Dangers of Termites and Why You Shouldn't Delay Their Termination

Termites make a formidable opponent to your home’s foundation, but are termites actually dangerous to human health? Although termites aren’t known to transmit harmful diseases or to possess toxic bites, termites can exacerbate allergies among some Puerto Ricans battling a termite infestation.

Termite Infestations and Your Family’s Health

Termite nests can leave behind dusts and shed wings that, if left untreated by a pest control specialist, can infiltrate your home’s or business’s heating system, ventilation, and duct work. This dust can cause breathing issues and allergy flare-ups for some. There are reports that termites can cause sneezing, itching, and watery eyes through exposure to their droppings.

The weird thing about termites is that they’re actually beneficial to ecosystems yet harmful to humans and potentially dangerous for your entire family. Termites in nature break down waste and leave more nutrients in the soil out in nature. Since drywood termites love nothing more than chomping on your home’s wood, termite control is definitely something to consider if you suspect you’re dealing with a termite infestation.

Structural Property Damage and Things to Look For

The unfortunate thing about a termite infestation is that you might not immediately find any clues to tell you that one is underway. Clues may come later when you’ve suffered severe damage. Structural property damage as well as subterranean (“below the surface”) damage are the two most common kinds of ways that termites can wreak havoc on homes and businesses throughout Puerto Rico and many neighborhoods in Puerto Rico.

Structural Property Damage

Plenty of Puerto Rico homeowners assume that if their home’s not made primarily out of wood then they’re completely in the clear when it comes to a termite infestation. Think again—termites can damage your window’s plaster and home siding even if it’s made out of metal. Termites also love munching on cabinets and wooden furniture like dressers, tables, closets, and chairs. Wooden floors, walls, and ceilings might also be fair game.

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites create more than $5 billion worth of structural property damage every year. Termites are as small or sometimes smaller than ants and can do the bulk of their damage behind furniture, on the side of your home, or underneath your home undetected. If a termite starts chowing down on your home’s or business location’s support beams and ceiling joists that keep your home literally held up, then you could be talking about a major issue.

A termite control specialist from Oliver Exterminating Services Corporation can come to your home or place of business and check for termites in the most likely locations. In addition to support beams and joists, other popular spots are around your home’s exterior and in between wall studs. If termites are in your walls, then you might have to check the insulation too since termites can eat that in addition to plaster and siding.

Things to Look For

Buckled wood and the appearance of slight water damage are signs that termites may have done significant damage to your home’s floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, or cabinets already. You’re not actually seeing water damage—you’re seeing the aftermath of termites chewing on that part of the wood in your home and causing it to look wavy.

The appearance of water damage to wood in your home, holes in logs lying around outside your home, or a smell like mildew that infestations can give off are fairly good signs your home is in danger. Fortunately, Oliver Exterminating continues to be the largest, most experienced tent fumigating pest and termite control company throughout Puerto Rico and many neighborhoods in Puerto Rico. Find out how we can use termite control to inspect or treat your home or business for termites.

5 Smart Tips From the Mosquito Control Experts

The Centers for Disease Control have advised that Puerto Rico residents “practice enhanced precautions” in terms of their response to the Zika virus that’s run rampant over the region already.

Because there currently isn’t any available vaccine or medicine for the Zika virus like there is for bacterial infections and antibiotics, anyone who owns a home or business in Puerto Rico needs to take special precautions.

The CDC lays out special guidelines for pregnant women who are at the highest risk, but there are a few steps that you can take to lower the odds that your home or business becomes a haven for mosquitoes.

Hurricane Maria that barreled into Puerto Rico created severe destruction in its path and left behind the standing water and humid breeding ground that mosquitoes like best. Here’s what you can do to stay safe:

Eliminate Standing Water Around Your Home

Take a walk around your home and look for ditches, birdbaths, or gutters running along the ground that could act as breeding sites for mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in stagnant, standing water like birdbaths.

So, if you have a birdbath or a kiddie pool in your backyard that’s been collecting water, it could already be a breeding ground. If in your walk around your house you find signs of larvae, then upend the receptacle or call a pest control specialist like Oliver Exterminating who can handle the problem for you.

You need to act quickly because the process of the mother mosquito laying the eggs and the eggs turning into adults and being capable of flying away (and biting!) is extremely quick—from start to finish about two weeks.

Each batch is around 500 eggs, so what looks like innocent standard water can quickly spiral out of control to become a big mosquito issue.

Use a Lawn Mowing Service

Keeping your lawn mown and choosing Oliver Exterminating lawn care for your home or business can reduce the chances of having big pockets of standing water in your lawn that might act as a breeding ground.

Consider Mosquito Control Rings

Mosquito control rings can be placed in ponds, pools, or birdbaths to reduce the chances that a female mosquito will lay her eggs there. These control rings are affordable for most families and can cover a 100 square foot area. This means that one ring could cover a small pond.

Mosquito control rings contain a safe, naturally occurring bacteria known as BT Israelensis that’s been shown to actually destroy the larvae (eggs) of mosquitoes for thirty days after you install the ring. These rings last up to 2 years and can be placed in water of any depth.

Clean Pools, Ponds, and Birdbaths

Speaking of a female mosquitoes larvae, did you know that mosquito larvae take in the algae that can grow in pools and standing water for food?

Algae, bacteria, and tiny organisms form the cornerstone of mosquito larvae’s diet, so cleaning algae where you see it is a great strategy for reducing the chances that mosquitoes will spawn and create a problem on your property.

If you’re a business owner with a fountain in front of your office, then know that algae can grow there too. Clear the surface of algae or install oxygenating plants to reduce algae naturally.

Have Your Yard Professionally Treated

Spraying lawn insect repellent on your lawn and shrubs to create a home barrier or safely applying granules with a fertilizer spreader are DIY solutions. For greater assurance and easy appointments, know that mosquito control and displacement is a core service at Oliver Exterminating.