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Camel Crickets

Camel Crickets or Cave Cricket or Crawl space spiders

 

Throughout the past month, the state of Georgia has been dealing with unusually high temperatures, and it is expected that the coming months will continue this trend. While some may rejoice at this news, others are hopeful that cold weather will come soon.

 

But there’s a catch.

When it comes to pest activity, unusual variations in temperature can cause problems for homeowners. Pests that might otherwise stay far away will seek out shelter in homes to escape the unusually warm temperature. One such pest, the camel cricket, can be a nuisance for homeowners.

 

Camel crickets, or cave crickets as they are sometimes known, are brown, wingless crickets that grow to around 5 cm in length. Like most cricket species, they have large back legs, which they use for jumping, and long antenna. Camel crickets require a very specific environment to live, and prefer areas with high levels of moisture and cool temperatures. For this reason, they are often found beneath piles or debris or in crevices. Due to their reclusive nature, it is rare to encounter them in the wild.

 

So why do they matter to you?

 

When temperatures are above average, the environment that camel crickets are residing in may become unlivable for them. In such instances, they will seek out new shelter, and this can lead them into homes.

 

Camel crickets seek out parts of the home that mimic the conditions they prefer in the wild. This means they will often take up residence in areas such as crawlspaces, ventilation, or in basements. Because they can go long periods of time without food, it is possible for them to remain hidden in your home without you being aware.
Camel crickets usually do not reproduce outside of ideal conditions, but if they do they can establish a population in your home. While they are normally not destructive themselves, they can sometimes lead predatory pests such as scorpions and spiders into your home by acting as a food source.

 

The fact is no homeowner wants to deal with crickets or any other pest roaming around their home. If you suspect that camel crickets are active in your home, you might want to call in a licensed pest control company to inspect your property and identify any signs of pest activity.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Our technicians are trained professionals, and we begin each treatment with a thorough inspection. We use information gathered from the inspection as well as guidance from our in-house pest experts to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems!

 

So if you are dealing with crickets, or any other pest, call us today at 770-479-1598!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Carpenter Bees or Wood boring Bees

Carpenter bee or wood boring bees

 

During this time of the year, we receive calls from homeowners who report finding small holes and sawdust on the wooden structure of their home, in furniture, or in fences. Typically, these signs are evidence of carpenter bee activity.

Female Carpenter Bee – She has a all black head.

Carpenter bees are a wood destroying organism(WDO), which is a group of insects that includes many destructive pests such as termites, carpenter ants, and wood destroying fungus. Unlike termites, carpenter bees do not consume wood for sustenance, but instead excavate wooden structures to create nests.

 

Carpenter bees greatly vary in size, growing between 8mm-25mm in length. They are yellow and black in color, and are sometimes mistaken for bumblebees. They can, however, be distinguished with closer observation because they lack the visible body hairs on their abdomen that are characteristic of bumblebees.

 

Unlike many other species of bees, carpenter bees are not social insects. They live solitary lives, typically only interacting with other bees to mate. Females will typically mate during the late spring or early summer.

 

After mating, female carpenter bees excavate wooden structures, both naturally occurring and artificial, to construct nests known as galleries. In the wild, these are often located inside stumps and rotting trees. Around the home, carpenter bees prefer to excavate dry, unpainted, and damaged wood. Common nesting areas include:

 

  • Doors
  • Windowsills
  • Railing
  • Roof eaves
  • Fences
  • Wooden Furniture
  • Skylights

 

Carpenter bees do not always create new galleries, sometimes preferring to move into ones that were created in the previous season. However, they do tend to further excavate these galleries, increasing the damage to the structure. After they have constructed their nests, the carpenter bees will lay eggs, seal the gallery, and die shortly after. These eggs hatch, and the new bees take around 7 weeks to fully develop into adults. In warmer climates, it is common for carpenter bees to go through several life cycles before winter comes.

 

To keep your home safe from carpenter bees, it is important to remove conditions that are conducive for their excavation. Carpenter bees prefer to excavate unpainted and old wood, so keeping your home in good repair and repainting frequently can help to limit issues with carpenter bees.

 

As we mentioned above, carpenter bees do not consume wood. Their diet consists of plant pollen and nectar. This does not mean, however, that they do not pose a risk to your home. The excavation created by carpenter bees can be expensive and frustrating to repair, and any sign of carpenter bee activity should be treated as an immediate concern.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Rather than applying basic, non-specific treatment methods, our technicians will thoroughly inspect your home and formulate a specific treatment plan to target your pest problems!

 

So if you want to keep your home safe from carpenter bees, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Termite Control- in Canton Georgia

Termite inspection and Control

Most homeowners are aware of the destructive nature of termites. If your home has an active termite infestation, it is extremely important that whatever treatment method you employ to deal with it is the most effective method for your specific situation. Some pest professionals hold the position that certain treatment methods are the best for termites in all cases. However, the truth is that, depending on the situation, certain specific methods or a combination of more than one are the best approach for eliminating termites and keeping them out of your home permanently. There are three major approaches to termite treatment. These three methods are liquid treatment, bait treatment, and borate treatment.

Liquid Treatment:

Liquid treatment is the oldest and most used treatment method in the pest industry. It can be used both as a preventative measure as well as a treatment option for active infestation. The goal of liquid application is to establish a barrier around the perimeter of a home using a liquid treatment product that is sprayed into the soil.

Most liquid treatment products used to contain a repellant compound, and termites would naturally avoid it. However, this had a shortcoming if the treatment barrier had any gaps, as termites could locate these gaps and exploit them to gain access to the home. For this reason, many new liquid products are non-repellant, and termites will unknowingly be exposed to them while moving through the soil. The treatment covers termites that move through it, and can be passed on to other termites when they return to the nest. After a period of time, the termites will succumb to the product and die, along with any other termites in the colony that the treatment was spread to.

