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    Understanding the Differences Between Flying Ants and Termites

    Last updated 2 days 15 hours ago

    Each year, termites cause billions of dollars in residential and commercial structural damage throughout the world. It’s no wonder that the sight of a termite in your home can cause you to lose your wits and start anticipating how much it will cost to repair the damage. But before you freak out, take a deep breath and get a closer look at the intruder you’ve spotted. Sometimes pests that look like termites are actually flying ants. Here is some information to help you understand the difference between flying ants and termites, as well as how to treat your pest problem.

    Antennae

    There are three simple characteristics that can help you tell the difference between a winged ant and a winged termite. First, look at the antennae. Flying ants have elbowed antennae which bend at slightly 45 degree angles. Termites, on the other hand, have beaded antennae that extend diagonally from their head.

    Fore Wings

    The second characteristic that can be used to discern flying ants from termites is the fore wings. Flying ants have fore wings that are larger than the hind wings. On termite, the fore wings and hind wings are of relatively equal size. 

    Waist

    If the first two characteristics are inconclusive, look at the waist to determine whether you are dealing with termites or flying ants. Termites have a broad waist that is equal size from head to thorax. Flying ants, on the other hand, have a narrow, constricted waist.

    Regardless of whether you have termites or flying ants in your home, contact Baco Exterminating today to rid your home of any unwanted guests. As Atlanta’s trusted pest control company, Baco Exterminating can handle any pest problem, including termites and flying ants. Visit our website to learn more about our termite extermination and pest control services, or call us at (877) 440-6862 to schedule an appointment.

    West Nile Update

    Last updated 7 days ago

    S. Alan Harlan
     Associate Certified Entomologist/ Technical Director

    BACO Exterminating Services, LLC

    We began to hear the horror stories in the late 1990’s…West Nile Virus is coming, it’s inevitable, it will be here with a vengeance and there’s nothing that we can do to stop it. However, when the reality of WNV arrived in Georgia in 2001, it was not at all what we expected. We watched the news every day to get the latest update from other parts of the country. There was sheer panic in the Northeast as stories out of New York received constant attention. Let’s take a quick look at what we’re really up against.

    • Birds are the reservoir, the virus is spread to people by mosquitoes which have bitten infected birds
    • West Nile Virus is the most commonly reported arbovirus in Georgia
    • About 80% of infected people never develop symptoms
    • About 20% develop West Nile Fever, characterized by fever, headache, muscle tightness, and an occasional rash
    • Less than 1% develop West Nile Neurologic Disease, which can manifest as meningitis or encephalitis. 3-15% of these less than 1% cases are fatal.
    • 22 cases of WNV were reported in 2011 (14 probable, 8 confirmed)
    • 3 fatalities from WNND or WNF reported. The average age was 60
    • Mosquito surveillance was conducted in 18 Georgia counties. Seven counties (including Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton) tested positive for WNV
    • Most common species were the Southern House Mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus) and the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)
    • The amount of cases reported in 2011 (22) was three times higher than normal. Most likely attributable to early spring-like temperatures. Most of these cases were in coastal Chatham county, which had not reported WNV since 2007
    • Testing for WNV can be administered by commercial laboratories
    •  Both mosquito species that most commonly harbor WNV are container breeders. That means that managing the source of standing water is very effective in reducing mosquito breeding sites, thus the opportunity for WNV to manifest. This can best be accomplished by

    ·Not allowing water to accumulate in low areas of landscape or artificial containers

    ·Keep grass and shrubs trimmed to reduce shaded areas where mosquitoes rest

    ·Keep gutters clear of debris

    ·Empty all non-functioning water features

    ·Use insect repellent  

    BACO Exterminating can also assist in a mosquito management program to reduce mosquito populations where they rest or hide. Larviciding is also very effective in areas where mosquitoes may potentially lay eggs. Contact your friends at BACO for more information on mosquito management at (877) 905-BACO or visit our web-site at http://www.bacoexterminating.com/ for additional information.

    Reference: June/July 2012 Georgia Epidemiology Report. Mosquito-Borne Viruses in Georgia, 2011

     

    FAQ - SENTRICON® Termite Control System

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Does Sentricon attract termites?

    No. Termites find Sentricon stations through their natural search for additional food sources. Inside the stations is a lethal food source the termites feed on and take back to the colony to share with their nest mates. Termites die off but are not able to identify the cause. This leads ultimately to the death of the colony and the queen.

    How long does Sentricon take to start working?

    Sentricon starts working as soon as it is installed.

