Larry's Pest Patrol

Termite Inspections in San Juan County

Termites can do some serious damage in a home when left undiscovered behind the walls. They do not make much noise and until they are ready to swarm out of the walls, you will probably not know they are there. But termites are very active in all states except Alaska, so being on guard against termites for residents in San Juan County, NM is definitely a good idea. The absolute best way to protect your home from the devastating effects of termites is to have a routine termite inspection by a pest professional. There are signs you can look for around your home that may indicate a termite issue but having trained eyes looking over your property at regular intervals throughout the year will be your best chance of saving thousands of dollars on repairs from termite damage if discovered too late.

The importance of a termite inspection

Termite inspections in San Juan County should be very thorough and scheduled at least once a year. New Mexico homes are at a moderate to heavy risk of having termite infestations so inspections are key to making sure your home is not being eaten up by these structure destroying insects. There is not a time of year that termites stop eating the cellulose in the wooden beams and boards in the walls. They continually eat all year round, but ramp up activity in the hot summer months. A termite queen will lay 1000 eggs in a single day and can be responsible for starting over 25 colonies in her lifetime. Like ants, termites continually plug away at their work. Unfortunately for you, termite work is weakening the structural integrity of your home bit by bit.

The initial inspection

During a termite inspection, a licensed and trained termite inspector will come into your home to search for termite activity in crawl spaces, under sinks, in the attic, and in unused cabinets. The pest professional will walk around the exterior of the home to look for the dirt or mulch being above the foundation line and if there are any termite mud tunnels attached to the foundation, indicating termites have already found an entrance in the home. After the inspection, the termite inspector will give you a run down of what was discovered, what treatment is recommended, and a quote of what it will cost. After treatment, a full damage report will be made so you know exactly what repairs are needed..

To put your mind at ease about whether or not your home is being destroyed by termites, hire a termite exterminator to inspect and treat your home. For the most thorough termite inspections in San Juan County, give Larry’s Pest Patrol a call today to set up your initial termite inspection so you can quickly rid your home of termites.


What Should I Do If I See a Scorpion in My Home?

Finding a scorpion in your home can be very frightening because of their familiar long tailed stinger that is ready to strike at a second’s notice. Scorpions are classified as arachnids, because of their four pairs of legs, which puts them in the same category as spiders and ticks. Not a desirable club to be a part of, for sure.  Scorpions can deliver a painful sting if they feel threatened or trapped. Some scorpions can be quite small and you may be completely unaware that it is near until you get stung. Unless you are often up late, you may not see these eight legged critters because they only come out of their hiding spots to hunt at night. These stinging arachnids are particularly difficult to eradicate from your home because of their incredibly thick exoskeletons. Most over-the-counter insecticides have little to no effect on scorpions. If you find a scorpion in your home, be sure to smash it or sweep it outside. It may have been a lone scorpion that found its way into your home. After getting rid of the scorpion, begin pest proofing your house to ensure that no more scorpions are able to get inside.  But if you see multiple scorpions in a week, calling a scorpion pest professional may be the best way to keep scorpions out of the house and away from you and your family.

How to keep scorpions out of the house

There are basic prevention measures that can be taken to keep the scorpions out. If you see a scorpion in your home, try your best to kill it. The exoskeleton is very tough and some scorpions have the ability to flatten themselves so smashing it with a rock or a shoe may not be as effective as you would think. You can place sticky traps commonly used for mice or roaches around your home in strategic places to stop scorpions in their tracks.

Taking time to pest proof your home, especially before the weather heats up, will help keep scorpions from finding entry points into your home. Filling in cracks and holes with caulk, replacing damaged weather stripping, and trimming back shrubs and trees that would allow scorpions easy access to your roof or attic space are all good ways to prevent scorpions from entering your home.

Scorpion control

Hiring a professional pest control service to treat the interior and exterior of your home for scorpions will ensure that you never have a nasty surprise of finding a scorpion in your home at night. The pest professional will create a barrier around your home that has the ability to prevent pests, even as tough as scorpions, from getting near your home.

If you are a San Juan County, NM resident looking for professional scorpion control options, give Larry’s Pest Patrol a call to set up the initial inspection and treatment to give you a home free from scorpions.