Termite, W.D.O. & Pest Control Articles

Rats in San Diego Restaurants and Food Establishments

Rodent issues that include rats and mice are somewhat common in San Diego restaurants, unfortunately. That is not to say that they are out of control in all of them, but it is a warning that if they are to be left unbothered then the problem can get out of control very easily. Even more […]

California Introduces New Rodenticide Ban on SGAR’s

On September 29, 2020, the governor of California approved Assembly Bill # 1788. With this, the possession, use, or sale of certain pesticides that use one or more of the specified second-generation anticoagulants is prohibited by law. It is very important to note that this is not a ban on all rodenticides nor baits. This […]

What is the NPMA-33 Form?

The (National Pest Management Association) NPMA-33 Form or “Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report” is at times one of the requirements of VA, HUD, and FHA loans. In California, we have the standard report form that is issued by the Structural Pest Control Board, and at times both forms are requested by the lender. In any […]

Increased Section 2 Requirements on VA and FHA Loans

Are you thinking of purchasing a home with a VA or FHA backed loan? Then there might be another important thing you might have to take into consideration: Section 2 items from your Wood Destroying Organisms report. In the past year or so I have noticed an increased requirement of section 2 item on VA […]

Why are termites eating the wood on my house?

Termites have a history of over 130 million years on our planet and are commonly known as the “Silent Destroyers”. They are one of the most fascinating species of wood-destroying organisms and one that has been given a very important job: decomposing dead cellulose also explained as breaking down dead wood. However, it is very […]

8 precautions to take after a pest control treatment

Having a pest control treatment completed in your home or business might be required from time to time to control undesired pests. Even though the goal that we are trying to achieve is a good one you have to remember that all pesticides, even organic pesticides, are toxic to a certain level. For this reason, […]

How has COVID-19 affected the pest and termite control industry from a family-owned business perspective

Back in late 2019 no one expected that this pandemic was going to get so out of control. It started with hearing it on the news here and there, to having travel restrictions, to a semi-complete closure of the country. The pest and termite control industries were allowed to continue working as they are a […]

Carpenter Ants in California

Although ants do not generally damage wood structures, there is one type of ant that likes to excavate the wood and create a dwelling out of this. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood, they only carve it using their strong jaws. Their galleries usually look like they have been sanded finely and most commonly […]

True Powder Post Wood Infesting Beetles

Powder post beetles and other wood boring beetles are second to termites in the destruction of structures made from timber (wood). The most common of them in the United States are from the family Lyctidae from the order Coleoptera, regularly called the True Powder Post Beetles. They get their name from the powder-like fecal matter […]

Dampwood Termite Biology, Control & Prevention

Dampwood Termite (from the Termopsidae Family) although it is not very common, it thrives in areas where there is damp wood – which as well as how they got their name. Their wings are a tanned median vein which runs next to the radial sector, and in order to survive, they require a regular source […]