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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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Flying Ants or Flying Termites?

Megan Pinneo

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Flying ants are often confused for flying termites. It's an easy mistake to make if you are unsure of what to look for. It can also be helpful in knowing how to treat the problem since nobody wants flying, breeding bugs around the house! Both bug species grow wings in order to breed and are referred to as a "swarmer" but thankfully their anatomy differs quite a bit from each other allowing the distinction easier to identify.

For starters, ant antennae are bent as opposed to termite antennae, which is straight. An ant swarmer's body has a pinched, defined waist as opposed to the thick, straight waist of a termite swarmer. The wings of the ant are often uneven in length, white in color and stacked when spread open. A termite's wings, however, are typically even in length, yellowish in color and separated when spread open. 

If ever you find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of your type of swarmer, give us a call and we will do a complimentary evaluation for you. Make sure to keep a few swarmers or fallen wings in a small, lunch baggy so the inspector can see what your seeing to allow him to make further recommendations.

For additional questions about knowing the difference between flying ants and flying termites, feel free to give us a call at (951) 694-8100.

Attack of the Ants!

Megan Pinneo


Blame the heat for the ant invasion! According to CBS8 News, "San Diego has been hit with scorching heat, humidity and rain all of which force ants inside, because they don't want to be out in the extreme temperatures." The heat has forced ant colonies to seek refuge inside homes, where they have access to food and water as well as cooler temperatures. Unfortunately the rain hasn't helped much either, causing the same invasive reaction from the six-legged pests. 

Many customers have asked us where they come from when they suddenly appear, uninvited, in your kitchens and bathrooms. Most of the time, they come up through the piping and drains. (Which is super inconvenient, if were being honest.) The best way to eradicate your ant problem is to eliminate their food source by wiping down your counters and keeping pantry items stored away. While sugar is their favorite delicacy, ants are omnivorous which means they will eat whatever edible substance they can find. We understand that no matter how immaculate your home is, ants may still appear in hopes to scavenger something to bring back to their colony. While we can't speak for all ants species, the Argentine ants are the most common within the Southern California region. These are the little black ants that you commonly see crawling around on sidewalks. 

We have been very busy this week responding to ant calls and helping our customers out where we can. Having a pest control service in place is ideal for sporadic heat waves, such as this one, where follow up sprays are complimentary for our customers in between their regular services. We have a couple of different ways of eradicating ant problems (all which are covered under our general pest control services!) so give us a call today and we can partner you with a technician (Erm...hero! Minus the cape.) who can save you from your ant situation.  

Black Knight Fumigation

Megan Pinneo

Fumigation Treatment

Black Knight Fumigation

 We all have seen the tent covered house once or twice, and no it doesn't mean the Circus is in town.

There are several different ways to get rid of a termite problem and a fumigation is one commonly used by many home and business owners. A fumigation seems to bring up many questions and concerns, and hopefully I can answer some of those for you.

What is a fumigation?

A Fumigation is a method that uses a lethal gas to exterminate pests in an enclosed area.

What things do I need to do to prepare myself, family, and home before the fumigation?

People, pets and plants need to be removed from the home. Food and medications that are not sealed in highly resistant containers must be removed or sealed in protective bags and placed in the refrigerator. (Black Knight will provide the home owner with the needed bags up to a specific amount at no cost.)

How long will it take?

Depending on the type of infestation, size of the structure, dosage, and other factors, the fumigation can take anywhere from 6 hours to one week. Usually when using Black Knight Pest for the fumigation the tent will come down 3 days after the fumigation has taken place after 5 pm.

Does a fumigation smell?

No, structural fumigants are odorless.

Can anyone enter the structure while it is being fumigated?

Absolutely not. No one can enter the structure, doing so could result in serious injury or death.

Will a fumigation eliminate all the termites and pests?

The fumigation will not eliminate subterranean termites as they require separate treatment since their nests are underground.

The process of putting up the tent for the fumigation could take several hours depending on the size of the structure.

The process of putting up the tent for the fumigation could take several hours depending on the size of the structure.


There are many other questions that surround a fumigation that should be answered by a Professional. If you are concerned that you may be in need of a fumigation schedule a termite inspection with Black Knight and have a one on one with one of our Professional Termite Inspectors. They can answer any questions and or concerns that you may have and also give you a complete bid on the cost of a fumigation for your property.

Call Black Knight we are always happy to help.


It is recommended that you purchase a separate tile insurance for the roof. The professionals are extremely careful but a loss in a few pieces of tile may occur in the tenting process.  

It is recommended that you purchase a separate tile insurance for the roof. The professionals are extremely careful but a loss in a few pieces of tile may occur in the tenting process.  

Foam Treatment

Megan Pinneo

A Foam Treatment is used to exterminate Termites in an infested area. The formulation is delivered as a foam that can be injected under pressure and forced to wet thoroughly and uniformly all areas. The Formulation is a combination of termiticide TIMBOR or TERMINDOR and a foam formulation. Black Knight Termite provides a Guarantee limited to the area treated for a period of one year.

Pump containing the Foam Treatment mixture.

Pump containing the Foam Treatment mixture.

I went on site to one of Temecula's popular wineries, Maurice Car'rie to take a look at exactly what goes on during a Foam Treatment with Black Knight Termite Control Technician Matt. He made the process seem so simple.

  • First he showed me the pressure pump that is filled with the Foam Treatment mixture.
  • Next he directed me to the infested area in the plywood located at a high part of the structure.
  • Third he pokes small wholes just big enough to fit the nose of the pump into the wall.
  • He then fills the wall with the Foam Treatment.
  • Last the magic begins.
Matt seen here high atop the ladder getting to the source.

Matt seen here high atop the ladder getting to the source.

As the Foam works to destroy the Termite Colony, termites will not only be covered in the treatment but will also consume it. After some of the termites have died the others will feed on the expired corpses causing them to ingest the Foam as well if they have not already. This type of treatment option seems not only to be fairly simple when done by a Pest Control Professional but also effective.

Another satisfied Commercial Customer, Maurice Car'rie Winery.

Another satisfied Commercial Customer, Maurice Car'rie Winery.

If you haven't tried Maurice Car'rie's Pomegranate Champagne yet I suggest you do that fast and in a hurry! Tell them Black Knight Pest Control sent you.