Pests

Termite Control

As anyone who has ever had to deal with them know, termites are tricky little critters, and trying to keep them under control can be quite a problem. However, with some basic preparations, you can go some way to keeping termites at bay. Effective termite control requires a two pronged approach: prevention and cure. In this article, we'll look at some of the ways in which you can get rid of those termites, and avoid their associated problems.

Why tackle termites?

How to get Rid of Snakes

how to get rid of snakesMost people would agree that snakes are undesirable. The majority of the population would agree that they do not want to look out of their window, into the garden and see snakes moving about in the area where perhaps their children play or their beloved pets. Depending on where you live, you may encounter snakes on a regular basis or you may never see a snake at all.

Home Termite Control

Home termite control is quite possibly one of the most frustrating and confusing issues homeowners face. The destruction that these small insects can cause is extreme, and their ability to survive treatment is perhaps even more mind-blowing. When facing the issue of home termite control, prevention is crucial. Protecting your home from subterranean termites is necessary, and requires thoughtful planning.

What is a Subterranean Termite?

Subterranean termites are soil dwelling, wood eating insects that live in colonies or nests. Subterranean termites are incredibly destructive, causing more damage to homes each year than windstorm and fire combined. With an average of $2 billion in damage each year, home termite control is nothing to be taken lightly.

Drywood Termite Control

While many west coast homeowners are subject to subterranean termite infestations, residents of Florida are often victims of drywood termites. There are many options for drywood termite control, all with distinct advantages and disadvantages. When facing an infestation, it is important to know the facts about drywood termite control.

Fumigation

Fumigation, (or tenting) is the only method used that insures the complete eradication of all drywood termites in your structure. Before fumigation, your home is covered by a gas-tight tarpaulin, which essentially creates a gas-tight structure for the fumigant to fill. While incredibly effective, there are some draw-backs to this procedure.

Garden Pests Barriers part 2

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Tree Bands

Barriers around tree trunks can be used to prevent pests from crawling up the trunk, so they're an effective control for insects that can't fly. Tree bands can be coated with sticky materials to make them into traps.

Tree bands are excellent barriers for older gypsy moth larvae, because they migrate daily from the treetop down the trunk to hide in leaf litter during the day, then climb back up at night to feed. Barriers are also useful on apple trees to intercept codling moth larvae looking for a place to spin cocoons, and on citrus to stop snails, ants, and beetles.

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