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What Home Fumigation Is and How to Prepare for Fumigation

person fumigation in red suitIf your home has a pest infestation, there are many different methods that professional exterminators use to get the situation under control depending on the type of pest and severity of the infestation. For widespread and severe pest problems, fumigation may be an option now or in the future.

Here is some information about home fumigation and how to prepare for fumigation in your own home if it becomes necessary to control pests.

Pests That Can Be Fumigated

Fumigation is an effective strategy to completely get rid of certain types of pests. It is commonly used to eradicate termites, ants, fleas, ticks, and bed bugs. For other household pests, other types of extermination may be recommended instead of fumigation.

How Long Does Fumigation Take?

The length of time fumigation takes depends on how big your home is and the type of infestation you have. It can take as little as several hours or as long for a more minor problem or as long as a week for a large home with lots of pests.

The Cost of Home Fumigation

The cost of fumigation mostly depends on the square footage that you are looking to cover with the extermination process. As a general rule, it typically costs between $1 and $3 per square feet of space. For a full 2,000-square-foot house, the fumigation cost may be between $2,000 and $6,000.

Your home needs the right concentration of gases to be effective, while the severity of the infestation also influences how much gas is needed. Unlike some pest control companies that charge to initially come out to take a look at your property, Precise Termite and Pest Control offers free inspections.

How to Prepare for Fumigation

If is important that you plan to be away from your home during the entire fumigation process and leave the pest control company keys to access your home. Remove all pets and plants before fumigation, and also remove packages of food and medication from the home. Your pest control company will provide special bags that you can seal up consumable items as well.

Open the doors inside your home, as well as cabinets and drawers, to help the fumigant to reach every possible space. Also pull back curtains and raise blinds in your rooms. Use a rake to pull back mulch, gravel, and possibly even plants about a foot away from your foundation.

How to Avoid the Need for Fumigation

Fumigation is often considered a last resort for pest control specialists if a pest situation has gotten out of control and cannot be contained by other methods. The best way to avoid fumigation and the chemicals it introduces into your home is to address pest problems at the very first sign of a problem.

Contact Precise Termite and Pest Control at 866-971-2847 for a free, complete evaluation of all your access points or to discuss scheduling a fumigation for your home.

Termite Poop: The Dangers, What It Looks Like, and What to do About It

Pests can be difficult to see and track with the naked eye, but they often leave droppings behind that make their presence very obvious in a home. One such pest is the termite, an insect that eats wood and is known to destroy walls and furniture. But the droppings that termites leave behind can put your health at risk if not properly controlled by a professional.

Here is some information about termite poop and answers to common questions like “Is termite poop dangerous?”

What Does Termite Poop Look Like?

Although the droppings of a termite can vary from one species to the next, it is most commonly oval-shaped, has concave sides, and rounded ends. It may look like tiny pellets of salt and pepper, but overall, it is typically the color of the wood. It is best to have a professional exterminator help you identify what the droppings are to correctly diagnose the problem and then pursue the best solution for that type of pest.

Is Termite Poop Dangerous?

To answer the question is termite poop dangerous, research shows that termite poop is not necessarily toxic to humans. However, there are still health risks of exposure to termite poop, including skin irritations, allergic reactions, and asthma attacks. Unlike some pests, such as rats and mice, termite poop is not associated with a great risk of spreading communicable diseases. But it could make you feel sick if the termite poop enters food or water sources in your home.

Why Is Termite Poop Harmful?

In addition to these potential health risks, termite poop is harmful because it is a telltale sign that costly property damage is on the horizon. Termites are sneaky pests that often go unnoticed, but you can be more proactive about termite removal if you take action as soon as you notice termite poop.

Termite poop on a bed often means there is a termite infestation in the ceiling or roof. Termite poop on a window sill commonly means there are nests and mud tunnels nearby. If you see termite poop on the carpet or floor of your home, termites likely live in or under the floor, causing an effect that may resemble water damage.

What to Do If You Discover Termite Poop

At Precise Pest Control, we offer full-service termite inspections and removal in homes and businesses throughout northern New Jersey. Termites are our top specialty, and by calling us at the first signs of termite poop, you can save yourself thousands of dollars of property damage and reduce your risk of health problems. We look forward to helping you identify and solve termite problems in your home so that you can rest easy and save money in the long-run.

Pests to Be on the Lookout for in Your Home This Fall

It’s a fact of life in New Jersey that pests start making their way inside your home once the summer comes to an end. With cooler temperatures outside and plenty of warm and inviting homes in the area, fall is a prime time for infestations of many types of pests.

These are the top Bergen County pest control concerns for fall and what you can do to keep pests away from your home all season long.

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Best Ways to Prevent Pests in Your Garden

Preventing Garden PestOne of the best things about having your own backyard is planting a garden with beautiful plants and fresh vegetables that you can use in the kitchen. But while we’re rooting for your garden to be healthy and successful, not everyone is.

Controlling pests are a huge part of maintaining a garden, especially during the hot and muggy summer months in New Jersey. Here’s what you need to know about keeping gardening pests at bay to enjoy lovely garden and bountiful harvest all summer long.

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How to Spot Termite Damage

 

 

Termites compromise the strength and safety of your home, and unfortunately, they often go undetected for many months or even years. Termites are silent but deadly attackers that cause extensive damage and can even make your home unlivable for a significant amount of time.

