids.

Homes are not the only places that pharaoh ants invade. These ants are notorious for invading hospitals. This is problematic because the ants will often contaminate sterile medical equipment and can even act as vectors for infectious diseases in some instances.

The most obvious sign of pharaoh ant activity in a home are the lines of foraging workers that can be found moving to and from the nest.

If you are dealing with pharaoh ants in your home, you should be very cautious about how you treat them. When they are disturbed, pharaoh ants can perform a practice known as budding in which they scatter from their original nest, spreading further around the building. This can quickly make an infestation much larger and much more difficult to remove. For this reason, it is often best to rely on a professional service to deal with pharaoh ants.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are proud to be one of the leading pest control providers for the Panama City area. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment methods that we custom fit to deal with your specific pest problems!

So if you are dealing with pests of any kind, don’t struggle any longer! Give us a call today at 850-874-1900!

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Argentine Ant colonies, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

One type of ant that is occasionally found in Florida is the Argentine ant.

Argentine ants are relatively small in size, growing between 2-3mm in length as adults. They are usually brown in coloration, but can vary in shade depending on the region. Argentine ants are famous for their massive subterranean colony sizes. A large Argentine ant colony can contain hundreds of egg laying queens and millions of workers. Some Argentine ant colonies grow so large they are considered to be “supercolonies.” One such colony, identified on the coast of California, stretches more than 500 miles in length. Interestingly, researchers have found a genetic link between the California supercolony and two other supercolonies found in Japans and Europe. It is believed that these colonies are linked due to ants from one of the original colonies traveling due to commerce.

Homeowners will often spot Argentine ants when they travel to and from their nests while scavenging. Like most ants, they are omnivorous, and have a very diverse diet with a preference for sweet, sugary foods. They will sometimes enter homes following trails of food scraps or stains left behind by people or pets. For this reason, it is important to keep food well sealed to avoid attracting ants.

Life Cycle of the Argentine ant

Like most types of ants, Argentine ants undergo complete metamorphosis. Their life cycle begins with a fertile queen mating with a male drone. Each queen will continuously lay eggs throughout their life cycles, and they can lay more than 50 eggs per day. These eggs will hatch in a little less than a month, and the emerging larvae will develop into adulthood over the next two and half months. Unlike most ant species, Argentine ants do not have a “swarming season” during which winged alates mate. Instead, the reproductive members of the colony will mate within the nest. If a nest grows too large, a queen will occasionally leave the main nest to establish a satellite colony nearby. These nests are often highly connected and in some cases they will share workers.

If you are seeing large numbers of ants in or around your home, it is possible that a colony is located somewhere nearby. Argentine ants tend to nests in areas with damp, malleable soil, and they are often found beneath or beside structures and sidewalks. In your yard, it is possible to find Argentine ants nesting beneath trees and shrubs, as these areas tend to have the ideal temperature and soil environment they prefer.

While Argentine ants are not known to be destructive, their massive colony sizes can make them a problematic infestation. Argentine ant nests tend to be wide and shallow, which can damage the soil and allow them to spread into your home. To make matters more complicated, it is also difficult to tell how extensive an infestation of these ants has become, since their colonies can spread incredibly far. Due to these difficulties, it is often best to call in a licensed pest control company if you are concerned about the risks of Argentine ants. While DIY pest products can be somewhat effective, they often do little to address the existing colony, and the ants will return once the treatment has expired.

If you are dealing with Argentine ants, or any other pest, you need Arrow Pest Service to resolve your pest problems QUICKLY and EFFECTIVELY! At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than applying the same generalized treatment processes for each job, our technicians begin each job with a thorough inspection of the property. We use the information gathered from this inspection to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to eliminate the infestation!

So if you need pest solutions, call us today at 850-874-1900!

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How do bed bugs get inside my house?, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Last week, we discussed how homeowners can identify signs of bed bug activity in their home. Unfortunately, even if homeowners are able to identify bed bugs, there is a great deal of misinformation surrounding bed bugs that can make it difficult to understand what they are and how they are able to access your home. In this article, I hope to to explain what exactly bed bugs are, and how they are able to get inside your home.

