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25
Mar

SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE SWARM SEASON

  Termites have been known to cause more than 5 billion dollars worth of property damage in the United States every year.  As a homeowner, you want to protect your home against any type of termite damage.

   Concerned homeowners should contact a professional pest control company to perform regular inspections, to determine where and how the termites might be entering your home, and to ensure properties remain free from any further damage in which termites can cause.

   Subterranean termite colonies can contain as many as one (1) million or more members and expand their colonies during swarming.

  An indication of Subterranean termite infestation includes mud, grass, or tunnels in the wood.

 

    The following areas and conditions should be inspected for Subterranean termites:

  • Areas with excessive moisture, including leaking pipes or faucets and water damage of any kind
  • Attics
  • Crawl spaces – (Areas underneath your house that are raised)
  • Expansion joints or cracks in the foundation; and
  • Exterior perimeter and roof line.

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25
Mar

MISTAKEN PEST IDENTITIES

    Many customers seem to have their own names for different kinds of “household pests”, based on what they’ve heard over the years from family or friends.  As a result, Pest Control Companies have to read between the lines, in order to properly identify the pest that they’re trying to describe over the phone.

    The most common household pest questions are in reference too……

 

 

   ORIENTAL COCKROACH “aka” WATER BUG

 

 

 

   AMERICAN COCKROACH “aka” PALMETO BUGS …. (common name in the South)

 

  

 

   PILL BUGS or SOWBUGS “aka” ROLLY POLLIES 

 

 

 

    HOUSEHOLD ANT “aka” PISS ANTS(the owner’s favorite term)

 

 

  

 

   POTATO BUG “aka“ JERUSALEM CRICKET
 

 

    These are just a few of the household pests we have to identify on a daily basis.  As always, a thorough inspection of the house and property is the best way to approach the problem.

 ****  IF YOU HAVE AN UNUSUAL NAME FOR THE COMMON HOUSEHOLD PEST….. LEAVE US A COMMENT AND WHAT YOU CALL CERTAIN PESTS.

 

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24
Mar

San Diego Pest Control Specials

San Diego Pest Control Specials

Knight Termite and Pest Control has been in business, in San Diego, for nearly thirty (30) years. We have many years of experience dealing with termites and pest control services.

Call Knight Termite at: 619-280-2400

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24
Mar

Termite Damage in Home

Termite Damage in Home

Good example of water and termite in a home.

Not taking care of your home can really cost you! Currently Knight Termite has limited time FREE home inspection! Call Knight today & protect your largest investment … YOUR HOME!

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23
Dec

JUST WINGIN’ IT

  WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING INSECT GROUPS HAVE WINGS?

  1. Beetles
  2. Earwigs
  3. Flies
  4. Crickets
  5. Termites
  6. Ants
  7. Bees & Wasps
  8. Cockroaches
  9. Grasshoppers

   THE ANSWER IS ………. ALL OF THEM

    There may be a few wingless species among them, but most insects have wings, even though they may not be visible to the naked eye.  Fleas, lice, silverfish, and firebrats are the only true wingless insects.   Only the adults have fully developed wings in the insects listed above.

    Most inspects have two (2) pairs of wings, but again, they’re not always visible.  Cockroches, grasshoppers, and crickets have flight wings hidden under a pair of front wing covers that match the rest of the body.  Flies are the only insect with one (1) set of functional wings.  Beetles don’t appear to have wings at all, yet the hard outer covering on their back is actually a pair of modified wings. 

    

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6
Sep

BLACK WIDOWS vs. BROWN WIDOWS

BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS MAY HAVE MET THEIR MATCH!

   Black widow spiders seem to be universally feared, but who’s scared of a BROWN WIDOW?  The black widow should be shaking in all eight (8) of its boots, a new study suggests.  In the United States, there’s a new widow in town, the BROWN WIDOW.  According to scientists, it may be taking over some native western black widow territory.

   The one good thing in a sense, is that brown widow spider bites are less toxic than the black widow.

   It was first discovered in Florida, in 1935.  Then in 2003, there were cases of the brown widow in California.  These arachnids just came out of nowhere, and in a very short time.  You can usually find the brown widow in urban areas, farms, and undeveloped natural areas.

   According to Richard Vetter, a researcher from the University of California, Riverside, “There may be some competition where brown widows are displacing black widows because there is a habitat overlap.  There are also places where only brown widows were able to make homes, but in other habitats, the black widows still predominate”.

   Researchers studied seventy-two (72) sites, and found twenty (20) times as many brown widows as black widows. 

   Here’s the scary part, they were frequently found outside under patio/outdoor furniture, in tiny spaces in walls, fences and other objects.

   Here’s the good news, neither spider was found in the living spaces of houses, according to a statement made by researchers.

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31
Aug

DEER MOUSE vs. HOUSE MOUSE

  The deer mouse is in a totally different family than the house mouse.  The deer mouse is found throughout most of Canada and the United States, with the exception of the Southeastern United States.  The deer mouse and house mouse are basically the same size, but the deer mouse has large eyes and ears, and resembles the white tail deer in color.

   The deer mice are responsible for spreading the HAUTA  VIRUS TO HUMANS, which is carried through their  saliva, feces, and urine.  It is an airborne virus, which is contracted by humans by inhaling particles.  Documented cases in humans, were found in areas that have large populations of mice, with dusty conditions of droppings hat become airborne when disturbed.

  The house mouse is more common in urban areas, whereas; the deer mouse is more common in rural areas.  If mice infestations exist in vacant homes and excess droppings are present, a mask should be used when cleaning up the droppings.

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