The US Real Estate Faces a New Crisis

This time last year, my wife called me and said the four words no husband ever wants to hear …

Honey, we have termites.

I should not be surprised. I mean, we live in Florida – everyone gets termites here. The pest-control guy had found the clue – a few bug wings. But where was the nest?

I found it soon enough, up on our second-story deck. The structure's made of concrete, but the decking itself? Yep – plywood. Just walking around up there, you'd never see it. But the critters had bored a little hole through the tarpaulin sheathing, steadily chewing away the wood underneath.

It's not unlike the new US real estate boom. It appears a bedrock of economic strength. But as I'll show, events far away – in China – are now weakening this market in subtle, powerful ways, with repercussions for the US economy itself.

When people talk about the rebound in US real estate, they are talking about luxury homes. It's the hottest, most lucrative end of the market. Sales for homes priced above $ 1 million rose almost 9% last year, more than double any other price category, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Buyers from China are the ones setting those record prices. How?

One is sheer numbers. Chinese buyers account for nearly a third of all home purchases by foreigners in the US (and nearly triple those of Canadians, the next closest nationality group).

Two, Chinese buyers are more than happy to pay above top dollar – their median purchase price is $ 523,000 – more than twice the US average.

Three, cash is king – and Chinese homebuyers love cash. According to the NAR, 76% of Chinese purchases were all-cash transactions.

First Australia, Then US?

But what happens now, after a 40% crash of the Shanghai Composite Index, and a still-slowing Chinese economy?

If you read the headlines, the "expert opinion" is uniformly bullish on what China's woes mean for US luxury home purchases. The rationale is that further weakness in China will only spur mainlanders to buy more US real estate, not less.

To me, that sounds like bubble talk. I heard similar rationalizations when I was a financial journalist, covering the boom and bust of the US housing market.

Perhaps America's luxury home realtors should look to Australia, where Chinese property buyers also drive up luxury home prices to insane levels. More recently though, sales have started to tail off in the places where Chinese buyers are most active – the two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

And Morgan Stanley, in a recent note, became the first major financial institution to declare that Australia's housing cycle has peaked. The bank's analysts expect "further declines in auction clearance rates (ie sales) and house price momentum, with a negative impact on construction occurring over 2016."

Could the US luxury home market not be far behind? The anecdotal data certainly points in that direction.

Realtors in the San Francisco Bay area now tell local media that buyers from China are hitting the "pause button." Another said she's seeing price reductions among her high-end ($ 3 million and up) properties. A Sotheby's agent told KCBS-TV, "It's been a little slower now. I feel like there's been some kind of shift."

In Miami, where Chinese buyers were a rising force in the marketplace, luxury home sales fell 10.6% in the most recent quarter. The number of lists keeps rising too – up 15% from year ago levels.

Recession Risks?

Even the Chinese themselves may be seeing the writing on the wall. I ran across an article on a Singapore-based website aimed at high-wealth, English-speaking Chinese recently. The title of the article? "Now Is Not The Time to Buy in San Francisco."

The national data also raises an interesting point. In a midyear report, noted that the total number of foreign buyers of US real estate fell 10% in the 12-month period ending in March. Yet the dollar volume of their transactions (we're talking residential sales here), rose 13% to a record $ 104 billion.

Translated, it means fewer buyers chasing higher prices. To me, that says "bubble."

So let's say I'm right, and that bubble has peaked. What does it mean?

Morgan Stanley, in its recent call on Australia's Chinese-fed housing bubble, believes the coming US real estate slowdown shows the risk of a recession in the Land Down Under.

Could it happen here too?

Considering so many of these homes are purchased for cash, the risk to the banking system seems minimal.

On the other hand, homebuilders have not been this confident in years. This summer, the Wells Fargo / National Association of Home Builders sentiment index hit its highest level since November 2005 – just before the US real estate sector went over the cliff.

Likewise, the boom in luxury residential sales spurs a Field of Dreams mentality ("If you build it, they will come") among builders and developers. That means lots of speculative development, and ever larger orders for lumber, concrete, premium windows, cabinets and lots of other high-value building components.

What happens if real demand does not meet expectations?

It's just another sign, as Jeff Opdyke has stated often, of a US economy left with very few "legs" for support.

