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Pest Control and Extermination

The identification of insects and other pests by phone or email it is very hard. Need to know what kind of bug or rodents are in your house? Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to identify a pest.

Commercial Pest Control

Commercial Pest Control

We provide comprehensive pest management services. We relate to our customers like family and we care for their homes as if they were our own.

Construction Pest Control

Pest control refers to the regulation or management of a species defined as a pest,and can be perceived to be detrimental to business.

Construction Pest Control

Residential Pest Control

Residential Pest Control

We provide pest control treatments for all kinds of insects. For maximum effect, our treatments are carried out over a specific period of time.

TERMITE EXTERMINATION

Many property owners would not like to come across a termite infestation. It is quite difficult to identify signs of termites infestation as termites like damp, dark, and warm areas of a home.

Termites typically are small-white-soft-bodied insects, which feed on wood. There are two species of termites: the dry wood termites and the subterranean termites. They usually live in a form of groups and societies, wings are an indication that the termite is reproductive.

The termites live in colonies and once the little termites grow to a certain extent they form a swarm, which is a moving crowd, and maintain a colony.

When signs of termites infestation is not noticed earlier, the damage can escalate to a higher level, which can affect the structure of the building.

INSECT CONTROL

Everyone has heard the catchy Spanish folk song, “La Cucaracha,” about a cockroach unable to walk because he has lost one of his six legs. While the song may be loved by children and fun to sing along to, it is highly unlikely that anyone feels the same affection for this ick-inspiring and disease-spreading pest!

Most homeowners are aware of the health and safety risks associated with cockroach infestations, including the allergies and asthma triggered by cockroach allergens, and the germs and bacteria they have been known to spread. What may not be as widely known is the fact that cockroaches are a very interesting and resilient pest that exhibits some very odd behavior and survival tactics. For example, cockroaches spend 75% of their time resting and can withstand temperatures as cold as 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

RODENT REMOVAL

Rodents are a group of nuisance pests that includes mice, rats, and squirrels. These animals can contaminate food, damage property, and spread disease. The rodents that most often come into conflict with people  are:

Rats

  • Instincts: Rats are instinctively wary of things new to their environment, including rat control measures such as traps and bait, and colonize in attics, burrows, under concrete and porches, in wall voids and other hard-to-reach places.
  • Disease: Rats can harbor and transmit a number of serious diseases. They can also introduce disease-carrying parasites such as fleas and ticks into your home.

Mice

  • Access: Mice invade your home seeking food, water and warmth.
  • Contamination: Each mouse can contaminate much more food than it eats.

MOSQUITO FOGGING

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main vector that transmits the viruses that cause dengue. The viruses are passed on to humans through the bites of an infective female Aedes mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person.

Within the mosquito, the virus infects the mosquito mid-gut and subsequently spreads to the salivary glands over a period of 8-12 days. After this incubation period, the virus can be transmitted to humans during subsequent probing or feeding. The immature stages are found in water-filled habitats, mostly in artificial containers closely associated with human dwellings and often indoors.

Flight range studies suggest that most female Ae. aegypti may spend their lifetime in or around the houses where they emerge as adults and they usually fly an average of 400 metres. This means that people, rather than mosquitoes, rapidly move the virus within and between communities and places.

 

APHID REMOVAL

Though many common birds provide benefits such as down feather production, insect and weed population control and the sport of watching and feeding, many problems may arise when birds associate too closely with people.  Common bird problems range from general nuisance and building defacement to food contamination and disease transmission.

All birds are protected by federal law except the common pigeon, the European starling, and the house sparrow.  Some local or state governments may protect all birds and the methods of bird control allowed.

BED BUGS

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year. Although they are a nuisance, they are not thought to transmit diseases.

 

TESTIMONIAL

1. TERMITE SHELTER TUBES

These mostly originate from the ground crossing barriers for example metal capping and on walls or foundations.

The tubes are important in protecting the termites from predators, maintains a dark and humid environment for the termite food storage and their development. The termites are unique creatures and construct the structures at night when they are less likely to desiccate, in most cases the structures are clay like in texture , brown or dark brown in color.

Some are narrow while others are wider, if they are narrow say 10 millimeters they contain soldiers and workers foraging for food. On the other hand, if they are wider say 50 millimeters then they consist of large numbers of workers and soldiers transporting food and this is the stage, which is the most destructive.

Since they come in large numbers, they can cause immense damage on the wood or carvings they locate themselves. It is vital to look for signs of termites such tubes to avoid damages and losses.

2. SUBTERRANEAN TUNNELS

The subterranean species on the other hand do not make shelter tubes however, they make subterranean tunnels where they search and transport their food.

