There is no fixed amount of time for termite treatment to last, even the standard answer is around five years. Exactly how long yours will go depends on everything from who performed the treatment to the types of termites in or around the home. Liquid soil treatment may be able to go for up to eight years, a welcome timeframe for anyone who wants to save a little money on their pest control. Bait treatment may last for about a year or so, depending on the thoroughness and care of the setup. If your treatment fails to keep termites at bay, it's generally because the insects found a hole in the barrier. Just a tiny passageway can afford them the opportunity to make their way back in. Find out more about the types of treatments available and how you can make them work for you.
Now that spring is upon us; termite season is here. These silent destroyers chew through wood, wallpaper, flooring and whatever else they can in your house. Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year, and your homeowner's insurance most likely doesn't cover that type of damage. In most cases, by the time you notice termite damage, your home is already invaded. The five types of termites that are most common in the southeastern United States are drywood termites, subterranean termites, dampwood termites, conehead termites and formosan termites.
Part of rodent control is blocking anywhere they can enter your house. You can tell if you have a rodent infestation if you see rodent droppings in dark corners or their greasy trails against walls. The hair on rodents leaves a streak that is easily seen on white baseboards. Mice, rats and other rodents looking for a warm, dry place to live also carry disease that could transfer to you or your pets. And, they often chew wiring, which creates a fire hazard. Contact Clint Miller Exterminating if you notice a rodent problem, so you can get rid of them before they get too out of control. Mice can have up to six babies every three weeks, or up to 35 new rodents in the house every year. And that’s only if one female is inside.
Waterproofing a home is an effective way to stop one of the worst types of damage. Moisture can not only discolor walls and weaken the integrity of a structure, it can also lead to a serious infestation of mold or insects. Either possibility can impact your health, especially if the problem goes undetected for a while. And unfortunately, it doesn't take very much water for your home to be affected.
If your home is your single greatest asset, you need to look beyond the standard protections to more effective methods. We'll look at home waterproofing and what it takes to really make the building impervious to outside threats.
Does your home have proper moisture control measures in place? If not, you may need an update to fully protect your basement, foundation, crawlspaces, baths and other areas from the many potential problems water can cause.
Moisture enters your home through many avenues, including cooking, bathing, washing and breathing. This is normal moisture in your home, and you should have some. An excessively dry home means lots of itching, especially for pets. It also brings itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and sinus problems. However, if you have excess moisture in your home, you’re setting yourself up for mold problems. If too much moisture enters your home from the crawlspace or basement, you could start seeing health problems, including asthma and allergies. Clint Miller Exterminating provides waterproofing services to keep the excess moisture out of your home.
You probably won’t notice a mouse infestation until you start seeing their feces near your baseboards and around your food containers. By then, it’s too late – you probably have several of those little critters sharing your home. Before you call for rodent control services, you should find where the mice are getting in and seal up their entry points. Keep your eye out for droppings under sinks, in drawers and other hidden areas, and chewed-up cardboard, material and other matter to make nests. Mice will chew holes in floors and walls.
Have a damp basement? There could be a number of reasons why this is occurring. This could be due to high humidity or a water leak. Excess moisture in house can come from a variety of places and cause mold, mildew or other types of growth. Taking time to observe what is going on can help identify the problem. If there are any leaks, stopping the flow of water in that area is the first line of defense. Getting a plumber to inspect and correct the problem is next. Additionally, reducing the indoor humidity by using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms, sealing duct air leaks, and using a humidifier can help alleviate excess moisture accumulation.
If you’ve ever seen small, beetle-like creatures that are typically red or yellow with black spots, you’ve spotted a ladybug. Although they are usually harmful, they can have a profound effect if they decide to infest your home. In fact, there are certain times of the year ladybugs come out in droves. While homeowners don’t take issue with one or two, there are some homes that get taken over by a ladybug infestation. Why is this happening? Ladybugs love homes with wooded areas or those that are warmed by sunlight. They are also attracted by older homes and those with natural wood siding. They keep coming back because they’ve left pheromones which takes them back to their last location. Although they can be a nuisance, they haven’t been found to carry any diseases; don’t damage structures; and are beneficial in the garden.