Why Are Termites Called Silent Destroyers?

They may be creeping in your home and you don’t even realize it… They spend all their time eating away at the wood and never get tired… what are they? TERMITES! These wood destroying insects can be in your home for years without you even realizing it! Also known as the ‘silent destroyer’, a termite is an insect that eats wood as its main source of food. They build satellite colonies away from their food source and then travel to their food source to eat the wood from the inside out. If this food source is your home, you have plenty of reasons to worry!

What kind of damage can termites do?

Because termite damage isn’t obvious to begin with, their damage is usually overlooked for YEARS. As they begin their feeding on the wood in your structure, you may never even realize they are present. Eventually they hollow out the wood in your home’s structure, making it look water or weather damaged and packing it full of ‘mud’, which is really just termite excrement. Wood can look saggy or droopy and wood that has extensive termite damage can become structurally unsound.

What are signs of termites?

As we already mentioned, it can be challenging to recognize a termite infestation until the problem becomes out of hand. Some signs of termites may include:

  • Mud tubes along walls- these tubes are used by termites to travel to your home from their colony, which is usually located outside and away from your home. Since termites dry out easily, the mud protects them and keeps their delicate bodies moist.
  • Painted wood that has termite damage looks blistered and the paint can peel.
  • Shed termite wings are a sign that termites have ‘swarmed’ in or near your home. These ‘swarms’ are what happens when the reproductive termites fly up out of the ground and attempt to find a mate. Once a mate is chosen, the termites drop to the ground, their wings fall off and they go in search of a place to build their new colony.
  • Wood that has termite damage may sound hollow when tapped on.
  • Door and window frames with termite damage look like they are sagging.
  • Termite damage can present like water damage, but if you look closely, you may see termite mud seeping through cracks or fractures in the wood.

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How Pests Can Affect Your Health

Buying organic food, regular exercise and meditation are often considered some of the staples in healthy living and wellbeing.  Yet, not as many people associate their home as a place that could harbor tiny little health threats.

For instance, many connect the word “pest,” to thoughts of – gross, creepy, and annoying.  But in reality, most pests can be much more than a disgusting  irritation. They can be a direct and indirect threat to you and your family’s health and wellbeing.  That is because many pests, like fleas, mosquitoes and rats are a vector (or carrier) for human disease.

Here are some of the more common pests, and how they can negatively impact your health:

cockroach_icon_croppedCockroaches

Unless you’re an entomologist, you probably already think cockroaches are gross, creepy and most definitely hideous. Besides their obvious ick factor, they can be a serious health risk.  First off, they multiply quickly, therefore it does not take long for a few to turn into a full-blown infestation in no time.  Roaches shed their skin and leave behind droppings and urine (everywhere!); which then quickly become airborne allergens.  These particles can cause an allergic reaction to those who have asthma or who are otherwise sensitive to allergens – especially children. As if that were not enough, because they can sneak in through the smallest cracks, crevices, drains, vents and sewer pipes, they tend to contaminate other surfaces like your countertops & cupboards with bacteria and pathogens.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes. Are. Annoying. No two ways about it.  And you probably are at least aware that mosquitoes can carry and transmit disease.  As of late, the news has been plastered with stories about the mosquito-born illness, the Zika Virus. However, it is not often top of mind for many New Englanders, especially with our short summers and long cold winters, mosquito season is almost over, right after it starts.  However, the diseases that mosquitoes are known to transmit in these parts are no laughing matter. West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can cause serious illness in some, including encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) and some cases even death.

rat-iconRodents

Rodents are not always perceived as a serious health risk because to many; they are viewed as cute and having them around has almost become a way of life.  The cold hard truth is those little, furry, beady-eyed critters are known to carry over thirty-five – yes, 35 diseases! These diseases are spread in a variety of ways, through bites, contaminated food/water (with rodent feces – ewww!), and from inhaling pathogens from rodent urine and droppings. Not so cute now – are they?

Bed bugs

Believe it or not, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease to humans! So why did they make the list, you ask?  True, it is possible, that some individual may have an allergic reaction to their bite and any bug bite could become infected if you scratch it and introduce germs to the wound. However, overall even though bed bugs may not have much of an impact on our physical health, bedbugs are known to create mental health concerns which are very real issues that should not be ignored or disregarded. For instance, many people who have suffered through a bed bug infestation have developed insomnia, depression, social isolation and stress, just to name a few.

The Cat’s Eye King Pest Solution

If you have a pest problem, don’t tackle it alone. C.E.K’s goal is to solve your pest problem while minimizing the amount of materials placed in and around your home.  We do this through careful inspections, locating pest “hot spots,” as well as helping you to minimize conditions that promote pest activity in and around your home.

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Bees in Your Yard
Finding bees in your garden or backyard is not necessarily reason to panic. Bees can travel long distances in their search for food. If there are just a few around, it’s likely that the hive or colony is quite a distance away, and you will probably not need to worry about bee extermination just yet. But keep an eye on the situation, as sometimes the first few bees are “scouts” who are scoping out a location for their new colony.

Bees Near Your Home
Bees clustering close to your home can be a red flag. Bees establish colonies in dark, cavernous places where they build complex nests. These homes of up to 60,000 individuals are usually established inside trees, but if they can get in through a crack or gap, that cavern could be within your exterior walls. Unlike yellow jacket hives, which only last one year, honey bee colonies are permanent. If you find honey bees entering and exiting a hole in your wall or in the eaves of your home, it’s time to call a bee extermination professional.

The Steps of Bee Removal
Eliminating a bee problem is more complicated than just spraying a little pesticide. In order to get rid of bees and keep them away, your bee removal professional should take the following steps:

1. Locating and killing the bees themselves. This usually involves targeted chemical spraying by your bee removal professional. 2. Removing the dead bees, honeycombs, or hives, and any honey inside the home. This is important because if left there, the sweetness of the honey and honeycombs will attract mice, flies, and other pests. 3. Sealing up spaces. By caulking cracks and cleaning thoroughly, a bee extermination expert can see to it that the bee problem doesn’t surface again.

Special Bee Extermination Considerations
The most important thing you can do to prevent bee problems is to keep from attracting bees. Garbage bins should be covered tightly so that bees aren’t attracted to the smell of sweet rubbish, such as soda cans, rotting fruit and so on. To keep from giving them shelter, fill all cracks and holes in the walls and eaves of your house, and make sure screens are tight.

It’s nearly impossible to tell “killer” Africanized honey bees from “regular” European honey bees. The main difference is that they are more temperamental, and defend their colonies more intensely and with less provocation. This makes it more important than ever to find a qualified, experienced bee extermination expert to deal with your bee removal.

Allergic reactions to bee stings can be quite serious. Symptoms range from itching and swelling to severe reactions such as difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness. Homeowners with children should be especially careful when it comes to bee removal.