What do termites look like?

What do termites look like, do you really know?  More often than not the answer is “I know what termites look like I’ve seen them before”.  The truth is that most people are wrong and that’s ok.  There are pest control companies all over the world that would be happy to make the ID for […]

Ants in the spring and seasonal changes

Ants in the spring is a normal event for homeowners to call about.  In fact, it’s our number on service request during the months of April-June.  The question is why and what does the weather if anything have to do with it? Weather and pests Every year like clock work we get calls from homeowners […]

Do you have beetles in your floor?

Do you have small holes made by beetles in your floors?  If you do you’re probably dealing with powder post beetle.  This is a generic name for an entire group of wood eating beetles and larva. At first sight you may have images of the house falling down around you, but I can assure you […]

Mouse traps or glue boards? Which are better?

Mouse traps or glue boards are just two of the many methods available to someone looking to control mice.  As a pest management professional I have a preference. We all know what a mouse trap looks like.  As of late there have been some new entries into the market, but the truth is that they […]

Termites and pressure treated wood

Termites and pressure treated wood are generally two things you don’t hear in the same sentence.  This is mainly because we’ve been led to believe that pressure treated wood will prevent all instances of termites.  Contractors use treated wood for ground contact installs, new sill plates and finally even to repair termite damage.  I have […]

Keeping mice out of outdoor appliances

  Keeping mice out of outdoor appliances is hard.  There probably is no greater frustration in the spring time than getting a bill from a contractor for $1000 or more because mice got into a pool heater, generator or A/C condenser.  Yet, every year this happens to thousands of people.  Did you know this could […]

Bat versus mouse droppings

Bat versus mouse droppings are actually quite different in appearance.  If you know the difference between the two your chances at controlling either pest rises. Get it wrong and it will be a complete failure. The methods of control for these pests are very different. In order to begin a discussion about poop, you’ll need […]

Pest control for your home: A good investment?

Pest control for your home is a good investment.  The reason is that it’s a rare homeowner that knows exactly what pests they have.  Typically when a homeowner finds something they call a contractor, that’s another bad idea and we have proof. Over this past summer Envirocare received two different calls from customers, both needed […]

Yellow jackets nesting in walls

Yellow jackets nesting in walls is a common problem that we deal with in August and Sept.  The key to control of this issue is to know where the wasps are and how they are getting in.  Exterminating them is the easy part.  However, even after 27 years in the business I’m still shocked by […]

Carpenter bees do damage

Carpenter bees do damage to millions of homes each year.  However, even though carpenter bees are considered wood destroying the damage they do is never structural. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what to look for. During the months of April and May we get numerous calls from concerned homeowners.  Many are concerned about the […]