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Great Video on Termite Treatments and the Bait Station Scam

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Must watch if you have or ever considered bait stations. Just the other day we had a potential customer get talked into a large company's bait station offering. This was with an active infestation.......shhh! If you do not educate yourself as a consumer you might be left out for the wolves. They commonly pitch an up front cost vs. a chemical treatment. Then explain that after two years of monitoring they will do a chemical treatment if the bait stations don't work. That is after you paid for the bait stations, the chemical refills once the wood is hit on, quarterly checks throughout the year, and a "quality assurance warrant-yearly." Just get it done right the first time people. There is one effective proven way to prevent, or kill termites and it is called Termidor. We use, and we save homes with it. If you think you would like to spend your money on bait stations-buyer beware on how they work. We do not personally treat homes with bait stations-video is great at explaining why we are Certified Termidor Professionals and not bait station scam artist.-Please share to stay away from the scams. This is not an effective treatment in my opinion: this is monitoring only. It is also a great way to attract termites to your home if you don't have them. If you want to see if there are termites in your yard bury a piece of wood next to your home; and see what happens to it over time. Save yourself the money of putting the wood in a buried plastic container, and do it yourself. You might be amazed to find out that indeed your yard does have termites in it. In fact per acre there are six colonies on average. But the last thing you want is to bring them to your home so when they are done eating on that wood in the ground they begin eating on the wood on your home. Pest Control is not rocket science-choose to be a smart homeowner-Hope you enjoy the video


Termite Bait Stations and why they DON'T WORK! | Scam Alert

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAs9CWH7AGo

Bad industry practices-BEWARE

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Was completing a termite inspection today: of an obvious area of termite damage. However just because there is termite damage doesn’t mean the damage is recent; without further inspection. A lot of inspections/inspectors will skip this and move to just treatment recommendations. However this area of damage was about 15 ft wide by 10ft long running to the front window; that then ran down to a stoop (cement slab-your front porch) on the outside. I asked if the basement was finished and like most in the area it was not. So I went to the basement and was able to use a ladder to look further into the foundation boards extending past the foundation wall. See the pictures. It is clear during the construction that the builder extended foundation boards past the cement foundation and there is nothing there but dirt before concrete covering this area. This area seen was not hard to find but the homeowners whom lived there since 1992 never got on a ladder in their basement to see this. Termites were able to move under the stoop and right into feeding on the foundation boards leading the floor and windowsill. Most people are unaware that this is normally a hot location for termites to enter into a home because from the outside it does not look like there is any way possible that this could be the case. One should be on the look-out for companies using a 12-16 inch drill bit in these areas because most of the time there is more concrete poured. Once again look at the pictures. In addition note that the cement goes down further than 12-16 inches. It humored me looking at the outside of the house were holes were drilled from a prior treatment (because they were just holes drilled into the cement and not through to reach the soil). YET the applicator clearly wasn’t using a drill bit on the hammer drill that would go down 18 inches. Which we always use because of this reason. So the person never even injected a termiticide into the soil because their drill bit would not penetrate the depth. Big NO NO! Further few companies have thermal imaging, and to add additional evidence I used thermal imaging (you can see in black) which shows a portion of the termite colony-look at temp on FLIR image along with color. This is an illustration to keep us in mind for quality inspections and treatments. We are honest and very concerned that the home owner had a previous treatment that was fraud. Please forward along and keep in mind; Crosshair Professional LLC Pest and Termite Control; is the only company you should be using if you want done right the first time. Or shop by price and get what you paid for.

MICE

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Crosshair Professional LLC Pest and Termite Control can take care of mice prevention and infestations. Don't wait until your home has diseases, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Breathing in small particles from their droppings, urine, saliva or nesting materials can make you sick; especially from vacuuming (common from homeowners). The particles can get into the air when you sweep or vacuum. Some people might think that a couple of mice isn’t a big deal. But two mice in your home can do a lot of damage. In just six months, two mice can eat four pounds of food and leave 18,000 droppings. Plus, mice multiply fast. One female can have five to 10 litters of about five or six mice a year. Then those mice can start reproducing after only 30 days. Within three months six mice can multiply into 60. So if you’ve found one, there are probably more. Cold weather drives most animals and insects to find warmth, which could lead them straight to your house. And if they find a food source, they’re moving in. What are the signs that you have mice? Mouse droppings. Little bits of chewed-up food packages. You might also be able to hear them in your walls or ceiling. They lurk in the cellar, the garage, pantry, kitchen — even bedrooms. They love insulation in your walls and attic. Don't take our word for it read a review of ours on google- "I was referred to Crosshair by a mutual friend. We have had some issues with mice and bugs in the house. When Travis showed up he was prompt and very knowledgeable with these issue. He devised a plan to get rid of the mice and the bugs inside and around the base of the house outside. I was impressed and even more so when just a few days later we have found dead mice. We tried another large pest control company last year that just seemed to monitor the mice not eliminate. Crosshair price was very competitive and worth the service. I will be recommending them!"-C.Kenny

What is the difference between carpenter ants and termites?

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

There are a many differences between carpenter ants and termites. The body shape of a carpenter ant is like an hourglass–it narrows between the abdomen in the rear and the thorax in the front. The body of a termite is more cigar-shaped without the narrowing between the front and back halves of the body. When wings are present, carpenter ants have larger wings in the front and smaller wings in the back, whereas termite “swarmers” have relatively equal-sized wings. Carpenter ant wings are less “veiny” than termite wings. Also, ant wings have a stigma (dark spot) on the leading edge of the front wing, and termite wings do not.

 

Carpenter ant antennae are bent or curved, while termite antennae are relatively straight. Also, termites eat the wood they tunnel through and ants do not.

What can I do to prevent termite infestation?

 

Treatment options include a monitoring & bait system like the Advance Bait Station System; or a liquid treatment, where a liquid termiticide like Termidor is applied in an underground “curtain” around the house.The current standard method of preventing termite infestation on newly constructed home or business is to have a pretreatment done which is a liquid termiticide over the entire foundation area before the concrete is poured. The building sciences are continually coming up with new methods of infestation prevention. A homeowner or business owner could also make post-construction improvements to the home or business that are less conducive to an infestation of wood-destroying insects. Common conditions that are conducive to an infestation are: earth to wood contact at support posts; wood, boxes, cellulose material and form boards left in the crawlspace; improper drainage away from the structure; and inadequate ventilation in the crawlspace. Correction of these conditions will greatly reduce the likelihood of an infestation.


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