How to Choose Termite Control Service Provider?

Choose Best Termite Treatment Service
Getting rid of termite is really very difficult. They destroy millions of dollar's wood every year. Wood provides both food and shelter to termites. Termite treatment is really the work of experts. Professional exterminators have good collection of pesticides, and they know the best way of using those pesticides.  There may have many termite control service provider in your city, but all of them are not good. Today, I gonna tell you, how to choose termite control service provider.

Choosing termite control service provider is really a tough job. For choosing best termite treatment service provider, you have to focus on these points as described below.

  • The service provider should have license form the Department of Agriculture or equivalent agency of the state.
  • They should be the member of state pest control association or the country pest management association.
  • They should have access to the technical and training information of the state which are very necessary for termite treatment.
  • You should ask for quotation of price from more than one termite treatment service providing company. By this, you can make right decision comparing their offers.  
  • You may ask your neighbors who have experience of dealing in such a situation. They may refer you to any good service provider.
  • You should ask for their details working procedure and warranty. Some company provides warranty of their service. If within that warrant period termites return then they work again without charging. Sometimes some company provides maintenance service to the damaged parts of wooden materials.

My suggestion is to take sufficient time before hiring a termite treatment service provider. Do some research and collect data about their previous works. Collect feedback form your neighbor and relatives. Some company may try to give pressure for signing a contact and start immediate treatment. Please do not do that. Termites will not destroy all your furniture within a night. Naturally it takes long time to become the problem very complex. Termites eat woods slowly. You will get couple of weeks, even months for choosing the best service provider.

Obviously the success of termite treatment depends on the expertise of the man who does the work. Only experienced expert can remove termites with great efficiency. 

Remove Termites from Your House by Yourself

Termite Treatment
Termites are very dangerous insects. They are very destructive. They eat wood and convert it into mud. They can destroy tons of woods within very short time. They are real nightmare for home owners. It is very hard to get rid of termites. Is it possible to do termite treatment by yourself?

Basically, termite treatment is for experts. Termites are most dangerous insects, because it is very hard to get rid of termites. But professional people can do the job with great efficiency. They can remove termites from your home with great efficiency.

For removing termites requires specific skills. Without having sufficient experience of doing the job anyone should not try to remove termites form home. For knowing all about termite read this blog Pest Control Diary.

What We Need for Termite Treatment?

For termite treatment we need to have some knowledge about building construction. Because there have many critical points through which mainly termites enter to our property. Those points are hidden and also very difficult to access.

For termites treatment we require specialize equipment. Without those equipment it becomes very difficult to treatment. We require water pump, large water tank, masonry drills, soil treatment rods, water tube, etc. Sometimes it requires hundreds gallons of water and pesticide mixture for termite treatment.

Why Professional People Require for Termite Treatment?

I already told that, termite treatment requires a lots of preparation and specialized equipment. Professional people have good collection of those. They have collection of such pesticides which are not available in public market. All those pesticides are really necessary for removing termites. Actually there have no alternative of hiring expert termite treatment service provider.

When Do It By Yourself?

You may also take the risk of termite treatment, if the infestation is very tinny. You can do it by yourself, when the attack is only targeted to your wooden mail box, dustbin, small gate, or something like that. Just remove those tinny things from your property and take sufficient steps to discourage termites to come back again.

Biological Description of Termites | Need to Know For Termite Treatment

Termite Treatment
Life Circle of Termites

Termites are social insect, they live in colony and sometimes their colony become very large. With the increase of hive size the intensity of attack increases. Termites are very dangerous insect, who can destroy millions dollars each year. It is very hard to get rid of termites. Proper timing, and selection of good technique can make the job quite easier. Early identification of termites infestation can make the job easier. For early identifying we need to know biological description of termites.

Termites dispersed through earth and can also travel more than 100 meter under earth through their tunnel. They take wood, papers and also cloths. They can destroy tons of wooden products within very short time.

Every colony of termites consists with few types of member. There have one queen, few male, solder, and remaining are worker. Solders are responsible for protecting the hive form any kind of external thread. Workers collect food, make nest, and do anything else.

