Even in the winter months Termites can still cause a rather large infestation. This week we encountered termites eating this building in Downtown Charleston. Charleston,SC has the highest infestation of Formosan termites in the US. Sadly, we’re number one. The window and other leaks provided them with moisture sustenance. The brown lines in the photograph are exit areas for termite waste and swarmer launching. There is a fix even with a rather sizable amount of damage. We installed Sentricon AG (above ground) stations to kill the termite queen and colony. After Sentricon does it’s work, we will go back to ensure this old Charleston building is termite free.
This 37 second clip introduces how the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System kills the termite colony queen. This is important to gaining lasting protection from Formosan and other Subterranean termites.
Roaches and Asthma
Did you know that the presence of cockroaches in homes are linked to childhood asthma? The National Pest Management Association recently released some startling findings. Specifically, that cockroaches can spread up to 33 different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella species. ¹
Some people with asthma have predisposed conditions, the other half seems to acquire the condition along the way. Meaning, certain things we breath in, can elicit an allergic reaction. Things like saliva, droppings, and the decomposing bodies of the roach contain those allergens known to trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children.
In environments like ours, it’s important to not only keep your house free of cockroaches, but to also dispose of the corpses. Daily cleaning, limiting food to the kitchen and cleaning dinner dishes nightly are just a few things you can do to limit roach activity in your home.
¹ National Pest Management Association
² Partners Healthcare/asthma center
A Bit About Fleas
Here at Advanced Termite and Pest Control we are often called upon for flea services. Whether it’s treatment for a current flea problem or preventative yard treatments, we can help. In our prime service area: Charleston, North Charleston, Johns Island, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Goose Creek, Summerville, the cat flea is nearly always the kind found on cats and dogs. Fleas have a 2-3 month lifespan and can live 2 to 3 months without a host. Even if you’re treating your pet, which is a good idea, fleas can be a problem here in the low-country.
A Pest Management Professional (PMP) is well suited to handle flea infestations. Fleas have a multi-stage life cycle: egg, larvae, pupae and adult. So it’s vital to target every stage in an effective way. Retail “flea bombs” for example do not affect eggs, which are protected within a tough shell. The eggs can hatch and grow successfully after the bomb has dissipated. Treating interior infested areas like pet beds, furniture, etc. is typically not enough. A thorough flea treatment usually includes exterior areas with residual product too.
Call a Professional
Contact us! A technician can assess your situation and bring fast relief! We are highly trained in the use of products that will target all life stages of the flea including the egg. Residual products extend control. Put your pet(s) on flea preventative treatments. It has been our observation that monthly pill style has greater efficacy than the topical drops. And the drops have been known to spread long lasting insecticide in areas beyond just the pet. Vacuum all surfaces including hard floors frequently: eggs are too small to notice and their removal is important. Wash or remove infested bedding, clothing, etc with HOT water and set the dryer high heat on high.
Major Signs of Termite Damage:
- Mud Tubes
- Damaged wood
- Carton nests
- Alates (flying termites)
- Discarded swarmer wings
Conditions conducive to termite infestation:
- Wood to ground contact
- Tree Stumps
- Located in or near Charleston, South Carolina
Worker termites forage 24 hours a day… often without the property owner knowing it, and just one termite colony consumes an average of one pound of house per day!
Charleston, SC and the surrounding area has the highest concentration of Formosan termites in the United States. New Orleans is #2.
Termite can travel more than 100 yards in search of food. If your neighbor’s neighbor’s neighbor has termites, you could too.
The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System
delivers the ultimate in termite protection. We are thrilled to be an Authorized Operator for the Sentricon® System.
- No Digging or Trenching
- No Structural Drilling
- No Chemicals Injected in the Ground
- No Trucks with Chemical Tanks
- No Scheduling Hassles
A Certified Sentricon Specialist™ checks for signs of Termites, stations are placed around your home, and the bait immediately begins working…and we make sure the stations are always working.
