Inspection Vs. Free Estimate
Some people seem to think a free estimate is the same as an inspection but it’s not.
If i was to call an H&R Block they would be happy to give me a free quote over the phone but if I brought in my books they would have to charge for a review of my books.
Pest Services is exactly the same. A quote for #pest Services is always free but to send a qualified technician to determine the issue and why you are having this issue is a paid service. That’s what we are trained to do.
There are may pest companies available to you it just depends what type of quality of service you are looking for?
This morning I returned a call that came in over the weekend. The gentlemen explained he started to see 15-20 flies a day. When i indicated ti him there would be a charge he seemed puzzled. I explained to him i had to pay my service technicians to come to him, they didn’t work on charity. We needed to determine what type of fly he had and what was the source, this takes time maybe up to an hour. He then was looking for a price range for #treatment.
My answer was simple, I explained to him how could I ball park a price into we knew exactly what we were dealing with but the service charge would be deducted from cost of treatment if he decided to move forward with us. While I was not rude i was direct and that annoyed him.
I hope I have explained the difference to you and it makes sense. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t.
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When Termites Attack Your Support Headers
The picture I have attached is from a home I was in yesterday to give a price on treatment for termites.
Apparently the house has been vacant for many years and termites went unnoticed as they did their thing. I also found termite mud tubing going up one of the sill plates towards the interior basement window.
The GC stated it was even worse before he ripped most of it out. The beam you are looking at has lost integrity due to termite activity and will be replaced. We are coming into termite season.
Quite frankly there is a lot of termite activity that gets over looked and termites continue to damage your property. I highly recommend having your home looked at 1X a year by a pest professional. Someone qualified to point out what you may not be aware of. Companies such as myself offer termite protection programs.
If you are in our service area in NJ, please call my office.
I would be happy to discuss your home pest protection needs.
**Remember we have a 20% off termite baiting system discount running until April 15, 2013. Don’t miss this opportunity to protect your home and save $$$$$$$$$$
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What is a WDI?
Today we are doing a WDI for a person purchasing a home. A WDI is a Wood Destroying Insect Report. Such a termites, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees and Powder Post Beetles.
While homes are not required to have a home inspection, they are required by the lending bank to have a WDI.
If the report is found dirty (active wood destroying insects noted) then a treatment is required by the seller or buyer prior to closing on the home. The bank won't release the mortgage without it.
There are a lot of opportunities to do the report wrong and find evidence that looks like WDI but is not WDI. For instance one time this inspection company labeled the home for having Carpenter Bee activity. When I was called to give a quote I used my bonocolours and noticed it was just a rusty nail sticking out and not insects at all.
Sometimes water rotted wood can be labeled as WDI is the inspector in untrained. Quite honestly not everybody has great skills.
In real estate, it is always good to get a second opinion even if it costs you a few dollars. When you are purchasing the biggest liability of your life (your home) you want to choose a company who is knowledgeable. It's OK to get a few quotes, but cheap is cheap and if a cheap price is what you are after, expect to have issues.
Always find out who exactly is going to be doing your inspection and if they are in fact qualified to do it. Remember a company name doesn't mean anything, a company doesn't inspect, an inspector inspects.
We are coming into termite season. If you have not had your home inspected for WDI in the last 5 years, March is a perfect month to have it done.
I always enjoy hearing your thoughts, feel free to engage in this conversation.
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WARNING: Bed Bugs May Be Hiding In Your Furniture
Today (1/31/13)we treated a rental property for Bed bugs. The woman allowed a friend in need to stay over a her apt a month or so ago and sleep on her couch.
Shortly following she started getting bites on her body. She later observed Bed Bugs on her bed in which she then started spraying everything she could buy in the store labeled "bed bugs".
This caused the bed bugs to move from their place of comfort and start spreading out. She even noticed a few walking on her ceiling. She caused this by using sprays that are not helpful but actually make matters worse.
We found bed bugs on her wood bed frame (video to follow) but the worst part of the infestation was on her longer couch. We found live bed bugs, egg casings and fecal matter.