 What are they?

 Bed bugs are members of the the taxonomical family Cimicidae, which contains a variety of parasitic insects. Not all members of Cimicidae are bed bugs, and in fact this family contains certain species that prefer the blood of other species, such as the bat bug. The name bed bug typically refers to Cimex lectularius, also known as the common bed bug. This name was given due to the pest’s tendency to hide in sheets and beneath mattresses.

 As parasites, bed bugs feed exclusively on the blood of an external host. Unlike other common blood sucking insects such as mosquitoes, the common bed bug has a preference for human blood, and will seek it out over the blood of other creatures.

 There is a common misconception that bed bugs spread bacteria and diseases when feeding. Fortunately, there has been no recorded instance of a bed bug spreading a pathogen or illness to a host by feeding. While this is fortunate, their bites can still cause problems such as itchiness, rashes, and sometimes symptoms similar to an allergic reaction.

 Bed bugs have been a pest for thousands of years, while they were almost completely wiped out at one point in the United States, they have become a growing problem in recent years. While the main cause of their return is up for debate, most experts believe that increased international travel and the banning of more powerful pesticides have contributed to increased activity. Whatever the reason, bed bugs are tenacious pests, and they are difficult to completely eradicate.

 How do they access your home?

 Bed bugs are often spread due to travel. They often move from location to location inside of luggage from travelers. This can be especially difficult when they are released in hotels, as this allows them the chance to spread to many different places as guests check in and then leave, unknowingly carrying stray bed bugs. It is important that to note that bed bugs are not just found in dirty or unkempt places. They are not attracted to filth, and can infest even the cleanest homes and most luxurious hotels. Because of this, it is always important for travelers to carefully check their luggage to make sure that they have not picked up any bed bugs.

Bed bugs are excellent survivalists, able to go without eating for up to a year and survive in a fairly wide temperature range. They are naturally attracted to blood and warmth, and this will often lead them into secluded parts of your home that offer close access to a blood host. One of the most common areas that fulfills these two conditions is your mattress itself. This provides another avenue for bed bugs to access your home by hiding inside furniture, mattresses, and sheets, which can be donated or moved into a new space.

 Homeowners are often surprised to find a massive infestation of bed bugs that seemingly appeared in their home out of thin air. This is due to the incredible reproductive rate of the bed bug. A few female bed bugs can quickly create a large population in a new area, all the while remaining completely hidden from homeowners. For this reason, it is possible that bed bugs you find in your home may have enter weeks prior to when they are found, and this can make it difficult to identify the source of the infestation.

 The fact is, bed bugs are difficult to find, and they have recently become more resistant to certain pesticides. This can make it difficult to keep your home completely safe from bed bugs. For this reason, it is extremely important to reduce the likelihood of bed bugs accessing your home in the first place. By carefully checking any luggage or furniture before bringing it into your home, you can mitigate the risk of bed bug infestation. If you are already dealing with a bed bug infestation, it is essential to call in a professional pest service that can provide the necessary treatment plan to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.

 At Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating bed bugs. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify any signs of pest activity, and formulate a safe, efficient, and targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 If you are concerned about the risk bed bugs pose to your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Bed bug problem, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

The bed bug is a pest that is viewed with fear and repugnance.

A bed bug infestation is a nightmare that owners of homes and hotels fear, and for good reason. Bed bugs are very difficult to deal with, and it can take months to fully eliminate an infestation from a home. For this reason, it is very important to be informed about bed bugs and the ways to mitigate the risk they pose to your home.

Bed bugs are small, round insects with a red and brown body coloration. While they are easy to identify when spotted, their reclusive nature can make them difficult to identify until they have built up a significant population inside your home.

 Due to their secluded nature, bed bugs will often hide in areas around the home that are both well hidden and offer access to a host for blood meals, be that a person or a pet. They are commonly found in areas such as mattress seams, sheets, furniture, near baseboards, or in closets.

Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, and therefore they will remain hidden until they emerge to feed after dark. Often, the first evidence of bed bug activity are the bites found on people and pets in the home. Another common sign of bed bug activity are the skins left behind by young, developing bed bugs as they grow. Bed bugs also leave behind black or brown stains from defecation, which will often be found around their hiding areas.

 Bed bugs are a problematic and tenacious pest.

Homeowners who see any possible signs of bed bug activity should have call in a professional pest service to inspect and treat their property.

 At Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating bed bugs. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identifying any signs of bed bug activity, and then provide you with a safe and targeted treatment plan to solve your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you are concerned about potential bed bug activity in your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 Mack

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Small ants inside my home, Panama City,FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are a homeowner living in Florida, it is likely that you have encountered the swarms of small ants that frequently plague homes in the state. In many cases, the culprits are white footed ants.

White footed ants are a species native to the United States. They are especially active in Florida due to the warm climate, but can be found in other Southeastern states. White footed ants are relatively small in size, growing to less than 1/10 of an inch in length. They are black or brown in coloration, and can be most easily identified by their yellowish-white feet for which they get their name.

Like most species of ants, white footed ants have a diverse diet. They will consume sweets, proteins, dead insects, and plant nectar. In some cases, they will also farm honeydew from aphids or mealybugs.

White footed ants are often spread to homes via plants and landscaping materials such as mulch. They will be carried to a new location, and then enter homes in search of food. Due to their small size, they are able to enter into areas that would be inaccessible to other pests. Most commonly, ants around your home will be spotted in bathrooms, kitchens, or crawling along the exterior of the structure.

White footed ants do not sting or bite, and they cause no structural damage to homes that they infest. However, they can be a problem for homeowners due to the sheer size of their nest populations. The average nest can contain several million ants, and they can quickly swarm and infest your home when searching for food.

Dealing with white footed ants can be difficult due to their large population and small size. The best step for keeping the ants out of your home is to ensure that any plants or other materials that are brought to your home are not carrying white footed ants. This especially applies for any indoor plants, as they can give white footed ants easy access to an otherwise well protected home. If white footed ants have already infested your home, the best option is usually to call in a professional pest service to treat the home.

 

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our skilled technicians will thoroughly inspect your home and formulate a targeted treatment plant to deal with your specific pest problems. All at a price that fits your budget!

 

So if you are dealing with ants in your home, 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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Sod webworms cause major damage in lawns, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

 Caring for your lawn can be a complicated job.

There are a variety of pests that can cause major damage to your lawn if not dealt with it correctly. One of the most notorious and destructive pests that can invade your lawn is the sod webworm.

What are they?

Sod webworms are the larvae of lawn moths, which are a part of genus Crambus. Lawn moths themselves can be fairly annoying due to their habit of flying low to the grass in large numbers when disturbed. However, the sod webworms can be more than just an irritation as they are capable of causing direct damage to your lawn. Both the larvae and adults are nocturnal, which can make them difficult to identify.

What do they look like?

Sod webworms are fairly small, usually around 3/4 inch in size. They can be in a variety of colors depending on species, but are usually greenish-beige in color, with dark, circular spots scattered on their bodies. Because of their small size, it can sometimes be difficult to identify sod webworms until damage starts to appear on the lawn. The adult lawn moths, however, are more easily spotted. They can be identified by their long snouts and sporadic “zig-zag” flight pattern.

Where are they normally found?

Sod webworms live in thatch, typically in parts of the lawn receiving the most direct sunlight. Thatch is the layer of dead stalks and debris that is found just above the soil surface. Oftentimes, an irregular amount of thatch on a lawn is a symptom of an issue with the health of the lawn in general such as a bad ratio of fertilization, a lack of water, or incorrect mowing. Areas with irregular areas like slopes and banks are particularly vulnerable because they often have lower moisture levels due to the difficultly of sufficiently watering such spaces.

Why are they a problem?