Source by Jeff L. Yastine

The Mythical California Brown Recluse in Orange County

Stop it! You’re driving me crazy! There are no populations of Brown Recluse Spiders in Orange County or California period! No matter what the news articles with all their hype say, there are no experts in the field of entomology that will tell you this spider has established its self in either California or Orange County. You see, the brown recluse is native to the southeast. It has only been seen in southern California in association with people and goods being transport from that area into California. Even with these finds no populations of these spider has been found here.

But there is one of the brown recluse relatives, that is native to Southern California, that have started to show up in Orange County. There is also another relative of the brown recluse nearby that migrated from South America, Chile specifically, to Los Angeles County, but has not been seen in Orange County yet. The native species that has been seen in small groups is the desert recluse. This spider is mainly found in the southern deserts of California, mainly in the eastern parts of the state but a few have shown up in southeastern Orange County near the foothills area of the county. The Desert Recluse, the native spider is found in the foothills and desert areas. In their home areas, when you find one you find a whole bunch.

Recluses in general are found in cracks and crevices in and under rocks. They have very much benefited from human-altered environments where they are readily found under trash cans, plywood, traps, or rubber tires, in boxes, etc. They are often found in association with humans and therefore are considered “house” spiders. In the southeast the brown recluse is often called the picture spider because it is often found behind pictures hanging on walls.

Several characteristic of these spiders is that in the right environment their populations are usually very dense. If you find one there are more nearby. Unlike many other spiders that disperse by either migrating or being carried by air currents (called ballooning) when small, recluse spiders can expand only outside their native range as a result of human intervention. Like I said earlier, the few brown recluses that have been collected in Orange County typically are found in facilities that receive goods from out of state or are unintentionally transported by people who have moved from the South East.

Considering that brown recluse spider bites are not common in the Southeast where they cohabit with people, it is clear that Orange County does not have anywhere near sufficient populations of any recluse spiders to be responsible for the number of cases or illnesses that are attributed to them. All these spiders have the venom that is capable of causing skin lesions. The desert recluse spider’s venom is similar to that of the brown recluse and should be considered of equal potency.

The Chilean recluse, which is in Los Angeles County, supposedly has venom more potent than the others. The vast majority of bites from this type of spider,heal very nicely without medical intervention. There is still not one proven death from a recluse bite. While there are several highly probable deaths reported in children, these are extremely rare occurrences, about one every decade or so. But as of today no verified bits from this spider have been reported in Orange County California.

Source by David B Wheeler

Automated Harvesting Grapes Is Only Part Of The Cost Savings Story From The Vineyard

Another new vintage year for wine is here and most wineries in California are having positive thoughts for a good season. And again, this year vineyard managers and wineries have started waving the red flag in front of the wine drinkers of America about scarcity of labor. To some this is a precursor to the message that wine prices are going to be increasing; at least for California wines. I suppose anything related to labor shortage or immigration is code talking to increasing price increases.

It is reported that many workers from South of the boarder are opting for other opportunities not related to agriculture and the wine business in California. On the surface, most imbibers of wine assume simple supply and demand of labor drive cost to some degree, which accounts for approximately 30% of the cost of wine. But, on more careful analysis there are other components relating to the hourly cost of labor-it is called legislation. Finding people willing to work in California agriculture businesses is only part of the issue.

In Spreckels, CA, a town with a permanent population of approximately 750, County Supervisors approved housing construction to accommodate 800 seasonal workers. The plan was proposed by Tanimura and Antle, a large agricultural company that needs seasonal workers for their agriculture business. But, housing costs became prohibitive for their seasonal employees. The company built 100 dormitory style, two bedroom apartments, on their property for the seasonal workers. The city would then have to handle the ancillary costs of these tenants-transportation, recreation, infrastructure, healthcare, security, etc.

The point being, shortage of agriculture labor has distinct cost beyond the hourly wages. Obviously, the consumer must pay all related labor costs whether they are in taxes, wages, or private industry; anything that adds to cost is absolutely passed on to the consumer. So maybe the cost of labor in the wine business is foster creative uses of technology / mechanization in the vineyard. As an aside, two years ago the wine industry in the central coast of California claimed that it cost approximately $ 22,000 per acre to plant and sustain new vines in the first year alone. Put simply, an 11-acre vineyard will cost approximately $ 250,000 per year just to get to the first year of production-hopefully in year three. That is expensive.

