Featuring an all-natural formula that is safe to use in your yard, the Uncle Ian's 5.5 lb. Mole and Gopher Repellent is designed to form a perimeter to help protect your outdoor areas from pests. This product provides coverage of up to 3,000 sq. ft. and is designed to remain effective for up to 4 weeks.
Repels moles, gophers, deer and rabbits by taste and smell to help keep areas free of pests
• Starts working as soon as it is applied for quick treatment
• Treats up to 3,000 sq. ft. for optimal coverage
• Lasts for up to 4 weeks
• Pour in and around mounds, trees, shrubs, flower beds and yards to help prevent pests from coming into the area
• 13% organic nitrogen formula conditions damaged soil and grass
• Organic mix is safe to use around plants, vegetables, birds and wildlife
It's non-toxic and it works. You can buy it in stores like Home Depot. Or if you want us to do it for you give us a call. (800 542 1234)
This guy is tired of living in trees. Now, he's down on the ground waiting for an opportunity to move into your attic where it's nice an warm. Your insulation is a great place for him to begin a family.
He's very happy if you have trees growing against the side of your house. He can climb up easily and look for an opening into your attic. Like where a vent screen has become loose. And, if he really wants to get in he can chew a hole right through the wood.
If you hear a little noise in your attic at night. Yep, just might be a tree rat. Time to call PARATEX. Oh, and trim those trees back a little too.
Several federal agencies, including HUD, Dept of Energy, EPA, Health and Human Services and White House Council on Environmental Quality have developed a strategy to reduce number of homes with health and safety hazards. The characteristics that eliminate health hazards include being dry, clean, safe, contaminant free, well ventilated and PEST FREE. The presence of pests is recognized as a health hazard in homes. Professional pest control companies are a major player in keeping your home healthy.
Now that Spring is coming it's a good time to clean out the clutter. Pests like to nest and hide in dead areas where they are undisturbed. Spring cleaning time is a great time to donate unused items to charity.
And, when you start working in the yard, remember rodents and insects like to hide in shrubs and brush that are up next to your house. If you trim back the trees you are less likely to have pests enter your home.
If you're in the Seattle area remember we have a vacuum fumigation chamber in case you find moths in that rolled up Asian carpet or beetles in that piece of antique furniture.
Our fumigation Department has been busy. Recent export fumigations include Sitka Spruce from Alaska to Spain, chick peas (Garbanzo beans) from Colorado to Saudi Arabia, cedar logs to China, building materials to Australia and coffee beans to Chile. Import fumigations include flowers from Thailand and bamboo from China. We continue to fumigate belongings for bedbugs where conventional treatments with insecticides and heat fail.
If we can be of help with service to your home or business give us a call.
800 Got Bugs? (800 542 1234)
Spanish guitars with spruce tone wood
Helping with the family grocery bills
Most of us have never been to Prince of Wales Island, to the west of Ketchikan (although I've been to Ketchikan). It is the 4th largest island in the US (after Hawaii, Kodiak and Puerto Rico). It is bigger than the State of Delaware but has only 6,000 population. The business Brent Cole owns is called Alaska Specialty Woods. He harvests Sitka Spruce that is sold to be used for tone wood by luthiers - the people who make guitars. Brent and his wife moved to Montana after his family turkey farm was sold in Wisconsin. After tiring of working in the oil fields he moved to Alaska to open a taxidermy shop. When that didn't work out he bought a small log company on Prince of Wales. We are happy his business is booming and his spruce is being shipped all over the world to make guitars. We are fumigating a container for him in Seattle as a condition of entry into Spain - where they are noted for fine guitars.
Sometimes tiny round holes appear in a piece of antique furniture. These often are caused by a type of powder post beetle called a lyctid beetle. Around the holes may appear a fine powder-like frass. They are found in hardwoods such as oak, walnut and mahogany. They are also found in bamboo. They are similar but not the same as the beetles we find in the softwood substructure of houses in the Pacific Northwest. Lyctid beetles are also occasionally found in hardwood flooring. The interesting thing is it may be years before the holes appear in the surface of the wood. It is the larva (worm stage)that does the damage, eating inside the wood. When you see a hole it means the larva has turned into an adult beetle and emerged. The problem is until you see a hole you don't know the beetle is inside - or how many larva may still be eating inside the wood. Paratex does have a solution - a vacuum fumigation chamber. Fumigation under a vacuum penetrates the wood and kills the larva. There is no pesticide residue after fumigation.
Today we begin fumigating chestnuts in our vacuum chamber. This is required as a condition of entry into the US from all countries except Canada and Mexico. Chestnuts are an ancient food with twice the starch content as potatoes. They are very popular in Korea this time of year and with the Korean population. In addition to roasting them they can be used in soups, in vegetable dishes and added to stuffing. The usual procedure before roasting is to make an X in the skin, then to peel them while still hot.
When it gets wet and cold outside you may have more guests than you expected for the holidays. If you need help hanging out the "unwelcome mat" give us a call. And, have a great holiday season, from your friends at Paratex.
Indian Meal Moth
Saw-toothed grain beetle
Holiday cooking may cause us to get into spices and flour products that we don't use regularly. If old we may find they are infested with moths or beetles. There are many different kinds that can infest flour, dry cereals, spices, chocolate, nuts and related. You may only find the larva (worm) stage and not an adult. If you find an infestation throw the product away and thoroughly clean shelves around it. Store this type product in tight containers and keep cupboards clean of spillage. If in doubt throw it out. These pest can keep infecting other products and go deep into cracks making it hard to eliminate them. A couple samples are above.
Have a great Thanksgiving, but don't invite rodents in for dinner. Our furry little friends get cold and hungry this time of year and the inside of your house looks very inviting. It's warm and has lots of good food. At least don't make it easy for them by leaving ways for them to enter easily. Gaps around plumbing pipes under the sink are often a source of mice entering. A little steel wool or foam insulation can plug the gaps. Save a little turkey for your pets - not rodents.
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