Remodeling your home? Protect your investment from Termites

There are several instances when a homeowner calls about a possible termite problem. Most homes are inspected prior to purchase but after that, it may be years before homes are looked at again by a professional. The most common reason we have found is when a homeowner starts a remodeling project.

The contractor removes some sheet rock in a bathroom, it’s at that point they discover what was hidden behind the walls.

So what should you do if you discover this type of termite activity behind the sheet rock? Your contractor can tell you if the integrity of the wood is damaged enough to be cause for replacing. First, you should contact us. With our experience we can easily identify the termites entry point. Then we will develop the appropriate treatment plan, right for you.

termite entry point
termite entry point

The termite damage above, was caused by termites entering around the water pipes for this shower. To eliminate the termites we drilled a hole through the slab and injected Termidor SC under the slab. This will also stop the termites from returning.

Moving Plumbing

Another common remodeling project is relocating plumbing. Plumbing can be moved for any number of reasons to add or remove a toilet, shower, bathtub or a vanity. These areas if left untreated pose a serious problem as possible entry points for termites down the road.

plumbing relocation
plumbing relocation
plumbing moved
plumbing moved

Anytime you relocate plumbing you should have those areas treated with a termiticide. This is the best time to treat these areas before they are covered with concrete. We think it is very important for everyone to know the importance of treating these areas. Contractors, you should let your customer know that you care and make sure they are aware of the risks associated with leaving these areas untreated for termites.

Check out our other stories on termites and how we helped solve a termite problem for a historic Texas church.

There’s Nothing That Can Ruin a Good Time Outdoors More than Getting Bitten Up By Mosquitoes

Bob Klepac’s high grade quality insecticide mist that ensures you and your family will have the best odds to enjoy a mosquito free season this year. The warmer the weather the worse these diseased ridden pests become. Recently, I have had a number of calls come in regarding this issue and we are now offering a monthly mist application to homes in need as well as one time applications for those who plan on a celebration outside.

Here are a couple of facts that may be of interest to you.

  1. Mosquitoes are, in fact, attracted to different people as they prefer a host that is unaware that they are dinner and people that are not anemic.
  2. There is only one study from the Philippines that show that drinking beer does not make you more attractive to mosquitoes (you be the judge)
  3. Mosquitoes do not favor one color over the other. This myth is associated in night hours because that is when the mosquito goes from the predator to being the preyed upon.

My best tips: schedule your activities to avoid the time when mosquitoes are most active [around dusk and dawn]. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. Invest in citronella scented candles, plants, or tiki lights and, of course, call Bob Klepac Exterminating Service (979) 245-5700 today to schedule an appointment.

Robert Klepac Jr.

grub worm

What You Need To Know About The Most Destructive Pests of Turfgrass

It was brought to our attention that many Southeast Texans are suffering from White Grub infestations. We wanted to share this very important article and help save many of you from what our other clients had to endure and nip this problem in the bud- before it’s too late.  As many have experienced how these destructive pests could damage lawns. Recovery can take weeks to repair as well as embarrassment for someone who has spent ample time creating a nicely manicured lawn for their home. 

About White Grubs

White grubs are known to be the most the most destructive pests of turfgrass. The turf is damaged when the larvae, also known as the larval or the immature stages of these pests chew off the grassroots below the surface of your lawn. The injured root reduces the ability of your grass to absorb water and other nutrients

Understanding the Signs of Infestation

Rainfall and soil moisture are key critical factors that determine the extent of grub damage. Moreover, properly irrigated soil and adequate moisture can tolerate 20 or more grubs per square foot before showing signs of turf injury. If you had grubs the year before, leaves your lawn more susceptible to grubs this year.

Sampling for White Grubs

To determine the extent of a white grub infestation sample the turf in many sections of your lawn. For a self-inspection cut a square foot piece of sod and inspect the roots closely (about 2 inches below the surface). White grubs are generally small and are not as easily detected as the root damage. Typically healthy turf can outgrow a small amount of grub damage, however, as the weather changes it will be more difficult to treat this problematic pest.

Natural Enemies

In some areas nature controls these pests such as predators, parasites and diseases can keep white grubs in check. Common predators such as moles and skunks are as unwelcome as the grubs themselves.

How Bob Klepac Exterminating Services Treats White Grubs

There are two treatments to control white grubs. The Curative Approach is when white grubs are abundant, applying insecticide may be the only way to avoid serious damage. Proper timing is important, and our treatments are applied only after the eggs are hatched, and grubs are present. The Preventative Approach is the insecticide that is used as insurance and protection against white grubs, and the timing, as well as a flexible schedule, proving the benefits of treating these pests before damage has set in. Furthermore, we will discuss a post-treatment irrigation application to get the most out of our visit.

The key to treatment is to take action before it’s too late

We are here to help.  Please call (979) 245-5700 for a free estimate.