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The Nation’s # 1 Class Mobile Pest Control Service … for Termites


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Turn off the lights, close the windows, lock the doors, and try, as much as possible, to separate your home from contact with the planet: Terminix has ranked Mobile # 1 on a new list of cities affected by termites.

Suddenly spring doesn’t seem so inviting anymore, does it? Not as we remember the swarms coming.

In fact, however, the Terminix study does not focus on the annual aerial diaspora of Formosa termites. And calling it a “study” might give it a scientific shine it doesn’t deserve. The company says the results are based on “termite specific data from over 300 Terminix branches across the country” in 2016. This is essentially a ranking of those who complained the most about termites l ‘last year. This is only predictive to the extent that you expect the patterns to repeat themselves – which they do in Mobile.

The second most curious thing about the list, after Mobile’s No.1 ranking, is that New Orleans isn’t in the Top 15 at all.

New Orleans! New Orleans, where the federal government mounted a multi-million dollar global campaign to save the historic French Quarter from termites. New Orleans, where the Formosa termite swarms were massive enough to show up on weather radar. He’s not even in the Top 15, which includes Philadelphia.

Both points seem credible, said Bill Finch, science adviser to the Mobile Botanical Gardens and longtime environmental writer for the Mobile area. Mobile’s high ranking and the absence of New Orleans could come from just one contrast, he said. It could be that “New Orleans, finally, takes termites seriously. Mobile, not so much.”

Translation: New Orleans has termite-friendly conditions, with a hot and humid coastal climate and many historic wooden buildings. But perhaps the city has escalated the threat and improved in taking preventative measures. If so, Finch said, that would explain why the Terminix hotline in New Orleans didn’t get termite calls last year.

“New Orleans should be worse,” Finch said. “Orlando (# 7 on the list) should be worse. But construction skills and vigilance can be higher there.”

Mobile became # 1 on the list by racking up many service calls over the past year. Finch thinks maybe it’s because the Mobilians didn’t take preventative measures seriously. He said he believes modern building practices are not strict enough, and this is compounded by a “general lack of vigilance on the part of owners.”

Lack of prevention and vigilance means people end up panicking when termites finally get their attention. But it’s not all perception, said Finch.

“This in no way suggests that Mobile doesn’t have a huge termite problem,” Finch said. “The mobile has a huge termite problem.”

The climate is a definite factor, he said, and on this point everyone can agree.

“We are consistently seeing higher levels of termite activity in the southern United States, particularly in and around coastal cities where the weather is humid and humid – the perfect environment for a growing termite colony.” said Paul Curtis, director of technical services for Terminix.

The cities on the list are Mobile, San Antonio, Memphis, Tampa, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Jacksonville, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Little Rock. Obviously, this includes a few that are not from the south and coastal. Finch said the results could be skewed not only by the number of complaints Terminix customers make in a given city, but also by Terminix’s local market share in that region.

Still, it’s no wonder Florida has four cities on the list. The state is so termite friendly that it has five other invasive species nibbling in the Formosans’ wake. And if that thought gives you goosebumps, then you should definitely skip the next few paragraphs.

If the Terminix rankings promote completely unfounded fears that a terrible year against termites is ahead, another industry source offers equally speculative validation. Pest Control Technology magazine recently reported that many industry watchers expect 2017 to continue a profitable trend.

According to a survey in which PCT was a partner, the bed bug trade increased by 31% in 2016. Ants and rodents increased by 18% and 13% respectively, with an 11% increase in work against termites. Cockroaches broke in at 8 percent. Not to mention mosquitoes and ticks.

“You can count on the phone that now rings every year for bedbugs,” said one exterminator quoted in the PCT article. In context, it was a statement of commercial optimism. Out of context, ew.

So what to do? Terminix says there are some things homeowners can do, aside from hiring a pest control service. (And if you’re looking for one, they have some ideas on which would be right for the job.)

Their advice:

To prevent termites from chewing on their wallets, homeowners should be on the lookout for signs of infestation, including termite droppings, thrown wings, hollow or damaged wood, and mud tubes – tunnels of dirt from the land. pencil size – near the bases of houses.

Before encountering any of these signs, there are several preventative steps homeowners can take to help reduce the risk of infestation.

  • Prune any shrubs near the outside of the house to allow air circulation and dry wet areas quickly
  • Use products such as synthetic mulch or gravel when landscaping
  • Maintain the exterior of the house properly to prevent water from seeping into the wood siding and windows
  • Make sure crawl spaces are properly ventilated to minimize the amount of moisture around the floor joists and sub-floor

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