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Surprised? You should be. Pest Control Center, Inc. isn’t what you’d expect. We aren’t into high pressure sales. We’re interested in protecting your family from pests, not simply taking your money for something you may not need. That’s the primary reason we offer our free 5-Point Pest Vulnerability Check. We know that, by engaging you in real conversation about real problems and educating you about what you truly need, we’ll gain your trust. If we do that successfully we know you’ll call us when you need a pest control service.
Pest Control Center, Inc. has been in business serving the Sacramento Valley, and surrounding area, for 30 years. We’ve built our business and superior reputation by understanding and meeting the actual pest control needs of Northern California residents; ridding their homes, businesses and landscapes of pests and keeping them pest-free. We do this consistently and on a daily basis. Every customer is important to us, regardless of size. Our friendly, professional staff takes care of our customers in a timely manner and with the utmost courtesy and care.
Do You Have a Termite Infestation?
How to tell if your home is infested with termites:
- Winged termites found indoors usually indicate an infestation needing treatment.
- Determine if it is a termite or a winged ant, which can swarm during the same time of year. Termites have straight antennae, uniform waists and equally sized wings. Winged ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists, and longer forewings than hind wings.
- Termites are attracted to light and often seen around doors and windows. This doesn’t necessarily indicate an indoor infestation as they could also be originating from outdoor locations such as tree stumps or woodpiles. However, if winged termites are seen coming from the base of the foundation wall or other adjoining decks or porches, there is a good chance that the house requires an inspection and treatment.
- Earthen or mud tubes extending up from the foundations walls and support beams are another sign of a termite infestation in your home. The mud tubes are usually the diameter of a pencil but sometimes larger. A mud tube with no visible sign of worker termites does not necessarily indicate the lack of an infestation, just that the tube is no longer being used.
- Damaged wood from a termite infestation will be hollowed out along the grain. There will also be bits of mud or soil lining along the grain. Wood damaged by moisture or other insects will not have this mud/soil. Rippled or sunken places in wall coverings can also be an indicator that termites are tunneling underneath.
- However, if the tubes happen to be empty that does NOT necessarily mean there isn’t an infestation. It just means that the tube is no longer being used.
- Damaged wood from a termite infestation will be hollowed out along the grain. There will also be bits of mud or soil lining along the grain. Wood damaged but moisture or other insects will not have this mud/soil. Rippled or sunken places in wall coverings can also be an indicator that termites are tunneling underneath.
- There are often NO telltale signs that an infestation is living behind your walls or under your home. Termites are sneaky characters and infestations can and do go undetected for years.
- The only way to be sure if you have a termite infestation or not is to have a professional come and do a comprehensive inspection.
- El Dorado County and Sacramento Termite Inspection available.
March through May is Subterranean Termite swarming season. When the temperatures get above 70 and the air has moisture in it from recent rainfall or when we are getting our sprinklers going, these guys build up their mud shelter tubes out of the ground, floor, wall or crack in concrete slab to send hundreds of swarmer’s out to start new colonies elsewhere. I have actually seen this happen 3-4 times out of the blue in the middle of the floor, as the picture shows, a shelter tube for the swarmers to fly out from. One time I saw this right under a recliner chair, I wish we had cell phones like now I would have took a picture of that one. Be on the lookout for these oddities that can appear in just a day or two. You know who to call when or if this happens.
We live with some pretty cool animals! We call this one the Darth Vader of the Grasshoppers.
Throughout the world, places that have been involved in war and/or civil strife often have large minefields that still need clearing. In 2013, it was estimated that there was a global average of around nine mine-related deaths every day. The situation is especially dire in Africa.
Typically, clearing a minefield involves men in body armor walking in very precise lines with metal detectors. Anything (from a rusty nail to an old ammo cartridge) that sets the detectors off must be investigated before moving on. A new method of bomb detection using rats, however, is flipping this process on its head.
A Belgian NGO called APOPO has developed a way to train African pouched rats (named for the storage pouch in their cheeks) to sniff out bombs quickly and safely.
They used this rat because it has an incredibly fine-tuned sense of smell and a long lifespan (8-9 years) to yield returns on the nine months of training they undergo.
They’re called HeroRats, and not one has died in the line of duty since the program started in 1997.
The average mine requires 5 kg (roughly 11 pounds) of weight to trigger an explosion, but even the biggest of these rats are only around 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds).
Since they’re trained to sniff out explosives exclusively, they aren’t distracted by other metal objects the way human minesweepers are.
They can effectively search 200 square meters in less than 20 minutes.
A team of humans would need around 25 hours to do the same job.
Since they’re in the African sun a lot, the HeroRats get sunscreen to keep them cancer free.
If a rat does get cancer, it receives full medical treatment.
The rats are “paid” in avocados, peanuts, bananas and other yummy, healthy treats.
After about 4-5 years on the job (or whenever they lose interest in working), they’re allowed to retire.
Retirement consists of eating all the tasty fruit their little hero hearts desire.
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