The tunnels maybe up to 20 centimeters deep down the soil with radii of up to 50 meters although in some cases this maybe deeper and radii further. Tunnels are mostly used by the worker termite although in some cases soldiers may be visible inside them.

3. BLOWHOLES IN TREES

This is for both termite species but the most visible is the subterranean species, which forms their colonies in tree root crown and trunks.

When an enemy infests the termites or predator the alates cut a longitudinal slit on the trunk for exit, however then the fight is completed the worker termite seal the hole and in most cases the tree produces callus in response to injuries.

In wood a hollow sounding studs maybe heard if termites have infested, in this case a professional maybe of great help, as they are familiar with the termite pattern and living.

4. EARTHEN PACKING
Termites working inside a timber often produce a mud like earthen packing on the surface and this is mostly visible on the foundation walls or at the joints.

In most cases, both termite species can cause destruction of the foundations and the joints.

When an alates for colonizing fight is about to be released the termites often produce earthen flight tubes, which projects horizontally from the infested timber. This is the most crucial signs of termites to watch.

5. TERMITE NOISES AND WOOD EXCAVATION

Termites often excavate the wood leaving a thin layer intact and most excavation varies from large galleries to hollowing depending on the termite species. Audible tapping may be heard in places where it is heavily infested by termites these are signs of termites.

The sound comes from the soldiers tapping their mandibles and heads on the wood this is to signal the rest of the colony. The continuous transfer of the signal to the rest of the termite population often increases the sound hence the reason why it can be heard.


6. PILES OF TERMITE FRASS IN OR AROUND THE HOME

Termite droppings are often referred to as frass, these are tiny pellets mostly found at or near the entry of the termites. In the event you find a pile of dropping outside or inside your home then it clearly indicates that there are termites around.

7. PRESENCE OF WINGS

Reproductive termites are often referred to as swarmers and often take flights in order to look for places to create new colonies.

Dry wood swarms are less predictable while the subterranean termites swarm during the spring season. In the event you see discarded wings or a swarm of insects then this is the time to alert insect or termite specialist to check presence of termites.

If you spot any sign of termites, do Contact Us Now before it makes collateral damage to your properties!

Here are ten of the most fascinating cockroach facts:

  1. A cockroach can live for a week without its head. Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments, they are not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.
  2. A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes, and can even survive being submerged under water for half an hour. They hold their breath often to help regulate their loss of water.
  3. Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour, which means they can spread germs and bacteria throughout a home very quickly.
  4. Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days. In fact, the German cockroach is the most common of the cockroaches and has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people.
  5. A one-day-old baby cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, can run almost as fast as its parents.
  6. The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer. They are most likely attracted by the alcohol mixed with hops and sugar.
  7. The world’s largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan. Average cockroaches can vary in size from ½”- 2″ long.
  8. Cockroaches are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era.
  9. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, including the most common species, the German cockroach, in addition to other common species, the brownbanded cockroach and American cockroach.
  10. Because they are cold-blooded insects, cockroaches can live without food for one month, but will only survive one week without water.

These facts prove that cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on earth, which makes controlling and eliminating a cockroach infestation all the more difficult. Cockroach control and management are important for health and safety reasons.

If you suspect a cockroach infestation, Contact Us Now and we will more than happy to help out.

1.  RATS CAN SWIM

Believe it or not, rats could give Michael Phelps a run for his money. Certain types of rats can tread water for up to three days and hold their breath for three minutes. Additionally, some species can swim over a mile. And the stories about rats popping up in toilets is no urban legend. They can easily make their way up your pipes.

2. RATS ARE REVERED IN SOME CULTURES

temple dedicated to Hindu goddess Karni Mata in northwest India is home to more than 15,000 rats. These rodents are worshipped and protected, and human devotees of the temple believe that when they die, they will be reincarnated as rats.

3. THEIR TAILS KEEP THEM COOL

Rats don’t sweat like humans, nor do they pant to relieve the heat like a dog. Rather, rats control their body temperature by expanding and contracting the blood vessels in their tails.

4. A RAT’S TEETH NEVER STOP GROWING

Rats are known for gnawing on things, and with good reason. Their teeth can grow up to 5 inches per year. They have to chew on things to wear them down. In addition to wood, rats can also gnaw through lead, cinder blocks and aluminum sheeting.

5. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF RATS

Most people have heard of Norway rats (brown rats), pack rats and roof rats (black rats). However, what many people don’t know is that there are 56 known species of rats in the world.

