How to Keep Wasps Away

June 30, 2022

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

The wasps are closing in on your backyard barbecue! Unfortunately, a wasp invasion will kill your party faster than a prairie fire with a tailwind. People don’t take their chances hanging around with a troupe of stinging insects.

Is this becoming a major problem for you? Then it’s time to learn how to keep wasps away with a few wasp control tricks for dealing with these highly undesirable insects.

1. Eliminate Food Sources

Many types of wasps, including the Great Black Wasp, eat protein-based foods. While the adult wasps are looking for flower nectar to drink, they are also keeping an eye out for other insects like katydids, crickets, and grasshoppers. They then paralyze the poor insect and bring it back for young wasp larvae to snack on — while it is still alive.

So, if you have a tantalizing slab of meat on your picnic table or an abundance of grill drippings, the wasps will be coming around to say hello.

Keep your food covered during outdoor gatherings and maintain a clean grill. Also make sure that your garbage cans are covered tightly and nothing else that could become a wasp buffet is left lying around.

2. DIY Wasp Spray

What if it seems impossible to keep the critters from stopping by during an outdoor gathering? Or perhaps you find a small wasp nest and are wondering what to do with it?

DIY wasp spray is an easy and effective solution. Simply mix together a couple of tablespoons of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Spritz the critters when you spot them or douse a small wasp nest with the solution.

Did you know that wasps such as the red wasp actually breathe through their bodies? The soap clogs their breathing pores, making it impossible for them to breathe, causing them to die in a few seconds.

3. DIY Wasp Traps

A less hands-on option is to create a DIY wasp trap (or several) and leave them hanging near where the wasps like to gather, such as the wasp nest.

This is easy to do with an empty 2-liter bottle. First, add a couple of inches of sugar water to about a cup of apple cider vinegar and toss in a delectable banana peel for extra attraction. Next, cut a small hole in the top of the bottle. The idea is that the wasps will be attracted to the tempting concoction, then get stuck inside and drown.

If you have a lot of wasps, the traps can fill quickly so keep an eye out and change them regularly.

This method is effective for reducing the number of wasps that are trying to party with you. However, it only kills the wasps that get stuck in the trap. It won’t kill the queen wasp, which is important for eliminating a wasp infestation altogether.

4. DIY Wasp Repellent

There are a couple of natural ways to deter wasps from hanging out in your yard. First, choose plants like eucalyptus, lemongrass, and citronella to plant in your yard. Wasps don’t like these plant varieties so they will provide a natural level of prevention. Be sure to place them close to where you plan to spend time outside, such as the pool or patio area. 

Second, mix up a DIY wasp repellent spray with essential oils. Start with a cup of warm water and add a couple of drops of liquid soap. Then add two drops of each of the following essential oils:

  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass

Swirl the bottle to mix it well then spray this solution generously around your sitting area. Wasps hate every ingredient in this concoction and will be less likely to rain on your parade.

How to Get Rid of Wasps the Safe Way

Does your stomach get queasy at the thought of handling wasp nest removal yourself? We don’t blame you. Nobody likes the idea of disrupting an angry horde of aggressive, stinging insects that fly to boot.

A safer way to handle your wasp infestation is to call for professional wasp removal. Here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we’re committed to protecting your home (and you!) from the dangers of all sorts of pests. Let us help you remove your active wasp nest as well as safeguard your home against future wasp problems. We’ve found that the best form of wasp control is trying to keep them from showing up in the first place.

Schedule a service with Buckaroo today!

 

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  • Since 2005, we have been providing unparalleled Commercial Plumbing, HVAC-R and Electrical services, while maintaining the highest trade standards, ensuring projects are completed to specification and on-time.

  • We offer a full-range of Commercial Plumbing services, including preventive and maintenance contract options.

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Termite Warranties: Retreat vs. Repair. What’s the Difference, and Why Should I Care?

Brent Vann, our Vice President of Operations here at Buckaroo wants you to be educated on what you’re buying when it comes to termite prevention warranties.

Termites are found in more than 5 million homes on average each year in the United States, and it is estimated that termite damage costs U.S. homeowners $5 billion each year. Not insurance agencies, but homeowners, like you. What’s even worse is termites can be living in your home even without visible signs of damage.

Termite swarm season is upon us, and here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we want to make sure our community is educated and prepared when it comes to protecting their homes and properties from termites. One of the best ways to ensure your home is rid of termites is with a termite bond. We’ll explain the two types of bonds and why Buckaroo offers your family the best protection.

When is Termite Season?

During March through mid-summer, termites “swarm” which means that they become much more active, and more visible to the average homeowner. Scarily, termites don’t sleep. They will eat 24 hours a day seven days a week, year around. Even outside of swarm season.

This is why it is crucial to protect your home and property before it’s too late. If you start seeing termites within your home, it most likely means your house has already been under attack.

When it comes to protection though, homeowners have hundreds of providers who offer seemingly the same service, and the same warranties… Right?

Wrong.

What is a Termite Bond?

