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Heroes vs. Spiders Matchup

By |October 28th, 2014|

How do the most famous movie heroes fare when paired with the biggest, baddest spiders? Admittedly, Halloween week brings out the crazy pest questions–usually paired with SyFy Channel original movies. For these matchups we avoided the obvious and limited […]

Exposing the Orange Oil Bait and Switch

By |October 27th, 2014|

Avoid the Orange Oil Bait & Switch
Oranges advertised for 5 cents each sound like a great deal until you get to the store and discover the offer is for a single candied orange slice. Called “bait and switch” the […]

Subterranean Termites Live the High Life

By |September 22nd, 2014|

Subterranean Termites Feast on Second Story Home
Subterranean means under ground, however we recently identified subterranean termites living the high life, as in the ceiling of a two-story home. Because of the location and the cooperation of the homeowner, we were able […]

Top 10 Bad Ideas for Getting Rid of Bed Bug #9–Flammable Chemicals

By |September 18th, 2014|

I’ve said it before, one of two things usually happen when someone attempts DIY bed bug extermination: either they poison themselves and their family, or they start a fire intentionally or not. Using flammable chemicals to fight bed bugs is […]

Top 10 Bad Ideas for Getting Rid of Bed Bugs–#10 Fire

By |September 15th, 2014|

Bed bugs can lead even the most sensible, level headed person to try the most preposterous extermination measures. One of two things usually happen when someone attempts DIY bed bug extermination: either they poison themselves and their family, or […]

5 Essentials of Townhouse Fumigation

By |September 1st, 2014|

Townhouses and condominiums are excellent candidates for fumigation when drywood termites are found. So then, why are so few townhouses, condos, and other multi-unit structures fumigated? It’s difficult enough for an HOA to get residents to agree upon a date and menu […]

Five Signs You Should Fire Your Pest Control Company

By |August 25th, 2014|

Do you know the five signs you should fire your pest control company?
Unless you understand best practices in pest control, you might not realize you’ve been receiving sub-par work. If you’ve noticed any of the following five warning signs […]

June Bug on a String

By |August 21st, 2014|

June Bugs are Flying, Got String?
One of our staff caught this Western Green June Bug (Cotinus mutabilis) in her California garden and brought it in. This started a discussion of weird things to do with large live beetles. Abby said her […]

10 Things Termite Companies Won’t Tell You

By |August 18th, 2014|

Termite inspection reports are packed full of great information; but there are ten things that most termite companies will avoid telling you…
1. We can’t find anything. Give us any home to inspect and we will find something, even if […]

Savvy Buyers Turn Termite Repairs into a Free Remodel

By |August 13th, 2014|

How would you like a bathroom remodel included with the purchase of your house?
Most sellers balk at offering to remodel a house they are trying to get rid of; however the termite report (or Wood Destroying Organisms Report) may […]

What to do When Boxelder Bugs Swarm

By |August 11th, 2014|

During spring and summer, western boxelder bugs (Boisea rubrolineata) primarily feed on the leaves, flowers and seedpods of female boxelder trees, but these distinctive ½ inch long black and red bugs may be found throughout your California garden, whether […]

Bill Murray was Right about Gophers

By |June 6th, 2014|

To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit – ever.  –Carl Spackler, Caddyshack
If your yard has ever been pockmarked by gophers or moles, Carl’s desperate […]