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Hostile take over - Bee's Take over a Texas Home


Source:  abc-7.com

Millions of bees take over empty home

Millions of honey bees took over an abandoned home in Rosharon, Texas, leading to a massive job for exterminators.

Witnesses say the Africanized bees covered the house.

"That is sick ... absolutely sick," said Claude Griffin of Gotcha Pest Control.

Griffin said the bees had been at the home for 15 to 20 years. He said it was the biggest colony he's ever seen.

"Unbearable. It's sticky. It's hot. It's nasty. There's no air," Griffin said. "You've got to hydrate for a few days before you can get out here in this jungle."

The house was vacant, but the owner needed the bees cleared out so he could tear down the structure.

Exterminators said there were six to eight hives in the house, plus a hive in a nearby tree. 

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Termite Control - Women's dream threatened by termites


By BOB KOSLOW , Business Writer

DAYTONA BEACH -- Businesswomen Cheryl McIntire and Nancy Magliocchetti have big dreams of converting a 95-year-old Victorian-style landmark here into a grand showcase for weddings and other gala events.

But soon after renovations began in early 2007 at 216 First Ave., it came to a sudden stop.


Dreaded dry-wood termites have tunneled through wood floorboards, headers, support joists and wall studs. Low round piles of termite dung litter the floors, upstairs and down. Delicate, abandoned lace wings decorate other spots, even under a shiny copper painted cupola topping the master bedroom's bay windows.

The owners of Cher-Ancy Victorian Manor still want to fulfill their vision. They are suing Massey Services Inc. to repair the termite damage since the home had a termite-service contract that's been renewed annually since 1987. The complaint filed in December in Hillsborough County alleges breach of contract with damages in excess of $15,000.

"This is a huge impediment in their business plan," said the women's Tampa attorney, Pete Cardillo, who specializes in termite litigation. "We have not yet quantified the damage, but it is extensive."

Massey Services attorney Daniel Gerber in Orlando said he is familiar with Cardillo's work and is trying to figure out the facts.

Based on past cases, Cardillo anticipates Massey Services will cite contract disclaimers including the need to find live termites in the damaged area as proof the damage was caused after treatments and inspections.

"It's absurd to suggest the damage was pre-existing before 1987," Cardillo said. "Termites do not like to be seen. If exposed they dry up and die. The best you might do is see them scatter when you open up the wood. If they use that defense, we'll amend the suit to include the use of deceptive practices."

A New Jersey attorney built the house in 1915, but sold it a year later because his wife did not like Daytona Beach, McIntire said.

Area historian Harold Cardwell said the house has Queen Anne features and would be a significant contribution if a historical district was ever created within the old residential neighborhood that is somewhat run down...

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Fall Rodent Preparation for your home


With Fall knocking at our door as we say good bye to the summer months we should all start preparing for those pesky 4 legged pests that tend to take refuge in our homes where its nice and warm.

So how do you prepare? Well, Start by doing a walk around outside of your home, noting possible trouble areas such as leaf litter, shrubs,

mice,mouse,rats boxes, recycle bins and trees less than a foot from your home or overhanging roof areas. Make sure, if you have fruit trees, that all fallen fruit has been removed and discarded. Keeping your lawn trim and raking are the most important first steps to removing pest harborage and food sources,namely rodents. Step two is checking for entry points where both rodents and pests may gain access to your home. Entry points are usually gaps around plumbing and gas lines that come into your home, this is a common access point for rodents. Doors without door sweeps at the bottom of the door are like a big “WELCOME” sign; both mice and rats can squeeze under a door without a door sweep. 

Garage and storage sheds pose a common problem, these areas are isolated from the daily hustle and bustle, keep an eye out for droppings! In the event you have a rodent problem contact your local Clark Pest Control office!

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