Sod webworms are notorious for consuming the leaves and stems of turf grasses and disturbing root systems. While the adult moths will not consume grasses, the larvae have a voracious appetite and can kill portions of grass. When winter approaches, sod web worms will construct silk lined tunnels to escape the cold. These tunnels can break up the soil and damage root systems.

If sod webworms have infested your lawn, the first signs of damage will be small brown spots that appear as the grass dies. While there are several potential causes for brown patches in grass, sod web worm damage will be unusual because it will often be surrounded by untouched, healthy grass where feeding has not occurred. Most damage done by the larvae will occur in the late summer months and end when the larvae move into tunnels to overwinter.

Life Cycle:

The life cycle of sod webworms begins during the early summer months. During this time, adult lawn moths can frequently be seen flying low over turf grasses. The adults will mate and then scatter eggs around the lawn. Each female can produce a few hundred eggs, allowing their population to rapidly grow. After about 10-14 days, the eggs will hatch and the young larvae will begin to feed.

After a short period of time, the cold weather will force the larvae into their tunnels, where they will remain until the warm months return. Once they have emerge again in spring, the larvae will continue to feed and undergo several instars. They will enter into a pupal stage around May, and emerge as adults that will restart the cycle once again. Usually, at least two complete cycles of reproduction will occur in a year.

Keeping Your Lawn Safe:

Sod webworms can be a difficult pest to remove from your lawn. The best way to keep the larvae away from your lawn is to ensure that it remains in the best possible health. By taking the proper steps to care for your lawn, you can greatly reduce the amount of thatch in your lawn. This makes the lawn less appealing for sod webworms, and healthier grass is also more resistant to feeding damage.

If you are already seeing signs of damage from webworms. It is possible to test the soil for infestation by pouring a small amount of soapy water onto the grass. The soap will irritate the webworms, and force them to surface in the grass. This can help to identify an active infestation. If they are in small numbers, they can be eliminated with a rake or other tool after being forced to surface.

For more severe infestations, it may be necessary to use a pesticide solution. While some DIY pesticides can help with this, it is extremely important to apply the pesticide correctly to avoid damaging the lawn or making the area unsafe for pets or children. Because of these difficulties, it can sometimes be better to refer to a lawn care professional to deal with the infestation.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience as both a full service pest control company and a lawn care service. Our team of expert technicians can inspect your lawn, identify any source of problems, and resolve the issue with the most efficient, effective, and safe solution possible. We can also continue to care for your lawn after treatment, keeping it pest free and in perfect health year round!

So if you are dealing with sod webworms, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Mack

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Don’t let weeds ruin your lawn, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

Weeds are one of the biggest obstacles faced by homeowners who are trying to maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn.

There are a large variety of plants that can be classified as weeds, with some species being more common in certain climates and less common in others. Here in Florida, our warm climate and frequent rain are ideal for some of the most notorious types of weeds such as crabgrass, dandelions, clover, and bull thistle.

It is important to note that weeds in a lawn are almost always a symptom of a greater issue.

While small numbers of weeds can sometimes encroach on healthy lawns, it often requires some issue with the health of the lawn to give weeds the foothold they need to establish themselves. For this reason, one of the most effective ways to deal with weeds is to ensure that you keep your lawn in excellent health. Listed below are several tips to maintaining a healthy lawn and keeping weeds away.

Fertilization:

When fertilizing your lawn, it is important to apply only as much as is directed by the packaging. If too much fertilizer is applied to a lawn, the excess can act as a nutrient source for weeds. It is also important to only apply fertilizer during growth seasons for your lawn. If the grasses in the lawn are unable to take advantage of the fertilizer, certain annual weeds can easily use the nutrients to take over your lawn.

Watering:

It is always better to water your lawn less frequently with more water at each application. If a lawn is only lightly watered, the root systems of the grasses will often be shallow. The lack of deep root systems will make the grasses weaker and provide an opportunity for weeds to sprout and where grass might otherwise choke them out.