At one time, liquid treatment was by far the most popular method of treatment, and it still remains the favored treatment method of some older pest control companies. Liquid treatment is especially useful around homes with clearly defined perimeters. However, it is less effective for treating homes with areas that the technician cannot directly access.

Bait System Treatment:

Bait treatment systems are a newer treatment option that has gained popularity in recent years. Bait systems are essentially a series of termite “feeding boxes” placed around the perimeter of the home. Initially, these boxes are filled with some sort of cellulosic(wood based) material such as paper or cardboard that acts as a tempting food source for any nearby termites. If an inspection of the bait system reveals signs of feeding, the nutrient source will then be replaced by a bait product that contains a slow acting product that is fatal to any termites that consume it.

Once the new bait is in place, termite workers will return and feed on the bait. They will carry the chemical compound with them and spread it to other termites in the nest, and shortly after any exposed termites will succumb to the product and die.

Bait systems are generally slightly more expensive than liquid treatment. However, this expense is often worthwhile for homes that are difficult to treat with liquid products. Bait systems also serve as an early warning sign of any termite activity, which can be critical in preventing future termite infestations.

 

Borate Treatment

Borate treatment products are a very recent innovation in termite control. The treatment process involves spraying a compound made of a combination of glycol and borate onto any wooden framing used in the home. The glycol will evaporate and allow the borate to penetrate the wood to the center. Once this is complete, the wood completely repels termites and any other wood destroying organisms.

Because this process requires access to the framework of the home, it is generally only possible to apply this treatment during the initial construction of the house or during renovations. However, it has been steadily gaining popularity among builders due to its long lasting protection. It is important to point out, however, that borate treatment cannot be applied to other cellulosic materials such as wallpaper or wooden furniture, and therefore those materials are still at risk from termites.

What treatment is best for my home?

It can be difficult for homeowners to determine exactly which treatment option is best for their specific situation. Oftentimes, the best solution to termites is some combination of different treatment options. If you are dealing with an active termite infestation, or wanting to ensure that your home stays termite free into the future, it is critical to call in a professional pest service that you can trust to give you the best guidance for how to treat your home.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for termites. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify any signs of pest activity, and provide you with the best possible treatment plan for your specific situation, all at a price that fits your budget!

So if you want to keep your home termite free, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim

 

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Termite Control – Canton Termite & Pest Control – Canton Georgia

Termite Control – Canton Termite & Pest Control – Canton Georgia

The termite colony is a complex organism. Each colony contains millions of termites, and the termites are divided into different “castes” based on their role in the colony. There are a 3 major termite castes in the colony, and those are the workers, the swarmers, and the soldiers. By understanding the inner workings of a termite colony, both homeowners and pest professionals can be better equipped to recognize signs of termite activity and eliminate the threat before severe damage is done to your home.

Termite Workers:

Termite workers are the most numerous caste in the colony. They gather food for the colony, protect developing termites, and repair damage to the nest. Termite workers are responsible for the structural damage to your home that termites are notorious for. They consume any type of cellulosic material, which includes any wood, wallpaper, or framing around the home. The workers are relatively small, and are light in color.

Termite workers are rarely spotted out in the open. Most of their work takes place beneath the surface of the soil, where they are either moving inside of the colony or consuming parts of the house from below.

Termite Soldiers:

Termite soldiers are the defenders of the colony. They protect the workers and the queen, and they also assist in preforming any necessary repairs to the structure of the colony. Termite soldiers are physically larger than workers, and have large mandibles that they use to attack any threats to the colony. They are often seen outside of broken walls and tunnels, defending the gap in the nest while repairs are being completed.

Termite soldiers do not feed on cellulosic material. However, they defend the workers from threats, and therefore the presence of termite soldiers in or around your home is a sign that workers are also nearby.

Termite Swarmers:

Termite Swarmers, or alates as they are sometimes called, are the reproductive members of the termite colony. They are best identified by their two sets of wings, and can often be sign flying around your property in large swarmers. During the early spring, termite swarmers emerge from their colonies to meet up with swarmers from other nearby colonies. They will gather by the thousands and then mate. After mating, the termite swarmers will form new colonies nearby, increasing the termite threat to your home.

Termite swarmers are a clear sign of current and future termite activity around your property, and therefore should be treated as a threat when spotted. Like soldiers, the swarmers do not consume cellulosic material, but their potential to form new colonies makes them a big problem for homeowners.

What if you spot termites in your home?

The presence of termites from any caste on your property is a sign of an active termite colony. Termites are capable of causing major damage to your home in a relatively short period of time, and therefore are a problem that should be dealt with sooner rather than later. If you have spotted any signs of potential termite activity, it is a good idea to have a professional pest service thoroughly inspect your property as soon as possible.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for termites. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify any signs of infestation or any conditions conducive for future pest activity, and provide you with the best treatment options for your specific pest problem! All of this coming at a price that fits your budget!

So if you want to ensure your home is termite free, or simply have a question about any pest, call us today at 770-479-1598!

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Termite Swarm – Canton Georgia

Termite Swarmers

As the spring season draws closer, it brings with it many pleasant changes such as warm weather, new life, and sunny days. However, the warmth of springtime also brings pests of all kinds as well. One destructive pest that is especially active during this season is the termite. If you are out during this time of the year, you might notice large swarms of flying termites in and around your home. These winged termites, also known as swarmers, are a warning sign of current and future termite activity around your home.

 

Termite swarmers, or alates as they are sometimes called, are the future kings and queens of termite colonies. They are relatively small, have two sets of wings, and usually have a beige or white coloration.

During the spring, termite swarmers emerge from their colonies and congregate with swarmers from other nearby colonies. These groups are often extremely numerous, and it is this act that gives the alates the name “swarmers.” These swarms occur at different parts of the day depending on the species. Some species, such as subterranean termites, gather during the day; while others, such as Formosan termites, gather at night. The swarming seasons of all nearby nests are usually synchronized, and this allows large numbers of candidates for new colonies to be gathered at once during this season.

