Mosquitoes. High pitched buzzing. Annoying bites. Itchy bite sites. Diseases.

In addition to the annoyance of Mosquitoes are the diseases that they transmit to humans as well as the parasites that can be transmitted to your pets and horses! Attached is a link that lists the parasites and diseases that can be transmitted to human beings through mosquito bites.

Click here for a list of Mosquito-borne diseases

Lastly, let me mention that there is one “new” disease that is also transmitted through Mosquito bites: the Zika Virus. Please see this article on the Zika Virus.

Click here for: Zika Virus Information

It does not hurt to have a professional evaluate your home and yard for breeding sites for mosquitoes as well as have your entire yard treated by a professional. Contact License to Kill, Inc. for your mosquito treatment needs!

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Carpenter Bees and Spring Time

All over Hampton Roads, we can see the signs of spring emerging: flowers blooming, allergies flaring up, and Carpenter Bees. Some might dismiss them to be bumble bees and ignore their presence around their home. However, it would be wise to investigate them from a distance. Carpenter bees emerge from the tunnels that have been excavated in wood siding, wood trim, windowsills and other wooden objects. It may seem that they create shallow tunnels, however their tunneling can cause considerable structural damage.  If you see these bees hovering around or even entering their perfectly sculpted holes, then it would appear that you have a Carpenter bee issue.

If you see perfectly round or elongated holes in wooden parts of your home, around decking, or even lawn furniture, do not hesitate to call a Professional to inspect and treat for these pests. Should you choose to refinance your home mortgage or sell your home, it is imperative that any wood destroying insect be eradicated to satisfy the Wood Destroying Insect report required by the state of Virginia for the sale and refinance of a property in the State of Virginia.

Protecting your investment is always a good call, so call a professional like License to Kill, Inc. for any of your pest eradication needs.

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Got Rats?

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An email from a potential customer:

Sometimes these exterminator guys assume people are just throwing out species names, but I identified the dead rats

1.  two roof rats lived in the space between the doorwall and in the corner by the waste basket.  there is a cavity inside the wall for the sewer pipe from upstairs near  where the kitchen fire extinguisher is.  The female, above, ate the poison a few weeks ago, and we killed the male last night.  both had big ears and a tail longer than their bodies. they were getting in where the female croaked. 
  
2. two or more Norway rats lived between the floors in the den and the garage. both male and female ate the poison.  the male died on the sidewalk and the female presumably died above the garage, since we could smell it. Norway rats have a snub nose like a cat and a shorter tail. they come from the woods along the fence. I don’t know why we didn’t see babies but rats sometimes eat them.  they chewed through wiring. 
 
I have also seen mice in the kitchen and think they live under the stove and by the well pump in the garage
 
show him outside, the corner between the door wall the grill location, where the siding is frayed at the bottom. there’s room for an entry I think.

As you can see by the letter  and picture, there is an obvious rodent issue. The Picture shows that a rat had gotten stuck as it was entering or exiting the home. There is a downspout nearby the body and the entry point is not a “typical” entry point to the untrained eye.

License to Kill, inc. is the Smartest most Dangerous Company in Hampton Roads. We were hired to take care of their rat issue. More information on that to come!

Have you crawled under your home lately? Do you have questions about the moisture content in there?

The moisture in your crawl space can determine whether or not you will have bigger issues down the road. Thanks to Hampton Roads being a very humid environment and the water table being so high, it is a wise decision to have your crawl space inspected on a regular basis.

The moisture under a home can cause a wood rotting fungus to form. This means that the wood that holds up the first floor of your home can be affected and make that parts of your floor “spongy” or weak.

The moisture in your crawl space can also attract bugs such as ants and camel crickets or much worse: Termites.

There are a number of means that we can use in order to combat the issue of moisture under your home: Sand, Vapor Barrier, Temperature Vents, and Dehumidifier just to name a few. Each home requires a thorough inspection in order for us to determine your best course of action. The protection of your investment and your total home health is as important to us as it is to you!

Call us today so that we may partner with you in protecting your castle.

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Termite Letter? Moisture Inspection? Reports for Home Sales in Virginia

Purchasing or Selling your home can be the most wonderful and stressful moments in your life. It can be difficult to navigate all the requirements necessary in order to facilitate the sale of a home. One component of your purchase or sale is having a special report filled out and sent to the appropriate parties prior to the closing. Whether you are on the purchasing end or you are part of the home selling party, it is a requirement to have a Termite and Moisture report/letter for the closing. These reports are also referred to as “WDI’s” or “WDIR’s” or even “WDO’s” in the pest control industry. The letters stand for “Wood Destroying Insect Report” or “Wood Destrying Organism.” Since is “The Smartest most Dangerous Company in Hampton Roads” we require our inspectors who write these reports/letters to have a special Virginia Pest Management Association training and certification.

