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Black Knight Termite and Pest Control owners have been residing in and serving the Temecula and Murrieta area for over 20 years.  Their goal is to provide customers with the best quality service through their expertise and professionalism.  They are committed to providing on-time service, competitive rates and thorough inspection

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Mounds of Problems

Megan Pinneo


So, you have a gopher problem. 

Gophers are an ongoing pest problem that affect homeowners and business owners year round, meaning there is no such thing as 'gopher season'. While gophers are active throughout the year, you may find them to be most problematic during the Spring and Summer months when fresh plants are most commonly put in from gardening. Given their preference, gophers prefer fresh roots from new plants, but this doesn't stop them from eating anything else you've got growing in your yards. *sigh* 

The most common gophers we have in California are the pocket gophers. They typically spend a majority of their lifetime underground, so spotting one above ground is a rarity. Aside from the obvious reasons for controlling a gopher problem, such as curb appeal and overall aesthetic, you shouldn't overlook a gopher problem. If left to their own devices, gophers will destroy expensive landscaping and threaten homeowner safety by potentially burrowing under the foundation, and in some cases, cause the home to collapse. To prevent this from happening, there are several methods used to treat a gopher problem. Some of these methods are bating, trapping, using a Gopher X machine or fumitoxin, which is a inorganic chemical compound. Gophers are very territorial in nature, so naturally this makes them very stubborn to get rid of!

Treating gophers is easy if you have a gopher specialist who is there to help. Often times, DIY gopher control is costly, frustrating and ineffective. Needless to say, we definitely do not recommend taking on your gopher problem on your own. Unfortunately, if you've had a gopher problem in the past or have neighbors that are currently experiencing a gopher problem, the likelihood of having an ongoing gopher problem, yourself, is very great. In light of this, we recommend getting on a gopher control service. 

Give Black Knight a call (951-694-8100) to get in touch with our gopher specialist who can recommend the best method to control your unique gopher problem! We promise you won't be disappointed!




Celebrating 20 Years

Megan Pinneo

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     We are so proud to announce that Black Knight Termite & Pest Control, Inc. celebrated our very own 20th anniversary last month! We have come a long ways since we first started, particularly growing our small family owned business to a slightly bigger family owned business! 

     Black Knight originally started 20 years ago with only 2 trucks and 2 employees. Since then, we have been so blessed by our community making it possible to expand our family to having 15 trucks and 18 employees! *gasp* We have broadened our areas of expertise significantly as well. We now offer a wide variety of pest services in addition to termite and general pest control, such as gopher control, rodent control, bird control as well as thermal heat treatment!

     Earlier this year, we also acquired a new pest control route taking Black Knight to Redlands, Riverside and Menifee for accounts ranging from commercial to residential. We have seen our greatest improvement in the amount of active pest control routes that we are continuously adding to. Overall, in our 20 years of business, Black Knight has had the pleasure of serving the Riverside, San Diego as well as San Bernardino counties respectfully. 

     We are very proud of where we come from and are looking forward to thriving in the New Year. In light of our 20 year anniversary, all of our trucks are fashioning the new decal posted above. Thanks for all your love and support as we continue doing what we love. Wishing you all a prosperous year



Rodent Exclusion

Megan Pinneo

Rodent Control

The cold winter weather is here and so are dreaded house mice. House mice are coming in from the cold temperatures straight into your home with their long narrow nose, round bodies and hairless tails in search of warmth and food.  You can usually here them scattering around in your attic tearing up your walls and insulation that they love to build their nest in. They often find their way into your home through any cracks or holes that may lead to entry inside. House mice will often climb near by trees and follow branches that are pushed against your roof and in through any of those tiny holes that may be present. Mice can fit through extremely small holes with fur covering their bodies people often think they are much larger than they really are. The size of hole in which they can fit through is often underestimated. Foliage that has built up onto your home can also give them access into your house. Mice can create a huge headache, with a female mouse going into heat every 4 to 5 days and giving birth to 30-35 babies per year, don't let them become your problem, call a professional to treat the problem for you, for good! Black Knight Pest Control provides a Rodent Controland Exclusion for its valued customers. With Black Knight as your Pest Control Professionals you wont have to worry about house mice taking over. There are four steps involved in the process that you can count on with the rodent exclusion with Black Knight , even cleaning and sanitizing your attic!