Once they have collected together, the swarmers will mate, and afterwards descend, lose their wings, and become the king or queen of a new termite colony. These new colonies can pose a threat to your home if they are established in close enough proximity to the structure.

Termite swarmers do not eat cellulosic material, and therefore they pose no direct threat to your home. However, swarmers are both a sign of current termite activity on your property as well as a potential future threat should they establish a new colony nearby. For this reason, if you identify termite swarmers on your home, it is important to have an inspection of the property by a professional pest service as soon as possible. A trained technician can identify any active termite infestations and provide any necessary preventative treatment to deal with future colonies.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have years of experience dealing with termites. Our highly trained technicians can inspect your property, identify any signs of potential termite activity, and provide you with the best treatment solutions to eliminate termites and keep them away from your home permanently!

So if you are seeing termite swarmers around you property, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Brown Widow Spider- Canton Termite & Pest Control

Brown Widow

There are a variety of species of spiders that can plague homes here in Georgia. Most people are aware of some of the more infamous species that are native to the United States such as the black widow and brown recluse. However, one lesser known species that can cause problems for homeowners is the brown widow.

Sometimes known as the house button spider, the brown widow is a “cousin” to the black widow. It is a fairly small spider, and has a tan-brown body coloration and can be identified by an orange “hourglass” mark on the bottom of the abdomen, similar of those of other widow spiders. The brown widow can also be distinguished by a unique black and white pattern on the upper abdomen.

 

Brown widows prefer warm and humid environments, which makes the southeastern United States an ideal climate for the spider. The brown widow spider has no defined active seasons, and can be found in and around the homes at any time during the year.

When they enter into your home, brown widows will often establish themselves in dark, secluded spaces. Areas like the insides of closets, beneath eaves and rafters, and underneath debris are all common places for brown widows. Once they have found an ideal hiding area, female brown widows will lay egg sacs. These eggs sacs are large with creamy white coloration. They can be most easily identified by the sharp protrusions covering the surface of the sac. The egg sacs can hold over 100 eggs, and after a short time period the new spiderlings will hatch and spread out around the nearby area. This can create problems when the spiders have established themselves indoors because the young spiders can move further into the home seeking prey and shelter.

While brown widows can be dangerous, they are sometimes beneficial due to their role in reducing the populations of other pest insects such as wasps. For this reason, if a brown widow is not in an area where it could pose a threat, it is better that they be left undisturbed.

If you have identified a brown widow infestation, it is important to be extremely cautious when approaching the spiders. While brown widows are not as aggressive as the black widow, they will still bite anything that threatens them or disturbs their eggs.

The bite of the brown widow contains venom of the same toxicity level as black widow venom. However, the brown widow delivers a much smaller dosage of venom per bite, and therefore is less dangerous. Despite the lower quantity of venom, the bite from the brown widow still shows similar symptoms to the black widow bite such as nausea, muscle spasms, and substantial pain around the bite area.

The best way to remain safe from brown widow bites is to maintain proper precaution while in areas where they commonly nest. Avoid reaching into areas with no visibility, and use gloves to protect hands and wrists from bites. Due to the danger posed by brown widow bites, it can often be best to call in a professional service to deal with an infestation inside of your home.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience dealing with pests and wildlife of all kinds. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify the source of any issues as well as any conditions that could be conducive for future infestation, and finally offer you the best treatment options to resolve your pest problems once and for all!

So if you are dealing with brown widow spiders, or simply have a question about any pest, call us today at 770-479-1598!

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Canton Termite & Pest Control – Silverfish pest

Silverfish

There are several types of pests that are particularly good at remaining undetected while active inside your home. Of those pests, one of the most common is the silverfish.

Silverfish are small insects. They are grayish-blue in coloration, and are approximately 3/4 inch in length. They are often described as “teardrop shaped” and have three long bristles extending from the rear of their body. As they develop, silverfish undergo the process of gradual metamorphosis, and for this reason they are indistinguishable in appearance from when they hatch to adulthood.

 

Silverfish can survive in almost any environmental conditions, however they typically prefer dark areas with high humidity. Areas that fit this description are plentiful around the home, and many times silverfish can be found in secluded areas such as basements, vents, storage areas, and bathrooms. Silverfish are nocturnal, and will spend the daylight hours in hiding. Their nocturnal habits as well as their choice of generally secluded spaces can make it very difficult for homeowners to locate the source of a silverfish infestation.

Silverfish can reproduce relatively quickly. Though rates of reproduction vary by species, in some cases each individual female can lay clusters of eggs daily. In areas of high humidity, silverfish reproduce more quickly, and can become a major problem in your home in a short period of time.

The diet of the silverfish consists almost entirely of carbohydrates. They feed on almost any kind of starch or sugar, and can consume cellulose products, shampoos, glue, paper, and dead insects. Silverfish are notorious for getting inside food storage containers. Once they are inside, they will contaminate the food and this can cause a great deal of food waste if left unchecked.

While they do not cause any structural damage to homes, silverfish can ruin any papers, clothing, and food they are able to access. This can be a major frustration for homeowners because it is often difficult to identify what pest is causing the damage and where the source of the infestation is located within the home.

Like many pests, the best way for homeowners to deal with silverfish is to prevent an infestation in the first place. Removing conditions that are conducive for infestation, such as high humidity in vents and crawlspaces, can help to keep silverfish out of secluded areas in and around your home.

If an infestation is already active inside your home, it can be difficult to deal with without professional assistance. Many DIY pest products only work to eliminate silverfish while they are moving at night, and therefore do nothing to deal with the source of the infestation. If you are dealing with a severe infestation of silverfish, it is almost always easier to rely on a professional pest service to eliminate the problem.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team has decades of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, locate the source of the problem, and provide you with the best solutions to deal with your particular situation!