Bottom-line, vines are labor intense, especially if you want to maximize quality and quantity of fruit production. Each vine must be attended to constantly. Depending on the type of grape and the preferences of the vineyard manager, width between rows and how close the vines are planted within each row, the number of vines per acre can vary. Vines per acre can range from 1,376 to 2,756. And it is not just the vines that require attention. The trellises require maintenance also; such as raising and lowering the wires. All activities dictate labor of some sort. So, is there an emerging solution to labor availability and at increased cost?

Many wineries and vineyard owners are turning to mechanization to ameliorate the cost of maintaining vines and harvesting grapes. The French vineyards have probably led this evolution in farming by a company named Pellenc, which manufactures pieces of equipment that can do almost everything in the vineyard that is labor intense; all phases of work in the vineyard. "We have done testing on the cost of mechanized vineyard management relative to cost savings versus identical tasks being performed manually; the results are positive for us, the vineyard owner and hopefully the consumer," says John Felice of Pellenc US "What is even more impressive for our customers is that there is no reduction in wine quality relative to mechanized pruning and harvesting versus manual pre-pruning and harvesting of the fruit. " Depending on legacy winery / vineyard practices, mechanized vineyard management might even improve quality.

Technically, winemaking is an agricultural endeavor; as soon as one task is completed another one starts, it is a never-ending cycle. Then there are some processes that keep going through the year, like spraying and maintaining the vineyard floor; such weed control. Until 2000, these were task that had to be performed manually. Now automation can replace the manual work in the vineyard. Mechanization can perform some impressive precision tasks in the vineyard, such as:

· The process of keeping the vineyard healthy and productive starts after the leaves fall off the vines. That is when pre-pruning goes through the vineyard, which leaves about 12 "of cane on the cordon.

o Pre-pruning helps prevent the spread of disease.

o Keeping between vines and rows clear of debris will also aid in pest control.

o There are some schools of thought that pre-pruning will also make the final pruning process quicker.

· "If a vineyard owner really wants to save on labor expenses they could use one of our high-end self-contained multipurpose machines that will pre-prune, cut cordon to prescribed number of buds, pull old canes out of the wires, mulch canes and clean up vineyard floors and even adjust wires to new heights, "says Felice. Some people want two or three buds left and that task can be done automatically. With automated precision pruning equipment, an infra-red sensor will track the cordon and cut canes to a determined height from the cordon leaving the prescribed / desired number of buds remaining. This process also includes mulching last year's cane, then the debris to the floor and is incorporated back into the soil.

"If a vineyard manager really wants the esthetics of precision, they will use two person crews to walk behind the pruner to fully clean up any vines," says Felice. "Actually, next year's crop can be analyzed from the buds that we developed through the growing season to determine the potential for next year's crop load. . "

· Through the growing season there are some requirements for spray application in a vineyard, even in an organic vineyard.

· Vineyard floor management is a never-ending process and is very labor intensive and can be done with automation even during a spraying operation which also saves on labor.

In one mechanized demonstration over a 3-day period, in an actual vineyard, the test pitted a 20-person crew doing pruning versus a mechanical precision pruner. The tasks were to prune and pull cane out of the trellises wire. The manual operation could accomplish the tasks at a rate of 32 vines / hour / day. The mechanized operation performed the same tasks and pruned 90 vines / hour / day. The quality of the work was reported to be comparable to hand labor.

It would be a leap to far to simply say mechanized vineyard tasks are approximately three times faster than manual vineyard operations. However, we know that manual labor is one of the elements of production that can not be sped up by paying more per hour. We do know that traditionally, automation is constantly being improved relative to quality and performance-ie self-driving cars. There are simply some things that machines and automation can and will do better. Robots have proven that to be a case in point.

If a vineyard owner, does not have to pay for healthcare, housing, recruiting and ancillary labor costs totaling approximately $ 4,000 per month per employee on a 20-person crew (representing $ 80,000 per month), it does not take long to realize the magnitude of the savings with automation.

Automated grape harvesting has been the most recognized application for several years. Harvesting is another area where labor cost is critical and available labor has been a challenge for vineyards. The harvesting of grapes is the most critical issue at the winery; they are interested in how well the fruit is picked and quantity of debris when the fruit gets to the crush. Here again the automated harvesting process is providing to deliver quality fruit to the winery and quickly.

Maybe vineyard automation will keep the labor cost component of wine making under control for a while longer and not impact quality.