The picture I have attached in just a small inkling of what was there. The bed bugs were embedded on both sides tucked under the non movable pillows and would not be visible to see unless you went looking for them. Bed Bugs don't want to be found.
They will hide in the least obvious place and come out to feed on you at night. I can't but emphasis over and over, DO NOT SPRAY!
If you think you have bed bugs here are some steps to assist you:
1. Pull up both the mattress and box spring and exam each piece independently. You will see black marks, baby bed bugs, large bed bugs or skins.
2. If this happens vacuum that area and around that area. Remove the bag/canister and take outside to clean out.
3. You can spray straight rubbing alcohol from a spray bottle (be careful may damage furniture, spray at your own discretion)
4. Sign up for my free report at: www.getmyfreebedbugreport.com
5. Call in a pest professional to further assist you. Please feel free to share this post with everybody you know.
My goal is to help you and your connections stay in control if you should experience a bed bug outbreak.
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Today a woman called me us frantically. She indicated these large ants with wings were all over her house.
She was scared that they were there and the possible damage they could do.
I asked her a few questions, I also let her know I needed her help if she could do it? I told her she would need to be brave and willing. I told her to pick up one ant and rub it between her fingers and smell it.
Citronella Ants (Large Yellow Ant): Medium-sized workers, 1/4-inch (7mm). Easily recognized by their yellow-orange color. The ants smell like citronella or "lemon-like" when crushed. Citronella ants in NJ are usually found at ground level.
To properly control these ants you need to find the entry point into the home. Thorough treatment followed up by sealing of all visible cracks is important. These areas are usually close to boilers or furnaces which create a great heat source. Exterior foundations soil applications are important to reduce pest population.
I can't even imagine the faces she was making over the phone. This was some nasty shit I was asking her to do. Never the less she did it and guess what, it smelled like a Citronella candle.
I knew it, she had a Citronella Ant swarm come out. It happens in houses when it goes from really cold to a nice spring day in the middle of winter
. I gave this person a couple of options and let her know it was nuisance pest and would not cause any harm.
These type of things happen at times. Isn't nice to know she reached out to a professional who knew their stuff! I was happy to help her and hopefully she will remember us in the future if more pest issues should arise.
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Dead Mice or Sewage?
Doing what I do I encounter a lot of situations including people who are nuts! It may appear funny but it's not and can actually be overwhelming for us as pest service providers
. Last week xxxx called us up. She claimed she heard movement under her bed at night time so her husband called in a pest company. When she called me she explained her situation.
Honestly it was hard to evaluate over the phone but I did tell xxxxx that it was too soon, that she should allow the pest company to come back in to determine her findings. She called me up to let us know they completed their service and she was just not satisfied with what the service guy told her.
She heard I was a pest expert and she asked me to come have a look. Now normally I charge for an inspection but I didn't want to take xxxx money and be obligated so I went for free. After 25 years of pest stuff I still learn new things, it's exciting. (laughing) I did a full inspection on the pest work she had done prior and a property inspection.
She insisted not only did she hear things but she smelt what smelled like a rodent to her. She mostly said the smell was its worst in her bathroom. I really thought about what xxxxxx was telling me and I came to the conclusion it was not rodents xxxxxx smelled but rather sewage gas.
I explained to xxxxx how I experienced the same issue in my own house and although it was not pleasant the odor would come and go. xxxxxx had me look at a bunch of bags that showed lint and dirt rather than insects and rodents.
Maybe this type of situation has happened to you? I recently did a search on the internet and came across a open chat forum discussing this very topic. I thought it would be helpful to you, so I have attached the link. http://www.terrylove.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-13979.html
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The Trust factor
] We would all like to believe the service provider we allow in our home can be trusted! Let's face it, nobody ever expects to get robbed in their own house but it does happen.
When I came back into the bug business 3 years later, after selling my 1st company I re-connect with a long time client. Mrs. XXXXXXX needed service on her home for mice and since I was gone she decided to turn towards the pest company who serviced the company she presently worked for.
