Pest Control

Video: The Importance of Recurrent Termite Inspections

Posted on May 15, 2019 by James Florence

WINDSOR — Host, Sarah: When it comes to protecting your home, few steps are more important than having recurrent professional termite inspections. Today we’re in Windsor with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Brandy Straub of Redwood Empire Termite & Pest Control to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Brandy Straub: The benefit of getting a termite inspection on your home. A lot of people go ahead and get their cars cleaned, take it to a mechanic. They get their teeth cleaned, they do a lot of things, but they neglect their home, especially with the rainy seasons that we’ve had this year. We’ve had an abundance of rain, and a lot of homes get water up underneath the house. Read more

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The Importance of Professional Termite Inspections

Posted on May 02, 2019 by James Florence

WINDSOR — Like most people, you probably take a preventative approach to checking up on your car, your teeth, and other crucial aspects of your daily life and health. However, even if you’re proactive about these things, there’s another crucial check-up you might be neglecting: professional termite inspections.

Termites are a constant threat to homeowners in the North Bay Area. Whether drywood or subterranean varieties, when termites infest the wood elements of a home, they can end up causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and undermining its structural stability. What’s more, the abundance of rain we received this past winter (2018-19) has increased the threat of subterranean termites. When water collects underneath a home (a common result of untreated drainage problems), Read more

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Video: Keeping Rodents Out of the Home

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to keeping rodents out of the home, step one is to identify and seal off potential entry points. To learn more, we’re in Antioch with Angel Stanley of All N One Pest Eliminators, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mario Martinez.

Angel Stanley: When inspecting your home, you always want to look around for open areas like maybe in your vents, sometimes down in the low foundation. You might have some cracks that obviously rodents can get into. And if you look right here, you can also see that this foam sealant is starting to get old. Rodents can also chew on that and re-enter in this point. Read more

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Keeping Rodents Out of the Home

Posted on March 28, 2019 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Do you have a rodent problem in your home? Have traps and similar appliances failed to provide a permanent solution? It may be because you haven’t done anything to stop rodents from accessing your home in the first place. You can set up all the traps you want, but if you don’t block the entry points rodents use to get into your home, you’ll only continue to have problems.

The most common way rodents get into homes is through small, unnoticed openings. These include eave gaps, crawl space vents at ground level, entry holes for pipes or electrical wires, fascia boards, roof joints and loose siding. It’s important to understand that even a quarter-sized hole in your home exterior can allow a rat or mouse to enter. Read more

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Video: Protecting Against Wood-Destroying Organisms

Posted on July 25, 2018 by James Florence

BRENTWOOD — Host, Sarah Rutan: To guard your home from termites and other wood-destroying organisms, you’ll need to address a few areas of maintenance. Today we’re in Brentwood with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Andy Bongiorno of Bongiorno Termite Control to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Andy Bongiorno: Wood-destroying organisms, like fungus and rot and termites, exist in nature to eliminate dead wood from the environment and recycle it. The one thing we want to make sure they don’t do is make your house part of nature. So, to prevent nature from consuming your house, here’s a couple of tips that might help maintain your property.

One thing I’d recommend to do is to keep the exterior of the house clear of any debris or vegetation or excess soil. Read more

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Protecting Your Home From Wood-Destroying Organisms

Posted on July 13, 2018 by James Florence

BRENTWOOD — Wood-destroying organisms like fungi and termites exist in nature to eliminate dead wood from the environment and recycle it. As a homeowner, the last thing you want is for your home to end up on these organisms’ dinner menu. To prevent this from happening, implement the following maintenance measures:

Keep your home exterior clear of debris, vegetation and excess soil. Firewood piled up against the house, unkempt trees and shrubs touching the home exterior, and wall planters with high soil levels can increase the potential for insect infestation or fungal infection. Remedy these conditions by storing firewood away from the home, keeping adjacent vegetation well-trimmed and monitoring the soil levels of wall planters. Read more

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Video: Keeping Rats Out of Your Home

Posted on May 29, 2018 by James Florence

DANVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Few things are as unsettling as a rat infestation in your home. To learn some preventative tips, we’re in Danville with David Kyle Osborn of Osborn Spray Service, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor David Osborn.

David Kyle Osborn: We want to show you a couple of helpful tips, as homeowners, how to keep rats out of your house. And right here we have 2 examples. For our roof rats we have out here, they are climbers and opportunists. And we want to make sure any vegetation, any branches, any vines, anything touching your roofline should be cut back at least 18 inches. Read more

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