Source by Steven Lay

Controlling Silverfish – Do It Yourself!

I hear a lot of talk on the internet about how silverfish are impossible to get rid of, there are no extinction methods available, blah blah blah. That's just not true, you can call any major pest control company in regards to silverfish infestations, and they'll be able to do something about it … But if you do not have that kind of cash laying around, or for whatever reason do not want to use a professional exterminator, no problem, you can handle an infestation all on your own, with the right knowledge and tools. Starting with the use of traps.

Traps are essential tools with silverfish infestations. First, and the most obvious, traps allow you to take a decent amount of adult silverfish out of play, slowing down the infestation by decreasing the number of silverfish with the ability to make more silverfish. Second, you use traps to locate the "source". A "source" is a place that silverfish congregate, or have effectively made into their home, inside of your home. In the case of most silverfish infestations there are only one or two sources, basically the larger your house, the more space you have, the more "sources" there are likely to be present. I realize I'm getting a little unorganized but bear with me this is important. You need to know where the sources are in order to get rid of the silverfish. Here's why, to repel, control, exterminate, kill or eradicate silverfish, or whatever you like to call it, you're going to have to look treat the "source (s)" with insecticides or natural remedies. With silverfish you do not treat the entire home or building space, that would not do anything except waste money on insecticide, just trust me a wide spread attack is not the way to go. Now that the importance of the source is established, lets move on to how you actually acquire or make the traps, and set them out.

Pre-made traps can be purchased online at Amazon, one brand is called silverfish paks, if you just type silverfish paks into Google you should find them with ease. Traps are available at a hardware store near you, I believe sometimes they are called spider traps at places like Home Depot and Lowes, so just know they can also be use for silverfish as well, specifically the spider specific packaging. But if you really want the most bang for your buck, make your own traps, they're really easy to make, they take no time at all, and here's the kicker, they often work better than store bought traps, in that they usually catch more per setting.

Next, how to set out traps effectively to locate a source. You need to have a general idea where silverfish live in urban environments, here's a few common places, under sinks with cabinets directly under them, in closets, in cupboards, and in backrooms that are used for storage, because they're fond of most any moist and dark place. Set traps out in areas like I just described, then you wait, if you catch a lot, you've found a source. Traps should be set out just before bedtime, in the morning, depending on the nature of the trap some may just be checked at or before sunrise.

Once you've located the source using traps, its time to use treatments to kill and or cure the silverfish to leave. Depending upon you individual situation, you should choose the treatment that best suits your circumstances. For a more complete run through of silverfish control, including the different ways to go about it, see my article "Silverfish Control", a link to which is at provided below this article, it'd be a good Idea to read the other three primary articles on my website, Overview, Life Cycle and Diet. Good luck to you.

Source by Will Austin

Termite Foraging

A lot of people ask me, "How did I get these termites in my home?" Well, there is an answer, but it is a long one. Without explaining the habits of Subterranean Termites, it is difficult for a homeowner to understand how and why they are inside the house.

If I could give a one-word answer though, one that would define the nature of a termite colony that allowed it to get where it got, is the word "Foraging". "What is that?", You ask. Foraging is the natural habit of Subterranean Termites that drives them into anything that has wood fibers. It could be your tree stump in the back yard, a wood pile up against the house, or simply wood siding that is too close to the soil. All these conditions will encourage a termite colony already present in the ground to be tempted to check out your house. By "check out", I mean look for any accessible wood. I do not mean exposed wood necessarily. Even though your foundation sill is not exposed to the outside, it is accessible to a termite who needs only 1/32 of an inch to get in!

Termite foraging is the process that termites use to find their food. It may not just be wood that they are looking for, but moisture. Subterranean Termites need lots of moisture, so wet conditions around your home will contribute to foraging near your foundation. Damp crawl spaces could also be a problem that can encourage foraging termites to check out your house. If you do not have a concrete floor in a crawl space, you might have termites tunnel under the crawl space foundation and come right in. I have seen termites built "shelter tubes" (dirt tubes that they use to keep moisture when traveling out the ground itself) right out of the dirt in a crawl space and go straight up into a joist. What is amazing, is that the moisture guided them in; the joist was the pot of gold.

