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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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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

-BK 

 

A Bed Bug Free Holiday Season

Megan Pinneo

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It's officially November which means that it's officially the holiday season! As you already know, this is the time where travel becomes a lot more frequent and you may find yourself staying in hotels or even guest bedrooms as you visit friends and family for the holidays.

A good rule of thumb when settling in to wherever you are staying it that bed bugs can essentially hide anywhere. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not limited to just beds. Meaning, they can hide in couches, luggage, behind picture frames, in closets, in purses, or even coat racks. Wherever people are, bed bugs can hitch a ride and find a new victim to feed on, which makes hotels a perfect place for this. *Cue look of disgust*

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. The Cimex Lectularius, which is the most common among bed bugs, prefers to feed on the blood of humans. (Kinda like vampires...gross!) You can always tell you have a bed bug problem from the tell tale signs:

  1. Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
  2. Dark spots (about this size: • ...)
  3. Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
  4. Live bed bugs.

If you are unfamiliar with what live bed bugs may look like, they are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. After a meal, they typically swell up and become more of a reddish color.

Bed bugs are tenacious little buggers (pun intended) because they are constantly moving from one victim to another and are pros at hiding. One way that we can eradicate a bed bug problem is using the thermal heat treating method to kill off the mature adults but also the eggs that they've laid, preventing them from spreading. 

Our advise to have a bed bug free holiday season?

1. Always do a thorough inspection of the bed by pulling back the sheets and observing the mattress seams. 
2. Do a brief inspection of the baseboards, outlets and picture frames remembering to inspect the curtains or drapes. 
3. After traveling, never place your luggage on your bed. Always unpack your luggage in the garage or laundry room and do laundry right away to avoid any bed bugs from spreading, preferably with the hottest water setting possible. 
4 . Call Black Knight for a free bed bug pest inspection so we can prevent an infestation from spreading. 

Happy Holidaying!

New Soy-Based Wiring Attracting Rats

Megan Pinneo

Rat caught in the act of chewing through wires in an engine compartment. (AP Photo: WFTV.com)

Rat caught in the act of chewing through wires in an engine compartment. (AP Photo: WFTV.com)

     Early February, Forbes Magazine published an article stating that several car companies are experiencing problems with using soy-based wiring in newer cars. This has effected automobile brands such as Honda, Volvo, Mazda and Toyota.
    While older cars are often swapped out for newer vehicles that offer better fuel efficiency and meet the emission standards required by state, many are realizing that older cars are not being effected by the rats. 
    "Some newer model cars use materials like soy that are more biodegradable than plastics. It’s all part of an effort to make car parts more environmentally-friendly" (Dunne, 2017). While intentions are good,  dealerships are finding that the environmentally friendly wiring is attracting rodents in both rural and suburban communities, causing more harm than good. 
     Have you purchased a new car recently? It wouldn't hurt to take it into the nearest dealership and inquire if the new soy-based wires are covered by the warranty. You will thank us later!
     
      

     

References

Dunne, M.J. (2017, February 19). Rats! New Cars' Soy-Coated Wires Give Rodents Plenty to Chew On. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/rats-new-cars-soy-coated-wires-give-rodents-plenty-to-chew-on/ar-AAn7aey?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

WFTV.Com. (2016, December 20). Florida woman sues Toyota for rodent chewed wires. Fox25 WFXT. Retrieved from http://www.fox25boston.com/news/florida-woman-sues-toyota-for-rodentchewed-wires/477497824

 

     

Argentine Ants

Megan Pinneo

Argentine Ants

Argentine Ant Dwelling Mounds

Argentine Ant Dwelling Mounds

Argentine Mounds

Argentine ants though they may be tiny can create a large problem. Most of us have come across their large size mounds consisting of many tiny holes along cracks in the concrete. You may have noticed them even more now with the recent rain we have been having since they are likely trying to escape from flooding they are experiencing in their dwellings. Argentine ants may cause a problem while trying to seek shelter by creeping into your home in search for dry ground and food. This is the time to make sure your home is protected. Seal any cracks along window seal and doors and make sure that no food is left on the counters. If you do come across a trail wipe it away with a little soap and water. Pest Control is also an option if you can not fend them off yourself.

Having a problem with Argentine ants or any pest? Call Black Knight Pest Control for a free quote we have many different pest control options to meet any of your needs no matter what the pest may be.

 

 

 

Slow and steady beats the race

Megan Pinneo

Snails

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With the rainy weather bringing out all kinds of insects in search of higher ground you may have come across a snail in your path or maybe you have seen its slimy metallic trail dragging across the sidewalk. The mucus that they leave behind acts as a lubricant to reduce friction which allows them to move upside down and along corners. They are known to hibernate in the cold winter weather, and also in the summers that are accompanied with a drought, by covering themselves in a thin mucus to prevent drying out, which may explain why you have not seen them too much this year. We all know that snails and slugs are extremely slow, but ever wonder just how slow? Snails have a top speed of 50 yards per hour, they are one of the slowest insects alive. Surprisingly, snails have an average lifespan of 5 years and in unusual situations they can live up to 25 years! The biggest snail weighed in at 2 pounds and 12 inches long. Don't bother asking a slug to hurry up because they can't hear you they can only see.

Snails and Pest Control

nails are not an insect you want to see in your beautiful green garden as they feed on over 500 types of plants. Slugs and snails destroy crops by eating stems, leaves and fruit. While you may be tempted to throw some salt on them, seeking out a Professional would be the better option. Black Knight Pest Control offers a Snail Control Service, call and ask about it today! Call 951.694.8100