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Mosquito Control

By |March 30th, 2015|

Mosquito relief is a propane tank away.
Thrasher Termite & Pest Control clients living in the Santa Cruz mountains are particularly vexed by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can breed in a tablespoon of water. With so many seeps, springs, and seasonal creeks, mosquitoes are […]

Bed Bugs Hide in Vacuum Cleaners

By |March 26th, 2015|

Bed bugs hide in vacuum cleaners.
Do you have a housekeeper? To prevent bed bugs, insist that your housekeeper use your vacuum and not bring one in from the outside. At Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, we’ve found live bed bugs […]

Why You Shouldn’t Paint Before Termite Fumigation

By |March 23rd, 2015|

Put down that brush! Don’t paint or refinish your floors right before your property is fumigated for termites.
You also don’t want to install anything that uses adhesive products with cure time, such as engineered wood flooring, vinyl flooring, or rain […]

What is Cellulose Debris and Why It’s on Your Termite Report

By |March 19th, 2015|

Termites gobble up cardboard like a teenager with a bag of Doritos.
The 2 x 4s that make up the structure of your home offer plenty of termite food, but wood scraps, cardboard, newspapers, and other material made from wood pulp […]

Soaps, Detergents, and Termite Fumigation

By |March 16th, 2015|

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc. was recently asked if it was okay to use soap and detergent that remained inside a house during a termite fumigation.
Our answer: No problem. Lather up!
Preparation instructions for termite fumigation do not include removing soap or detergent. These […]

Rats Eat Bark off Tree

By |March 12th, 2015|

When gnawing rats stripped the bark of this sweet cherry tree, Thrasher Termite & Pest Control went out on a limb for our customer!
Our pest technician attached a rat trap on the tree limb to catch culprit. Result, no more rat. Sweet […]

3 Reasons to Evict Honey Bees

By |March 10th, 2015|

3 Really Good Reasons to Evict Honey Bees.
Thrasher Termite & Pest Control customers report that bees are swarming. Many homeowners who notice honey bees swarming near house eves or chimneys know that honey bees are important pollinators and they don’t want to harm […]

Termite Inspections Include Fungus but not Mold

By |March 9th, 2015|

Why do Termite Inspections Identify Fungus but not Mold?
Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is licensed to conduct inspections for wood destroying organisms (WDOs). Mold does not destroy wood, therefore we’re not trained or licensed to identify surface mold. That’s the short […]

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs: Bad Idea #1 Move

By |March 5th, 2015|

Renters on the Move Keep Bed Bug Companies in Business–
You complain to your landlord about bed bugs, get tired of waiting for action, so you pack your bags and move. Those in the pest control business thank you! You’ve just […]

Please Report Invasive Stink Bug

By |March 2nd, 2015|

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control handles a lot of pests, but the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a challenge even for us.
This non-native stink bug is a residential nuisance and a threat to U.S. agriculture and ornamental plants. California […]

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Bad Idea #2: Look the Other Way

By |February 26th, 2015|

Ignoring Bed Bugs Costly for Landlords, No Solution for Tenants–
Landlords, are you ready to do jail time for failing to get rid of bed bugs? How about facing fines of half a million dollars or more? Ignoring bed bugs is a […]

The Surprising Reason Termite Inspectors Never Mention Rat Poop

By |February 23rd, 2015|

The Surprising Reason Termite Inspectors Never Mention Rat Poop.
You’d think it would be easy to identify rat poop. Poop looks like…poop. When that poop is a certain size, it is a fair conclusion that a rat caused the mess. Yet, a […]