Description of Worker Termites: largest number of members in a colony of termites is worker. They are creamy white and semitransparent. They have no wings on their back. They are also blind with a round head. Their length is about 1/8”. Mainly this type of termites eats wood as food. They construct and repair mud tubes for shelter. They take care of eggs and young. They also feed other member of the colony. If necessary they also fight for protecting their colony.

Description of Solders: They are larger than worker termites. They have a pair of strong and large mandibles. They are yellowish-brown in color. Their head is very large. They also have no wings. Their main responsibility is to protect the colony from external attack.

Description of Reproductive: These types of termites are largest member of the colony and their man responsibility is to breed. Sometimes they have two pairs of wings on their back. In generally primary reproductive termites are called swarmer. They lose their wings just after first flying. They are sometimes dark in color and sometimes yellow-brown. They have one pair of reproductive termites, who are the decision maker. They are king and queen of the hive.

I hope all those biological description and their unique behavior will help you identifying termites. This is the prerequisite to termite treatment. If you be unable to identify them then you will also be unable to get rid of it.

Determine Termite Infestation And Get Rid Of It.

Determine  Termite
Termites are very dangerous, because most of the time subterranean infestation identification becomes quite impossible. When they destroy almost everything and start eating the surface area of wood, only then we can determine their presence into our loving wooden furniture. If we be unable to identify their presence early then we have to suffer a lot.  Now, I am describing the techniques of detection of termite’s infestation.

We can determine the presence of subterranean termites by watching mud tubes on woods. We can also identify them by watching flying winged termites in our property. We can also identify their presence by watching damaged woods.

Most Important Sign of Termite Infestation Is Flying Termites

Termite’s swarm indicates their presence very near to that place. When the colony become very large and the number of termites become several thousand then the winged termites come out and start flying. The adult male and female reproductive termites fly and after the first fly they loss their wings and initiate new colony.

They choose such a day which is warm and following rainfall. They love moist places for making hive. Naturally we can see termites swarm in daytime. They are greatly attracted by light. We can see them around light sources. The presence of winged termites or shed wings represents termite’s infestation.

Mud Tube Is One of the Important Sign of Termite’s Infestation

Other important sign of termite’s infestation is presence of mud tube on wall or woods. Termites create tunnels by mud and water. They create tunnels for shelter and creating comfortable atmosphere. We should inspect hollow parts of woods for termite’s mud  Naturally mud tubes have ¼” to ½” diameter. They create tubes on woods. One portion of tube is made by mud and remaining by wood tunnels. We can see them if we break those tubes.

Another Sign Is Damaged Wood

Termites start damaging woods form the grounded portion of wood. And continue damaging by making tunnels inside the wood. It is hard to identify them early when they attack subterranean. But, careful inspection can disclose the hidden attack. We can see weak and thin wooden surface. We should probe those spots for watching what is actually happening there? They do not produce any wooden particles or pellets. This sign helps differentiating termites form other carpenter insects.

I believe for getting rid of termites we should identify them at first. Without identifying them properly we will never get rid of termites. Although both termites and carpenter ants destroys wood, the technique of removing them from home is completely different. Technique of killing one spice will not be effective on other species. So, determining termite’s infestation is very important.

Professional termite treatment service provider can handle such types of problem with great efficiency. 

Identify First For Getting Rid of Termites!!

Termites hive
It is very important to identify termite first for perfect treatment. Termites are known as silent destroyer of wood. They eat not only wood but also paper, cloths, etc. They like moist places for making hive. They are very destructive, and can destroy millions of dollars wooden material every year. Sometimes they become nightmare of home owners. It is very essential to identify termite’s infestation very early for saving our valuable property from them. And for this we need to know them property.

The most general question of people who are dealing with termites is “What do Termites Look Like?
Sometimes people called them white ants! Because they are very small in size; lives in colony like ants; they also have queen; male and worker members in every hive; they have six legs and antenna on their head and many more similarity with ants. So, people do mistake identifying termites. They think they are any species of ants.

But treating termites as ant we will let you getting rid of them. Because, the techniques and pesticides used for termite treatment are completely different form ant’s treatment.

