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Our intrepid inspector has really done it this time. It is his quest to make his company #1 in rat residential and commercial eradicator in Hampton Roads and Eastern shore: no stone is left unturned (or in this case, a rodent trap in a crawl space!) You should put your fork down before you hit play!

Termite Season is upon us this season!

The US Forestry has said this about termites:

Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States. They cause more than $2 billion in damage each year, more property damage than that caused by fire and windstorm combined.

You can find the rest of the article here: US Forestry regarding Termites

Termites are subterranean meaning they live underground. Termite colonies can generally be found every 6 feet on a property. We like to say that it’s not a matter of “if” you will get termites but “when”! Hampton Roads is the Tidewater region of Virginia meaning that we are on the seacoast which lends to a more damp and humid climate. The high moisture content of our region causes more concern with groundwater and our high water table.  Why do I mention moisture? Termite bodies are 90% water. With this in mind, they must keep from drying out so they travel in protected environments when they leave the colony. They protect themselves by traveling in what is commonly referred to as “Mud Tubes”. They can build such tubes from the ground toward your floor joists in your crawl space in a stalactite fashion in order to get to the wood and begin their work of destroying the wood.  In short, moisture under and around your home is dangerous for the foundation as it opens itself up to attack not just by termites but also to wood destroying fungus and other organisms.

Generally, a crawl space can have issues with moisture because it is not adequately ventilated to allow the moisture to dry out of the crawl space. Many times we would recommend that the crawl space be sealed up and a device known as a dehumidifier be installed. This mechanism draws the humidity out of the enclosed space and pumps it outside of the crawl space. The added benefit is that it helps to maintain a constant temperature in the crawl space which in turn helps with your energy bill.

Termites do not only enjoy wood but other cellulose material also. They have been known to enter into garages and sheds and destroy boxes as well as the books and magazines that may be inside those boxes. In this video you see that the customer had left cardboard out in their yard:

Check out our Video of live termites that were found on a customer’s yard: Live action termites

What is the solution?

  • Be sure all wood to ground contact is remedied. If you have stacks of firewood against your house remove it immediately. You also want to be sure it is raised up and stacked off the ground so that they do not have immediate access to it.
  • Have a professional evaluate your crawl space to determine the wood to moisture content of the wood in your floor joists. This will help you determine what course of action you should take to protect your home.
  • Protect your home from termites by getting a termite treatment. Do not be fooled by the over the counter products at the store! A truly good treatment is performed by a licensed and trained termite technician using Termidor or Premise brand products.

Contact us today with any questions you may have! 757-233-0110

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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Top 10 Tips to Stay Pest Free This Fall

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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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