Mowing:

When mowing your lawn, make sure to avoid mowing too close to the soil. This can weaken turf and expose surface soil to the light, which can allow weeds to sprout more easily. Typically the best setting for mowing is between 2 and 4 inches, depending on the type of mower and type of grass in your lawn.

If weeds are already established in your lawn, it can sometimes be necessary to use herbicide or weed and feed to deal with the problem.

While these types of treatments are very effective, it is extremely important to follow the instructions for the use of these products. Improper application or the use of the wrong type of product can cause major damage to your lawn.

However, just as it is with many species of invasive pests, the best way to deal with weeds is to prevent them from spreading on your lawn in the first place. Following proper lawn care procedures and dealing with any problems early will help to prevent any major problems. If you are already dealing with significant growth of weeds in your lawn, it is often best to refer to a professional service.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience working as both a full service pest control company and lawn care service. Our team can assess the condition of your lawn, resolve any problems with weeds or other issues, and keep your lawn in the best possible health, all at a price that fits your budget!

So if you are dealing with weeds in your lawn, or have a question about pests or lawn care, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Boxelder bugs, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Are you seeing black bugs inside your home? They might be boxelder bugs.

 

As springtime approaches, it brings with it a surge of pest problems for homeowners. One common pest seen during this season is the boxelder bug. Boxelder bugs are a type of beetle that is very active throughout the entire Southeast, including Florida. Boxelder bugs are small, approximately 1/2 in size at adulthood, and can be identified by the orange/red stripes found on their black bodies. During the springtime, it is also common to see boxelder nymphs, which are much smaller in size and are bright red in color.

During the fall, the boxelder bug will often seek shelter inside of homes or other buildings. They will attempt to find small openings on the exterior of the structure to exploit and gain access to the home. Once inside, the boxelder bugs will often be found on or near to walls that are close to heat sources. Many homeowners are shocked to suddenly find a large number of the beetles in their home seemingly out of nowhere.

It is important to note that, while large populations of the boxelder bugs can be found inside of homes, they do not reproduce or eat during the winter months, and will instead wait for warmer months to perform those activities.

Once spring has returned, the boxelder bugs will abandon their winter homes and emerge into the warm weather. During this time, they can often be found swarming on the exterior walls of the home. The boxelder bugs will seek out nesting sites on trees. True to their name, the boxelder bugs typically prefer to nest on the boxelder tree. However, in cases of severe infestations, they will sometimes seek out maple and ash trees as well.

Once they have found a suitable nesting tree, the boxelder bugs will lay eggs inside of the bark of the tree. These eggs will hatch within a few days and release new nymphs that will become the next generation of boxelder bugs. The beetles will also feed on the softer parts of the tree during this time such as the leaves, twigs, or flowers. This feeding can cause damage to the tree and cause growth deformities in the branches and a yellowing coloration on the leaves.

Boxelder bugs do not directly damage the home in any way. However, when they overwinter or swarm on the outside of the home, they will often leave droppings that can stain furniture and walls. Typically, the main concern that they cause comes from the sheer number of beetles that can swarm on the outside of the home. In severe cases, thousands of boxelder bugs can be found in and around the home or on nearby trees.

Treating for boxelder bugs can be challenging.

Use of pesticides, while effective in killing the beetles, can sometimes cause more severe problems because the dead boxelder bugs can become a food source for other pests such as ants. The best way to deal with the boxelder bug is to prevent it from entering into the home to overwinter. Using proper exclusion techniques and sealing up any exterior damage that could provide access for the beetles will help to eliminate the population from around the home. If you are planting boxelder trees around your home, it can also help to plant only the male trees, as the boxelder bugs prefer the female trees as a nesting site and food source.

If you have boxelder bugs swarming around your home, you should not wait for them to become a problem. Call Arrow Pest Service our professional service can allow you to get an expert opinion on how best deal with the pests around your home.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team has years of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. We are proud of offer only the most efficient, effective, and safe treatment methods in the industry. No matter what pest problem you are facing, we have the solution that you need!

 

So if you have boxelder bugs around your home, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

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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!

 

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