There are several different types of products and treatments available to pest control companies for eradicating termites. However, knowing the difference between a Retreat Warranty vs. a Repair Warranty could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Even though they may both cost the same at the time of the initial inspection, over 90% of pest control companies will only offer Retreat Warranties. Here’s why:

  • Termite retreatment warranties only guarantee that if termites are found after initial treatment that
    your pest control company will come back out and re-treat your home once again. This means that all damage to your home is your responsibility. The pest control company has no obligation to do anything other than come back and treat the home again – probably with the same product that didn’t do its job in the first place.
  • Termite repair warranties hold your pest control company responsible for the quality of their work. In the event termites are found in your home after the initial treatment, not only does the provider return and re-treat your home for termites, they also are accountable for the any and all damage caused by the termites.

Buckaroo is part of the small minority offering higher quality service and protection by offering Repair Warranties.

The Best Termite Warranty in Texas

Buckaroo is 100% willing to stand behind our work and our products. 90% of our competitors aren’t. Ensure your investment is in good hands with a termite protection warranty from Buckaroo. Our technicians guarantee their work and the integrity of your home afterward. Contact us today for the best termite control available in Northern Texas. We put our money where your termite mouths are.

Is Borax a Treatment for Termites?

March 10, 2022

There’s nothing quite like the sinking feeling you get when you notice a pile of termite wings on your property or a branching network of termite mud tunnels. A well-established termite nest can mean thousands of dollars in structural damage to your home or business.

The termites must be stopped at all costs!

Of course, money doesn’t grow on trees and you may have heard of DIY methods such as using borax for termites. Is this an effective treatment to save your home or business from a termite infestation? Let’s find out.

Is Borax for Termites Effective?

Yes and no.

Borax is effective for killing termites. When the critter ingests Borax, it interferes with its digestive system, killing the creature within 3-7 days.

Because of this, many resourceful home or business owners will try placing Borax near signs of termite activity. There are plenty of recipes on the Internet teaching you how to create bait from various forms of Borax.

If the colony is small, it’s even possible that Borax can be an effective method for combatting the infestation.

Unfortunately, by the time you notice signs of termite activity, the colony is rarely small. Termites live in the walls or underground and are masters at keeping themselves hidden.

Often, you won’t notice an infestation until the termites send out a swarm to start a new nest. This means that the colony is mature and there are already thousands, if not millions, of termites crawling around on your property.

Getting them all to eat a little Borax is about as simple as putting socks on a rooster. It’s especially difficult to make sure the queen gets some because she remains tucked away underground.

In other words, using Borax for termites is kind of like dumping small pails of water on a house fire. It helps, but not enough.

Benefits of Borax for Termites

However, many homeowners still reach for a box of Borax when they notice termites. It isn’t hard to see why.

Borax is easily accessible in many forms. You can find it in just about any grocery store in various forms including powder, gel, soap, spray, etc.

You can mix it with other simple ingredients like flour or sugar to make termite bait or sprays that you can leave around your property.

Additionally, Borax is very budget-friendly, which is part of what contributes to its popularity.

Downsides of Using Borax for Termites

Unfortunately, Borax just isn’t strong enough. It works slowly and a critter will still live for a few days after ingestion. You also have to retreat areas multiple times to ensure that all the termites get a deadly dose.

While Borax is a natural, environmentally-friendly substance, it isn’t exactly safe. Ingesting Borax is harmful to humans as well. While you probably wouldn’t chow down on a spoonful of Borax, you could inhale the powder as you’re working with it if you’re not careful.

Additionally, children or pets might come across your Borax bait and decide it looks like an adequate snack.

Borax can also cause skin irritation or redness and it is recommended to wear gloves when handling the substance. If you do get some on your hands or (heaven forbid!) in your eye, wash or flush immediately with water and seek medical attention.

Baiting Stations for Termites

Borax, as well as other liquid pest control products, can only do so much to combat your termite problem. Only the termites that come into contact with the poison will die. The queen and young termites that stay safe in the nest will continue to thrive.

That’s why here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we protect your home with a more effective solution.

The first step is to perform a complete home inspection. It is critical to know where the nest(s) is located in order to launch an effective attack.

Then we’ll install underground bait stations at strategic points. If the termites are living inside, we’ll also set out bait stations indoors. The bait used in the Sentricon System is highly attractive to termites — they even prefer it over wood!

The worker termites will have a snack as they forage for food and they will also take it back with them to the nest. This is how you get the poison straight to the source and destroy the entire colony — even a large one with millions of individuals.

A Highly Effective Solution

Killing off a few termites here and there with Borax bait might seem effective — especially when you start noticing their dead bodies. However, the likelihood of the infestation coming back is high.

The total massacre brought about by using bait stations is more effective. In fact, we are so confident in our process for eradicating termites that we offer a different type of warranty than most pest control companies.

Not only will we retreat your property with a reinfestation, but also we’ll take responsibility for any further structural damage. Learn more about our Repair Warranty here.

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Termite colonies can become enormous quite quickly. What’s worse, by the time you start noticing the signs of termite activity there are already thousands or even millions of individuals scurrying about your property.

