Meet Jonathan Lucas

Has it really been a month already? My, how time flies when you are busy saving homes and businesses from the adverse effects of pests! But, we checked the calendar, and it really is time for us to highlight one of the amazing members of our Active Pest Control family. This month, we have chosen to introduce you to Jonathan Lucas. Jonathan is one of our services consultants with structural pest control certification. He is, perhaps, the first voice you talk to or the first face that you see when you are looking for pest protection services.

Jonathan knows pests; and he knows the problems that they can cause, which is why he works so tirelessly to keep the homes and businesses in our community safe. He is friendly, professional, and always willing to go the extra mile to serve our community by helping you find the pest protection services that are just right to handle the pests that you are dealing with and to keep new foraging pests at bay. He has an intricate understanding of the many industry leading services that we offer, and you can count on him to help you to choose the exact services that you need, nothing more!

His favorite pest is the termite. Jonathan finds it challenging to deal with termites and knows how secretive and elusive they can be. He also knows that a home or business without proper termite monitoring and control service is a home that is in danger of severe and costly damages. He puts it this way, “Not having termite protection on your home is like driving your car without car insurance!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

When Jonathan is not busy helping you protect your home or business from pests, he is spending time with his wife, Valerie, and their two children, Kristen and Jordan. Jonathan says that he has been “married for 32 years – all in a row – to the same person!” which in today’s world is quite an accomplishment! Congratulations Jonathan and Valerie!

If you, too, possess the commitment, dedication, and drive that Jonathan does, we want to talk with you. We are always looking for hard-working, committed people to join the Active Pest Control family. Contact us today to learn more about our competitive wages, excellent benefits package, and positive work environment. Who knows; our next blog might just highlight you!

Termite Warning Signs For Macon, Georgia

Of all the pests that can attack a home, termites are by far the worst. And, of all the termites species in the United States, the termites that fall into the category of “subterranean” are the ones that will do the most damage to homes in Georgia. So, we will be focusing this article on the warning signs that specifically relate to these destructive, wood-eating insects.

Swarmers: Winged termites are sometimes mistaken for a species of termite when they are actually a caste of termite. In a termite colony, there are different castes that have different roles. Workers eat wood and bring that food back to the nest. Soldiers protect the colony from predators. Queens make babies and kings fertilize the queen. The job of winged reproductives is to establish a new nest. It may be a few feet from the old nest, or up to a few miles. But, the first sign of danger will be a swarm of insects somewhere around your home. Subterranean swarmers are drawn to light, so you might see them engulfing a streetlight or an exterior light on your home.

Swarm evidence: Swarms don’t last long, so the only warning sign you may get is evidence that a swarm happened. It may be a single swarmer crawling on a wall or it might be the gossamer wings these insects shed after swarming. These might be found on back decks, patios, or window sills. They even get caught in spider webs.

Inside swarmers: If you find wings on inside window sills or swarmers crawling around on interior walls, these are signs of a current and mature infestation inside the walls of your home. You aren’t likely to get more than one or two swarmers inside your home if you aren’t already infested.

Mud tubes: Subterranean termites randomly forage for food underground and build mud tubes up your foundation walls when they emerge from the soil. These tubes can also be found on interior walls, all the way up to your attic spaces. Subterranean termites require moisture to live. These tubes keep them safe from the drying effects of the sun.

Damage: If your home has been infested for years, doors and windows will begin to stick, walls will begin to bulge, and floors will begin to sag. But, by the time you start seeing these warning signs, it is too late.

Learn the warning signs and keep your home safe from termites in Macon, Georgia. If you don’t already have a termite protection plan, give us a call. The team here at Active Pest Control is the best in the business, and we have the awards and reviews to back that up. When you need to know for sure that your home is protected from the damaging effects of termites, Active Pest Control is the right choice.

What Is Termite Baiting?

When you hear the word bait, what do you think of? Does it conjure up an image of a man with fat fingers squeezing a worm onto a hook? Do you see him sitting in his boat or on shore waiting for the pole to bend so he can yank a giant fish from the water? If you do, it may seem impractical to use bait to catch something as small as a termite.

Now maybe you’re imagining a cup of worms being laid next to your home and all the termites squeezing out of the nooks and crannies to feast on it. After getting a belly full of poison they die in a big pile right there next to your basement wall–where they can be easily shoveled up and disposed of. You’re getting closer.

Some of you already know that termite bait doesn’t work anything like fish bait. You wisely relate it more to cockroach bait, and you are mostly right. Termite and roach bait are similar in many ways. Both are picked up by the insect and brought to where the “group” lives. And, both act as a toxin that continues to spread. But how it spreads differs.

Cockroaches and termites both have nasty habits. I know what you’re thinking, “Cockroaches and termites are nasty? I don’t believe it!” It’s true. And, it is these nasty habits that are exploited by the baits that are used to eradicate them.