So if you are having problems with silverfish, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Termite Bait System-Canton Termite & Pest Control-Cherokee County Georgia

Termite Bait System

Bait stations are essentially food stations for attracting termites. They are typically filled initially with some sort of wood product to attract termites. Once it has been confirmed that termites are active in the area, the bait is switched with a new supply coated in a slow acting poison. The termites will ingest this poison and carry it back to the nest with them.

Once termites begin to feed at the bait station systems, they will quickly spread the poison to a large majority of the nest, and this will help to decimate the population of the nest after some time has passed.

Bait stations are especially useful for homes that would require intrusive drilling for a similar liquid coverage. Bait stations can be inserted around the exterior of the home, and will attract termites to them and away from areas that would give them access to vulnerable parts of the structure. Homes with slab foundations or finished basements are well served by bait station systems, as this prevents the necessity of deep drilling to protect all parts of the structure with a liquid barrier.

Bait stations require periodic inspections by a trained technician to ensure that they are functioning correctly. While this does often come at additional cost, it allows the stations to act as a early warning system for termites. This means that the technician inspecting the stations will often find dead termites inside of the station, and will be able to identify a termite problem long before damage is being done to the home.

 

So if you are in need of termite service, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

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Termite Treatment- Wood treatment Canton Termite & Pest Control

Borate Termite Treatment

For many years, treating a home for termites was a process that required dumping hundreds of gallons of chemical pesticides in the soil around homes. While this type of treatment is still used in some cases, there have been many innovations in termite control as the years have gone by. One recent innovation has been the development of a chemical product used to treat homes during initial building or remodeling. This chemical product is made of a combination of Borate, which is a derivative of boric acid, and glycol.

 

When new homes are being construction or when an area of the home is being renovated. A homeowner can have a borate treatment applied to any wood in the structure of the home. This treatment is sprayed onto the wood itself on all sides. Over time, the glycol will allow the borate to be absorbed into the wood fibers.

Once the wood is sprayed and the borate is absorbed, the wood is poisonous to termites, and is protected permanently from them. Not only does this protect the wood from termites, it also slows wood decay and prevents the spread of wood destroying fungus. Other pests, such as ants and silverfish, are also averse to borate solutions, and the treatment can help to reduce the possibility of infestation by those pests.

Because borate treatment is applied to the wood itself rather than the soil, it is considered to be a more environmentally friendly treatment method. It is also permanent, and therefore does not need to be refreshed after a period of time like liquid treatment or bait systems do.

The primary disadvantage to borate treatment is that it requires access to the inner framework of the home. This means that it can often only be applied by builders during the initial construction. However, if you are remodeling a section of your home or finishing your basement, it is possible to have a borate treatment applied during this time with relative ease. It is also important to note that, while borate treatment protects the wood in the home, it does not protect other wood based products that termites can consume such as wallpaper. Despite these disadvantages, borate treatment is one of the most powerful tools for protecting your home from termites and other wood destroying pests in the market.

If you are a builder who wants to protect new construction projects from pests, or if you are a homeowner who is renovating, borate treatment can be an extremely powerful and cost effective method for dealing with termites and other pests. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team of experts are equipped to apply borate based treatment to any home or structure. Our technicians can inspect your home and apply treatment where necessary to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. We are proud to offer the most effective, efficient, and safe pest solutions in the industry!

So if you have a question about borate treatment, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!

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Termite control service near me. Canton Termite & Pest control’s Youtube Channel

Subterranean Termites in Cherokee County Georgia.

Subterranean termites are a species of termite that is the most widely seen in all of America. Higher concentrations of the subterranean termite population will be found in the southeast region, which of course includes Georgia.

Subterranean termites will definitely be most active in warm weather, swarming in the spring or at any point in time where rain warms the soil and moistens it dramatically. They will continue to reproduce as long as they are not hibernating, which, if they are protected from extreme cold and other elements, may never occur. Termites devour anything containing cellulose, which ranges from wood to art canvases. The subterranean termite species causes BILLIONS of dollars in damage per year, and will affect more houses and other buildings in high-activity areas.

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Termite treatment- Liquid Treatment – Cherokee county Georgia

Termite inspections and Treatment

Termite swarming season is almost upon us. If you are a homeowner, you are probably already aware of how much damage termites can cause, even if you have never dealt with termites personally. Oftentimes, when we receive calls about termites, one of the main questions homeowners have is which method of treatment works best for termite infestations.

 

There is no universal answer to this, and the truth is that each different termite service requires a different approach. Sometimes the best solution for dealing with termites involves using more than one method of treatment on a home simultaneously. To help clear up some confusion on this topic, we will be posting articles on each of the popular treatment on the website, and these will be available to help you if you find termites in your home.

The oldest and most popular form of termite treatment is liquid treatment. This method can be used to deal with existing termite infestations or used as a preventative measure to keep termites away.

Originally, the goal of liquid treatment was to create a barrier in the soil around a home that termites could not pass. This method made use of specialized chemical compounds that prevent termites from getting moisture from soil that was essential to their survival, and termites would be repelled from this barrier.

This was very effective in some cases. However, this could cause problems if the barrier was not applied to a sufficient degree because termites could sometimes find untreated areas to bypass the barriers. This method is also less effective in homes with slab foundations or partially underground levels because technicians cannot access the entire exterior without intrusive drilling. If the treatment is applied carelessly, it can sometimes act to force the termites to a different part of the wall instead of the foundation. This can allow them to do significantly more damage and remain undetected in a location that they normally would avoid.

In more recent years, however, many of these problems have been resolved. Many of the newer liquid treatment products are non-repellant, and slowly poison termites with a chemical compound that they cannot detect. This slow acting poison can be spread between the termites and can rapidly infect and destroy the entire nest. This has helped to reduce, but not entirely eliminate, the problems with lack of complete exterior access for treatment. Liquid treatment is particularly useful in homes that have exterior access on all sides, as they require much less intrusive treatment to get complete protection.