Physical Description of Termites

  • Termites are creamy white in color, semitransparent and sometimes they become gray also, especially when they have wings.
  • They have six legs and which are comparatively small than ants.
  • They have one pair of straight antenna on their head, where the ants have elbow angle antenna.
  • They have small head with no eyes. Their bodies are wide from head to toe. They are fatties than ants.
  • Termites are very small in size. Worker termite’s length varies from 3 mm to 6 mm and the queen termites vary from 5 mm to 15 mm.
  • Queen termites are black in color and are the largest member of the hive. They have two pair of wings on their back. The wings are quite same length, where the ants have unequal pair of wings.
  • You can also identify them by mud tubes on any wooden surface and/or walls. Termites make mud tubes for shelter and also for creating comfortable atmosphere.
By those signs you will be able to identify termites and take appropriate steps for removing them from your home.  Prevention is better than cure. So, try to prevent them from attacking to your property.
If you don't have sufficient knowledge of termite treatment then you should rely on any expert. Getting rid of termites is very hard. Hire reputed termite treatment service provider for getting rid of it and stay safe.

Kill The Queen of Carpenter Ant and Get Rid of It!

Dangerous carpenter ant!!!!!!!
You may be in great trouble with carpenter ants. They might be destroying your beautiful wooden furniture, even the trees of your garden. It is very difficult to get rid of carpenter ants. It is not so easy, like killing some worker ants and getting rid of them. There have no alternative of killing the queen of carpenter ants to get rid of them. You can kill the queen by using various techniques. You will have to kill the queen for getting rid of carpenter ants. 

Techniques of killing The Queen of Carpenter Ants.

  1. You can use bait for killing the queen. Use borax with sweet water or syrup and pour into the nest. Then the worker will carry it into the nest and eat all together. And then all carpenter ants will die and you will get rid of them.
  2. After identifying the nest, you may use another bait of baker’s yeast and molasses mixture. Carpenter ants like molasses, for this they will carry the bait into the nest and will eat altogether. The yeast will explode the ants and you will get rid of carpenter ants.
  3. You may also kill the queen manually. For this you have to identify the queen and have to have sufficient preparation for protecting yourself form the attack of carpenter ants. Enlarge the opening of the hive and find out the queen and kill it.
  4. Another way of killing the queen is to pour hot water into the hive. Make sure that all the tunnels are filled with water. That boiling water will kill the queen along with all the worker ants. This is one of the fastest way of getting rid of carpenter ants.  
  5. The safest way of killing the queen of carpenter ant is to hire any professional ant control service provider. They are very skilled and have good collection of pesticides. They can element carpenter ants form your house with great efficiency.

All those ways will help you getting rid of carpenter ants by killing their queen. But it is not all! You have to be more conscious about preventing them from coming back again. You have to ensure that nothing is inviting those ants to your house again.

How to do it?

  • Remove all rotten woods form your property. You should also remove moist woods. Carpenter ants are greatly attracted by those types of wood.
  • Keep your kitchen sink clean.
  • Carpenter ants are attracted by sugar and protein. Make sure that, there have no sources of sugar and protein which are easily accessible by carpenter ants.
  • Occasionally investigate for knowing their presence in your property. You may also use ant baits around your house.
Following all those instructions, hope you will get rid of carpenter ants. I believe that killing the queen of carpenter ant is absolutely necessary for getting rid of it. Without killing the queen you will never get rid of carpenter ants completely.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants with eggs!!
Prevention is always better than cure. Getting rid of carpenter ant is very difficult. So, if we can prevent them making nests inside our property then, we can save our valuable property, time, and money. Now, I will describe how to prevent carpenter ants from making nest into our home.

Natural ways of getting rid of carpenter ants are safer than any other chemical techniques. Most of the times those techniques work perfect, and also they are Eco friendly.

Like all other ants, carpenter ants become proactive in summer. At that time they make nest, collect food, and breed. They collect as much food as possible for using in winter. They begin retreating at the very beginning of winter. They dislike cold water. We can prevent them by doing some extra work at summer and also in rainy season.

