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March 2014 News: Pest Control & Safety

In the March 2014 issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: Pest Control & Safety, Should You Be Collecting Rent? and Spring is Here: Termites Will Follow.

Pest Control & Safety

Deer TickPest control products got a bad reputation in the twentieth century when the long-term effects of products like DDT and chlordane were discovered and these pesticides banned. The pesticides in use today are much safer and are still effective, especially when used as part of an integrated pest control and management process. In many cases, finding the access point(s) in your home and sealing them will keep pests out. When we are talking about something as tiny as ants, this can be challenging!

It is important to know that no pesticide is 100% safe, simply because all pesticides are designed to eliminate insects. Clegg’s however, uses the most current methods and products for the safest pest management possible, and our technicians are trained on the proper use of these products. Pesticides applied by our technicians are targeted where the insects hide, reducing the risks to your family. Your family’s safety is our first priority.

If you’d like to learn more about pest control and safety, check out this recent article or email us your questions.

Should You Be Collecting Rent?

Clegg's Removes Nuisance WildlifeWould you willingly open your home to a friend or relative knowing they would pay you nothing and cause expensive damage to your property? Probably not, but every month we get dozens of calls about nuisance wildlife-critters who have moved in and damaged property, caused sleepless nights and unwanted expense for the homeowners.

While any number of different animals may try to make your home theirs, squirrels, opossums and bats make up the bulk of the calls we receive. In most cases, they are simply looking for a warm, dry environment to call home. If they can get into your attic or crawlspace easily, they’ll do it. Clegg’s will identify the type of animal in your home and then set traps to capture the animal(s), after which they will be relocated. Read more about nuisance wildlife…

Spring is Here! Termites Will Follow

Every year we welcome warmer weather, greening trees and beautiful flowers, and longer days filled with sunshine. Unfortunately, while it may be beautiful outside this is also the time of year that termites become very active. Termites are active year-round, but many people don’t know they have an infestation until they see a swarm in or around their home or are doing some spring cleaning and find mud tubes near the foundation. Learn more about termites or call us for a FREE inspection!

 

Termite Season is Coming!

Subterranean Termites

The termites are coming, the termites are coming! In reality, termites are in North Carolina eating wood and other cellulose based materials year round, but spring is the time when most people first discover they have a termite problem.

Signs of termites

In spring each year as the weather warms up, winged termites take flight in an attempt to leave and start new colonies. When they swarm inside your house, they head toward the windows and daylight. They cannot escape and die there at the window, leaving piles of termite wings on the sill and surrounding areas. Outside, you may find piles of wings around the foundation. These piles are a sure sign there is an infestation close by.

Mud tubes are another indicator of a termite infestation. These tubes may be found inside or outside your house, usually (but not always) low to the ground around the foundation of the home.

As termites eat wood, the surface may not initially appear damaged, but the wood will sound hollow. In other cases, the damage may look like paint that has gotten wet and has bubbles. As you clean your baseboards, look for signs of damage or listen for the wood to sound hollow when you tap it.

You may also find signs of live termites around the foundation. Look for wet areas or signs of damage near your home, pull mulch or dirt back from the house and look for live termites.

Don’t panic

While termites eat day and night, there’s no need to call 9-1-1! Do have a termite professional come and inspect your property to confirm that the problem is indeed termites. If you do have termites, there are several treatment options available, including liquid treatments and baiting systems. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need to have repairs done to any wood the termites have destroyed.

If you believe you may have termites, don’t wait to get your home inspected! Give Clegg’s a call. Our pest professionals can help tell you if you have termites and offer a solution to meet your specific needs. Contact us today.

Learn more about termites in these related articles:

What You Need to Know About Termites

A Seasonal Guide to Termites

 

 

Seasonal Guide to Termites

north carolina termite pest control

When the weather starts to warm again in the spring, people begin noticing signs of termites and our phone begins ringing. In some cases, homeowners find signs of termites when they begin sprucing up their homes. In others, termites may swarm inside the home or around the foundation. As soon as you think you might have a termite issue, you need to call a professional and have your home inspected.

What are the signs I have termites?

The most common type of termite found in North Carolina is the subterranean termite. These insects live in colonies underground and eat cellulose products like wood and paper. You may find damage to wood beams in your crawlspace or even to baseboards. We recently had a situation where termites had gotten into books stored on a bookshelf and eaten holes in the books! The other obvious sign of infestation is mud tubes on the interior or exterior walls, especially near the ground, or around doors, including the garage door framing at the expansion gap on the ground. One homeowner walked into her shower one day and discovered mud tubes that had appeared overnight right at the top of the tile surround. You may also see swarms of termites around mating season in the spring and summer or find piles of discarded termite wings around windows.

If the inspector confirms I have termites, what happens next?

Once our trained technicians identify a termite infestation, they will review the extent of the problem and detail the location(s) of the damage, and then create a customized treatment plan for your home. They will review the treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have. You can then choose an option for treatment. If the damage is severe, you may also need to involve a contractor to handle the repairs to your property.

What termite treatment options are available?

For subterranean termites, a liquid termiticide is usually applied around the foundation of your home. For homes built on a slab, the concrete will be drilled and the termiticide pumped under the concrete. Some homeowners may have high moisture areas or they may be concerned with the impact of some types of liquid termiticides on the environment. It is important to note that there is a new liquid termiticide that only affects termites- Altriset® (Syngenta). Altriset specifically paralyzes the jaw muscles of termites, and therefore will not harm beneficial insects like honey bees. Altriset is termed a “reduced risk” insecticide by the Environmental Protection Agency, and therefore has no signal word like other EPA pesticides require.

