November/December 2011 Newsletter

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 @ 04:58 AM

Termite Prevention Saves $$$

Termites are among the most damaging and costly of all insect pests. These pests cause 5 billion dollars of damage to structures in the United States every year .

One reason termites cause so much damage is that most homeowners are completely is the most homeowners are completely unaware their home is infested by these hidden pests. Typically it takes a new colony three to five years before it starts producing winged swarmers, the sign homeowners are most likely to see. By the time the swarmers are seen, substantial damage may have occurred. Worse yet, often an indoor colony releases swarmers outdoors, so the homeowner may never see them.

How fast do termites work? A typical mature colony of 240,000 subterranean termites (some colonies are much larger) consume an average of about 20 grams of wood in a 24 hour period. This converts to about 16 pounds of wood each year per colony, which gradually weakens a structure.

Termites are like a slow-spreading cancer. It's much better to catch the problem early, and control it then. That's why it's so important to have us do a regular professional inspection to detect these and other wood-destroying pests, as part of a prevention maintenance program to protect your investment in you home.

Catching these pests sooner rather than later means you spend less controlling them. Additionally, often we catch them before they have done substantial damage, saving you thousands of dollars in repair cost.

New Pest Are Arriving

Foreign pests have made an impact on this country since its beginning. Thomas Jefferson even declared that one pest helped speed the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. He wrote that on that hot, humid July 4th, biting stable flies (originally from Europe) help quicken the signers by swarming "thick and fierce, alighting on their legs and biting through their thin silk stockings." Those pesky biting flies actually helped something good get done.

By 1983, an amazing 1.683 species of foreign insects were thriving in this country. And more are coming-the invasion of new pests are greatly accelerated in a recent years, keeping us, as the area's pest control professionals, on our toes.

In fact, most of the worst pests we control every day are not native pests, but have migrated here from all over the world. Most of our worst pest ants came here from other countries, along with most lice, the common house fly, and our worst rats, mice, stored food pests, and pest bird species. Even our American, German, Oriental, brown-banded cockroaches all originated from Africa, despite the names they now carry.

Here are a few of the more recent immigrants that are rapidly spreading in this country: brown marmorated stink bugs, Asian lady bugs, Asian and Turkestan cockroaches, Africanized ("killer") bees, Asian tiger mosquitoes , Formosan termites, hobo spiders, brown widow spider, numerous new ant species, various wasp, and many others. Unfortunately, you'll be hearing more about these spreading pests in the years ahead.

Home Bed Bug Remedies Cause Illness

A new study by the Centers forDisease Control reports that people are getting sick when they treat their own homes for bed bugs. The study investigated 111 people who became ill, and one who died, from the misapplication of pesticides. The death, and nearly all of the illnesses, are the result of homeowners trying to control these pest themselves. The report recommends that people with bed bugs seek services of a professional pest control company.

We Are Grateful!

We want to take this opportunity to once again thank all our valued customers. We deeply appreciate your business and we especially appreciate those of you who referred new customers.

We wish you and yours a HEALTHY< PROSPEROUS, and BUGFREE new year!