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Formosan Subterranean Termite Colonies Out-compete Native Termites

By |August 12th, 2018|Categories: Formosan subterranean termites|Tags: |

Formosan subterranean termites out-reproduce, and out-compete native subterranean colonies in La Mesa. Western subterranean termites do cause damage in San Diego County; however, Western subterranean termites do not boast robust colonies. In contract, Formosan subterranean termites are ideally suited to our tropical climate, reproduce quickly and in large numbers. They not only develop colonies underground (as do all ‘subterranean’ termites), Formosan termites can also form satellite colonies above ground in the voids between walls, under sinks, and in tree hollows. These aerial colonies may also contain egg laying reproductives.

Formosan termites have been known to attack in over 50 species of living plants including citrus, pepper trees, wild cherry, cherry laurel, ash, sweet gum, cedar, willow, wax myrtle, Chinese elm, live oak, and white oak. Formosan termites are aggressive eaters and have been known to chew through non-wood materials in their search for wood. They have attacked plastic, asphalt, plaster, rubber, and thin sheets of lead and copper metal. The creosote on utility poles does not deter Formosan termites and are at great risk of damage.

Formosan Termite Timeline in La Mesa

By |August 1st, 2018|Categories: Formosan subterranean termites|Tags: |

Formosan subterranean termites introduced in La Mesa (estimated date)

Formosan subterranean termites identified in La Mesa and confirmed by University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. Seven homes infested. Treatment and monitoring begins in surrounding area.

Monitoring expanded to include 69 properties

Monitoring devices installed ½ mile from affected homes.

Formosan subterranean termites eradicated in original area

Monitoring devices installed 1 mile from original area.

Formosan subterranean termites infestation found in secondary area in La Mesa affecting five homes. Treatment begins.

University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources research program in La Mesa discontinued due to lack of funding.

Formosan subterranean termites rediscovered in La Mesa by Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, ½ mile from original, 1992 infestation.

Heroic Pest Control

By |July 19th, 2018|Categories: Awesomeness|Tags: |

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 |July 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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

We Remodel Bathrooms and More

By |July 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

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.