A second option is a baiting system like the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination system. In this type of system, baiting stations are set around the perimeter of your house and termiticide bait is placed in the stations for the termites to collect and take back to the colony. If an infestation already exists, a liquid termiticide may be applied first and the baiting system installed as a preventive measure. Our recommendations will be based upon your specific situation.

What can I do to ensure I don’t get termites?

When new homes are built, they are treated with a termiticide product that protects the home for around 5 years. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to have a new treatment applied after the original loses effectiveness. Both liquid and baiting options are available. Clegg’s liquid termite protection plan requires an annual termite inspection. This allows us to ensure the treatment is working. Once the initial application has lost effectiveness, a termiticide booster treatment is applied and the annual inspection process continues. Of course, one of the most important things you can do is be vigilant. Make sure there is no excess moisture in and around your home that can attract termites or other wood-boring insects. Keep your eyes open for signs of termites and follow some common sense precautions like storing firewood away from the foundation of your home, keeping bushes and trees trimmed away from the house, and not piling mulch against the foundation. Again, if you see any signs of termites, don’t ignore them!

If you see damage to the wood around your home, you could have termites or other wood-destroying insects that result in similar damage. At the first sign of trouble, you should have a professional inspect the property to see exactly what you are dealing with and recommend how to best treat the problem. To learn more, read our article, What You Need to Know About Termites.

Clegg’s offers free termite inspections. Call us today to schedule an appointment at the first sign you might have a termite infestation.

January 2014 News: It’s Cold Outside!

In this issue of our newsletter: Brrr…It’s Cold Outside; Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction; and Termites and New Construction.

Brrr…What a Cold Snap!

Clegg's Pest Control | Nuisance Wildlife | Deer MouseJust a reminder: when it gets really cold outside, mice and rats may decide your home looks like a great place to hang out. They may get into your house through small holes and cracks and make nests in the walls or your attic. Some signs that you have these furry visitors may include scratching noises in the walls, droppings, or urine stains soaking through the drywall. You may also see small bits of chewed materials like paper, drywall or insulation, or notice electrical problems if they happen to chew through wires! If you believe you have a problem with mice or rats (or any other nuisance wildlife), give Clegg’s a call before they do more damage.

Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction?

adult female bed bug

Adult female bed bug (enlarged).

When it comes to identifying and treating bed bugs, there is a lot of incorrect information out there. Since we deal with bed bugs every day, the team at Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control wanted to provide some answers to frequently asked questions (a bed bugs FAQ) on what works and what doesn’t. Learn how to identify these annoying insects, which home detection products work, and why cold doesn’t always kill bed bugs in this new article on bed bugs.

Read more…

Termites and New Construction

Call Clegg's Termite and Pest Control to prevent termite damageNorth Carolina law requires that new home builders provide termite treatment for the homes they build. These treatments must be on the approved list maintained by the NC Department of Agriculture – Structural Pest Control and Pesticide Division. Most builders use a soil applied liquid termiticide that is effective for around five years. It is important that homeowners be proactive and have their homes retreated after five years (or install a termite baiting system like Sentricon®) and inspected annually to keep termites from causing property damage. Learn more about termites…

 

 

 

July 2013 News: Termites – After the Swarm

Here’s our July 2013 newsletter. In this issue: Termites: After the Swarm, Bed Bug Update, Meet Gabe Morrow, and the Sales Tax Holiday is back!

Termites: After the Swarm

Baseboard damaged by termitesFor many homeowners, seeing a termite swarm is their first indication they have a problem with these wood-destroying pests. Termites only swarm in the spring, so if you didn’t see a swarm, you must not have a problem, right? Wrong! Swarms of termites are not the only indication that you have a problem. And since termites eat wood year round but only swarm once a year, it’s important to know the signs you might have termites.

Clegg’s recently published an article titled, What You Need to Know About Termites. Learn common signs of a termite infestation and steps you can take to keep these pests away from your home. If you suspect you might have termites, give Clegg’s a call at 1.888.MR.CLEGG. We offer free termite inspections, so you can find out for sure if you have a termite problem.

Bed Bug Update

“When I originally inspected Mr. Ormond’s home, the infestation and resulting damage was some of the worst I have ever seen,” says Tony Dobbs, Rambo’s handler and pest control/bed bug detection specialist. “I could smell the bugs when I walked in the door.”

Bed Bugs - Heat TreatmentClegg’s treated a severe infestation of bed bugs at no charge for an elderly Ayden man and his son in June. The son had medical issues that worsened when home health care services were discontinued due to the bed bug infestation. Clegg’s bed bug specialist Tony Dobbs worked with the Ormond family and area agencies trying to find a solution to cover the cost of the treatment. When this failed, Tony approached Clegg’s corporate office for help. In addition to treating the home at no charge, Clegg’s Greenville team collected donations of gently used furnishings to give to the Ormond family. Read the story…

Employee Profile: Gabe Morrow, Asheville, NC

Clegg's Asheville Branch Manager Gabe MorrowMeet our new Asheville Branch Manager, Gabe Morrow. Gabe has been working in the pest control industry since 1999. He started as a technician and route manager before becoming branch manager for Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control in Asheville, NC. Gabe is Quality Pro/AIB trained, and has an AGS in General Studies at Ivy Tech State College and an A.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University. Gabe holds pest and wood certifications in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia.

Outside of work, Gabe does volunteer work with Grant County Rescue Mission, Wayside Mission and Goodwill Industries. He enjoys jogging and spending his free time outdoors with his wife and daughter. Gabe can be reached at 800-964-8553.

Sales Tax Holiday!

Just a reminder that both North Carolina and South Carolina will hold their annual sales tax holidays from August 2-4 this year. The tax-free weekend allows consumers to purchase certain items and not pay sales tax. Types of items covered are limited and there may be dollar limits of the value of each type of item. Click here to see the list of North Carolina regulations; click here for the list of South Carolina regulations.