Liquid treatment cannot always be redone annually. Depending on the products used, it can be as much as five years before another layer of treatment can be safely applied. While this is not a permanent solution, liquid treatment does not require regular inspections that are associated with bait stations, and is often cheaper in the long run.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we offer a variety of treatment methods for all types of termite problems. Our highly trained technicians will inspect your home and determine the most effective treatment method for your unique situation, all at a price that fits in your budget!

So if you need termite service, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

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Termite treatment in Canton Georgia

Termite Bait System treatment

If you have termites attacking your home, it can sometimes be difficult to know which treatment method is best for your home. We have covered in a previous article when and how liquid termite treatment should be used, but there is another common method of treatment that can be used.

This method is known as a bait station system.

Bait stations are essentially food boxes for attracting termites. They are typically filled initially with some sort of wood product to attract termites. Once it has been confirmed that termites are active in the area, the bait is switched with a new supply coated in a slow acting poison. The termites will ingest this poison and carry it back to the nest with them.

Once termites begin to feed at the bait station systems, they will quickly spread the poison to a large majority of the nest, and this will help to decimate the population of the nest after some time has passed.

Bait stations are especially useful for homes that would require intrusive drilling for a similar liquid coverage. Bait stations can be inserted around the exterior of the home, and will attract termites to them and away from areas that would give them access to vulnerable parts of the structure. Homes with slab foundations and finished basements are well served by bait station systems, as this prevents the necessity of deep drilling to protect all parts of the structure with a liquid barrier.

Bait stations require periodic inspections by a trained technician to ensure that they are functioning correctly. While this does often come at additional cost, it allows the stations to act as a early warning system for termites. This means that the technician inspecting the stations will often find dead termites inside of the station, and will be able to identify a termite problem long before damage is being done to the home.

Bait stations are a newer treatment method than the classic liquid treatment. While many pest control companies offer both liquid and bait treatment, certain companies will offer only one. There are a variety of reasons that they will offer for this, but it is important to remember that no termite treatment method is best in every scenario. A well trained technician can inspect your home and tell you which treatment method would best serve your specific situation.

Our team Canton Termite and Pest Control has decades of experience dealing with termites. We are happy to offer both liquid and bait station treatment options for our customers. Our technicians can inspect your home to determine which method will handle your termite service in the most efficient, safe, and cost effective way!

So if you are in need of termite service, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

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Boxelder Bugs- Red and black bugs-Canton Termite & Pest Control

Boxelder Bugs

The spring season is rapidly approaching, and while it brings beautiful days and warm weather to Georgia, it is also notorious for bringing a variety of pests along as well. Recently, we have received calls from homeowners who report finding clusters of tiny, red bugs around pine straw or mulch. Often when these areas are disturbed they reveal thousands of the red bugs swarming beneath. These are often misidentified as ticks, but typically these pests are in fact boxelder bug nymphs.

Eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata) on a white background

Boxelder bugs are a type of beetle. They are common throughout most of North America, and are particularly prevalent in the warm climates of the Southeast. The red bugs that many homeowners find are the developing nymphs. Their presence is a sign of an active population of adult boxelder bugs. The adult boxelder bugs are much larger than the nymphs, growing to around 1/2 an inch in length. They are black in coloration and have distinct orange or red stripes on their bodies. While the nymphs are frequently found nearer to the ground, the adults will often be found on trees or on the exterior of the home.

 

True to their name, boxelder bugs will feed on the boxelder tree, consuming the soft parts of the tree such as the stems, leaves, and flowers. This causes little damage to the tree in small amounts, however larger populations can cause branch growth defects and a yellowish discoloration on the leaves.
The lifecycle of boxelder bugs begins in the springtime, when the female boxelder bugs lay eggs inside of the bark of trees. These eggs hatch within a few days and release the nymphs, who grow into adulthood during the summer. During late autumn, the boxelder bugs will mass around the outsides of homes or other buildings and attempt to find an access point to enter into the home. They do this because they are naturally attracted to the warmth from inside of the home, and will frequently take advantage of any exterior damage, open vents, or unsealed windows or doors to gain entry into the home.

 

Once inside, the boxelder bugs will seek out the warmest areas of the house, and homeowners are often caught off guard by the sudden influx of the pests inside of their home. While they can often appear in very large populations, it is important to note that the boxelder bugs do not reproduce or eat during this time, and are instead simply using the home as a way to survive the cold weather. This is not particularly reassuring, however, because they are still unwelcome guests in the home and can number in the thousands in some cases.

 

If they survive the winter, they will emerge during the spring and will frequently gather on the sunlight exterior walls of the home, where they are frequently found by homeowners. They will then seek out boxelder, maple, or ash trees to feed upon and lay eggs to restart the cycle once again.

 

Treating boxelder bugs can be a difficult process. Although they are susceptible to chemical pesticides, carelessly killing the populations inside or near to homes can leave behind large amounts of dead boxelder bugs, which can become an attractive food source for other pests such as ants or wasps.

 

The best method for dealing with boxelder bugs is to make sure that they cannot enter into your home during the winter. Several steps that can assist in this include:

 

  • Properly screen all vents and crawlspaces
  • Seal all windows and doors
  • Repair any exterior damage to the home
  • Avoid planting any boxelder trees in close proximity the home

 

These steps can help to prevent the boxelder bug population from continuing through the winter, and are also helpful for preventing other pest problems as well. If you choose to plant boxelder trees around your home, you can lower the risk of infestation by planting only the male trees, which are much less likely to be fed upon.

 

If you are dealing with a population of boxelder bugs on your property, it can often save you a lot of time and frustration if you call a professional service. Our team at Canton Termite and Pest Control has years of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. Our technicians can assess the situation in and around your home and implement the most efficient, safe, and fast acting solutions to solve any pest problem once and for all!

 

So if you need real solutions for your pest problems, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will happily help in any way that we can!

