Your home can be infested at any time of year. However, pest infestations are significantly more common in the winter. This is because pests are trying to escape from the cold in the same way that humans are. This is true of warm-blooded mammal pests, like mice and rats, but it is also true of bugs. Continue reading
Bugs can be found everywhere. From the driest desert terrain in Utah to the coldest mountaintop, you can bet some creepy creature calls it home. And unfortunately, there are many unwelcome crawlers that call our homes “home” as well. While some bugs may be helpful, many can be a nuisance. If you have creepy crawlers lurking around your home, the best solution is to contact the professionals at Legacy Pest Control. Continue reading
A termite inspection could prove critically important to your property. It can uncover signs of termite infestation and possibly save the foundation of your home. An inspector will ask you about the home’s history, any pest treatments being used, and other issues. Legacy Pest Control can perform termite and other pest inspections at your convenience; just give us a call and we will schedule an appointment that fits your schedule.
What Does a Termite Inspection Consist of?
Once you have discussed your home’s history with the termite inspector, he will begin inspecting the home for signs of termites.
- The inspection will likely start at or near the front door. It will include checking each room for signs of a termite infestation or decay. In particular, they will inspect door frames, wall surfaces, floors, ceilings, baseboards and raised areas.
- The inspector might check underneath peeling wallpaper or any other areas where termites tend to hang out. A thorough inspection also involves checking exit holes and cracks along window sills and door frames.
- Homes with linoleum flooring will be inspected for soft spots that are evidence of wood damage commonly caused by termites.
- The inspector will use a sounding tool to uncover hollowed-out spaces within wood surfaces. As he taps the structure’s wood, he will be able to hear certain sounds if the wood is damaged.
- He will check along the home’s interior, exterior and the attic for signs of termites.
- Give him enough time to take a look at the roof rafters that provide support for the home’s roof sheathing as well.
- The inspector will even inspect along the crawl space (if there is one) to assess damage of wood beams, pipes, foundation walls, floor joists etc.
How Serious is Termite Damage?
Termites are found in 49 of the 50 states. One of the worst aspects of a termite infestation is that they actually cause a lot of damage before it is visible or noticeable in any fashion. This is precisely why you need a team of pest prevention professionals to conduct a comprehensive home inspection today. You just might find that your home has thousands of termites eating away at the foundation of your living space. Foundation repairs can run anywhere from hundreds, to tens of thousands of dollars. An annual termite and pest evaluation really will help spot signs of an infestation and prevent the problem from spiraling out of control. It is worth pointing out that if our team finds signs of termites and / or termite damage, it should not preclude you from bidding on a home. It is just another factor to keep in mind when negotiating a home sale.
Legacy Pest Control is the Ally You Need in Your Battle Against Bugs
Legacy Pest Control is here to solve your termite problems. You can trust our team to perform a thorough inspection of your property to determine if there is any evidence of a termite infestation. We also offer an array of other pest control services for your home or office. Contact us here, or give us a call at 801-779-3131 today to schedule an appointment.
Having a diseased tree in your yard can be an eyesore at best, and a massive liability at worst. It can be hard to tell at times when a tree has a disease, especially if it is an older tree, but no matter what, a sick tree needs to be taken care of or it may die. This is usually best left to a professional tree care specialist, as it can be easy for someone to accidentally use the wrong type of treatment which can end up killing a tree.
Common Types of Tree Diseases
Oak Root Fungus – This type of fungus is responsible for millions of tree deaths each year. While this disease is found mostly in slightly more humid climates, it still pops up around Utah. Oak Root Fungus attacks the root system of a tree, generally over a period of years, until the roots can no longer provide enough sustenance for the above-ground part of the tree. It can also make the tree unable to stand up to stronger gusts of wind, possibly leading to it being blown over by a storm that would not damage nearby healthy trees.
Fireblight – Unlike many types of tree disease, Fireblight is caused by a bacterial infection. This disease is most often found on apple and pear trees and causes new shoots to wither away quickly, inhibiting the tree’s ability to produce new fruit. A tree infected with Fireblight is especially vulnerable to other types of diseases since new branch growth cannot occur.
Insect Infestation – A large enough infestation of insects can kill a tree faster than a fungal or bacterial infection. Whiteflies and aphids are two of the most common types of insects that like to make their homes in and on trees in a destructive way, but ants and beetles can take advantage of an already weak tree and threaten its structural integrity. Some insects are almost invisible to the naked eye, but they can cause serious damage if left unchecked.
