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Visit Clark at the Lodi Grape Festival!

 

Visit Clark Pest Control at the Lodi Grape Festival, Our booth is located in the Cabernet exhibition hall. Stop by and enter to win a year of pest control service, sign up for a free inspection and speak to one of our pest and termite specialists ready to answer all and any questions.

Saturday we have a special treat, The Clark Pest Bug Zoo will be out from 12-5. Watch the Bug Zoo keeper handle some really cool bugs like Tarantulas, Vigaroons, Giant roaches and even a Giant African Millipede! We will also be giving be doing tattoo's for the kids and activity books! 

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Insects Set for Spring Surge, Thanks to Active El Nino Weather Pattern

 

BASF insect expert identifies likely culprits and potential hotspots for pest problems for regions across America

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)

Termites, ants and other pests thrive in moist conditions, and there will be plenty of those across America, when record snow packs begin melting from the Sierra Nevada to Capitol Hill.

"When conditions are warm and wet, many pests begin to swarm in search of food, shelter and mates," said Dr. Bob Davis, Entomologist and a Scientist at BASF, the world's largest chemical company. "Unfortunately, this search brings many of these pests inside, where they can create a nuisance and destroy property."

Just how bad your pest problem will be this spring depends on several factors, Davis explained, including the region where you live and your recent weather patterns.

Based on known climate conditions and accumulated knowledge of pest behavior, Davis offered the following pest problem outlook for specific U.S. regions.

The South
With its hot, humid summers and temperate winters, the South offers ideal conditions for a wide range of pests, including many species of ants.

"Many ants live in nests just below the soil surface, so once the ground gets soaked, they quickly begin moving their nests to higher locations," Davis said. "Once they get flooded out, it doesn't matter how clean your home is - no one is immune from an invasion."

Ant populations are expected to grow across the South this spring, bolstered by an influx of feisty foreign invaders. For example, the invasive "Caribbean crazy ant" had only recently been seen in Texas, but has already begun to spread to multiple counties in Southeast Texas and may now be in the neighboring state of Louisiana. These ants are aggressive enough to drive out native ants and fire ants.

"There are whole neighborhoods in Southeast Texas that are being overrun with millions of these invasive crazy ants," Davis said.

Colonies of native crazy ants are relatively small, with multiple queens and a few thousand workers. In favorable environments, such as Florida, larger "super" colonies containing tens of thousands of ants may be linked together by foraging trails.

The threat of termite infestations also could intensify this spring with forecasts predicting average temperatures in Florida, Georgia and other surrounding states, and above-average to average precipitation.

A season of intermittent rains with warming temperatures is conducive to termite swarming. Swarms occur when winged termites leave the nest to form new colonies - often right after a rainfall. But termites also can reproduce right in their own nests. In fact, during years of reduced swarms, a single subterranean termite colony might split into multiple smaller ones underground, Davis said.

Southeastern drywood termites, often found in the extreme Southeastern states, swarm from late May to mid-June. They can infest buildings, eating structural timbers, pieces of furniture, flooring, doors, window trim, even wooden picture frames. Interior swarms will many times be found near windows and doors because the flying insects are attracted to lighted areas.

The West
This winter was severe in the West. Colder-than-normal temperatures and heavy precipitation hit many areas of the Western states. February packed a punch of precipitation, and in March, California officials said the average water content in the Sierra mountains' snowpack had reached 107 percent of normal seasonal levels.

While the snow is a blessing to drought-stricken areas of California, it also sets the stage for heavier-than-normal pest infestations. Spiders, scorpions, beetles, termites - all can flourish when normally dry ground is flush with water.

One frequent menace is the Western subterranean termite. This native pest can enter structures through cracks less than one-thirty-seconds of an inch wide, including the tiny openings in concrete slabs, around drain pipes, and between the slab and a home's foundation. Most swarming occurs in the spring, but additional swarms may occur throughout the summer and fall.

Wet conditions also will create a field day for ants, including the highly invasive Argentine ant, whose massive colonies can be found along the West Coast and parts of the Eastern and Gulf Coast states.

"The Argentine ant has few natural enemies here, so they can quickly knock out the native ants," Davis said. "When Argentine ants get inside a house, they're a force to be reckoned with. I've seen these ants travel in columns that were as wide as my wrist."

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Swarming agriculture termites in Texas pose no threat to buildings

 
Published: Monday, September 28, 2009 1:05 AM CDT
Reposted from:
http://boernestar.com/

Termites traipsing through turf grass in urban areas of South Central Texas are most likely no cause for alarm, said a Texas Cooperative Extension expert.

"If you see termites in your lawn, there's a good chance they are what are known as agriculture or desert termites," said Molly Keck, Extension entomologist for Bexar County. "These are not the same as subterranean termites, which are the kind that do serious damage to homes and other property."

However, many local homeowners are confusing the agriculture termite with the more destructive variety, according to officials at Boerne Pest Control, David and Ivy DeSpain and technician Brett DeSpain. They say they've received a flood of phone calls in the past 12 days from homeowners describing termite problems that have turned out to be swarming agriculture termites.

The agriculture termite is slightly larger than the subterranean termite and is reddish brown in color with tan, semi-transparent wings twice the length of the body, the DeSpains explained.

Agriculture termites are usually found in large fields in rural areas, Keck said. They are most attracted to pasture areas used for grass or hay production, especially coastal Bermuda grass fields.

"These termites are generally found in a more arid and dry climate like West Texas," Keck said. "But they're fairly common in South Central Texas too. Normally they're prevalent in rural areas, but we've been seeing a lot more of them in urban areas."

Agriculture termites are being found in urban areas such as San Antonio because the drought has forced them closer to the soil surface in search of moisture and nourishment, she said.

"Unlike subterranean termites, which usually feed on dead wood, these termites prefer live forbs, weeds and grasses," Keck said. "They eat soft plant tissue, and in urban settings they feed almost exclusively on grasses."

The DeSpains warn homeowners not to be fooled into thinking they need a treatment against wood-destroying subterranean termites when they are seeing swarms of the plant-eating variety.

Agriculture termites in urban areas pose no threat to structures, but in large numbers can damage or destroy turf grass and may require control. "If control is needed, people in urban settings should use a pesticide labeled specifically for termites," Keck said. "Those in rural settings should look for pesticides labeled for use in the appropriate location and which contains Malathion as the active ingredient."

Meanwhile, the DeSpains also recommend a preventive treatment against the wood-destroying variety of termites.

"In Texas, having a preventive treatment for subterranean termites is recommended to protect your home, the largest monetary investment you will make in a lifetime," David DeSpain said. "Billions of dollars are lost every year just from termite damage to homes and other structures."

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What exactly happens during a termite inspection?

 

So what exactly happens when you call Clark Pest Control for your free termite inspection? and what do the inspectors look for?

Clark will send out a state-licensed termite inspector to your residence to conduct a very thorough inspection. The inspector will start by examining your property inside and out, around window and doors, plumbing, in your attic and basement or crawl space.  Anywhere termite colonies may be establishing in and around your home.

In the event our inspector discovers a termite problem, at that point he will recommend the most effective treatment method for your situation, customized to meet your home/property's specific need, as well as appropriate repairs for any damaged areas.

Finally, our inspector will recommend an on-going termite monitoring plan, Clark's Term-Alert® Program, to guarantee termites don't re-establish around your home and do further damage. Clark Offers free inspections!

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