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22
Jul

THE SWARM

   Swarming is the primary method of colony expansion for all termites.  It’s the first sign people see, that lets them know when they have an infestation.  Swarmers are usually present in mature colonies that are 3-5 years old, and the number of swarmers varies by species, and is uaually 1%-40% of the colony.

   To prepare for the summer flight, the worker termites create an opening in the colony, which may be a break in the mud tube or a kick out hole, in the case of drywood termites.  After the flight, the hole will be sealed.  After the swarm starts, the termites usually are attracted too the light or a light source, thats why many people find termites on their window sills.

   Swarmers are not good flyers, often depending on wind currents to disperse them.  Some will lose one or more wings during flight, which you most likely will find on the floor.  Most will not survive.  It is estimated that 99% of a swarm is killed by predators, such as, other insects or birds.

   The time of year swarmers occur, is based on environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity levels.  Subterranean termites usually swarm in the spring and drywoods swarm in the fall, sometimes brought on by santa ana conditions in California.  Termites have been swarming for millions of years and will continue to do so.

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22
Jul

INSPECT BEFORE YOU INVEST!

 

   Before making an offer on your “dream home”,  you may want to consider contacting a licensed pest control company, too inspect the property, before making an offer.  Having an inspection, may not be the determining factor in making an offer, but it will give you valuable information at a reasonable cost.

 An inspection report will note if there were any findings found by the inspector, that may be caused by termites or pests.  Some of the conditions contained in reports are:

 

    • Drywood or Subterranean termite infestation or damage
    • Fungus or Dry-Rot
    • Excessive moisture conditions or conditions that may cause water damage
    • Conducive conditions such as, “earth to wood contact” or “cellulose debris”

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21
Jul

Fumigation (Tenting) Your Home

Fumigation of Your Home

Is your house being fumigated or tented as it is commonly called?

This video by Dow AgroSciences, details what you need to do to get ready for the fumigation.

 Here is a How to bag your consumable items using Nylofume bags, what you need to bag, how to prepare your plants, and many other important details.

If you have nay questions, please feel free to call the San Diego pest control experts: Knight Tetrmite & Pest Control at:  619-280-2400

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24
Apr

BED BUGS ARE OLDER THAN DINOSAURS

   Bed bugs may have originated in the Middle East, living in caves inhabited by bats and humans.  Often referred to as blood-sucking parasites, these insects originally lived off the blood of bats, until humans started moving into caves.

   The name ”bed bug”, is derived from the insect’s preferred habitat of housing, which IS NOT limited, too just your beds. 

   These parasites are also known as “Hitchhikers”, because of how they hitch rides to destinations all over the world.  Bed bugs begin creating their own families from hitching rides in your luggage, backpacks, shoes, and yes, even your clothes.  Once they find a place to call home, you will find these insects in your beds, mattresses, bedding, vehicles, furniture, carpeting, baseboards, and bedside clutter.

   A female can lay up to five (5) eggs a day, which can produce anywhere from ten to fifteen (10-15) nymphs per egg.   Bed bugs are usually nocturnal, unless, you are infested.  They feed between the hours of 2 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. 

  Bed bugs are not a problem for our licensed technicians.  At Knight Termite & Pest Control, we believe the solution is too stop these bugs from infesting 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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