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Tip Sheet: 3 Types of Termites and How to Deal With Them

Many people assume there’s only one kind of termite, but in reality it’s not that simple. In fact, there are three different types of termites found in the Bay Area, which is why it’s good to know how to identify and deal with each.

Dampwood termite. Photo: Leading Edge Pest Management, Inc. (2016)

Unlike drywood and subterranean termites, dampwood termites don’t actually pose a threat to your home. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

1. Dampwood termites
If you find dampwood termites in your home, there’s good news and bad news. The good news: since they only eat damp, rotten wood, they’re actually doing you a favor. The bad news: damp, rotten wood means there’s some kind of leak in your home. Once you’ve fixed the leak and removed the rot, the termites will go away. Continue reading “Tip Sheet: 3 Types of Termites and How to Deal With Them” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Tips for Pest-Proofing Your Home

When it comes to keeping your home pest-free, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures. Photo: Leading Edge Pest Management, Inc. (2015)

When it comes to keeping your home pest-free, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures. Photo: Leading Edge Pest Management, Inc. (2015)

“Termites and spiders and rats, oh my!” Even if you don’t have an ingrained fear of these pests, the last place you want to see them is inside your home. That’s why we’ve asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to give some tips on how to keep these vexatious vermin outside where they belong.

Keep things clean. There’s nothing pests like better than a free meal, which is why Felipe Montanez of Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay, Inc. says the number one preventative measure you can take against infestation is to be thorough with your cleaning. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Tips for Pest-Proofing Your Home” »

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How to Prevent a Termite Re-Infestation

If you’ve had a termite problem in the past, the last thing you want is another one. While treatments such as Orange Oil and fumigation may successfully eradicate a termite population in your home, they offer no guarantee against re-infestation down the road, which is why it’s important to take preventative measures. Consider the following tips:

Thoroughly paint and seal exposed wood
One of the most basic preventative measures you can take to protect your home against re-infestation is to make sure any exposed woodwork (both exterior and interior) is thoroughly painted and/or sealed. Things like exterior rafter tails and siding should be coated with paint and sealant to effectively protect the wood from termites. An equally important part of this is “back-painting,” which is the practice of painting wood that doesn’t show. Though it might seem pointless to paint an area that no one sees, it ensures there are no vulnerable areas for termites to access and provides extra protection against dry rot. Continue reading “How to Prevent a Termite Re-Infestation” »

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What Can I Do About a Stump Under My House?

These kinds of questions come up all the time when you’re managing a household. Do I need to buy new tires yet? Should we replace the furnace now, or can we wait another year? And the latest one, do I have to remove the stump under my house? I called a Diamond Certified company for the answer, John Kunkel, owner of Termite Police.

This pest control expert explained that you no longer have to excavate the stumps. It’s better to treat the stump with chemicals that poison termites. The termites ingest the poison, carry it back to the colonies, and that eliminates the problem.

So when you have a question and you need an expert answer and some help, tap into a great resource. Call one of the Diamond Certified companies. You can count on them for solid advice.

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