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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 […]

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Bad Idea #3: DIY Heat Treatment

By |February 19th, 2015|

Which of these items have NOT been used as a DIY bed bug heat treatment: camp stove, blow dryer, propane heater, heat gun, stove, or space heater?
Yes, they’ve all been used and all have caused home fires. Heat kills bed bugs–proven […]

Home Improvement Bargains

By |February 17th, 2015|

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are the best kept secret in home improvement bargains.
We’re happy to spread the word because Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building […]

Insects Named After Presidents

By |February 13th, 2015|

In honor of President’s Day, a…
List of Insects Named After Presidents
Can you match the president to the insect?

Fill in the blanks below with: a. lincolnanna, b. roosevelti, c. bushi, d. barackobamai

1. ANT: Pheidole __________

2. BEETLE:  Stenomorpha __________

3. BEETLE: Agathidium __________

4. SPIDER: Aptostichus __________

5. WASP: __________ malpighii

Yes! One lucky president has TWO insects named […]

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Bad Idea #4: DIY Poison

By |February 12th, 2015|

When your baby suffers from bed bugs, would you spray her with insecticide?
Of course not, but some people would! That’s why DIY poison is number 4 in Thrasher Termite & Pest Control’s bed bug bad ideas. The Centers for Disease Control […]

How Long Does Pressure Treated Wood Last?

By |February 9th, 2015|

At Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, we pull out a lot of subterranean termite damage from homes, but frankly we were surprised by the amount of subterranean termite damage found in this six-year-old pressure treated fence post.  After all, isn’t pressure […]

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Bad Idea: #5 Hire Clowns

By |February 5th, 2015|

It’s a rare technician who will shake your hand and say, “I have no idea what I’m doing…”–
While homeowners may occasionally misapply pesticides, the shocking news is that some pest control technicians (who should know better) have used banned pesticides and misapplied other […]

Thrasher Named One of the Top Rated Pest Control Companies

By |February 2nd, 2015|

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc. is one of the top rated pest control companies according to a Consumers’ Checkbook survey, as reported in Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook Magazine Fall 2014/Winter 2015 issue.
Consumers’ Checkbook compiled consumer ratings of pest control companies […]

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Bad Idea: #6 Be Old, Disabled, or Homeless

By |January 29th, 2015|

Who tastes better to a bed bug? Old people or poor people?
Actually everyone tastes the same to a bed bug; however the most vulnerable people are among the most likely to experience chronic bed bug infestations. Bed bugs don’t discriminate, yet getting […]

Backyard Chickens Attract Pests

By |January 26th, 2015|

How to Keep Backyard Chickens from Attracting Pests
A well built coop and good sanitary habits will keep your backyard chickens from attracting pests. Our clients with backyard chickens complain that their coops are magnets for rats, mice, and flying insects. Rats […]