6. SOME RATS GET PRETTY BIG

True there are some big rats out there rummaging through garbage cans, but the types of rats most people are used to seeing are small compared to some of their more massive rodent relatives. The Sumatran bamboo rat, for example, can weigh up to 8.8 pounds and measure 20 inches in total length. That’s the size of a small housecat. While not as heavy at 3 pounds, the Gambian pouched rat can measure as long as 3 feet from nose to tail.

7. RATS ARE PROLIFIC BREEDERS

One of the facts about rats that most people are familiar with is that they can breed quickly. A female rat can reproduce every three weeks or so. And when she gives birth, the litter typically contains six to 10 pups. These pups become sexually mature when they’re three to four months old, meaning they can begin spawning their own broods.

8. THEY’RE SOCIAL CREATURES

Most types of rats live in communities, in which they groom each other, sleep together and even play. However, they are territorial, so they can turn aggressive toward unfamiliar rats. A group of rats is called a “mischief.

9. RATS CAN CARRY PATHOGENS THAT SPREAD DISEASE

Yes. One of the most well-known facts about rats is that they can carry pathogens that spread diseases that can affect humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rats and mice can spread over 35 diseases. They’re even responsible for an outbreak of monkey pox in 2003.

10. RATS CAN LAUGH

When rats play, they experience what researcher Jaak Panksepp calls a type of “social-joy.” The result? They laugh, albeit not a hearty chuckle like you’d hear from a human. Instead, they emit a high-pitched chirping noise.

Now that you know these facts about rats, you can see why some people might keep them as pets. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you ever want to encounter a wild rat in your house or workplace. That’s why it’s important to know how to keep rats away.

To get rid of the rodent pest, contact us now at Golden Pest Control and we will be more than happy to help!

Dengue infection rates are higher outdoors and during daytime, when these mosquitoes (Stegomyia) bite most frequently. However, Ae. aegypti breed indoors and are capable of biting anyone throughout the day. The indoor habitat is less susceptible to climatic variations and increases the mosquitoes’ longevity.

Dengue outbreaks have also been attributed to Aedes albopictusAedes polynesiensis and several species of the Aedes scutellaris complex. Each of these species has a particular ecology, behaviour and geographical distribution.

The aim of the mosquito fogging operations is to kill, or ‘knock-down’, any adult dengue mosquitoes that may be carrying the dengue virus. The mosquitoes become infected with the virus after biting and taking blood from someone who is sick with dengue. To try and prevent the infected mosquito from biting another person and passing on the disease, we need to apply the mosquito fog in areas where a lot of dengue cases have been reported to try to kill as many adult dengue mosquitoes as possible.

Prevention is better than cure. Do Contact Us Now for mosquito fogging if you suspect dengue mosquitoes are in your neighborhood.

Pigeons

  • The pigeon is the most common pest bird and is responsible for the worst public health concerns.  The adult pigeon is about 11 inches long with a short neck, small head, and short legs.  Pigeons can be identified by their blue-grey color and iridescent feathers on the head and neck.  Pigeons nest on small, flat areas away from the ground, such as ledges, air conditioning units, pipes, and window sills. Pigeons eat a varied diet of grains, discarded food, and livestock feed and manure, and they must have water daily to survive.

Starlings

  • The European Starling) is an introduced species that causes problems in urban and rural areas.  The adult starling is about 8″ long (about the size of a robin) with a short tail and long bill.  In winter, the starling has a dark bill and an iridescent coat speckled with white dots.  In summer, the starling’s bill is yellow, and the coat is duller, mostly green and purple, and less speckled.  Starlings travel in flocks of up to thousands, and they nest and feed in a variety of areas.  In urban areas, starlings nest in trees, exhaust vents, marquees, and hollow lamp posts, and on ledges, lighted signs, billboards, and soffits. In rural areas, starlings tend to nest on farm building ledges and in tree cavities.  Starlings feed on a variety of sources, depending on the season and availability.  These food sources include seeds, fruit, food scraps, insects, and crops of cereal, fruit and vegetables. House Sparrows

  • The House Sparrow is a small, stocky bird that is not a true sparrow but belongs to the family called weaver finches.  The house sparrow is 5 to 6 inches long with a conical bill and brown and grey feathers.  The male has a black throat and white crown, while the female has a white throat and dull eye stripe.  Sparrows build messy nests of twigs, string, paper, and grass in any covered, elevated spots, typically in larger buildings such as warehouses, stadiums, and airport hangars.  Sparrows primarily eat grain, but they also feed on fruit, seeds, insects, livestock feed, and discarded food scraps.  House sparrows have become very dependent on humans for food and shelter, and they nest, roost, and feed in large groups within a range of one to two miles.

If you faced any birds or bats problem, do Contact Us Now for further assistance!

WHERE BED BUGS HIDE

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.

Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.

WHEN BEDBUGS BITE

Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.