Four Signs of a Diseased Tree
Four of the most common signs of a diseased tree are:
- Peeling Bark – Anytime bark starts falling off of a tree by itself there is usually a fairly substantial issue at play. A tree’s bark is what keeps nutrients flowing from the ground all the way to the top and without it, a tree cannot survive. Small sections of bark falling off may be natural, but anything larger than your hand should be looked at by a professional.
- Fungal Growth – Dead wood is what fuels fungal growth, meaning anytime you see fungus growing on the roots or near the base of the tree, it almost always indicates disease. You may see fungus growing around the tree in conjunction with other signs, all of which point to a dying tree that needs to be taken care of immediately.
- Abundance of Dead Limbs – A few dead limbs are normal, especially for older trees, lots of dead limbs usually indicates a problem. Acting quickly can give the tree a better chance of survival since too many dead limbs will almost always mean the tree needs to come down.
- Yellowing Leaves Early in the Season – Yellow leaves can be a sign of a lack of nutrients, or an insect infestation, either of which needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. If only a couple of branches are seeing yellow or dying leaves, it may be something that can be dealt with by pruning, but any more than that and there is always something bigger going on, even if you cannot see it.
Treating a Diseased Tree
Our knowledgeable staff at Legacy Pest Control can take care of a diseased tree with our Arborjet tree injections, which injects pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers directly into the trunk. As long as the tree can be saved, and has not already died, we can give new life to a tree that looks as though it may be ready for the ax. Contact us here, or call 801-779-3131 today for a free estimate.
What Are Bedbugs?
Bedbugs are small, oval-shaped pests that survive by sucking blood from animals or humans. They are roughly the size of apple seeds when they are fully grown, but infant bed bugs, known as nymphs, shed their skin approximately five times before reaching maturity. While they do not transmit diseases, an infestation can cause public health concerns, and can become a nuisance for those affected by them.
Infestations of bedbugs have been on the rise since the 1980s. While they carry the stigma of only existing in areas with poor housekeeping or hygiene, this is a popular misconception. They can be found nearly anywhere, regardless of cleanliness, and experts believe there are many reasons infestations can happen, including:
•Travel being more readily available
•Resistance to pesticides
•People living closer together, allowing infestations to spread more easily
•Ineffective “do-it-yourself” pest control attempts
How Do You Know If You Have Bedbugs?
While there are many signs you may have bedbugs, the only real way to make sure you have an infestation is to find them. They can live anywhere, though they are more likely to be found in the cracks and crevices of furniture, specifically mattresses, box springs and bed frames. Bedbugs are most active at night, and their bites are painless and generally not even noticeable. While they can bite any area of exposed skin, bites are generally found on the face, neck, hands, and arms.
Aside from finding them, some other identifying factors of a bedbug infestation can include:
• Red or brown stains caused from bedbugs being crushed, usually on mattresses or bed sheets.
• Darker spots, approximately the size of a pinhead, indicating bedbug excrement.
• Extremely small eggs and pale yellow skins shed by infant bedbugs, roughly 1mm in size.
What To Do If You Have Bedbugs
Bedbug infestations can be tricky, because while a small infestation is easier to treat, they are also more difficult to find. A large infestation, however, can become more widespread and therefore more difficult to effectively treat. Regardless of the size of your infestation, proper treatment is important to make sure it is effectively taken care of and to prevent the spread of it to friends, family members and neighbors.
Bedbug prevention is also important. To minimize your risk of getting an infestation, there are a few things you can do, including regularly washing your bedding and mattress, making sure you vacuum cracks and crevices in your home, and reducing the number of places for them to hide. Clutter provides more hiding places for bedbugs, so cutting down on it will also cut down on your chances of an infestation. If you believe your mattress has an infestation, as they cannot be treated with insecticides, it is recommended that you either throw it away, or place it in an airtight cover. Bedbugs can survive for up to one year without feeding, so if you choose to do this, it’s important to keep the mattress covered for at least a year in order to make sure the infestation is killed.
Let Legacy Pest Control Utah Exterminate Your Problem!
If you believe you may have a bedbug or any other sort of pest infestation, contact the experts at Legacy Pest Control Utah for a free home inspection. With over 15 years of experience, our local experts not only guarantee our work, but also offer military family discounts and pest control coupons to keep our prices affordable. You can contact us online or call 801-779-3131 to schedule your appointment today.