  • At that time we can identify their colony and destroy completely. You can destroy their hive by wiping out using any spade and/ or any suitable tool.  You should be careful while destroying colony, make sure that you killed the queen. If the queen be able to escape and survive then it will boost the rate of breeding for recovering the loss of worker ants. Then the danger will become more complex.
  • Another natural way of killing carpenter ant is, by pouring hot and/or cold water into their hive. Make sure all tunnels of the colony are filled with water. They will die altogether by the effect of hot and/or cold water.
  • You can block all the entrance of carpenter ants into your property. If they be unable to enter into your house then, they will try to find out another place for food and habitat.
  • You can prevent carpenter ant’s infestation by removing rotten and moist woods from your house. They love to make tunnels for their nests into rotten woods.
  • Carpenter ants like sweet and protein as food. Those products which contain sweet and protein attract carpenter ants. You should keep your kitchen neat and clean. Not only kitchen but also all suitable places of our houses.

After doing all those things, if still you have carpenter ant problem, then you should follow these natural ways of getting rid of carpenter ants.

  • You can make a solution using boric acid, sugar and water. Carpenter ants like sugar which will attract them, and then die by eating boric acid.  You may also use 1:10 mixture of boric acid and sugar. This mixture will help you killing all carpenter ants of the colony at a time. Worker ants will carry the mixture to the nest and eat altogether and die.
  • Carpenter ants hate strong scents of bleach and ammonia. You can spray those type of products on the infested areas. They use scent trail for communicating with each other. So, this process will be hampered for using additional scents.
  • Carpenter ants cannot digest cornmeal. They are attracted by it and eat. While they drink after eating cornmeal, it starts expanding and creates extra pressure inside stomach and as a result they die. [NB - I am not sure about this technique]
  • You can also use Neem oil for removing carpenter ants form your home. This is a bio oil and most of the spices of ants can be controlled by using it. It is Eco-friendly.

Natural ways of get rid of carpenter ants are always better than any other techniques. Natural techniques have no negative impact on nature. After using all those techniques if still you have carpenter ants problem in your house then you should hire any ant control expert for getting rid of it.

How to Get Rid of Termites?

Get Rid of Termites

Termites are very dangerous pest, who can destroy millions of dollars every year. They not only eat wood but also damages books, papers, insulation, swimming pool filtration, liners and even eat trees and bamboo. They can attack any house and/or plant at any time. It is very important to know how to get rid of termites. You need not to be worried about this, now I am telling you How to get rid of termites? 

When Termites Become Active?

Before knowing “How to get rid of termites?” you should know about their characteristic. In spring, between March to May they become very active. In this time we can see them flying. Then they start making new colony and start breeding. They try to find warm and humid atmosphere.

It is essential to know about their presence as early as possible.

When you will see winged termites inside your property then consider it as a warning sign of a massive attack. 
Winged termites and ants are very similar. They look like large ants. But we can identify them by their straight antenna on their head and also with equal length wings where ants have elbow angle antenna and unequal length wings. 

You will see them flying around bright light source. They are attracted by bright light. You also can see them flying around doors and windows. They create mud tubes for safe and comfortable movement. Mud tubes are sign of potential termite infestation.
If they attack any wooden furniture then damaged surfaces will be visible. You might see very thin sheets of wood like papers around the infested area. For more information you can see other pages of this blog.

What to do When Your House Is Termite Infested?

Termites are in the destructive action
Getting rid of termites requires some specific knowledge. If you know those techniques, then you can try to remove termites from your house by DIY.

For fighting with termites you may require special type of masonry drill, soil treatment rods, large capacity tank, pump, etc. Large capacity water tank is required, because sometimes it requires hundreds of gallons of water for proper treatment.  

My suggestion is to hire professional people for getting rid of termites forever. You may try as DIY, only if the attack is small.

How to Choose The Best Termite Control Company?

If you are finding the answer of this question “How to get rid of termites?” then you have to know how to choose the best termite control company.  There have many companies in the market who offers best termite control service. But, all of them are not good for making any contract. Before hiring any company you should be aware of these issues, described below.

