What are the signs of termites?

Termites hide within the inside walls or flooring areas of the home or structure, often going unseen. However, there are signs you will notice of termite infestations. Swarming can occur near well-lit exterior entrances to the building such as doors and windows. Mud tubes are another sign of termites.  These provide shelter for active termites and are usually located near the ground but will extend upwards or along other surfaces such as chimneys, flooring and even concrete, thus providing safe passage for the termites. 

What do you look for when inspecting structures for termites?

Upon your homes termite inspection, Paramount Pest Solutions Inc. will provide you with an extensive inspection walking around the exterior, interior, crawl space, and attic.  Looking for any signs of active termites or termite damage.  When the inspection is completed you will be informed of where the termites have been active or seen and you will be provided a pest solution plan to keep the termites from further damaging your home.

Are there other insects I should be concerned about?

Absolutely! Although termites cause damage to your home other inspects can cause damage to you and your families’ health. Certain times of the year inspects become more active and will look for warmer locations, like your home to take shelter in. Spider bites can cause serious health issues and often are unseen at the time of the bite. Keeping your home protected with a quarterly pest control plan will help you keep your family safe from these dangerous insects.

What are the dangerous spiders that can take shelter in my home?

The most dangerous spiders that will take shelter in or near your home are the brown recluse and black widow spiders.

Brown recluse spiders also known as fiddle-backs and have a necrotic venom which is a tissue-destroying bite and usually requires medical attention. These spiders usually take shelter under furniture, appliances, carpets, behind baseboards and door facings, or in corners and crevices.

Black Widow spiders have a potent venom containing the neurotoxin latrotoxin which can cause latrodectism (Pain, muscle rigidity, vomiting, and sweating). Black Widow spiders rarely come inside the home but will build webs on or near entry points. They will also nest near firewood or vegetation. 

What causes cockroaches infestations?

Cockroaches go for the easy items we all have in our homes. For example, they are attracted to food that has been left out on the counter, dirty dishes in the sink, and crumbs laying on the floor. They are also attracted to moisture and dark areas, such as from a leaky pipe in the bathroom or a wet bathroom floor mat.

Cockroaches produce a musty smell, which is also a good sign of a cockroach infestation. They will leave behind small dropping similar to coffee grounds or dirt. If noticing the kitchen counter keeps getting dirty and you’re not sure where it's coming from this is a good sign of a cockroach infestation.

Can cockroaches cause asthma or asthma attacks?

Cockroach allergy is a common trigger of asthma patients. If you are allergic they can trigger asthma attacks.  Cockroaches saliva, feces and shedding body parts similar to dust debris in the home, which will enter the airways of anyone with a cockroach allergy or asthma and trigger symptoms of coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing and asthma attacks.  Prolonged exposure to cockroaches with allergies or asthma may result in someone needing medical attention.

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