Once the inspection is performed, our specially certified inspectors gather the information, fill out the report, and then it is sent straight to the Title Company or Lawyer’s office for the closing.

Call License to Kill, inc. to schedule your inspection today!
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Clients Tell All

Your Perspective on Our Killing

License to Kill, inc. has asked our clients to share their experiences and thoughts about our services.  These are our most resent findings.

TrappedNayda (client since 2005)

L2K: What was your initial reason for contracting one of our professional killers (technicians)?
NAYDA: We had a mouse in our house.

 L2K: Did you try any do-it-yourself fixes before calling ?
NAYDA: Not for the mouse, but we did use an insect treatment from Home Depot.  The insect treatment worked, but we got tired of doing it ourselves.

 L2K: What did do to ensure all your pest control needs were resolved?
NAYDA:  For the mouse they setup several traps and we didn’t see anymore (alive) after a few weeks.

L2K: What other pest issues has been able to resolve for you?
NAYDA: Getting rid of ants.

 L2K: Why did you choose over other companies?
NAYDA: All of the employees we’ve dealt with are very friendly and nice. Some have even gone out of their way to take off their shoes when they come into our house (a typical Filipino custom) and clean any spiderwebs on the outside of our house.

 L2K: Can you please share any recommendation or thoughts about hiring for those who are wondering who to hire?
NAYDA: , Inc is very flexible as far as setting up or changing appointment times.  Technicians are almost always on time and if they have been late they’ve called ahead of time to let us know.

 

 

 

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What’s Bugging You? June Bugs

Our Killer Prospective

When you have spent hours out in the sun slaving away to create the perfect lawn and garden the last thing you want to discover is an infestation ruining your hard work.  If you are noticing unsightly brown spots in your lawn and eaten foliage on your plants, trees, and shrubs, then the June bug may be the culprit.  These clumsy fliers may seem harmless as they are bouncing into your windows and siding, but June bugs can do extensive damage to lawn and gardens.  A heavy infestation can completely defoliate a garden in just a few days.

June Bug Facts

June bugs (Aka May Beetles/June Beetles) are insects that typically measure up to 1 inch in length and are dark brown to black in color.   They are part of the beetle family, and  they have a hard casing and wings.  Their life cycle has four stages: egg-larvae-pupa-adult.  The adult bugs lay eggs in the ground late summer to early fall, and the larvae can remain in the ground for up to two years before emerging as adults.  During the larvae stage the June Bug is known as a white grub.  These grubs eat the roots of grass and other plants, which cuts off the plants means for survival.  Adult June bugs feed on the leaves of garden plants leaving them ragged and with holes.

June bugs are small beetles that generally appear in the spring months–May or June–through the fall. They are found throughout North America and are usually nocturnal. As grubs (larvae), June bugs can do extensive damage to roots, lawns and soil. As adults, June bugs eat the leaves, stems and fruit of plants and trees.

What Can You Do about June Bugs?

  • Cut grass higher in summer (June bugs prefer to lay eggs in short grass)
  • Keep lawns well drained and aerated
  • Don’t over water in spring, to promote deep root growth
  • Attract birds (a natural predator to June bugs) Snakes and frogs also will eat June bugs if you want to attract them.
  • Replenish lawn with beneficial nematodes in the fall
  • Hand pick adults and put in a container of soapy water
  • Spray with pesticides.

When spraying or applying any products to lawn and gardens be sure to read and follow instructions carefully.  provides exterior treatments which helps control June bugs and other outdoor pests.  You don’t have to let June bugs destroy your landscaping. For severe infestations, it is best to call in a professional.

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What’s Bugging You? Mosquitoes

Our Killer Perspective

Summer in Hampton Roads is great with its wide array of outdoor activities, but nothing puts a damper on the fun faster than becoming an unwilling blood donor.  Virginia is ranked the 10th worst state for mosquitoes in the United States.  With all that biting and sucking you might think you have walked into a paranormal vampire romance.  Unfortunately, there isn’t anything sweet about these bloodthirsty pests.

Mosquitoes cause problems for you, your family and your pets.  They are known carriers of malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile Virus, and several types of encephalitis. They also transmit heart worms to cats and dogs which can be lethal to the animal.  It is safe to say most people want to keep the mosquito population under control around their home.