Cockroaches are not picky eaters. They’ll eat toothpaste, hair, glue and even other dead cockroaches. When they eat a dead friend who was killed by toxic bait, they are poisoned by the bait, and soon die to become a meal for another roach.

Cockroaches also have a wonderful habit of leaving their excrement everywhere, and walking through the excrement of other roaches. Real nice, roaches. Real nice.

Termites go one step further with the whole “excrement” idea. They actually eat each other’s poo. This makes it even easier for a toxin to work its way through a colony. After the worker termites are eliminated, the colony is starved for food and goes into a suppression phase. As the colony starves, the queen starves. Without a queen, the colony dies.

If you’re looking to protect your home from termites, termite bait is the best way to go. It works to kill termites “before” they can damage your home. It isn’t perfect though. Sometimes the number of termites that take the bait from a bait station isn’t enough to fully eradicate the colony. But it is enough to warn a pest technician that there is a problem and zero in on where new bait should be placed. Call Active Pest Control and find out how a termite baiting system like the Sentricon© Termite Colony Elimination System can safely and effectively protect your home from termites.

Termites and Teens

The average teen boy should consume 2,400 calories a day for a healthy lifestyle. But for most teenagers 2,400 calories just isn’t enough. Many a parent can attest to the unquenchable hunger of teens, that leave buckets of chicken emptied, pizzas disappearing as if by magic, and hot dogs–well, those don’t stand a chance. Termites have a similar unquenchable hunger, a hunger for wood. And, just as food will go missing from your fridge and cabinets overnight and leave you regretting the day you ever had those hungry lifeforms, termites can silently eat away at the support beams and load bearing walls in your house, leaving you wondering how they could do this for years without you knowing.

Termite Signs

There are a few ways to know if your house has a termite infestation. It is only when a colony has been within your home for multiple years that you will see the biggest, most obvious signs. Recognizable damage to your walls, floors, and ceilings, and a visual sag in your floor are clear indicators that termites have already been occupying your home for years.

Termite swarmers found around your living spaces are key indicators that you have a mature colony living inside your home. Swarmers can also exit your home and be found on your exterior walls and on window frames.

Mud tubes found crawling up your exterior foundation reveal termite entry points. These gateways allow termites passage from the outside world, into the wood filled interior of your home. These mud tubes can be as small as the length and width of a pencil, so be thorough in your search. Once you are sure your wall voids and attic spaces are termite free, use these following tips to help prevent any future termite invasion.

Termite Prevention

  • Seal any gaps or holes found in your foundation and fix any broken siding.
  • Remove or fix any sources of water build up, such as leaky pipes, broken appliances or dripping faucets.
  • Stack any dead wood at least 20 feet from your home and off of the ground.
  • Remove any large pieces of dead wood such as tree stumps or fallen trees.
  • Keep all mulch and soil 15 inches from your foundation and away from direct contact with the walls of your home.
  • Keep your attic and crawl spaces properly ventilated to assure a dry uninviting environment for termites.

Though teens and termites both eat you out of house and home, it’s obvious which is preferable. As always, the best termite extermination and prevention comes only from the pros. Call your local pest control agency and have an inspector do a full inspection. Food is expensive whether it is several boxes of Captain Crunch or the wood support beams in your house. Save money and protect your home from these hungry insects.

Termites In Tennessee

Have you found transparent silver wings on your window sills or back porch–or worse–have you found a swarm of winged insects crawling around on the wood in your backyard? There are two types of insects that are drawn to moist, decaying wood, and neither of them are good to have in your backyard. Let’s take a look.

What are these winged insects?

Carpenter ants and termites are both a swarming insect that you will find crawling on wood. Neither of these two insects are good to have in your backyard, but termites are decidedly more dangerous. Each year carpenter ants do millions of dollars to property in the United States. Termite damage is in the billions.

How do I tell them apart?

There are two distinct way to tell the difference between termite swarmers and ant swarmers. If you’re bold enough to grab one by the wings, you can lift it up and examine its body. Ant swarmers will have a very thin waist, termites have no waist at all. If you are not bold enough to pick them up, you can look to see if there are wingless ants crawling around with the swarmers. The presence of these wingless ants is a clear sign that you have an ant swarm.

Is it possible for this swarm to pass me by?

If you have a termite swarm in your yard you should know that it is a very bad sign. Termite colonies do not swarm at first. The colony must mature. This can take a few years. You should also know that swarmers are terrible fliers and they will not be found too far from this mature colony. Often the mature colony is on your property, or inside your home. That means you have a termite colony that has been eating your home for several years. And, even if it didn’t originate from your home, it will not be passing you by. Termite swarmers don’t go far.

One more thing to know.

A swarm can happen quickly. If it does, you may not see the swarm, but instead, find your yard littered with the wings they shed after mating. If you find wings, you should immediately call a pest control company.

If you live in our area, you should never be without termite protection. Subterranean termites are a ferocious and silent wood eater. Don’t wait till you see the swarms. Get your home equity protected today.