Termites are some of the most common types of insects found in homes today. Though you may know that termites eat wood surfaces and components found in your home, you may not know that these insects also eat books, paper, and even the liners used in swimming pools. Pest control companies usually recommend that you use different methods to treat and control the termites living in your home.
Monitoring for Termite Activity
Pest control companies often use new types of computer software when monitoring your home for signs of termites. They can use these tools to get a good look at your home, find out where the termites live, and identify how those pests move through your home and around your property. This helps them decide whether baits will work, if your home needs to be tented, and where to place any baits they use.
Treating Termite Infestations
Two of the more common methods of treating termite infestations include baits and liquids. Baits are a type of trap that the exterminators place around the home. Termites are drawn to the baits, enter the traps, and then cannot leave. Exterminators may use a combination of baits and a liquid insecticide that kills any termites that touch the liquid. If you have a more serious infestation that baits and liquids will not treat, exterminators may need to tent your home and apply an insecticide throughout the house. Work with your exterminator to decide on the best treatment.
Many homeowners are somewhat surprised when asked to prepare their property for termite treatment and shocked by what treatment involves. Before your pest control specialist arrives, you’ll need to iron out certain things.
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With so many sprays and other products promising quick and easy bee removal, it would seem that the average homeowner should be able to make simple work out of removing an unwanted bee infestation. This isn’t actually the case, however, and there are many reasons why trying to remove bees on your own is a bad idea.
Africanized bees are an extremely aggressive bee species developed by breeding African and European bees together. While only 10% of the bees in a European bee hive attack if the colony is threatened, all of the Africanized bees will attack if they are threatened. The result is an attack by thousands of bees that can sometimes be fatal due to the sheer number of stings involved. A professional has the right equipment to fend off such an attack.
The Bee Shortage
As honey bees die off at alarming rates, scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of the world’s food supply. Many fruits and vegetables won’t grow without bees to pollinate them, so exterminating bees by killing them with an insecticide isn’t a good idea. Pest control professionals may be able to remove and relocate the bees without killing them.
The pros also know how to access bees in hard to reach places, so they won’t damage your property when pursuing bees inside walls and other structures. Although a DIY mindset can solve many problems, if you have bees in or around your home, opt instead to protect your own safety by calling for help from professionals.