Termites. Most people don’t even think about termites or the damage they can cause until they become homeowners. And still, many don’t pay too much attention to these pests until the damage is caused. Termites don’t bite or annoy you when you are trying to eat outside. They don’t make horrible noises or send you to the hospital after a sting. Instead, these tiny creatures focus on eating 24/7. And when the untreated wood in your home comes in contact with a termite colony, it could mean disaster.
In order to get rid of termites, you need to know more about the pests that you could be dealing with. Here are a few facts about termites and how Hopper Termite & Pest can help.
Fact 1: TERMITES LIKE TO EAT MORE THAN JUST WOOD
Most people know that termites primarily eat wood. However, you may be surprised to learn that they also eat other things. Termites are attracted to the cellulose that is found in wood and other organic products such as trees and plants because it is what gives termites their energy and fuel.
While they don’t eat concrete or plastic, termites have been known to eat through materials to get cellulose-rich products. In addition to regular wood, termites will also consume anything that is made of wood such as paper, some fabrics, and cardboard.
Fact 2: TERMITES NEVER SLEEP
What? Could you imagine the things you could accomplish if you didn’t sleep? Unlike the human body, termites do not require sleep in order to carry out day-to-day functions. Their main function is to eat, eat more, and find more to eat. In fact, the only time that termites are not eating is when they are in between colonies and trying to find a great place to settle down...and eat.
And while these simple organisms are programmed to eat 24/7, their lifespan is actually longer than most other insects. In fact, termites can stay alive for about 2-3 years eating away.
Fact 3: TERMITES COLONIES CAN HAVE MILLIONS
Termite colonies are huge. Many subterranean termite colonies can reach numbers in the hundreds of thousands. Some termite colonies can even reach into the millions. Unlike other insects, termites are friendly to other termites. If one colony meets up with another colony at a food source, they won’t attack.
Fact 4: TERMITE DAMAGE CAN BE PREVENTED
Termites are very destructive insects. These “silent destroyers” can come in and destroy your home and property before you even realize what is happening. So, what can you do to prevent termites from destroying your home? There are a few things that can be done.
Use pre-treated lumber, cedar, or redwood - If you are about to start building a home or structure, it is advised that you use pre-treated (pressure treated) lumber. Pre-treated lumber is infused with chemical preservatives that keep the wood from decaying. The preservatives also keep away insects such as termites and carpenter ants.
Cedar and redwood are types of wood that are naturally resistant to termites. Whiles these types of wood may not be the best for building the structure of a home, they are great for outdoor projects.
Eliminate moisture - This is a big one. Eliminating excess moisture anywhere in the home is a great way to keep termites and other pests and rodents from coming into your home. Check faucets, pipes, and exterior AC units for leaks and moisture build-up. It’s also a good idea to check the exterior of your home after it rains to see if there is puddling or water build-up close to the home. If there appears to be excess water, try to figure out a way to divert the water from your home.
Use exclusion techniques - Using exclusion techniques is a great way to prevent damage caused by termites. It is also equally as helpful when trying to prevent or get rid of other bugs and rodents that keep coming into your home. Make sure that all windows and doors have been sealed properly with weatherstripping. It’s also a good idea to look around your home’s exterior for gaps and holes to seal up. While looking for cracks, make sure to make note if you see any mud tubes. Finally, if you have a lot of plants and soil around your home and at the base of your home, it’s a good idea to make sure that there is about a 2’ gap between the soil and any wooden structures.
CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST TO GET RID OF YOUR TERMITE PROBLEM
These are just a few facts about termites. While these facts are fun to read, it’s no fun discovering that you have a termite problem. Luckily, help is only a phone call away. If you are ready to get rid of termites or want to prevent termites from causing a costly mess, give the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest a call today. Our technicians understand termites and know just how to find them and get rid of them.
Don’t be one of the 600,000 homes affected by termite damage each year. Call today to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE.
