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    Signs That Your House Has an Ant Infestation

    Last updated 1 day 16 hours ago

    They’re at the door. No, not the friends you invited for a dinner party. Ants, and lots of them. While you should contact a reputable exterminator right away if you are at a stage where there really are ants crawling in under your front door, there are earlier signs of an ant infestation that could help you prevent this pest control problem. They include:

    Sightings

    Spotting ants in your home, alive or dead, is the most obvious sign that you’ve got an ant problem. Ants of many species are nocturnal and seem to know how to stay out of the way of human eyes, but they are not quite as clever as termites. If you’ve got a lot of ants, you are likely to see them soon. Keep your eyes peeled especially during the evening hours, when ants that are starving go in search of food even if you are home.

    Ant Excrement

    Ant excrement, or frass, resembles small piles of dirt or sawdust. If you spot frass in your home, keep an eye out for additional piles and get a pest solution plan in order right away.

    Rustling Noises

    A few ants feeding together typically make less noise than a single mouse. Get tens of thousands of ants together, however, and a dry, rustling sound may be heard. If you can actually hear the ants in your home, chances are you have a large visiting population. Contact your trusted pest control professional to remove ants and other pests from your property.

    Do you suspect that you may have an ant problem because you have recently seen or heard sign of ants in your Southern California home? To speak with an experienced pest control professional who can exterminate the existing ant population in your home and help you keep ants away from your home in the future, call Center Termite and Pest Control at (888) 476-9951.

     

    Common Types of Termite Damage

    Last updated 10 days ago

    It is estimated that termites cause upwards of $5 billion a year in property damage, much of which occurs silently and without property owners’ knowledge. To learn more about the type of damage termites cause and what you can do to improve the likelihood that you will detect termites on your property should they target your home, watch this video clip.

    Pestworld “Pest Professor” Jim Fredericks discusses termite feeding habits and the importance of having your home inspected annually for termites. While you may spot termites eating away at a rare book on your living room bookshelf, they are more likely to be chewing through support beams and walls in your home and completely invisible to the human eye.

    If it has been more than a year since your Southern California home was last inspected for termites, call Center Termite and Pest Control at (888) 476-9951. We offer thorough inspections, organic and inorganic termite treatment services, and wood repairs for damaged homes.

    Getting Ready for a Pest Inspection

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Regular pest inspections are an important part of any integrated approach to pest management. Before the pest control professional shows up at your home to look for termites and other pests, however, there are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself and your home for the exterminator’s arrival and the verdict on whether or not you’ve got pest problems in your home.

    Check for Signs of Most Recent Inspection

    Did you just move into a new home or are you preparing to? If so, check your records, the home’s attic, and any other place you think you might find a receipt or proof-of-inspection tag. If you find that a pest problem you now face existed at the time of the last inspection, you may not be held liable.

    Know What’s Required by Law

    What should your pest inspection include? Are there laws in place governing how a pest inspection report is carried out in your state? California State law, for example, requires that any sign fungus, termites, or other wood-boring insects be recorded in the report. If any noticeable damage has already been sustained, details should also be in the report.

    Tidy Up—But Don’t Treat—Your Home

    Before the pest control professional arrives, declutter so that he or she has easy access to places where pests tend to hide. Remove items from cabinets underneath bathroom and kitchen sinks. Trim bushes and trees so that your walls and foundation are exposed and are easy for pest pros to see. Do not thoroughly clean your home with strong chemicals or treat for pests yourself before the exterminator arrives, however, as it may make it harder for the pro to identify pests on your property.

    Are you overdue for a pest inspection? Do you think you have termites, ants, or other unwanted pests living in your Southern California home? If you do, call Center Termite and Pest Control at (888) 476-9951. We offer termite tests and other pest inspections, as well as a full range of pest extermination solutions.

    Spotlight on Bedbug Identification

    Last updated 24 days ago

    When infestation rears its head, it's important to properly identify the pest in question. Otherwise, you might make the wrong call, such as hiring a rodent control team when you're actually in need of a termite exterminator. Things can be difficult when the problem involves bed bugs, due to their small size and elusive nature.

    In order to properly identify a bed bug, you will probably need a magnifying glass. A bed bug is a wingless, golden brown, six-legged insect with antennas on the sides of its mouth. The adult bedbug is about 3/4 inch long and has a flat, oval-shaped back. Bedbugs come out in the darkness to feast upon blood, so they're often hard to catch in the daytime. If you think you've found one, hold it under the light on a white surface to inspect it for identifying characteristics.

    Center Termite & Pest Control exterminates bedbugs, cockroaches, and all other bugs and rodents from homes throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties. To learn more about our services or to schedule a pest control team for your house, call us at (888) 476-9951. 

    What Are the Dos and Don'ts of Rodent Control?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When a rodent invades a house, it will typically carve out a refuge and travel to other areas along discreet paths to gather food. As a homeowner, you cannot take the problem lightly. Rodents are destructive to property and dangerous to human health. If you suspect that your home has been infested with rats or mice, keep these rodent control dos and don’ts in mind.

    Don't Ignore Evidence of a Rodent Problem

    Rodents are not only dirty, they're also very destructive to wood, pipes, and electrical circuitry. If a rodent problem is not contained as soon as possible, it could lower the value of your home.

    Don't Allow a Rodent Problem to Escalate

    Rodents breed very quickly. In fact, a female can breed nearly a dozen litters per year, starting at six weeks of age. Therefore, it's crucial to take action and contact a rodent control team upon the first signs of an infestation.

    Don't Take Rodent Bites Lightly

    As sewage dwellers and flea magnets, rats carry diseases such as leptospirosis, hantavirus, and Lyme borreliosis. For all these reasons and more, a rat bite should be given immediate medical attention.

    Do Learn to Recognize the Signs of a Rodent Invasion

    The presence of urine pillars, scat, and rub marks along a rodent's pathway—typically along sills, walls, and foundations—are evidence that a rat or mouse has entered your home.

    Do Have Rodents Located and Removed by Pest Control Specialists

    When a rodent control teams tackles the problem, they will inspect, detect, remove, and prevent future reoccurrences of the infestation on your property.

    If rats have invaded your home, Center Termite & Pest Control will rid them entirely. Throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside, our rodent control team has given peace of mind to households large and small. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951.

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