By: Tim

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Termite control- Canton Termite (The Exterminator)

Termites are some of the most destructive pests on the planet. They are classified as a wood destroying organism (WDO) and can quickly become a nightmare for any homeowner unfortunate enough to deal with them.

Termites consume wood and plants, feeding off of the cellulose that they contain. Termites have specialized enzymes in their stomachs that allow them to digest this cellulose, and they do not need any other source of nutrients to sustain themselves. They typically will construct colonies in areas with large amounts of woody material for consumption. Unfortunately, these subterranean colonies can often be built in and around the foundation of homes or other structures.

Termites are slow eaters, and it would take hundreds of years for a single termite to consume any noticeable amount of wood. However, termites are social insects, and their nests can contain populations numbering in the millions. This allows them to cause significant structural damage to homes sometimes within just a few days. Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes. Because most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage, much of this cost comes straight out of the pockets of homeowners.

Because of the risk that they pose, it is important for any responsible homeowner to have up to date termite inspections for their homes. At least every 5 years, homeowners should have a licensed pest control technician inspect their property for signs of current infestation or any conditions that might be conducive to future infestation. This is especially true if you are buying or selling a property. Dry wood termites are covered in the Wood Infestation Inspection Report(WIIR) that we have previously mentioned. When you are selling a home, you will be required to have a WDI from a certified pest control company, and this report will mention any signs of damage or conducive conditions.

By having these inspections, you are able to ensure that your home is in good condition and is safe from termites. Inspecting technicians can also perform preventative treatments of varying degrees to help wipe out any termites that might attempt to nest in the future. While the upfront cost of an inspection can cause some homeowners to avoid keeping up to date, it is important to remember that the damage that termites can potentially cause dwarfs the cost of protecting your home from them using preventative termite services.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience performing termite inspections and service work. We can deal with any termite problems you might face using the most efficient, effective, and safe methods in the industry. We can also preventatively inspect and treat your home to protect you from termites before they decide to nest in or around your property.

So if you have a termite problem, or simply have a question related to any pest, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By:Tim

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New for 2017

As we move into the New Year, we here at Canton Termite and Pest Control have been tirelessly working to find ways to better serve our customers. One major innovation that we are introducing the in the New Year is new software to overhaul our communications, scheduling, and customer service methods.

Starting immediately, we will be using our new software system to better serve you in all aspects of our business. This new system will allow us to keep better records of termite activity and monitor existing bait stations. This means that our technicians will be able to stay informed of the status of bait stations around your property and we will be able to keep your home’s preventative treatment systems in perfect shape year round.

This system will also create a collective system of notes for all customers, so that our technicians can make notes about for future reference about aspects of each specific service. Any problems or concerns that you might have will now be noted so that they can be further addressed in the future if necessary. This will allow any knowledge that is pertinent to servicing each house universally available to our entire team, helping our staff to be able to better serve you!

We will also be implementing a new system that will monitor the activity of different pests in each of our service areas. This will allow us to track trends and monitor population density of different pests. By doing this, we will be able to more accurately predict the seasons of high activity for common pests and administer preventative treatment before they become a problem in and around your home.

We have also overhauled the formats of all of paper working relate to services. In the 2nd quarter of 2017, you can expect to see new service paperwork on your doors. This newly reformatted paperwork will provide you with a comprehensive view of your service or inspection, which will help to clear up any potential confusion and make service run more smoothly.

One of our biggest and most requested change is the addition of our new Call Ahead notification system. This system will send you a reminder notification the day before any service or inspections. This will give you the time that you need to make preparations for allowing the technician access to the house and to make arrangements for any pets. The new system will also make it much easier for you to better communicate with our home office and receive any assistance that you might need.

While we are excited to have these new innovations to our company, we are aware that too much technology can be a bad thing. So, despite these new systems that we are putting in place, you can rest assured that you will continue to receive the fast, friendly, and solution oriented service that you have received for all this time from your hometown pest control company!

If you have any questions about our new services, please feel free to call us at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

By: Tim

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Hornets in Cherokee County Georgia

Here in Georgia, many homeowners will call us and report having spotted what look like enormous bees. While they can sometimes be mistakenly identified as Asian Giant Hornets, the creatures in question are typically European Hornets.

 

I have spoken before more generally about European Hornet biology. However, I would like to focus on their nesting habits and life cycle to help homeowners better identity areas of risk when they first spot the European Hornet.

 

European Hornets are social insects. They establish colonies every year and then abandon them during the winter. The life cycle of the colony begins in the fall of the year. During this time, the colony will produce a group of female European Hornets that will become queens. At the beginning of winter, those future queens will hibernate underneath loose tree bark, space between walls, or any other secluded space.

 

In the spring, the queens will emerge and establish colonies. These colonies are typically located high off of the ground. They can be found inside of tree hollows or inside of wall voids. Once the nest has been established, the queen will lay the a group of eggs. These eggs will become the first workers for the colony, and will perform the tasks that a required to sustain it. The average colony will eventually have at least several hundred workers, and these workers are often what homeowners will spot around their property.

 

Workers are tasked with gathering food for the colony. European Hornets can actually be beneficial in some cases due to their tendency to consume other pests, such as grasshoppers, yellow jackets, and caterpillars. Interestingly, European Hornets have a unique propensity to be nocturnal, and can often be seen gathering food and moving around late at night.

 

It is important to note that European Hornets are extremely protective of their colonies. If a person or pet comes too close to the colony, the workers will swarm and attack the intruder. The sting of the European Hornet contains an unusually high amount of venom, and can be a very serious problem for those who are allergic to stings.

 

If you have seen European Hornets near to your home, it is often better to call for a professional service rather than trying to exterminate them yourself. Not only can they sting people and pets, it is also very difficult to get close enough to the nest to exterminate it safely. If you have already located a nest, avoid sealing the area that it is located in until the nest is exterminated. European Hornets have been known to chew through the interior walls of structures and can move inside to escape.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team of technicians is highly trained and capable of dealing with any pest situation you might be dealing with. We will assess your situation, and provide you with the safest, most efficient, and most affordable solution in the industry!

