Wow…2011 went by in hurry!!! Here it is January 2012 and we begin the planning processes for a new year. I’ve never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions, but if that is your “cup of tea” then I wish you much success in your endeavor(s)…I like to call it strategic planning objectives and involve everyone, so that we all enjoy the success.

It seems that a lot of people make resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, spend more time doing “X”….all are really good resolutions and goals. And, I hope that you stick to your resolutions and reap the rewards of accomplishing your goal. I would ask that you consider one other objective…protect your largest investment from destructive termites! It’s truly amazing the degree of damage that these little insects can cause. I mention termites to you now, because NOW is the time to provide that barrier of protection…not in April/May when the termites swarm.

With that being said, what should you do to protect your property? First, have your property inspected by a licensed pest control operator that performs termite treatments. (Not all pest control companies perform termite inspections or treatments…ask them when you call.) The inspection performed should include a description and location of all areas with conducive conditions. These identified areas should then be corrected, if possible, or the consideration of treatment. A preventative treatment should always be considered in our region and especially for those properties with multiple conducive conditions.

Termite treatments vary due to the type of termite, construction type, area of activity and economics. However, conventional chemical and baiting systems are the treatment types most utilized in our area. Some companies offer both forms of treatment and should be able to discuss the benefits of each so that you can make the best decision for your property and budget. Cost is not the only item to make your decision on. You should take into consideration how long the company has been in business and performing termite treatments, the contract, the warranty, the type of chemical or baiting system being offered and the individual performing the service. In most situations you should not feel rushed into making your decision. Even if you have termites active in your home, a few more days to research will not cause your property to fall apart. Make the right decision for you and your property.

Enough on termites, for now…So what’s the insect of the month? I’d have to say that the silverfish is the most common problem insect at this time of the year. These insects hide during the day and prefer to rest in tight cracks or crevices and can be found almost anywhere in a home or business. They tend to concentrate in the bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms and attics. This is because they need a temperature range of 72-90 degrees and at least 50-75% humidity in order to reproduce. It will take 3-4 months before a silverfish becomes an adult, under favorable conditions and can live up to 3 years. Silverfish are commonly referred to as a paper pest. This is because they prefer to forage on paper products but are particularly drawn to wallpaper and wallpaper paste, glazed papers and papers with sizing. Certain species of silverfish prefer linen, rayon, and cotton, but not wools or true silks.

The key to control of silverfish is the proper identification of the infested areas and available food sources. Many infestations are localized and environmental modifications can reduce the population. In most cases a crack and crevice application with a properly labeled insecticide is needed as well as a wall void treatment. Complete eradication of this insect from your property is nearly impossible.

If you would like more information or a free proposal on these systems or any pest related service, please contact me at Chase Pest Control. Our office number is 936-441-2847 or by email at Happy New Year to all…may 2012 be everything that you desire!!