Do not ever let a foraging colony of termites fool you, just because they are outside, does not mean they can not get in. Given enough time, along with natural settling that a home has, can allow for termites to wait until the opportune time, and bam-there in! When it comes to Subterranean Termites, foraging can be a problem for your home unless you are aware that they are already there.

Source by Gregory Pettis

Mice and Rats Are Moving Inside Soon – It’s Time For Your Fall Rodent Pest Control Inspection

As I cleaned out a storage unit a couple days ago I sensed movement in my peripheral vision. I turned my gaze toward the area of motion just in time to spot a long, slender tail disappearing into a hole. The incident alerted me to the fast approaching seasonal invasion of mice and rats.

Soon the rodents will move to their winter residence in homes everywhere. Are you ready?

I haven’t seen the signs of rodent activity in my house yet, and thinking about that I find myself slightly surprised because temperatures lately are colder than normal. I turned my furnace on around two weeks ago. Most years I wait until the end of October or early November before I do that.

With temperatures so far below the usual upper 60s early rodent signs in the house wouldn’t surprise me. A few always seem to find their way inside no matter how many preventative steps I take to block their entry.

You can take action to keep the majority of mice and rats out of your house, though if you live in an area where their numbers are large you’ll still need to deal with a few. Especially if you live next to a field where farmers just harvested their crops. Those little rodent critters have food dropped from the machines to last them a while, but soon that colder weather will drive them into nearby buildings.

Most often you only need concern yourself with invasion from mice.

Walk around your house paying particular attention to the foundation, and look for any openings. Remember that a mouse only needs a small crack to get in. They squeeze through spaces where you wouldn’t think an insect could pass through.

Seal off all those openings you find with metal. Steel wool works fairly well for this. Mice easily chew through softer materials if they sense an opening.

I once turned on my dishwasher and flooded my kitchen floor. After a couple hours of mopping and clean up an inspection revealed a hole in my dishwasher drain hose that a mouse chewed in order to get to the other side of a cabinet wall the hose passed through.

I widened that hole with a jigsaw before replacing the hose just to makes sure I didn’t run into that problem again.

Inside the house always watch for those calling cards that mice leave behind. You know what those are don’t you? They’re the little black droppings with the pointed ends that mice expel from their bodies as waste.

By the way, if those droppings are blunt on the ends you have cockroaches, not mice. Roaches have no sphincter to squeeze the droppings out so the ends won’t have points.

If you find mouse droppings it’s time to catch those little pests before they start multiplying (which doesn’t take long).

Pest control techniques for eliminating rodents include setting traps, putting down glue boards, and/or positioning poison baits. Whichever method you use make sure you place the catch tool near, but not directly on the mouse’s path of travel, they shy away from new items that suddenly appear.

If you use baits remember that after the rodent eats it he’ll run back into his hole, and die inside the wall. That means you’ll suffer through a smell that lasts three days to a week (for mice), longer for a rat.

Rodent control isn’t difficult, and their habits never change. Once you learn those habits, and keep an eye out for rodent signs, you’ll quickly get control of infestations.

The key is to start your mouse and rat pest control inspections early.

Source by Joseph Jackson

Organic Food Exporter – A Partner for Healthy Life

With growing awareness of health facts; people are more concerned to get agricultural supplies that are grown naturally. An Organic Food Exporter ensures that the produce he is exporting need to adhere to the international standards.

There are plenty of companies that sell their products in the international market. Health conscious people are getting more information on the hazards of processed food, which lead them to seek food products that are free of chemicals. Garden fresh veggies that are 100% cultivated from biodegradable kitchen waste materials are a sure way for disease free living.

Exporters and farmers take great care, to maintain the cleanliness as well as to prevent any contamination. To make the agro based market globally popular every step in the process is monitored precisely.

Pesticides are too dangerous, even if we don’t consume them directly. In some or the other way they get into our body and cause serious hazards. Diseases often spread through food that gets contaminated at any point of cultivation, transportation or export. So there must be a strict plan that keeps the eatable items germ free and prevent them also from getting spoiled.

Let’s have an overall idea about Organic Farming;

• Farmers involved with pure farming avoid the use of fertilizers that are available on the market.

• The soil is never treated with chemicals, to keep the food completely safe. Medicinal plants and their parts like leaves and bark are utilized for the same purpose.

• Instead of artificial pest control treatment, they follow nature related resources that cause no harm to the environment and maintain the purity of the crop.