To prevent extensive damage in your home, it’s important learn about the early warning signs and call a professional exterminator right away to control the situation.

Types of Termite Damage

There are many different types of termites that affect homes in our area, and each one causes distinct damage to wooden structures on your property.

For example, subterranean termites live underground in loose, damp soil and are the most common type of white ant that attacks American homes. The damage that these termites cause can resemble water damage, such as swollen or bucked floors or ceilings. You might also smell scents of mold and mildew. Subterranean termites prefer soft wood and tend to eat wood along the grain.

Another common type of damage is caused by drywood termites, which build colonies inside wooden structures in homes. These types of termites build tunnels inside walls and even furniture, so you may see cracks appear where drywood termites have taken over. Drywood termites like to eat large sections of wood and chew along and against the grain of your wood. It is very difficult to control these types of inner-wall infestations yourself, so call a professional exterminator as soon as you notice unexpected cracks in your home.

Although structural damage is the most common type of termite destruction, these invasive pests eat their way through many other important materials as well. In addition to the structural wood that your home is built with, these are some of the other household materials and areas that termites frequently cause damage to:

  • Siding
  • Plaster
  • Metal
  • Floors
  • Ceilings
  • Furniture

What to Look for in Your Home

Although termites affect homes in different ways, there are a few tell-tale signs that you should remember for future reference. Termites cause at least $5 billion in damage to American homes annually, and it’s better to be safe than sorry so that your family doesn’t end up being part of that statistic.

These are some of the most common signs of termite damage to look for:

  • Weak or missing parts of wood structures
  • Termite wings near closed windows and doors
  • Mud tubes where your house touches the ground
  • Fecal pellets outside of termite tunnels
  • Wood that sounds holly when you tap on it
  • Buckling paint and tiny holes in wood
  • The presence of live termites in your home

Bergen & Passiac County Termite Control

Spotting termites can be very difficult, especially if you haven’t dealt with an infestation before and aren’t sure what to look for. Always call a professional service you trust before trying to control a termite situation yourself. In Northern New Jersey, you can trust the experts at Precise Pest Control because we have over 25 years of experience in the pest control industry and a reputation that lives up to our name.

We specialize in all types of white ant removal, so call us today for prompt and thorough extermination to get the results that you need to ensure the safety of your family, tenants and property.

How to Pest Proof Your Home in the Winter: Bergen County, NJ

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People think summer pests are terrible, but they should just wait until winter. When the temperatures drop in New Jersey, pests like insects and rodents are just like us: They head indoors. Here are some things you can do to pest-proof your home in the wintertime. Continue reading

5 Winter Pests to Look Out For

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Now that the winter season is here, the temperatures are starting to rapidly decline in New Jersey. Once the temperatures start to drop, unwanted pests start to try to enter your warm home. This makes pest control in New Jersey vitally important during the cold winter months. These are the five winter pests to look out for before they damage your home. If you see any signs of these pests, then make sure to check out our pest control services.

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Stinkbug Season Is Upon Us

Stink bugs can be major household pests, stealthily getting into your home through doors, seal cracks, utility pipes and other types of openings. Not only do these creepy crawlies often make homes smell unpleasant, but they also tend to gather in large groups — not exactly fun to see in your living room. Mature stinkbugs also like to consume fruit.

It’s a real stinker of a problem

Stinkbugs, true to their name, often stink. It’s no joke. Their strong odors are a means of defense. They release these smells via openings in their abdomens. When they do so, it generally means that they’re trying to protect themselves from potential predator attack — think reptiles and birds. If you try to catch a stinkbug to remove it from your residence, however, you might notice the pest giving off the odor, too. Not only are stinkbug odors yucky, but also they’re also extremely strong and persistent. They sometimes linger for a minimum of six months, which is the last thing you want in your home.

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Protect Your Home from Roaches this Summer

Cockroaches are very tough insects that can survive in virtually any type of environment. However, roaches tend to thrive in warm weather. As the summer heat approaches, your home could become the perfect habitat for a colony of roaches. Not only are these household pests extremely filthy, but they are also a major threat to your family’s health. In order to prevent cockroaches from overtaking your residence, you must take the necessary precautions. Talking to an experienced pest control service in New Jersey will not only give you options in order to successfully remove these pests from your home but will also make sure to secure any access points into your home.

Allergic Reactions

Cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions in humans. Often times, some skin rashes actually stem from being exposed to roaches. Children are especially at risk of becoming sick due to the presence of roaches within the home. These annoying insects tend to leave feces and saliva wherever they roam. The kitchen counter-tops, bed sheets, and carpeting are all susceptible to being contaminated by cockroaches. Roaches prefer to roam in the darkness of the night, so you may not even catch them in the act.

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Protecting Your Home From Bugs During The Winter

One of the biggest expenditures of your life will most likely be your home. Protecting your home with insurance will assure that it is protected for many years to come. The biggest problem homeowners have is when unwanted bugs access the home and begin to make it their own. Wood destroying insects can slowly eat away at the structure of the home from the inside out. This means that by the time you even see these insects, they have destroyed the integrity of your home. Our team of experts at Bergen County Exterminator can quickly identify areas of concern within your house and help you to take back control of your property.

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