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Heroic Pest Control

By |2018-10-05T13:31:23+00:00July 19th, 2018|

During Comic-Con 2018 we’re celebrating our pest control superheroes. Thrasher-man is our official mascot for the next few days. And we’re hosting a contest on Facebook. The winner will receive the superhero costume of their choice. Participation is free and fun. It does require a Thrasher-man mask and selfie skills. You can make your own mask out of paper by downloading the attached file or get creative and make one out of fabric (completely optional).

Good luck and have fun!

Indianmeal Moths Infest Bulk Bins

By |2018-07-06T15:18:40+00:00July 6th, 2018|

Bulk bins in San Diego grocery stores sometimes harbor pests, including Indianmeal moths. The term “pantry pest” is used to describe a handful of insects that commonly infest foods such as cereal, rice, flour and spices typically found in your kitchen pantry, or the grocery store! Thrasher Pest Control finds that many of these pests are introduced into San Diego homes through already infested foods. Read on to learn how Thrasher Pest Control recommends you protect your kitchen and your food.

Indianmeal moth closeup

Indianmeal moth

Eliminating a pantry pest infestation in San Diego can be challenging because these insects are small, often stay hidden, and they can reproduce quickly. In addition to being a nuisance, Indianmeal moths and other pantry pests can be downright costly. Each year, these insects are responsible for millions of dollars in food losses due to contamination or damage in San Diego and across the country. The number one thing you can do to avoid Indianmeal moths and other pantry pests in your kitchen is to store dry foods properly. Pantry pests are experts at locating and infesting foods. Thrasher Pest Control recommends that you store dried goods in a glass or plastic container that has a tight-fitting lid to keep hungry insects out, and to contain any insects if a food source was already contaminated. (Thrasher’s advice applies to dry pet food too!)

Indianmeal moths in container

This bulk bin quinoa harbored Indianmeal eggs. The eggs hatched and quickly progressed through all life stages because of the plentiful supply of food. The Thrasher Pest Control customer had wisely stored the grain in a tough container with a tightly fitting lid. The problem was limited and no other products in the home were infested.

We Remodel Bathrooms and More

By |2018-07-06T15:19:22+00:00July 6th, 2018|

When your San Diego bathroom remodel is inspired by correcting a leaking fixture, loose toilet, or spongy floor, call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control. You do not need to wait for a general contractor to find an opening for you. Thrasher’s expert carpenters frequently remodel bathrooms and we’re ready to transform your old bathroom into an updated oasis. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is licensed to perform repair and replacement to termite damaged and rotted wood AND to do the finish work too! That means we’re often called upon to complete an entire bathroom remodel from the floor up, including new shower or tub, tile work, flooring, bathroom cabinetry, etc. Our staff of skilled carpenters perform most of the work, but if other skilled trades are required (such as plumbers or electricians) we bring them in. Call us today for an estimate.

 

Leave Yellowjacket Control to the Professionals

By |2018-07-06T15:19:00+00:00July 5th, 2018|

Summer is the time when stinging yellowjackets gain strength in numbers and ruin enjoyment of San Diego outdoor spaces. Yellowjacket control requires expertise and full body protection. Don’t risk your health trying to treat or remove nests yourself; do the right thing and call Thrasher Pest Control today to come and take care of it for you and your family. Here’s why:

Unlike honey bees, yellowjackets and other stinging wasps are capable of stinging repeatedly and will chase after you. This is why Thrasher Pest Control Technicians approach yellowjacket nests with caution and in full bee gear. The ground nests in San Diego are particularly troubling because they can easily go unnoticed. Children playing in the yard, or someone mowing a lawn may inadvertently disturb the nest and get attacked by these stinging pests. If you get too close to a yellowjacket nest, they will swarm and sting repeatedly!

Yellow Jacket NPMA

Don’t mess with Yellowjackets.

Yellowjacket queens mate in the fall and spend the winter months overwintering in a protected spot, often in structural voids. When they emerge in the spring, the queens begin the tireless task of building a nest, populating it with offspring, and raising the first generation of her brood. Once these wasps reach adulthood, they are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with being called a worker: expanding and fixing the nest, helping rear subsequent broods, foraging for food, and protecting the colony against external threats. Adult yellowjackets are pollinators, searching for nectar and other sweets, but they also collect proteinaceous food like beetle grubs, which they bring back to the hive and feed to the larvae. Foraging yellowjackets have also been reported to take human food when it’s outside so keep your eyes open!