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Identifying termites

The way to identify termites or ants are looking at the characteristics of each one.  The termites most people will see are the reproductive termites.  These termites are identified by the black body, wings longer than the body, it has a head and 1 node (one body).  The ants can have a red or black body, wings shorter than the body, it has a head and 2 nodes (two round parts make up the body).  If you need help identifying the insect call and schedule a time for us to come by and assist you!

Subterranean termites 2

There are 3 types of subterranean termites in each colony:  soldiers, reproductive, and workers.  The soldiers defend the colony from invaders, such as ants.  The reproductive termites reproduce and are identified by their black bodies and clear wings that are longer then the body.  The workers are the ones you need to worry about, they are a creamy white color and they cause the damage to your homes.  Most homes in Oklahoma will get termites as some point.  Make sure you have a licensed termite inspector check your home annually!

Subterranean Termites

The type of termites found in Oklahoma are called subterranean termites.  These  subterranean termites travel through dirt tunnels to avoid the air which dries them out.   Subterranean termites build these dirt tunnels in the walls of homes and destroy the wood and sheetrock.  Spring is the time when termites begin swarming, which means they are leaving the colony and starting a new one.  Have a licensed termite inspector check your home annually to avoid costly damage!

Termite Service Program

 
Termite Service Program
 
 
 
How it works:  The Termite Service Program is designed to offer you peace of mind from the rising cost of treating your home for termite infestation.  The homeowner pays an affordable annual fee. You will receive an annual termite inspection and if termites are found while enrolled in the program, we will treat the infested area at no additional charge to you. 
 
 
 
Why you need it:  The average cost of treating a home for termite infestation is $1200.

Pest Free Homes

If you want your home free of pests, start with basic home maintenance. 
 
1.  Make sure there is proper drainage around the exterior of your home.  Standing, stagnate water will attract pests.  Eliminate standing water from the exterior of your home.
 
2.  Caulk around windows, doors, soffits, and any cracks or crevices that insects can crawl through.
 
3.  Maintain a tight seal around the exterior doors in your home.  Over time, the sweep on the bottom of the doors can deteriorate.

Termite Season

It's that time of the year again, Swarm Season!  As  the temperature increases so does your chance of experiencing a termite infestation.  Spring is when termites swarm, meaning they leave their colonies to begin new ones.  Now is a great time to have termite inspections as well as pest management services.  Call today to schedule your service.

Come See Us!!

Come visit our  booth at Remington Park!
 
Network with members of OKCMAR and other affiliates
 
November 13th 4pm-7pm
 
The Eclipse Room
 
 
 
               OKCMAR Affiliate Table Top
 
  • Networking opportunities
  • $2,000 in door prizes!
  • Cash bar!
 
 
We will see YOU there!
 

Suspicious Spiders

If the recent rumor of the 'Two-Striped Telamonia Spider' has you checking under the toilet seats let me put your mind at rest.  This rumor, according toSnopes.com, is mostly false.  Although the spider itself does exist in Asian rain forests, there have no sightings in North America and certainly no deaths. 
 
There are two poisonous spiders found in the state of Oklahoma.  The first and most dangerous is the brown recluse.  The brown recluse can be identified by it's light to dark brown color and the distinct fiddle shape found on the pest's back (also lending to the nickname, fiddleback spider).

Menacing Mice

Have you ever heard scratching noises coming from beyond the walls of your home?  Have you ever turned on a light and seen a tiny object scamper across the floor?  Are you finding nests of insulation in your attic?  You have been infested with menacing mice!
 
These nocturnal rodents become more active and apparent as the temperatures begin to drop into the fall season.  They begin to forage for food.  Mice will eat anything available to them, including their own feces.

Five Tips to Avoid Termite Infestations

When termites infest your home, most people know a treatment is essential.  But are there ways to prevent infestations in the first place?  Here are a few tips to keep those wood-demolishing pests from invading your home:
 
 
  1. Stack and store firewood and lumber away from the house. 
  2. Do not place wood directly onto the ground.
  3. When utilizing mulch in flower beds, place plastic sheeting down before spreading mulch.  This will keep the wood chips from direct contact with the ground.
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