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Pest of the Month: Termites

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Pest of the Month

Termites are extremely destructive and expensive, causing billions of dollars in damage to homes each year. They are literal homewreckers! While they primarily feed on wood, these hungry little pests have also been known to damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can devour living trees and shrubs, but usually attack already dying plants. Is it an ant infestation or a termite problem? While they can look similar, termites are attracted to the light around doors and windows, but can also be spotted emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios. Other signs of infestation are mud tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, or floor joists. The tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker. With over 40 years...

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Pest of the Month: WDO Report

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Pest of the Month

Buying or selling a home? If so, you’re going to need a WDO report. Commonly referred to as a Termite Inspection, Clearance Letter, or Termite Letter, this document contains a report stating whether a house is infested with Wood Destroying Organisms. The inspection includes checks for subterranean termites and dry wood termites along with wood destroying beetles and wood decaying fungi. Banks Pest Control is licensed and certified to issue WDO reports and can exterminate any Wood Destroying Organisms found in the structure. With over 40 years of experience, Banks Pest Control can ensure that your future home is free of these pests. Have your realtor give us a call at (661) 323-7858 for a quote and to schedule an...

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Pest of the Month: California Fire Ants

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Pest of the Month

It’s a new year so don’t let California Fire Ants ruin it. Even though their name might imply it, California Fire Ants aren’t native to our region. They were accidentally brought over from South America during the 1930’s and are now a common problem throughout the southern United States. Just like most Californians, these pests loves to bask in the sun. They will seek out sunny and dry spots to build their colonies, which may also include your yard, so watch your step! These ants live in large colonies that number in the millions, where people often find themselves stepping on their mound-like homes. Aggressively, these ants will swarm legs and attack, leaving uncomfortable bug bites. California Fire Ants can be such a headache for home and business owners, even as the weather turns colder. They will try and get entry into...

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Pest of the Month: Rodents

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Pest of the Month

Oh Rats! isn’t just an expression. You may be screaming it if you get unexpected guests. Most rodents have small, flexible bodies that make it easy to squeeze their way through openings in your walls and roof – some can make their way through a hole as small as a quarter. During cold times of year, they will search out warmth, which may include your house! Having them in your home can be stressful and unpleasant. Rats and mice can spread disease to humans through contact with their feces, urine, or saliva, or bites. This also includes indirect contact through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent. Don’t let these rats ruin your holidays. Call us today at (661)323-7858 or request a quote today!...

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Pest of the Month: Gophers

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Pest of the Month

Gophers can be very irritating. Not only can they destroy your lawn but they can cause hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage. They dig their runways up to 18 inches beneath the surface in a burrow system and a home range can take up to 700 yards! If you think gophers will leave on their own, think again. That gopher in your yard has a lifespan up to three years, and they will happily make your house their home. As cute as they may look, gophers carry fleas and ticks. Once in your home, ticks and fleas can lead to health risks and infest your household pets! If you suspect that a gopher has made your home his home, call us at 661-323-7858 and request a quote...

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Pest of the Month: Bats

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Pest of the Month

You’ve heard of Dracula! You’ve heard of Batman! But do you really know Bats? Bats are everywhere! Our nightlife-loving, high-flying friends comprise 20% of the entire mammal population on Earth and are the only mammals that can fly. When we think bats, we think of a scary, furry little creature swinging upside down at the roof of a cave. This is because they are unable to stand upright and hang upside down nearly all the time. Bats make their homes in caves, trees, and buildings and survive on a diet of insects, smaller animals, fruits, and fish. One species of bat, the Vampire Bat native to North America, survives on sucking the blood of large animals! And while a bat biting a human is not a common occurrence, it does happen, leading to the legend of the vampire turning...

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