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Watching for Signs of Pest Problems

by Carson Hunt, H&H Pest Control

While some pests are obvious to notice in or around your property, many others are more subtle and some are not even seen at all.  But there is good news! Even the most sneaky of pests will leave a trail of evidence of their presence, but you will need to be looking.  So, before you start to worry about what could be hiding, now is the time to get educated so you can spot signs of a pest problem.

Why its a good idea to find pests sooner than later...

As time goes on, overlooking or simply not knowing a pest infestation exists, the infestation will get worse and will become more of a threat to you, your family, and your property.  Depending on the pest that has taken up residence on your property, you could end up with extensive and costly damages, the spread of harmful bacteria, food contamination, and sometimes even illness spread to your family.

Here are a few tips to help you identify pests sooner than later...

Termites

  • Wood that appears to be buckling, swollen or even appear to be water damaged.
  • Discarded wings, either inside or outside.
  • Mud tubes around the property.

Bed Bugs

  • Inspect box springs and bed frame for live or dead bugs.
  • Blood spots on sheets.
  • Empty tan colored skins that are left behind when bed bugs shed their skins to molt into the next stage.

 

If you notice any of these signs or any other signs of an infestation, please contact H&H Pest Management 888.471.3275  right away! While these pesky pests may be hard to find, they will leave clues behind so that you can have the problem resolved right away to avoid further problems.

 

For more information about termites and other wood-destroying pests in the St. George area, contact H&H Pest Control at 888-471-3275 or at info@hhpest.com

St. George Termites: Out of Sight But Not Out of Mind

by Carson Hunt, H&H Pest Control

Everyone has heard the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind.” When you apply it to some things it may work. For example, it works fantastic when dieting. Hide those cookies and you will find it's easier to lose weight. But, on the other hand, it’s not a method you want to use when dealing with other problems. The problem of termites would be one of them. Just because you don’t see these hungry little insects eating the wood from your home doesn't mean they aren't there. Termites do their work behind the walls.

And the St. George Real Estate Market isn’t exempt from these little “buggers” in any way, shape or form!

That said, termite colonies often leave clues if you know what to look for.

Pest Control Inspection

How many times have you taken your car in for a routine oil change only to have the mechanic tell you that you will have some serious engine trouble in the near future? To guard against a termite infestation, one of the best things you can do is invest in a regular pest control inspection. Professional pest control companies know what to look for. They can save you a load in home or business damage costs by catching a colony before they have eaten their way through. Even the strongest structures have vulnerabilities, don't think your home or business is secure against them.

Hollowed Wood

Think you may have a termite problem? Or want to know if you might have a termite problem? Go look around the perimeter of your home or business. Evaluate the sound of the wood when you tap on it. Good, sturdy wood should have a sound to match. If you hear a hollow thunk sound upon tapping the wood, there may just be a problem. Remember, termites devour their fill from the inside out. If you wait until you see the termites poking through your side of the wood, you’ll have waited too long.

Mud Tunnels

Termites don’t like to travel out in the open. It’s their dedication to stealth and protection that makes them so difficult to discover. They will, however, leave mud tunnels. If you find these mud tunnels along your walls, it’s a very good indication that there are termites.

Discarded Wings

Particularly after the swarming season, termites often leave pieces of themselves behind. Get a good pest control company out to your house  if you see discarded wings about for a full inspection. The worst thing you can do is assume that the wings are nothing to worry about.

For more information about termites and other wood-destroying pests in the St. George area, contact H&H Pest Control at 888-471-3275 or at info@hhpest.com
 

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