The damage caused by these hungry critters can easily run into several thousand dollars. That’s why we can’t in good conscience recommend a DIY treatment like Borax for termites. While you’re slowly killing off a few individuals here and there with homemade Borax bait, thousands of other bugs are happily having a feast at your expense.

Protecting your home against this destructive attack is worth every penny spent on pest protection services.

Contact us here at Buckaroo Pest Protection today to learn more about our termite services. Even if you’re not sure of an infestation, give us a call! We offer free in-home inspections to help you find the source of your pest problem. From there, we can help you eradicate it for good!

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What Is a Termite Bond?

February 22, 2022

Termites. Never. Stop.

A lower ambient temperature can slow them down but they don’t take holidays or weekends. They don’t even sleep.

They just work tirelessly 24/7 chewing, chewing, chewing until they destroy every wooden structure in your home or business.

What’s worse, homeowners’ insurance companies often won’t cover termite damage because it is considered preventable.

How do you protect your wallet from the expensive damage these critters can cause? Maybe it’s time to consider getting a termite bond. What is a termite bond? Read on to find out!

What Is a Termite Bond?

A termite bond is like insurance. However, instead of being sold by an insurance company, the termite bond comes directly from your pest control company.

Terms vary, but there is a key policy to keep an eye out for. All termite bonds guarantee the company’s work. This means that if reinfestation occurs after treatment, the company will come out and retreat for free.

However, some companies take things a step further. Not only do they cover retreatment, but also damages caused to the building because of the reinfestation.

For homeowners, this demonstrates the company’s high level of confidence in its work. Plus, they can rest easy knowing they won’t be stuck with paying for several thousand dollars worth of structural damage after a professional supposedly rid their home of these pests.

Psst! Buckaroo is one of the few companies that take their termite bond to this level!

Termite Damage Statistics

How much damage can termites cause? This might seem like a whole lot of fuss for such a tiny bug.

Whelp. They might be small, but they sure add up. By one estimate, the combined weight of all the termites in the world would equal more than the combined weight of all the humans!

You might think that statement is crazy as a bullbat — until you stop to think about how many individual termites there can be. A single colony can harbor up to 5 million individuals!

Each year, approximately 600,000 US homes fall victim to the termites’ voracious appetite. In total, damages to manmade structures and crops add up to about $30 billion per year. A single homeowner on average is stuck with a $3,000 – $6,000 repair bill.

The rate of damage to a single structure varies depending on various factors. These include the weather, the type of termites, the size of the colony, etc. However, termites left to their own devices can completely destroy an average home in about 8 years.

Why Would You Need a Termite Bond?

The long and the short of it is that termites can cause some serious damage. Though they are constantly active they aren’t easy to spot. They crawl around through underground tunnels and burrow through wooden structures in the building.

This is why they are known as the silent destroyers.

Termites can be eating at your home or business for years before you ever suspect their presence. Depending on the type of termites, they will either live underground or make their nests within the walls of your building. External signs of termites don’t typically start to show up until the colony has grown quite large.

One of the easiest ways to notice a termite colony is when you see a termite swarm on your property. Once a colony has grown large enough, the queen sends out a swarm of winged termites to form a new colony. However, the swarm only lasts for a short time and you can easily miss it if you don’t happen to be present.

Plus, these swarms only happen once a colony is mature. By the time you could see one, the termites have already been there a while — silently destroying your property.

This is what makes termite inspections so important. They offer home and business owners peace of mind about what can be a very costly insect problem.

Plus, they can help you prove that your building is termite-free. This can be necessary in certain situations, such as selling your home.

If the home inspection turns up termite damage, the buyer will often request a termite bond as part of the sale requirements. If you live in a termite-prone area, having a termite bond helps sweeten the deal for potential buyers.

Some lenders will also require proof of the absence of termites in certain areas of the country. Without it, they may decline to fund a borrower’s mortgage.

Why Have a Termite Bond Even If You Don’t Need It

Of course, you won’t always have to have a termite bond. You may be able to freely sell your house or run your business without this assurance.

However, it can still be a good idea to get one.

Many people don’t realize this, but termite damage is not covered under most homeowners’ insurance policies. The damage is considered “avoidable” or termite prevention may be considered to fall under routine maintenance.

Regardless, it is an excellent idea to include a termite bond as part of your regular home or business maintenance. It is far easier and cheaper to deal with termites early.

This makes the cost of a termite bond well worth it. You could be saving yourself several thousand dollars in repairs. Those that are so tight they squeak when they walk would do well to keep this in mind.

The Right Termite Bond

However, you should always read the fine print when contracting a pest control company for a termite bond. Some companies will only retreat the premises if reinfestation occurs.

Here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we don’t believe that goes far enough. You contracted our services to prevent this problem. If we failed, that’s on us. You shouldn’t be stuck paying for property damage you hired our services to prevent.

Thus, our termite bond covers property damage as well. Rest easy knowing that your home or business is safe from termites and your wallet is safe from their dastardly deeds.

Contact us here at Buckaroo Pest Protection today to safeguard your home or business against these busy little critters!

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