“One time, I went there and found a roach in my drink.”
“I don’t eat there. The flies are everywhere!”
The worst thing that can happen to a restaurant is for word to get out that someone found a bug in their food or saw a mouse scurry under a table. This kind of publicity is bad for business and can hurt a restaurant’s reputation quickly. What do you do when pests and rodents have taken over your commercial kitchen?
Check out these tips to keep pests from becoming regulars at your restaurant.
COMMON BUGS FOUND IN COMMERCIAL KITCHENS
In order to get rid of bugs and rodents in your restaurant, you need to know what’s crawling in the shadows. Depending on where you live, there are quite a few different pest and rodents that may visit or try to visit your kitchen on a regular basis. Here is a small list of the most common bugs found in commercial kitchens and restaurants.
Flies - Flies are one of the most annoying insects. While they don’t make any noises or cause itchy rashes or bites, flies love to be around when you are trying to eat and enjoy the outdoors. They get even more annoying when you have to share your food with them INSIDE of a restaurant. Flies can also pose a health risk to humans due to the fact that flies love to chow down on decaying organic waste. When they land on your skin or on your food, they can transfer diseases and other pathogens from their feet.
Roaches - Many restaurant owners and kitchen staff may not realize that they have a roach problem until it turns into an infestation. Many species of cockroaches like to stay hidden and most tend to come out at night. Like flies, roaches don’t necessarily bite or sting. However, they do pose a health threat to humans due to the fact that they carry viral and bacterial pathogens on their bodies and in their feces that can contaminate food and be transferred to humans.
Rodents - Rodents such as mice and rats can become a big problem quickly. In addition to carrying diseases, mice and rats can also cause a lot of damage to your restaurant and kitchen as they burrow or try to navigate through the space. They can also contaminate your food supply with urine and droppings, causing thousands of dollars in food replacement.
Water is the main item that draws in pests and rodents to your kitchen. Check around kitchen sink pipes for leaks. You also want to check dishwashers, ice machines, drains, mats, and ice makers. Although water is needed to clean your kitchen and prepare dishes, it is strongly suggested to make sure that you are keeping your kitchen as dry as possible. Don’t let things air dry or assume that they will dry on their own.
ELIMINATE PLACES TO HIDE AND LIVE
It can take a lot of food and other supplies to operate a restaurant. This often means there are a lot of boxes and not a lot of storage. To keep rodents and other pests from hiding, make sure you get rid of any unused boxed. It’s also a good idea to keep boxes and other supplies away from any drains, pipes, or areas where they could get wet.
KEEP YOUR KITCHEN SPOTLESS AND SANITARY
There are a few simple sanitation tasks that can make a big difference in whether or not bugs are a regular visitor. Start out by wiping down counters where you prepare foods and removing any waste. Don’t just wait until the end of a shift or the end of the night. Wipe surfaces down on a regular basis. When putting food away, make sure it is in a solid and strong container. Roaches and rodents can eat through cardboard. You can also deter bugs and rodents by dumping trash regularly and away from the building. It’s also a good idea to clean out trash bins with soap and water on a regular basis.
KEEP THINGS CLOSED
Most restaurants experience a lot of foot traffic on a daily basis. While it is not easy, it is important to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. If there is a back entrance or loading area, make sure employees know to keep the door closed at all times. Adding items such as screens to windows and a fan can also help keep out pests such as flies.
CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST TO HELP RID YOUR RESTAURANT OF RODENTS AND PESTS
Protect your reputation and your business by calling in the professionals today. At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc, you are getting more than your average pest control company. Our technicians are highly trained to provide effective solutions for both residential and commercial properties. In fact, we are the only company in the Mountain Home area and one of only a few in northwest Arkansas to be an NPMA QualityPro certified company.
Every restaurant and foodservice provider is different. Give us a call today to set up your FREE PEST EVALUATION. Let’s figure out your pest problems and come up with a solution that works for you and your business.