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Mounds of Problems

Megan Pinneo

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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

-BK 

 

Subterranean Termites

Megan Pinneo

Subterranean Termite Time

Mud Tubes

Example of working Subterranean mud tubes

Example of working Subterranean mud tubes

Have you seen some mud like tubes in or around your home, and wondering what they are? They could be Subterranean Termite mud tubes or shelter tubes, and having a Termite Professional identify them is extremely important before they cause costly damage to your home. Subterranean termites maintain their living space underground and build mud like tubes that connect from the nest up to the food source which is wood. The mud tubes that you see are made up of a mixture of soil, feces and saliva. The tubes follow irregular patters that can seem to be working up, dropping down from the food source or seem to be exploring the wood going off into different directions. You can break open the tubes to check if there are any active termites. Subterranean termites can rebuild damaged tubes which is an indication of continued activity. It is important that you have them identified by a Professional Termite Inspector and have them assess any damage that may have already been caused by the swarm of subterranean termites.

Black Knight Termite Control Service

Black Knight offers many options in termite and pest control services, start off with a free quote today. Black Knight Termite offers a free termite inspection for concerned home owners. At the time of your one on one inspection you are able to have any questions or concerned answered by a professional. They can assess the damages and offer you an estimate on what it would be to treat or repair the damage to your home. They can let you know if a heat treatment or fumigation would be the best option for you. What ever your need in eradicating the termite infestation Black Knight Termite can help. At Black Knight we do all the work ourselves.

Subterranean Termites

Megan Pinneo

Mud Tubes, a Termite Highway to your Home.

Subterranean Termites build their nests under ground and feed on buried Cellulose Material, making your home appetizing to these six legged Pests.  Once their underground food supply has ran out they will build "Mud Tubes" or Shelter Tubes that extend out from the soil to reach more of a needed food source.  Mud Tubes are also to protect them in their quest for more food to bring back to the Colony.  The Tubes are made of saliva, water particles, fecal matter and soil, therefor are brown in color and look to be made of dirt. 

In this picture you can get an idea of just how aggressive Subterranean Termites can be in building their Mud Tubes out from underground in search for food. Pala, California

In this picture you can get an idea of just how aggressive Subterranean Termites can be in building their Mud Tubes out from underground in search for food. Pala, California

Subterranean Termites can build their Colonies in the ground underneath your home, then can move on to the actual wood structure leading to what can be extremely costly repairs.  There are several preventative measures that can be done both inside and outside your home to help keep Subterranean Termites from attacking your home as a food source.  One way is to avoid water accumulation around your home by properly installing rain gutters to direct water away from home.  Inside your home you can reduce the humidity with proper ventilation which will help keep the Colonies out. 

Shelter Tubes

If you come across what you think could possibly be Subterranean Tubes in or around your home you will want to schedule a Termite Inspection as soon as possible to avoid any further damage that may have already taken place.  A Home Termite Inspection done by a Professional would be the best way to get a better understanding of damage Termites have started in and around your Home.