    How often are the bait stations on my property checked and managed?

    Depending upon the components used, label directions allow your Certified Sentricon Specialist to perform service 1-3 times per year. This gives him or her the option to select a service schedule that best suits the needs of your property and your preference.

    Does Sentricon require any other products to be totally effective? 

    No. Sentricon is a stand-alone technology that is fully effective. Sentricon is the #1 termite elimination system and it is green product certified.

    What makes Sentricon my best option?

    Alternative liquid treatments are antiquated efforts to keep termites away (repel) and can be very disruptive to your property, difficult to assure full area coverage and lifestyle. But Sentricon is an entire system that represents the very latest in termite science. It is an award-winning technology that takes advantage of natural termite behavior, using the termites themselves to destroy their entire colony and kill the queen.

    Can bait stations be installed indoors?

    The Recruit® AG bait station van be used above-ground use under very specific circumstances. However, in 99% of all cases, in ground Sentricon bait stations are the most effective system for use in Georgia.

    Is it okay for my kids and pets to play near the bait stations?

    Yes. The active ingredient used in Sentricon, noviflumuron, is designed to disrupt the molting process that occurs only in insects and closely related organisms. It also is encased in a protective station in the ground. Sentricon is a certified and patented green product.

    What will happen to my pets if they come in contact with the bait stations?

    The quantity of active ingredient in each bait station is so small that a dog would need to ingest approximately 200 of the bait station inserts— which is impossible — before becoming sick.

    Is it okay to plant a vegetable and herb garden near the bait stations?

    Yes, Sentricon is the Presidential Award green product winner.

    The Benefits of the SENTRICON SYSTEM Termite Treatment

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If your home is suffering from a termite problem, you will have several treatment methods available to you. One of the most popular and effective termite treatment options is the SENTRICON SYSTEM. This innovative termite control system is an environmentally friendly and non-invasive method of termite elimination. Using a small amount of active termite control product, the SENTRICON SYSTEM is able to completely eliminate termites throughout your home. Since this system requires no drilling or nasty chemicals, it is a fantastic solution for your termite control needs. When you choose the SENTIRCON SYSTEM, you will be able to rest assured that your home is free from the dangers of termites.

    To learn more about the termite control methods that are available to you, contact Baco Exterminating. We are pleased to provide the Atlanta area with expert termite control and bed bug control services. Give our pest control company a call at (877) 440-6862 to set up a consultation for your home today.

    The Benefits Of Ongoing BACO Training

    Last updated 1 month ago

    S. Alan Harlan, Associate Certified Entomologist

    Technical Director, BACO Exterminating Services

    We’ve all heard “there’s no substitute for experience” or “experience is the best teacher” or even “future successes are the result of past failures”. While I believe that there is wisdom in these examples and many more like it, I also believe that it is important to be able to benefit from other people’s knowledge and experience to be able to supplement your own.

    A successful training program begins with acknowledgement that training comes in many forms. It may come in the form of classroom lecture, regular discussion with others in a similar position, trade journals, or hands-on learning. It is not debatable that people acquire knowledge through various means. Some may be content to “read the directions” and implement an action plan accordingly. Others may benefit from open discussion with colleagues that may have had similar experiences, and are now helping to better the organization with their insight. I would speculate that most would describe themselves as a “hands on learner”, who achieve mastery through modeling the behavior of the teacher. When implementing a training program, it is important to provide an appropriate place for each of these learning styles as well as incorporating others.         

    As Technical Director for BACO Exterminating Services, it is important to establish a consistent training program that benefits the most people. There must be a purpose for the training, and it must be effectively communicated. Remaining vigilant to outside influences, such as new technology or regulatory changes, it presents opportunities to share information with colleagues within your organization to promote consistency. Training is also viewed as a developmental tool that not only benefits the hearer, but also the organization as a result of well-trained representatives. Positive growth creates opportunities within the organization, so it is the responsibility of the management team to prepare others to transition into these opportunities before they are created. Planning for growth by investing time to create tomorrow’s leadership team is vastly important to our continued success. Our on-going training is not gauged by the content of the material discussed, but by the tangible results of producing “home-grown folks” that represent BACO Exterminating Services to the public and impact our industry in a positive manner.  Quality training is foundational to our company culture. It makes it possible for us to train people to train people. For solving your pest problem, contact one of our well trained representatives today. We can be contacted at (877) 905-BACO or visit our web-site at http://www.bacoexterminating.com/ for more information. To follow BACO’s FaceBook posts click on  https://www.facebook.com/BacoExterminating

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