Pest Control

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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2 Tips for Keeping Rats Out of Your Home

Posted on May 23, 2018 by James Florence

DANVILLE — Any pest infestation is a problem, but a rat infestation can be particularly unsettling. That’s why it’s wise to take preventative measures to keep rats out of your home. Here are two simple steps:

Keep your roofline clear of vegetation. A common point of entry for rats is the attic, but in order to enter, they have to get up on the roof. Often, they’re able to do this by climbing up tree branches or vines growing adjacent to the home. To cut off this route of access, trim back any vegetation that comes into contact with your roofline. Even if it isn’t quite touching, rats can jump, so don’t take any chances—cut those branches and vines back at least 18 inches. Read more

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Video: Preventative Termite Inspections

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

HAYWARD — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to termite control, there’s no better defense than preventative inspections. To learn more, we’re in Hayward with Jim Mortenson of Hi Tech Termite Control of the Bay Area, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor John Williams.

Jim Mortenson: Today we’re talking about the key to effective termite control. The first thing you want to do is have a quality inspection done by a highly reputable termite company. During these inspections, we’re looking for any wood-destroying organisms, such as termites, wood-boring beetles, or infections to the wood members of your home caused by dry rot. Even if you don’t see evidence of termites or dry rot, Read more

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The Key to Effective Termite Control

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

HAYWARD — There are several ways to treat a termite infestation, but the best option is to prevent it from happening in the first place. You can do this by having a reputable termite company perform regular inspections of your home and property. As a preventative measure, all Bay Area homeowners should have termite inspections performed every three to five years.

During an inspection, the technician will look for signs of activity from termites, wood-boring beetles and other wood-destroying insects, as well as more passive (yet equally destructive) agents like dry rot. The technician will also assess your property and take note of any conditions that make it more susceptible to infestation. By identifying both harmful activity and conducive conditions, Read more

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Video: Combating a Rodent Infestation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have a rodent problem in your home, you’ll want to combat it in a way that’s both safe and effective. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mario Martinez of All N One Pest Eliminators to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mario Martinez: Here at All N One Pest Eliminators, we get a lot of rodent calls. We get a lot of customers that call in because they have a rodent problem and they ended up putting poison out, and now they have a really bad smell.

If you’re having a rodent problem, the best thing to do is call a professional. Read more

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How to Combat a Rodent Infestation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — There are a couple of ways to combat a rodent infestation, but in order to ensure both safety and effectiveness, it’s necessary to have an understanding of correct application techniques.

One popular option for combating a rodent infestation is to use poison, which, while often effective, has at least one substantial downside. Since a rodent continues to be mobile after ingesting poison, when it finally does expire, it could be anywhere in or around your home, resulting in a foul smell from an undetectable carcass. Also, keep in mind that poison can kill secondary animals if proper precautions aren’t taken.

Due to these risks, it’s critical to apply poison in a safe manner. Read more

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Video: Travel Tip to Avoid Bed Bugs

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

LOS GATOS — Host, Sarah Rutan: A common way that bed bugs get around is by hitching a ride with unsuspecting travelers, particularly while they’re staying at a hotel. Today we’re in Los Gatos with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Janet Thrasher of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control to learn a few ways you can prevent this from happening.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Janet Thrasher: Hi, welcome to our training center. Today I’m going to share four travel tips on what to do if you encounter bed bugs and how to avoid bringing them home.

The first tip is: when you get to your hotel room, pull up the sheets and check the mattress. Read more

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