The process involves four steps:

  1. Black Knight Pest Control will do a total inspection of your property. We will determine what access areas the rodents are using. Black Knight will inform the homeowner of any trees or bushes that need to be trimmed back or cut down.
  2. Black Knight Pest Control will exclude holes that rats or mice might enter with expanding foam or hardware cloth.
  3. Black Knight Pest Control will place tamper-proof bait stations around the home.
  4. Black Knight Pest Control will install snap traps in attic and glue boards or Tin Cats in the interior area as needed.

For more information please call our friendly office 951.694.8100 and we would will do our best to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Ask for a free quote today!

Rodents: Everything You Never Wanted to (but need to) Know

Megan Pinneo

When it comes to rodent control, Murrieta homeowners often prefer to think this issue won’t affect them – until it does. Rats, mice and other common vermin have been the cause of anxiety and fear for centuries. Their reputation as disease carriers during the Great Plague and other epidemics certainly didn’t help ease such worries. From Cotton Rats, Norway Rats and Deer Mice to common house mice and roof rats, rodents can be serious hazards to the home. To make matters worse, they are seriously hard to control once they’ve made it in. So whether you’re interested in avoiding rodent infestations in the first place or already have a few uninvited house guests you need to get rid of, here are some basic facts you need to know.

The Common Culprits

Mice. From the city to the country, mice get into homes and apartments through a variety of strategic and often unnoticed entrances in search of warmth, food and water. While they might look harmless, each mouse you spot could potentially infect a great deal more food than it actually consumes. If you’ve spotted mouse droppings in your cupboards, you need to take action immediately. After washing out the cupboard and your hands, of course. 

Rats. While mice can be fairly easy to catch with common baits and traps, rats tend to be a bit more suspicious of such new additions. They tend to infest homes in packs for protection and community, and are more commonly found in harder-to-reach places like up in the attic, within the walls, and underneath the porch. In addition to contaminating food, rats are also likely to carry and spread diseases. They often bring other unwanted friends such as fleas and ticks into their unknowing host’s abodes as well. 

What to Expect After Spotting a Rodent

Whatever kind of rodents you happen to find in your home, you can expect that they will breed rapidly. Some rodents breed during certain times of the year, while others breed all year long to keep their population booming. Once they are in your home they will leave feces and urine that will contaminate surfaces. If you have spotted rats or mice you should make sure not to touch them or let children near them, as they may be carrying bacteria and they have sharp teeth. After sealing up any small spaces where these slippery little suckers might enter or re-enter, the first thing you should do is call a professional service provider specializing in pest control. Murrieta residents can call the team at Black Knight Termite & Pest Control for fast and reliable service whether they’ve spotted rodents or any other pests.

The best way to prevent further infestations is to keep food and water sources out of reach. This means keeping all food in tightly sealed containers, cleaning up crumbs and other food waste right away, and staying on top of garbage duty. Neighbors are also encouraged to band together in their efforts, as rodents often move from house to house. But first make sure to call our experts in pest and termite control. Murrieta residents are always better off when they have a professional on their side when rodents have gotten in their homes.

House VS. Mouse

Megan Pinneo

Types of Rodents

There are three common types of Rodents that can be identified by a Professional through a Pest Inspection.

House Mouse

  • Dusty Gray in color.
  • Range from 2.5 -4 inches in length.
  • Dwell in cluttered areas, such as closets.
  • Feeds on cereal, nuts, and seeds.
House Mouse

House Mouse

Norway Rat

  • Aka Brown Rat is grayish/ brown in color.
  • Range from 7- 10 inches in length.
  • Borrow in soil, found in sewers, basements and lower portions of homes.
  • Feed on cockroaches, seeds, fruits, meats, grains and shrimp.
Norway Rat

Norway Rat

Roof Rats

  • Black to brownish/ gray in color.
  • Range from 7- 10 inches in length.
  • Found in upper portions of homes such as attics and ceilings.
  • Consume fruits, meats, seeds and eggs.
Roof Rat

Roof Rat

Rodent Damage

Rodents harbor and transport parasites such as Salmonella, Lyme Disease and Hantavirus, none of which you want a loved one or yourself to contract.  In addition to the harboring of diseases Mice also can cause costly damage to your home.  Mice can chew through electrical wiring, wood work and insulation.  There are three most common types of Mice that can be identified through a Pest Inspection.

Rodent Runway

The Runway is not just for Models they are used by Rats as well. Runways are repeated pathways used by Rats.  When looking for these Runways things you may look for are; grease marks along the walls from the Rodent's hair, fecal matter or urine may also be along the pathway. In addition use your ears and listen for the constant squeaks, chewing, and digging of these damage causing Pests.

At Black Knight Pest Control there are several options that are available in Rodent Control. Ask about Tree Wraps and Rodent Exclusions today!