 

So if you have a European Hornet problem, or simply a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

By: Tim

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Cucarcha – Canton Georgia

Hay muchas diferentes clases de plagas que causan problemas en Georgia. Sin embargo hay unas pocas bien adaptadas para vivir dentro de las casas tales como las cucarachas alemanas. La cucaracha alemana es pequeña, es una plaga de color bronceado que se puede encontrar con frecuencia dentro de las casas y de otras estructuras. Durante este tiempo del año, con frecuencia recibimos llamadas que varían de las áreas rurales como Waleska y Ballground hasta áreas más urbanas y pobladas  como Woodstock, Marietta y Alpharetta. De hecho, la cucaracha alemana es considerada como la plaga  que más se distribuye extensamente en los Estados Unidos.

Smokey Brown Roach in North Georgia

En el Sureste, la cucaracha alemana puede ser algunas veces confundida con la cucaracha asiática, la cual es muy similar. Estas se distinguen por su comportamiento. Mientras que la  cucaracha asiática se encuentra con frecuencia en las afueras, la cucaracha alemana raramente, si alguna vez, puede encontrarse afuera.

Las cucarachas alemanas sobreviven en ambientes húmedos y templados. Partes del hogar tales como la cocina y los baños proveen ubicaciones ideales para las cucarachas. La cucaracha alemana es un limpiador, y puede consumir incluso las cantidades más pequeñas de comida. También son conocidas por  consumir ciertas fuentes atípicas de alimentos, como la encuadernación de libros y pasta de dientes.

La cucaracha alemana es famosa por su habilidad para reproducirse rápidamente. Es frecuente encontrar infestaciones extensas escondidas en los hogares. La cucaracha alemana es más comúnmente traída a los hogares en cajas, bolsas o cualquier otro contenedor donde se pueden esconder.

Poco después de haberse introducido en un espacio, la cucaracha alemana con frecuencia, busca un área escondida donde pasa el tiempo durante el día, saliendo por la noche para buscar comida. Las hembras crean cápsulas de huevo, u ooteca, que pueden producir hasta 50 cucarachas. Las hembras cargan  a menudo estas cápsulas de huevos hasta que estén listas para salir, dificultando así la destrucción de la población dentro del  hogar.

Hay muchas señales fáciles para identificar la infestación de cucarachas. Las cucarachas alemanas a menudo producen excrementos de color oscuro. Estos serán pequeños y con forma de bolas o simplemente manchas oscuras que se encuentran alrededor de pequeñas grietas de la pared, o en las esquinas de los cuartos.  Otra señal es un desagradable olor a humedad que es producido por las cucarachas. Esto es causado por ciertos productos químicos excretados por las cucarachas y el olor será más fuerte cerca de su centro de población.

Las cucarachas alemanas son difíciles de eliminar. Sus infestaciones son a menudo masivas, con una población que se reproduce rápidamente y que permanece bien escondida durante el día. Debido a la dificultad en la identificación y el tratamiento de la cucaracha alemana, lo mejor es consultar a un profesional de control de plagas.

Aquí, en Canton Termite y Pest Control, tenemos  más de 20 años de experiencia lidiando con cucarachas alemanas. Nuestros técnicos evaluarán su situación específica y hallarán una solución segura, eficiente y asequible para cualquier problema de plagas.

Si usted tiene  problemas con las cucarachas alemanas, o simplemente tiene preguntas, llámenos hoy al 770-479-1598! Estaremos encantados de asistirleen lo que podamos!

 

Aquí está para usted la vida libre de plagas!

By: Tim

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Merry Christmas

Christmas decoration on old grunge wooden board

Yuletide Invasions

 

     It’s Christmas time again, and along with that come the many wonderful traditions built into our families over generations, bringing joy to household after household. Several of these traditions come with some side effects, ones that perhaps are quite unexpected. Almost no one would think of how pest control can become an issue around Christmas time… Except for Canton Termite and Pest Control. We focus on these problems for you, so that you might be able to better enjoy your holiday time with the family! Let’s address some of the pest issues you might have so that you don’t get caught off guard.

The Christmas tree: It’s easy to forget that when you cut down a living tree and bring it into your home, you’re bringing a veritable ecosystem into the house! Christmas tree farm owners are caught in between a rock and a hard place when deciding whether or not to use pesticides on their trees, because if they don’t, bugs cover the Christmas trees, sometimes injuring them! If tree farm owners use too many pesticides, they themselves may injure the trees, or put too many chemicals on the trees for them to be safe for keeping in homes. They walk the line for us! Where does this leave you, the innocent guy/gal just looking to get a nice tree for your family? Well, you can first talk to the vendor you buy your Christmas tree from, and see what they’re doing to protect your interests in the tree market and the safety of your home. Then, once you have decided which tree you will purchase, look it over for visible bugs, and make your purchase! If we at Canton Termite and Pest Control service your home, then give us a call if you are bringing home a Christmas tree and are concerned about pests. We will protect your home from potential issues with the tree and other winter pest control problems, such as those mentioned below.

The National Pest Management Association has provided you with some advice on how to protect your home!

“- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse   can fit    through a hole the size of a dime.

– Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and

windows.

– Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Mice and ants can make their nests in wood                                   piles and easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.

– Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the

floor.

– Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention

should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to                         cockroach infestations.

– Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.

– Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and    dry.” (NPMA)

Even though the mosquitoes, gnats, and other bothersome pests that fly around during the warmer months may not be around, other insects, rodents, and pests will enjoy the chestnuts you roast over an open fire if you don’t prevent their presence by contacting a professional. Here are some other tips when preparing for the Christmas season.

1- Check your décor before you put it up: The tendency of bugs, rodents and other pests to invade boxes in the attic or basement is well known, so keep that in mind as you unbox your elves and nativity scenes!