Being Mrs. XXXXX is a very trusting woman she stepped out of her home. On her return, she noticed a lot of items that were in her garage (mostly junk, old) were gone. The technicians who showed up robbed her! This poor old widowed woman was a victim of theft and stupidity.
Mrs. XXXXX told me she called the police and the pest company. She told me not only did she not pay the service company but they also lost their contract with the company she worked for. In actuality Mrs. XXXXXX told me she was happy they took what they did as these items really needed to be thrown out anyway.
Now I am from Brooklyn and it has taken me a long time to trust someone in our house alone. To be honest, I have on many occasions without incident. My feeling is you just cannot go around not trusting but you should know who you are allowing in to service your home.
In my company PestPlus, within the hiring process I run several checks. Drugs, Theft and Auto. When I actually hire them and send them out to service our clientele they are clear meaning 1. they presently have no drugs in their system as they have passed a drug test. 2. They have a good driving record 3. They have not committed any crime thefts. 4. Do they have any sex crimes listed.
You have a right to ask your servicing company if they background check their employees. Let's face it you are allowing a stranger into your secure environment.
In my company we have a low turnover record. Our clientele like our service and our service technicians. It is actually common for my office to receive a call letting us know how good of a job our techs did. With hurricane Sandy i have heard about many incidents in which thief's were dressed like utility workers, once they gained access they proceeded to rob these place.
I also heard there were guys dressing like pest control techs in Brooklyn in apartment buildings saying they needed to check for Bed Bugs and the tenants had to leave. The ones that left got robbed.
Please do yourself a favor teach your children and yourself if needed to ask questions and verify the service providers who step into your home have a clean record.
I hope you can benefit from this post. Please remember if you do need pest control services in the Central NJ Area please call my office: 732-777-6857 we are eager to assist Please feel free to comment on this post.
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Hey I just created this video yesterday 11/20/12 in NJ. It's all about termites and hiddern damage. Please check it out for your own benefit!
Scott linde, Pest Expert
Yesterday I had an opportunity to visit a home under construction. When I initially visited this house 1 month ago, the walls showed evidence of heavy termite activity. Actually the amount of damage I found was an unusual occurrence which left me greatly concerned about what potentially could be hidden.
Now as an inspector I am limited to what I can see as I do not have xray glasses. Which brings me back to my opening remarks "yesterday I visited a home". Well this time ALL the walls were down and I got to take a look and boy was this BIG!
Evidence of termite damage and mud tubing on all 2X4's, sill plates, headers, and ceiling supports. Not only was it a great learning experience for us but it also showed me how important it was for homeowners to get on a termite baiting monitoring program.
Having the right termite baiting program in place is truly a no-brainier. It allows the termites to find places to eat on the outside rather than the inside of your home. Not all termite baiting systems work the same and not all companies use them correctly. Actually there is a lot of neglect and you as the homeowner flipping the bill does not know. Personally we use a system called "Exterra". Exterra comes with software that allows us to monitor each station (bar coded) and send you the completed inspection report. Each station will show different results and allow you as the homeowner to see for yourself.
Once the Exterra termite system shows activity of termites it now gets converted to a termite baiting system. The termites now eat the non-detectable bait and die! Of course what i am presenting is simple and it is simple and VERY effective as long as the stations are handled correctly. I have attached a link about the Exterra system. You can find out more on how to protect your home and companies in your area that install this system.
Please feel free to write or leave comments about this information.
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Show me your booty!
This morning a service provider showed up at our house to correct a window installation. I was quite happy to see him, however the exterior was wed and dirty and this service provider proceeded to walk into my home without any booties on? Honestly I was taken back, why would this guy want to track mud into my home and my carpets?
I have found this to be the case on most all occasions. Personally I provide my techs with booties. I would never want any of my team members to track dirt into your home. I also keep booties here for service providers who show up.
Is it really that difficult for any service provider to provide a means in which they don't track snow, rain and dirt into the home?
What is your feelings on this? Am I over the top or is this the proper courteous action?
I am eager to hear your thoughts????
Scott Linde, Pest Expert