  1. The company should have license approved by the Department of Agriculture of the state.
  2. They should be a member of state pest control association and/or something very similar to this.
  3. They should have registration of their service providing firm. 
  4. Then you should contact with more than 1 company about the trouble created by the termites. And then compare their offers with one another. 
  5. You may also talk with your neighbors who have practical experience. Get their feedback and/or recommendation.
  6. You may also read reviews in internet. 

Hope you will find some good service provider and among them try to choose the best one. For knowing more techniques of getting rid of termites keep visiting this blog. I will continue posting useful information’s about removing termites from home. 

You may also share your thinking, question and also suggestion relevant to this topic in the comment area. 

Best Way to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

Home sweet home!!!!!!! You may have a very beautiful house, decorated with beautiful and costly wooden furniture. Then there have a definite chance of carpenter ants attack. They may destroy your furniture at any time.

You need to know the way of getting rid of them. They are very dangerous and destructive. They can destroy tons of wood every year. It is very hard to get rid of carpenter ant. No need to be worried about it, now I am describing the way of getting rid of carpenter ants.

Nature of Carpenter Ant

For getting rid of carpenter ant, it is very important to know their nature. How they looks like, what they do for collecting foods, what is their food, what they like, and also dislike? They do not destroy wood for food like termites. They do not eat wood. They use woods for making nest. They create tunnels inside the wood and start breeding.

Physical Characteristics of Carpenter Ants - they are large in size and normally black in color. Their length varies for ¾” to ½”. They have single node on their back and even round thorax. They have elbow angle antenna on their head and unequal wings pair on their back. Their hive consists with one queen, few male, and remaining worker ants.

How They Collect Food?

There have some scout ants in every hive. At first they find food and signal the workers for collecting those foods. They use scent trail to inform the workers about the food.

What They Eat?

They do not eat wood. They like to eat sweet and protein. They find food which contains sugar. Sugar attracts them very much. Protein is also very necessary for their existence.

What they like?

They like moist places for making nest. For this they find rotten and moist woods. They can easily create tunnels for making gallery.

Best Way to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

In generally people wipe the places of ant’s nest and also wash the scent of trail so that the worker cannot find the food source. They clean their houses and remove those materials which attract the ant. This is a very temporary solution to get rid of them.

So, getting rid of them, you have to locate their nest, and also the source of their interest. For finding them you have to follow their trail. They mainly become very active at midnight. Collect a flashlight and follow them. Hope you will be able to identify the location.

Then you will have to select the technique which will use for controlling carpenter ants. Selection of inappropriate technique and pesticide may create great trouble. If the queen be able to escape and survive then it boost breeding, and the attack become more dangerous.

Techniques of getting rid of carpenter ants

Simple and natural ways of getting rid of carpenter ants:

  • Enlarge the opening of the hole and pour hot or cold water into the nest. Ensure the nest is filled with water. You may also use soda water; this is also works very well. 
  • Remove all the rotten and moist woods from your house.
  • Remove all materials which attract them, i.e. sugar, honey, foods contains protein, etc.
  • Regularly check and clean those products which attract them.
  • You should caulk or seal the hole of entering carpenter ant into your house.

Use Neem oils for getting rid of carpenter ants

Neem oil is an organic oil. This is a natural pesticide. It helps removing pests from house. Being organic oil, it has no negative impact on nature. Make sure the queen is dead before ending the operation.

Use boric acid and sugar mixture for getting rid of carpenter ants

Boric acid and sugar mixture is very good for removing this pest from home. They like sugar and die eating boric acid. Make a 1:10 mixture of boric acid and sugar. The blending ratio is important because, if the percentage of boric acid increases in the mixture then the worker ant will die just after touching it. Otherwise the worker ant will carry the mixture into their hive and eat altogether and die.

Use corn products for killing carpenter ant

Carpenter ant cannot digest corn. So, if you spread foods made by corn around the hive then they may die eating that. [NB. Not Tested]

When the attack is very saver!

I think in such a situation you should not try to control carpenter ants by yourself. Without having sufficient knowledge the problem may become more dangerous. You should hire any specialist for removing them from your property. Because, they have good collection of pesticides. They are experienced handling the problem.

If you still want to remove those devils by yourself then do some research and find out the best pesticides. If you have any idea about this issue and/or want to say something then feel free to leave comment.

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