2- If it’s coming inside, look for bugs: Don’t forget that we bring in other Christmas items besides trees. Live garlands and wreaths will be nice homes for mites, spiders, aphids, and even fire ants! Make sure to check for sure creatures before allowing their presence in your home. They make the holiday cheer much less enjoyable!

3- Check your coats: If your winter coats and boots just sit in the closet for months at a time until they are needed, make sure to perhaps wash them or clean them thoroughly to make sure that there are no fabric-devouring moths or dangerous brown-recluse spiders hiding. Canton Termite and Pest Control can easily handle these problems and eliminate chance of future problems with routine inspections and treatments, so make sure to mention this to the pest control professional that visits your home!

4- If it’s firewood, burn it: Keep firewood away from the home until you are ready to burn it— many bugs enjoy the protection of the logs in the colder temperatures, and if you bring the logs inside where it is warm, then the bugs have new areas to explore!

 

If you need more advice on how to protect your home from invasion during the winter months, feel free to call Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598. We will be happy to assist you in whatever way we can.

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Termite Letter

Termite inspection for selling a house.

When you are selling a home in Georgia, it is important to have a Wood Infestation Inspection Report done for the property prior to closing. Generally, the lender prefers to see the report dated within 30 days of closing. The Wood Infestation Inspection Report, or WIIR, is a form that is used to report any possible evidence of infestation inside of a home or other structure before it can be sold. To acquire this form, you must call in a licensed pest control company to inspect the property and issue the completed form. Realtors will often list this form as a “Termite Letter,” but it actually covers many other wood consuming pest organisms.

Real Estate Agent

The average cost of this form is around $150, however some companies will offer this service for free or at a reduced cost to their existing customers. In many states, the form that is required is designated as National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Form 33. In Georgia, however, the WIIR form replaces the national one. It is still a valid replacement even if the lender is from another state.

 

When performing the inspection, the technician may need to look through the entire property, but generally the focus is on areas with ground contact. This report and the subsequent inspection covers the 5 most common wood destroying organisms.

 

Covered by the form:

  • Subterranean Termites
  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Wood Boring Beetles
  • Dry Wood Termites
  • Wood Decaying Fungus

 

The technician will complete the inspection of the property, and then will report whether or not the home has an active infestation or if it has conditions conducive to future infestation such as earth to wood contact. Technicians will also report any inaccessible areas such as insulation in crawl spaces or closed off areas. Those areas that are reported are marked as unconfirmed areas and special attention should be paid to them.

 

It is also important to note that the WIIR form comes with a 90 day guarantee. If an infestation of wood destroying organisms is found during that time, the company that issued the report will generally treat the property for free, however they are not responsible for the repair of damage caused by the wood destroying organisms. If the property is found to have an active infestation or undisclosed damage from pests, it must be treated and then inspected again before a sale can move forward.

 

If you are attempting to sell or buy any property, it is important to have a diligent inspection from a certified company. A trained technician will not only be able to confirm the status of infestation in the home, but also ensure that the WIIR is correctly filled out. This is important to protect buyers from purchasing homes with undisclosed active infestations as well as protecting sellers from being held responsible for possible future infestations that did not precede the sale.

 

In recent years, it has become common for real estate agents to recommend a pre-inspection. While this can be more expensive, it is often better to have this inspection to find any pest problems before any potential buyers are involved.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience completing WIIR inspections for homeowners and real estate agencies. Our technicians can inspect your home and complete the WIIR requirements to allow your deal to move forward. If we find an active infestation in your home, we will apply the cost of the inspection to your treatment, saving you time and money!

 

So if you need a Wood Infestation Inspection Report, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Our Reviews
Jamie O'Neill
Jamie O'Neill

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Just wanted to thank our exterminator Joel @Canton Termite for not only responding very quickly when we had a minor insect infestation but for ensuring we stay bug free with our normal service. He always gives us plenty of notice and arrives on time and does a very professional job. Also want to thank the entire team... Tim, Ed, William and Brent for doing an awesome job with my home and my rental homes for the last few years. Keep up the great work...

James Pritchett
James Pritchett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Last year the Cherokee County senior center assisted in me in finding a company to take care of a roach infestation in my home. I had tried several companies but I kept paying and the roaches never went away. William Botts with Canton Termite and Pest control came out and in 2 treatments got the job done. I am on a fixed income and appreciated the integrity and quality of this company. Today I realized I never thanked Canton Termite and Pest Control. I am thankful for what they did for me and refer my friends and anyone else who ask. They get the job done!

valerie hultquist
valerie hultquist

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

HONEST, HELPFUL, NOT IN BUSINESS TO RIP PEOPLE OFF! I called this company and spoke with a gentleman regarding a strange substance on the exterior of our home. I thought it might be termites because the paint was removed from the area as though it was being eaten. He asked me to email him a photo. He called me back and assured me it was not termites. He and the owner of the company gave me some suggestions of how to treat this mold-type substance. This could have easily gone in the opposite direction and charged me lots of $ to investigate a pest problem. No need to wonder if you will get a fair, honest deal with this company. They have a perfect 5 star rating because they have earned it the old fashioned way - by being honest.

Carl Carlson
Carl Carlson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I called William for a problem with carpenter bees. He was at my home within the hour. Problem solved. As we chatted I mentioned that in the spring we had birds nesting in our attic, now gone, but expected to return next year. He took the time to inspect the attic to figure out how they were getting in, and seal off the entrance... no additional charge. In short, he solved next years problem as a "good will" gesture (no pun intended). Great job. Great service. Did I mention William is now on my speed dial?

Debra Wright
Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Great customer service and prompt attention! William came out and did our initial application, but we need more treatment. Ed called me in no time and set up another treatment, same day! When Brent came out he was so professional and friendly! Took care of the application quickly, reassuring us that they are there whenever we need them! So glad I am using Canton Termite and Pest Control now for my pest services!

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