Sentricon has proven it’s effectiveness on more than 2 million properties worldwide, including the White House, the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and the Alamo. It not only eliminates the termite colonies that attack homes, but with continued service, Sentricon protects homes from future termite infestations. For more information, please contact Advanced Termite and Pest Control. You can also check out SENTRICON for more information and videos.
Ants are a common household nuisance, both indoors and outdoors. Contrary to what some people think, ants are often difficult to eliminate and using a household ant killer is not enough. In order to get rid of an ant colony, you must first find the nest and eliminate the queen. The easiest way to do that is to follow the trail. Ants stay pretty true to course coming and going. Killing an ant trail, while effectively killing the visible ants, will only cause the colony to relocate and create another trail.
Ants can nest in a multitude of places, including soil and producing mounds, in homes behind baseboards, counter-tops and moldings and also in damaged or water logged wood. Typically ants do not cause too much damage, although carpenter ants can cause structural damage over time and anyone familiar with fire ants knows they will bite.
Speaking of fire ants, how do you know if you have fire ants?
Fire ants tend to be smaller than most people think, reddish-brown in color and will display aggressive behavior. Disturbing a fire ant mound will result in a swarm of ants coming out of the mound. Their tunnels can be as far as ten feet underground in certain soil types. You will see them after a rain “working” on their mounds.
For more helpful information and descriptions of different types of ant species, check out this article: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/what-to-do-about-household-ants/
If you notice an ant trails in or around your home similar to the one pictured below, please call Advanced before treating it yourself!
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Reindeer hooves may not be the only tip-tapping you hear this winter. As the days get shorter, colder and darker, your house becomes a cozy place for animals, mainly rodents, to come in and make themselves at home. The last thing anyone wants is to hear the telltale scurrying of mice or rats above them.
Besides being terrible house guests, in some cases, rodents can bring in diseases like Salmonella and Hantavirus. It’s hard enough staying healthy during flu season without the worry of food contamination too. In addition, they can be hosts to a multitude of other pests, such as lice, fleas, ticks and mites.
And with the extra miles of cord and wire most people have in and around their homes for the Holidays, the risk of house fires goes up significantly.
It’s not all doom and gloom however. There are several steps you can take to prevent infestations inside and outside your home…
- Check all cords, wires and insulation for signs of gnawing or bite marks
- Keep boxes off the floor in areas not frequented daily (these are places rodents will most likely look to hide-out)
- Keep door and window screens in good condition and check all weather stripping for signs of wear
- Seal cracks in the exterior of your home, especially areas where utility wires run
- Trim and branches or bushes away from home or outbuildings
- Rake leaves and turn over mulch
- Stack firewood off the ground and away from your home
- Cover any outside vents or chimney with screens.
And if that doesn’t work…. Call Us! If you have normal bi-monthly or quarterly pest services with us, installing and maintaining rodent boxes is included!
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With two recent articles published by The Post and Courier, the West Nile Virus just gives another reason as to why you need to protect yourself against mosquitoes.
With most of the nation experiencing a drought this summer, the combination of dry, hot weather in contrast with sudden downpours leaves stagnant water for a mosquito breeding ground. Although most of us in the Lowcountry have become accustomed to those itchy bites, the West Nile virus takes the severity to a whole new level. Originally transferred from bird to mosquito then to human symptoms can range from neck stiffness, disorientation, muscle weakness, and even paralysis. The extreme summer heat only speeds up the mosquito life cycle and infiltration of the virus. Many fear that this summer may be the worst outbreak since the discovery of the disease in 2002.
Although only affecting 1 in 150 who contract the virus, epidemiologists seem to be on high alert. Most striking was the Post and Courier’s quote by Linn Haramis of the Illinois Dept. of Health, “The risk is high and people need to listen. This thing could put you in a wheelchair at age 60 for the rest of your life.”
This summer, at least four cases have been confirmed in South Carolina including Charleston.
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What can you do to protect yourself?
Remove any nearby standing water
Keep outdoor activity a minimum during mosquito peak activity (both dusk and dawn)
Call Advanced Termite and Pest Control at 843.795.6767 to take back your yard! Guaranteed!