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  • Perimeter Treatment

Subterranean Termite Treatment Explained

By |May 26th, 2015|

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control treats subterranean termites by applying a liquid termiticide around the foundation of your home to create a continuous treatment zone.
The termiticide Thrasher uses is a professional termite defense product not available to homeowners. It uses an advanced nonrepellent, or “undetectable,” […]

  • Woodpecker Damage

Pesky Woodpeckers

By |May 18th, 2015|

Woodpeckers out of control.
Thrasher Termite & Pest Control inspectors were surprised by the extreme woodpecker damage found in one suburban home. Woodpeckers had drilled holes directly under the roof fascia board around the entire house. Besides being unsightly, such extensive wood damage can have many […]

  • Dermestid Beetle Pantry Pest

What’s Crawling in the Pet Food

By |April 29th, 2015|

Dermestid beetles in the dog food. 
Thrasher Termite & Pest Control received a baggie of dry lamb meal with a request to identify the things crawling inside. Those crawling things were the larvae of dermestid beetles. These common pantry pests scavenge and feed on animal […]

  • Carpet Beetles on Shasta Daisy 2

Keep Carpet Beetles Out of Your Bouquet

By |April 15th, 2015|

Carpet beetle control begins in the garden.
Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen. What?! Carpet beetle larvae (common household pests) feed on lint, and on natural fibers in clothing, carpeting, upholstery, and other furnishings. But adult carpet beetles hang out in the GARDEN, not in […]

  • Honey Bees

Native Bees

By |April 13th, 2015|

Enjoy these photos of beautiful bees at work pollinating–

For more information about native California bees, check out the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab.
Bee Troublemakers
With over 100 species of bees in California, such as the bees above, only three bee species occasionally trouble homeowners: […]

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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 in Vacuum

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 […]

  • No Painting Before Termite Fumigation

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 […]

  • Cellulose Debris

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

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 […]

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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 […]

  • Photo courtesy of USDA

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 […]