The Cost of Doing Business with Termites

Written By: Admin

Archive For: March 2015

Category Name: termite pest control

Subterranean termites cause an estimated $30 billion in damage annually in the US. They are the most destructive wood destroying insect in the USA. The main damage caused from subterranean termites is their feeding on wood and wooden structures, particularly in the foundation.

Signs of Termites

Subterranean termites need a lot of moisture. They can enter a business through wood or cracks in foundations that are in direct contact with moisture rich soil. Here are two main signs to watch for with termites:

  • Look for mud shelter tubes on the foundation. Termites build these mud tunnels as runways from their nest in soil to their food source (your building).
  • Unusual insects inside, particularly in February-May. Termites swarm in the early spring, looking to establish new colonies and nests. Finding “swarmers” in your building could be an indication that termites have or are trying to establish a colony there.

Keep debris, especially wood, cleared away from your foundation. This gives termites one less entry point and enticement to your building.

If you suspect termites, the best thing you can do is have a professional inspection for confirmation and treatment options.

Termite Inspections

Yearly inspections for termites are recommended. Caught early, termite damage can be minimal and infestations can be contained. The longer it takes to discover the infestation, the greater the cost for repairs and treatments.

Treatments and damage repair can start in the thousands of dollars and quickly escalate depending on the extent of the infestation. A yearly inspection can cost around $100 and save you thousands of dollars in the long term.

Pest Management offers termite warranties as part of our inspections. We inspect the property to determine if there are termites present. If so, we offer treatment solutions. After treatment the property is covered under our warranty. The warranty covers the entire property, so if termites appear we will treat the problem at no additional cost.

Termite Treatment: a Professional Solution for a Professional Problem

Termites left untreated can compromise the integrity of buildings and other structures. Many do-it-yourself options can be dangerous or ineffective. Ineffective treatments can make the infestation worse by causing the termites to spread to other parts of the building. If you don’t have structural knowledge, you could miss critical areas that termites like to gather.

Effective and safe treatment requires specialized equipment and chemicals. A queen termite can live 25+ years and lay over 18 million eggs. You want this problem taken care of quickly and efficiently. We recommend trained professional pest control technicians with experience dealing with termite infestations.

2 Children, Siblings, Are Dead After Illegal Bed Bug Insecticide is Used by Family

Written By: Admin

Archive For: March 2015

Category Name: bed bugs

Alberta, Canada

Two children are dead after their mother accidentally exposed the family to phosphine, a highly toxic insecticide.

The mother of five children illegally imported phosphine from Pakistan after a family vacation. She was attempting to combat a bed bug infestation in the apartment where the family lived. However, phosphine is not meant to be used in areas where humans live, work, or breathe.

About Phosphine

Phosphine is a colorless gas that can be manufactured in tablet form. In its pure form, phosphine is odorless. Depending on the additive, phosphine can have a slight smell of garlic or decaying fish.

When the tablets are moistened the gas is released. The toxicology and damage done to the nervous system of phosphine is comparable to that of sarin. Sarin is an illegal chemical weapon that is catagorized as a weapon of mass destruction. It may sound familiar as it was used in 2013 on civilians during the Syrian Civil War.

Phosphine is equally toxic to children and adults, but it is classified as a heavy gas. Meaning that the fumes sink, putting the fumes closer to the floor. Children tend to be closer to the floor. As a result, they are at greater risk of inhaling larger concentrations and quantities of phosphine. Additionally, children are generally more sensitive to their environments, thus increasing their risk factor.

Regulations in Canada and the USA

In Canada, phosphine is registered in the most toxic group of chemicals. In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies phosphine as a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP).

In both countries, pest companies use phosphine for fumigation purposes. However, phosphine fumigation is not allowed for any buildings used for human inhabitation. All structures must be ventilated afterwards. Additionally, all applicators must be licensed. They must have extensive, special training in the handling and use of phosphine.

Phosphine should never be used without proper training and supervision. The strict regulations are meant to help prevent the types of tragedies that happened in Alberta, Canada from happening.

This tragedy is unfortunately a crucial example of why you should consult an expert prior to any pest management treatments, especially do-it-yourself treatments. If you are planning on applying treatments yourself, make sure you research the treatment and all of its guidelines and regulations.

Treatment instructions for insecticides should be carefully followed and only be used according guidelines. Failure to follow guidelines can result in injury or death. If you aren’t sure, do not apply treatment! Contact a trained professional or refer to the EPA and CDC’s websites for additional information.

CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has the original story, along with updates here.