Mosquito Facts

All mosquitoes require water for breeding. Some are able to breed in puddles or waterlogged soil after rain storms.  Mosquitoes can take merely 4-7 days to mature and may live up to 5-6 months.  While it is only the females who bite, there always seems to be enough around to do one heck of a job.  Mosquitoes can smell the CO2 you breath out from 75 feet away.  They will fly back and forth through the plume of CO2 until they locate you.  Mosquitoes are out there in the winter in various stages of their life cycle, but they tend to lay low until warmer weather.

What can you do about mosquitoes?

  • Mow your yard regularly (mosquitoes rest in tall vegetation).
  • Keep weeds away from your homes foundation.
  • Unclog and clean gutters while taking note that they drain properly without water pooling.
  • Dump any standing water twice per week.
  • Check your yard for poor drainage after storms, regrade when necessary
  • Keep pools clean and chlorinated.

Regardless, of how great of a job you do at fulfilling the above precautions, some mosquitoes will find a way to ruin your summer fun.  provides yard and perimeter treatments to assist you in your mosquito control.  Always remember take caution by using repellents when needed.

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DIY termite assessment: you measure, we treat & pass the savings on to you!

DIY Termite Treatment Assessment.

You measure, we treat!

Why do I need a termite treatment?

Virginia is in the 2nd most active territory in the US for subterranean (underground) termites. The Tidewater Area has a high wood to moisture content which means that it creates an ideal condition for the termites to feed on your home. Their purpose in nature is to eat dead wood and to break it down (compost it). Tidewater’s mild winters make spring and fall the most active seasons for termite activity.  The colonies run 6-10 feet underground and can be found 20 feet apart from each other.  The question is not if you have termites it’s “Where are they?” Let’s hope they aren’t eating your home!

What does a termite treatment entail?

Your foundation determines how we treat your home for termites. If your home is on a slab foundation, a professional treatment with License to Kill, inc. includes horizontal drilling every 12-18 inches into the hallow block of the full perimeter of your home. If the block is not hollow, we drill horizontally. We trench and treat the exterior and drill the cement in order to vertically treat areas adjacent to the foundation walls such as cement steps, porches, and patios. If you have a garage, we treat along the wall adjacent to the living quarters as well as the outside columns/posts of the garage.

If your home is on a crawl space foundation, we trench and treat the exterior and interior crawl foundation wall as well as around any supporting piers or posts. We also treat beneath the porch, wall voids, cracks, and expansion joints using a rodding method.

Does my home qualify for the online pricing?

Your home is covered under the online pricing unless any of the following conditions apply:

1)     If there are fewer than three structurally damaged components additional work will be required in order for us to perform the treatment. **

2)      If any pre-existing severe moisture conditions are present or any moisture damage, additional work will be required in order for us to perform the treatment. **

**any questionable areas, contact License to Kill, inc. for free assessment, online pricing may not apply

How do I measure my home for a termite treatment?

Materials you will need:

·         Measuring wheel for the most accurate reading otherwise a measuring tape is acceptable.

·         Notepad 

       Pen

·         Calculator

·         Piece of chalk (sidewalk chalk or something to mark your starting point)

1)      Mark your starting point.

2)      Measure from your mark

a.       If you are using a measuring wheel, be sure you start at zero and walk around the perimeter of your home directly along the side of your home. Once you meet your mark again, the number displayed on your wheel is your linear footage. Record your measurement on your notepad.

b.      If you are using a measuring tape, start at your mark and walk to the corner of your home. Record your measurement. From that corner measure the length to the next corner and so forth until you return to your mark. Add all your measurements together to determine the linear feet of your home.

                                                                           i.      Measure through your porch, patios, and decks staying alongside the wall of your home.

How much is my termite treatment going to cost?

The online only price for a DIY measurement is as follows:

Prices for Website Termite Treatment is as follows:

$295.00 for structures that measures 40 – 50 linear foot
$345.00 for 51 – 59 linear foot
$395.00 for 60 – 94 linear foot
$425.00 for 95 – 114 linear ft
$495 .00 for 115- 134 linear ft
$545.00 for 135 – 164 linear ft
$595.00 for 165 – 195 linear ft
$625.00 for 196 – 215 linear ft
$675.00 for 216 – 234 linear ft
$725.00 for 235 – 254 linear ft
$775.00 for 255- 275 linear ft
$825.00 for 276- 300 linear ft
$875.00 for 301- 325 linear ft
$925.00 for 326- 350 linear ft

Each termite treatment comes with a free one year termite warranty that is renewable on the anniversary month of our treatment. For example: if we perform a termite treatment on your home on February 1, 2014 then you will renew your termite warranty on February 1, 2015.

The renewal prices are as follows:

If your treatment was between this price range:

$295.00 to $495.00

$545.00 to $675.00

$725.00 to $925.00

Your termite warranty is:

$99.00 yearly

$125.00 yearly

$149.00 yearly