No, you haven’t picked up last months edition. Yes, I have reprinted the Termite diagram. Why? Because it’s Termite Swarm Season and I think it’s important for you to be able to properly identify. Actually, we received our first “swarm” call on April 2. My prediction is that we will have an extended season due to the weather conditions. Termites like hot humid days to begin their flight and we are in this pattern of a couple days hot, couple of days humid and then a couple of days in low 60’s. So, the termites are as frustrated as we are. Stay on the look out!!

Below is a key to help you identify a swarming termite:

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Should you experience termite swarmers in the interior of your home, please contact a pest control company before cleaning up the insects. This will allow the technician to better identify the location of activity. Hopefully, you will not experience the interior swarm as this generally means the termites have been in walls for quite some time and the degree of damage may be severe. Termites are and will be an insect that we will have to deal with in our area. It has been said that are only two types of properties…those that have termites now and those that will have termites.

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.

Additionally, the rains are going to bring out the mosquitoes!! We are already seeing activity on the few warm days we have had, so you can expect them to be more aggressive when Mother Nature gets her “standard” routine in place. If you are looking for relief, we offer Misting Systems and/or Fogging Services that greatly reduce the mosquito population. The Misting System is by far the most consistent with daily operational cycles that keep a defined area protected. Fogging is generally less expensive and allows a homeowner to have reduced populations of mosquitoes for generally 3-6 weeks. We can actually establish a set schedule of applications through the Summer months. Great application before outdoor events!!

Fire Ants can truly be controlled for 12 months, Guaranteed! We utilize a product called Top Choice that is distributed across your entire lawn and landscape areas. We can generally gain control of current activity within 24-48 hours and then maintain control for 12 months…not a “season” as most OTC products stipulate.

If you would like to prevent unwanted insects from entering your property; tired of chasing fire ants around your lawn and wish to do something more exciting; or, couldn’t sit outside for than more than 5 minutes before the mosquitoes sent you inside…there are alternatives. Don’t Wait one minute longer….Give us a call and we can discuss what’s “Bugging” you.

If you would like more information or a free proposal on any of our pest control services, please contact me at Chase Pest Control. Our office number is 936-441-2847 or by email at Until the next issue, have a great time outdoors.