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    Bees & Wasps in Kansas City

    Bees & Wasps in Kansas City
    Pete The Bug Guy can remove and eradicate bees and wasps from your home safely and quickly. These flying beauties have both beneficial and detrimental aspects to them. Keeping reading to learn more fun facts you probably didn’t know about the bees and wasps.

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    Spiders in Kansas

    Spiders in Kansas
    We have a variety of spiders in Kansas, but not many of them are particularly dangerous. There are 2 spiders that are dangerous and must be carefully controlled. The Black Widow and the Brown Recluse are the areas most dangerous. We do have many more types of spiders that aren’t that scary. Below we will list out the different spiders, show pictures of what they look like and provide some interesting information about them. The one thing most homeowners struggle to wrap their head around is that no matter what anyone does, there will always be spiders.

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    Things to know about Silverfish

    Things to know about Silverfish
    We know these creatures tend to cause a stir when people see them, and we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about them. Silverfish are not predators nor are they venomous. Let’s start with what they look like.

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    Best Insulation in Kansas City

    Best Insulation in Kansas City

    We decided to start offering insulation services as we discovered that many homes are losing money month after month due to poor existing insulation if any at all, but also because bugs are coming in and without any resistance. We partnered up with Fiberlite Technologies to offer InCide® Pest Control Insulation to solve both problems once and for all.  This product will help you significantly lower your energy bill, increase the comfort of your home, and be a good steward of our natural resources.

    Cellulose insulation is the preferred choice for retrofits in existing homes. Having InCide® Pest Control Insulation installed in your home brings cellulose insulation and highly effective pest control together in the attic and walls.

    Is it cost effective?

    It will reduce your monthly utility cost, create a quiet and comfortable environment, and provide nonstop pest control protection where applied. Our customers who have installed InCide® Pest Control Insulation report up to a 25% savings on utility bills, and no more hot and cold spots in the house.

    How Is It Installed?

    Once our insulation is installed directly over the top of existing attic insulation increasing the ‘R’ value to R-49, as recommended by the Department of Energy. The loose-fill nature of the product fills any voids and gaps for a virtually airtight seal.  For wall applications, the use of the “drill and fill” method of installation eliminates the need for a total wall renovation. While the drill and fill application method is commonly used to insulate walls that may contain no insulation, it can be used to add insulation to walls that already have insufficient or under-performing insulation. The best part is, old insulation does not need to be removed.

    How does it treat for pests?

    InCide® Pest Control Insulation also kills cockroaches, ants, silverfish, earwigs, crickets, sow-bugs, millipedes, centipedes and book lice. While fiberglass may actually serve as nesting areas, InCide® Pest Control Insulation kills insects upon contact with the insulation. The insulation is infused with an extremely safe and effective pesticide and prevents infestation anywhere the product is applied.

    Is it environmentally friendly?

    InCide® also brings the unique environmental characteristics found only in cellulose insulation. It is made from 100% recycled paper. It’s a natural product from a renewable source.

    • Takes less energy to produce than other types of insulation. Fiberglass has up to 10 times more embodied energy than cellulose insulation, and foam products have up to 64 times more.
    • Creates a tight seal effectively blocking air infiltration and convection currents — the two leading causes of energy loss.
    • Class 1 Building Material with excellent fire resistance characteristics.
    • Scientifically proven to protect against mold and mildew within the insulation system.

    The truth is… InCide® Pest Control Insulation is a superior product that provides permanent and continuous pest protection, guards against mold and mildew, and offers excellent sound control and fire resistance with year-round utility savings.

    Termites: The Battle For Your Home

    Termites: The Battle For Your Home

    The battle with termites can seem daunting, but it can be controlled and managed.  They are easy to understand creatures. 

    They Require 3 Things  

    1. Food Source
    2. Shelter/Protection
    3. Water

    Termites do not work as individuals.  They work in colonies and use mud tubes as superhighways.  This is great as it makes it much easier to spot and stop an entire colony.  The bad news is that several colonies may invade a single structure from their own mud tubes at the same time.

    The subterranean termites tend to follow lines into a residence or structure. Any line above or below ground would be considered to be very valuable to them for their point of entry.  

    • Railroad ties in your garden that touch the home
    • Underground power lines or cables
    • Underground irrigation pipes
    • Driveway and sideways specifically around the edge near the dirt.
    • Fencing, specifically if it’s wood touching the dirt.
    • Debris like wood, cardboard, lumber lying on the ground touching the home

    The thing to remember about the termites is ultimately they are just looking for food to graze on.  Like any animal, once they find a great source of food they are unlikely to relinquish it.  When it’s cool outside, you might find them under rocks or pieces of wood and when it’s really hot they’ll seek somewhere cooler.  Mud tubes and the discarded wings of termites are a great indication of termite activity but are not considered active until you’ve seen live ones moving around. Once they find their food source, you’ll start to find a lot of mud and mud tubing in horizontal lines.

    The best key to protecting your home from termites in Kansas City is to cut off their food source.  Protect the slab, foundation, crawl space of your home.  Keep the edges sprayed, and when you notice mud or tubing either call our a professional like us or knock them down.  Prevent debris from laying up against the house. Keep an eye on puddles or standing water near the home.

    We can do a lot to stop termites, but the biggest thing you can do is make your house a much harder resource and they’ll go somewhere else where it’s easier.

     These are termites. If you see them but don’t want to keep them call us.

    Schedule An Appointment – 913.232.8016