Last updated 9 days ago
A few ants or cockroaches inside your home is nothing to worry about, but even a single mouse can send you screaming into the other room in fear. This fear isn’t irrational either, as mice and other rodents can spread potentially life-threatening diseases and illnesses. To keep mice out of your home this winter, take these steps to protect your home from mice and other rodents. And if a few rodents make it through your defenses, call a pest control company in Los Angeles to deal with them for good.
Seal Cracks and Holes
A mouse can sneak into your home through a hole no bigger than a dime, so examine your home’s exterior walls closely and seal any cracks or holes you find. Look for light coming through cracks and feel for air movement, both of which can point you to a small crack or hole that you might otherwise overlook.
Put Screens on Vents and Windows
Some holes are there for a reason, such as windows and air vents around your home. Place screens in front of air vents and windows to keep critters outs. Check these screens every few weeks to make sure mice and other rodents haven’t chewed through into your home.
Keep Your Garden Clear
Plants and shrubs close to your house provide a haven for rodents as they await their chance to dart through an open door or unsealed hole. Keep plants at least two feet from your home and don’t let junk collect near the house to make it harder for mice and other rodents to hide close to your home and sneak in when you aren’t looking.
Center Termite & Pest Control can help you rodent-proof your home and deal with any mice infestations for good. Visit our website to learn more about our extermination services, or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951 to schedule service today. We provide pest control services for the entire Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside area.
Last updated 20 days ago
In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. When this occurs in a populated city like Los Angeles, the result can be devastating for a large number of homeowners. Termite colonies produce “swarmers” that fly away at ideal times of the year. Most subterranean termites begin to swarm in the spring, while hardwood termites typically swarm in the summer. If you see winged termites in your home, it means a colony is nearby.
Call Center Termite & Pest Control right away if you notice winged termites in your home. Even if you can’t tell the difference between winged termites and flying ants, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We provide termite fumigation, non-toxic termite treatments, termite damage repair, and other services. Visit our website to learn why we are one of the most trusted termite extermination companies in Los Angeles County, or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951.
Last updated 1 month ago
Bed bugs are back, and every indication is that they are here to stay. These tiny blood-suckers were all but eradicated in the United States around the end of WW2 thanks to the use of various pesticides. Then, in the early 90s, the very pesticides that had been so effective at keeping bed bugs under control were banned in America. Combined with a raise in international travel, it’s no wonder bed bugs are now found in every state in the U.S.
Watch this video to learn more about the rise in bed bug infestations in America. If you suspect that bed bugs are feeding on you or your family at night, contact Center Termite & Pest Control. We offer effective bed bug treatments, and all of our pest control technicians are prompt, professional, and courteous. To learn more about our residential and commercial bed bug treatments, visit our website or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you purchase a home using an FHA or VA loan, chances are that your mortgage provider will require a termite inspection before completing the sale. Even if it is not required by your mortgage company, it is a good idea to have a home inspected for wood-boring insects before you finalize any agreement to purchase the residence. And if you’re selling a home, providing the results of a termite inspection can help seal the deal more quickly. Either way, here is what you can expect from your pest control technician during a termite inspection.
Inspect Accessible Areas
During a termite inspection, the inspector must evaluate any and all accessible areas of the property where a termite infestation could occur for signs of termite activity. These signs include live insects, shelter tubes running through wood and other materials, and termite droppings, also known as frass. The inspector will also check for visible termite damage to wood and other structural materials.
Check for Signs of Prior Treatment
As part of the Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report, your inspector must describe any evidence that the home has been previously treated for termite infestation. In the event that signs of prior treatment are discovered, the sellers may need to disclose steps they have taken to control termites and other pests before the mortgage lender will sign off on the purchase.
Recommend and Provide Treatment
If your inspector finds evidence of an active termite infestation, he or she will recommend treatment. Termite treatment is required for FHA and VA financing when the results of the termite inspection point to an active infestation.
If you are buying or selling a home in Los Angeles, Riverside, or Orange County, contact Center Termite & Pest Control and schedule your termite inspection today. Our termite exterminators are trained to spot signs of termite activity that others might miss. Visit our website to learn more about our termite control and inspection services, or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951 to schedule an appointment with one of our pest control experts.
Last updated 1 month ago
Ants might not cause as much panic as termites or bed bugs, but they can be just as hard to exterminate once they’ve moved onto your property. Although one quick phone call to your local pest control provider can spell the end of your ant problem, understanding ant habits can help you prevent these pests from returning. At the very least, you might learn something about ants that you didn’t already know.
Ants typically make their nests in or on the ground, and the soil excavated to make the nest is typically piled up around the opening to the nest. Ant nests are typically composed of several long tunnels that lead to chambers far below and far away from the entrance. Some ants also liv in the wood of trees or rotten logs, so be sure to inspect any firewood you bring indoors to prevent bringing an ant colony inside with you.
Diet and Eating Habits
There are several species of ants, and most of them have different diets. For the most part, ants typically live insects, decaying animal matter, or fungi. Some species of ants are known to eat anything and everything in their path, including small animals. To prevent ants from coming indoors, clean up food spills as soon as they occur and do not store dog food or cat food close to the ground near the backdoor.
Most species of ants do not pose a serious threat to humans and animals. Ants will bite if disturbed, but they generally do not go out looking to attack. Some species, however, are known to be quite aggressive. Fire ants are one aggressive ant species commonly found in Southern California. Thankfully, your pest control provider can protect your family and pets from any such ant attacks.
If ants are bothering you, call Center Termite & Pest Control. We provide pest control services for homeowners and businesses in the Los Angeles area. No pest problem is too big (or too small) for our team of pest control experts. Visit our website to learn more about our extermination services, or call us at (888) 476-9951 to schedule service today.