• Sometimes they keep some insect repellents that make the insects stay away from the plants. These need not be any chemical products, but are some kind of medicinal plants whose smell irritates rodents and other creatures, keeping them at bay.

• Hypertension, diabetes and other diseases that have a high chance to increase, due to the intake of adulterated vegetables as well as diary and meat products.

• Food suppliers and farmers work in align to keep the market well stocked.

• Livestock and dairy related food stuff have a short lifespan, so companies that transport the goods serve at a fast pace. It reduces the shipping time and prevents the decay and loss of eatables.

• Usually for leafy vegetables, fruits and other garden fresh things, packaging is done very carefully, to retain its color, odor and freshness. Dry fruits and nuts are packaged after they are dried and stocked properly within paper packets that are made from recycled paper.

• Beef, meat and dairy products are susceptible to get rotten easily. Hence the farms are kept clean and hygiene, after cutting the packaging is done without any harmful substance, keeping it safe to eat.

• Fish, prawn and other seafood are transported within ice boxes. It allows the items to be fresh for longer and avoid the use of preservatives. There are natural preservatives also, one must know how to use them properly, to maintain the same aroma and taste of food.

Organic food is always a hot favorite, even if it costs a bit higher than processed ones. But health wise, you get the best deal, as it keeps you healthy and allow you to live longer also.

Source by M R Prusty

Is That a Brown Recluse Spider in the Corner of Your Ceiling?

Brown recluse spiders seem so abundant these days that you see them building webs all over your home, and most people have no idea that the spider they're looking at is a recluse.

Spiders are spiders – right?

When I first started working as a pest control technician I had no idea what a brown recluse looked like. Oh, I knew they have a fiddle shaped marking on their backs, but you must get really close to the spider before you can recognize that mark.

If you get that close you're a whole bunch closer than safety claims.

My first month as a technician I worked with another tech as a trainee, visiting a number of customers, and learning how to inspect and treat for pests. My instructor, and the pest control company's resident entomologist, told me that brown recluse spiders were no threat here in Indiana.

The truth soon proved otherwise, and luck was with me when I learned that truth.

During my training period I studied local pests and their habits, and one book I read had pictures of brown recluse. I gave them no more than glancing looks, but those short glances anchored a fuzzy picture in my mind that set an alarm off the first time I actually did see a recluse in one of my customer's buildings.

It was in the basement area of ​​a major hospital that I made my first recluse sighting. As I looked at the spider moving around its web something about the legs seemed familiar. To me a brown recluse's legs are distinct; they are very long and slender. I remember thinking at the time, "That looks like those pictures I saw of brown recluse spiders."

I kept that spider on a glue board, took it back to the company with me, and had a look at it through a microscope that evening. Sure enough a violin shape was on that spiders back.

From that moment on I had a definite, and permanent, picture of the brown recluse legs in my head. That's a picture that never faded, I see it as clear today as I did that day – almost 10-years ago.

That picture saved me from a number of bites over the years.

One time I opened a small box, looked in, and saw what I thought was a set of those legs scurrying for cover. I dropped the box, put a glue board in it, and used a long tool to move the items inside around. A few moments later I had two brown recluse spiders trapped on that glue board. A few feet further along the wall I opened another box to spot another recluse in residence. I got that one on a glue board too.

If you see spider webs around your home, be careful about approaching them. Brown recluse spiders are everywhere these days. I've found them in my bathtub, and often in my storage barn.

Find some pictures of these spiders; familiarize yourself with how their legs look. Get a picture of those legs fixed in your mind well enough that you at least recognize a potential brown recluse if you see one.

Do not take a chance on getting too close to these spiders. Their poisonous bites leave you with some nasty wounds that will not heal soon, and sometimes spread through your body.

When you think you see one understand that he probably has a family. You probably must treat your whole home to minimizeize infestation.

Source by Joseph Jackson

Here’s What A Reputable Raccoon Removal Service Looks Like

Raccoons are not just highly destructive, they are very clever. Smart animals, like coons, are prone to causing more damage and destruction than not-so-smart ones. In addition to their human-like paws that can open and pry just like ours, these attributes make them a triple threat to our residential and commercial properties.

For this reason, choosing a quality wildlife control company is imperative. There is a right way and a wrong way to get rid of a nuisance raccoon problem, and the right way takes years of hands-on experience, innovative industry equipment, and much more. Continue reading to learn what to expect from a truly reputable raccoon removal service when you call them for help.

A reputable and professional raccoon removal company will provide comprehensive inspections, wild animal proofing, preventative maintenance, wildlife cleanup and restoration, dead animal removal, 24 hour emergency service, integrated pest management solutions, abandoned animal rescue, post service checkups, and even free estimates and advice.

Here’s an example of what to expect when you hire a reputable service:

Initial Call and Inspection

When you first reach out to a reputable company, they answer you with a friendly greeting and eagerness to help. From there, they will listen to you explain your current situation and concerns, and then ask you a series of basic questions to get a better understanding of your problem. Next, they will provide you with options on how to move forward. If you request a quote, they can give you a rough estimate over the phone; but the most accurate estimates are provided following an on-site inspection, which the friendly phone attendant should suggest and set up after giving you a rough estimate.

Once you have your initial on-site inspection scheduled, you can expect the professionals to arrive on time, neatly dressed, and fully-equipped to work. They will proceed with a meticulous and concentrated approach to accurately identify the type of nuisance wildlife and locate their entry and exit points. Following a comprehensive inspection, the specialists will give you a detailed written estimate outlining all of the recommended courses of action for your wildlife problem. If you choose to do business with them, the next step is extraction.

Raccoon Extraction

After identifying and locating the problem, the professional wildlife specialists will implement a safe, humane, and non-lethal process of extraction. They may use different strategies and equipment depending on the area of the house and the number of raccoons, such as live traps, artificial hormones, state of the art luminosities, and automated static noise devices. Once the animals are extracted, they are later relocated to a faraway habitat where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace. After the specialists have finished the removal process, there is still a mess to clean up, and they provide a service for that too.

Raccoon Cleanup and Restoration

Raccoons leave huge messes behind, including structural damage to the area they occupied during their stay. Their urine and droppings are toxic and unhygienic; plus they soil everything in sight, including walls, ceilings, insulation, and more. The raccoon removal and control company will safely implement full-service cleaning and restoration, including decontamination, deodorization, structural repairs, and integrated pest management solutions for insects left behind, and more. This step also includes raccoon-proofing using various high-quality materials, like heavy gauge galvanized steel mesh screening, industrial caulking, and high-density polyurethane foam. Some companies can perform home owners’ insurance work, too.

Post Service Check Ups

A good company will be sure to follow up with post-visit calls and on-site checkups to ensure the work they’ve done is remaining on course. They will gladly provide free advice and recommendations for future nuisance wildlife prevention, too.

Source by Sarahbeth Kluzinski

Pest Control – Different Pests You Should Be Aware Of

What do Miss Moffett, Joe's Apartment and the Pied Piper all have in common? The need of a good pest control service. Miss Moffett was plagued by spiders, Joe had a very serious cockroach problem and the Pied Piper was followed everywhere he went by hoards of rats.

Your problem may not be quite up to the standards of the Brother's Grimm or Hollywood but when you have pests you need help fast, especially for cockroaches.

In North America there are six different varieties of cockroaches with the German cockroach being the most common. The German cockroach is seen most often because it likes hot humid areas with water and food close to hand. That means not only does he like it in places like Florida and New Orleans but the best place to live is inside your house.

Unfortunately if you have seen a German cockroach skitter across the floor or counter in the middle of the night you need to control the pests because a single female can lay 30,000 eggs a year. So if you have seen one call a pest control company to deal with them because a German cockroach, believe it or not can actually live inside the gas tank of a car.

A German cockroach is a light brown color, are about inch inch long, has two stripes on their back and has wings as adults. The young or juvenile version is a little smaller and often does not have wings.

Cockroaches are night owls so if you see one out and about during the day there may be massive numbers hanging in the walls a specialist knows they like to hide in tiny cracks and crevices and eat almost anything.

Do you have asthma? Better call a pest control agent if you see these nasty bugs then. The eggs, urine, saliva and feces of cockroaches have been proven to enhance the symptoms of asthma as well as allergies.

Pests in the home can be annoying as well as dangerous. There is an old joke that says cockroaches will be the only survivors of a nuclear war because they are so hard to get rid of. If you see one you need to consult with an expert and get rid of them before they take over or you may find yourself living in Joe's Apartment which was wall to wall deep with them.

Source by Claire Geonzon