Termites Plague The U.S. With Billions of Dollars in Home Repair Costs

Termites Plague The U.S. With Billions of Dollars in Home Repair Costs

Let’s talk about pests. 

You read that correctly: pests, not pets. No, not the furry, happy-to-see you cuddly whiskers that snuggle up with you at night and greet you hello when you come home from work.

The National Geographic reports that a pair of entomologists estimated that the insect services industry, which includes pest control services, was worth $57 billion a year for the U.S. alone.

We’re going to face the ugly truth that no homeowner wants to think about: pests—those disgusting, creepy, crawly insects that swarm and crawl through your house without you knowing it until you find yourself vacuuming and accidentally breaking through the baseboard.

Unlike other pests, termites are small and hard to detect, making them even more dangerous. Despite their tininess, they are not weak. They will destroy the foundations of your home if you let them. They feed on wet and dry dead plants and may eat through the structure of your house inconspicuously. 

Photo of A Wooden Bookshelf
Termites feast on wood.

Termites are one of the most destructive insects alive. Each year, they cost U.S. homeowners billions of dollars in damage. The average cost to repair these damages is a couple of thousand dollars.

Want to avoid this terrible fate? Consider calling a termite inspector today. These experts have the training, methods, and tools to go above and beyond what the untrained eye can detect. We all know the time and energy that goes into maintaining and repairing our homes, so why not invest in a service that will prevent and protect your house from damage while saving you potentially thousands of dollars? Moreover, severe termite infestations require intense treatment, which means that you will have to head over to a friend’s house or a motel while the exterminators get rid of the termites. Furthermore to the inconvenience, you will need to be patient to allow for sufficient time for the chemicals to dissipate in order for you to safely re-enter and inhabit the home.

If you have discovered termites in your home, call a termite exterminator right away. We advise against doing it yourself. This can reduce the issue without completely eradicating the root cause.

Termite extermination methods include fumigation, pesticides, and isolated treatments. The most common types of termites are damp wood, drywood, and subterranean.

If you have termites that have infiltrated the entire home, tent fumigation will most likely be necessary. The entire building will be enclosed by a tent and gassed by fumigation. This is usually the case for drywood or damp wood termites. For subterranean termites, the house will be treated with insecticide liquid to kill the colonies and their eggs.

Read John B.‘s review of Grand Oaks Termite Control on Yelp

Grand Oaks Termite Control is one of the best pest control companies in Pasadena, with a stellar reputation to back it up. You can give them a call today to book your inspection or treatment. If you have found signs of termites, the moment to take action is immediate. 

Grand Oaks Termite Control
110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741

A Top-Rated Company For Your Pest Problem

A Top-Rated Company For Your Pest Problem

Here at the Clute Institute, we focus on local businesses that can make a positive difference in your life, no matter the industry they operate in. Today, we’re looking into the pest control and extermination industry, something a lot of people tend to either ignore completely or look at with some level of distaste, yet is an entirely necessary aspect of what makes modern society possible.

In our ancient past, lack of pest control led to a number of rather horrific consequences – famines, plagues, structural collapses, you name a calamity, you can bet some rather poor pest control could lead to it. In that vein, there are quite a few companies that operate within the industry that have some rather shady practices, leading to the necessity of us once again getting to the bottom of which companies provide good, honest service without the bilking or fraud that is so endemic in our society.

It seems we’ve hit the jackpot with the company we’re spotlighting today – we’ve rarely seen so many glowing testimonials for a small business in our neck of the woods than what we’ve found for Grand Oaks Termite Control in Pasadena. In fact, it may be the best reviewed pest and termite exterminators we’ve found in all our years of reporting.

A quick peek at their Yelp page reveals a number of testimonials that paint a positive and heartfelt picture of the business’s owner and his employees. Carina Z. of Duarte, California, has this to say about Justin, the owner of the company, and his partner Gary:

“I am in awe of Grand Oaks Termite Control. Justin and Gary came out and inspected my home and they were punctual, polite and very knowledgeable. I was so worried about my home being infested with termites, but Justin put my mind at ease. He determined that I had an isolated infestation in one room of my home and that there was no need to be tented. He gave me a fair quote and treatment of the room literally took maybe an hour. He explained that the process would not harm my family or cat and termites and eggs will not survive after the treatment. He and Gary came out a week later for the water damage of the affected area. My husband and I are so pleased and grateful we chose this company. Gary did an impeccable job of the repairs that took about 6-7 hours and you can’t even tell I had any termites or water damage. They are both so pleasant and polite and will highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks guys for an outstanding and affordable job.”


As you scroll through the reviews, each similar in tone to Carina’s, you begin to understand that Justin and Grand Oaks are the real deal, providing excellent service at a very fair price. They go so far as to provide prompt carpentry services to fix damaged wood fixtures in your house as a part of the service, leaving your pest problem in the past in as quickly as a week or less.

If you are in the Grand Oaks area of southern California and are looking for pest or termite control, you could do much worse than getting the guys from Grand Oaks Termite Control to come out and take a look.

Grand Oaks Termite Control

(626) 538-4156

110 S Worthy Dr., Glendora, CA 91741

Don’t Burn Down the Barn…

Don’t Burn Down the Barn…

We as people have a tendency to go overboard when it comes to pest control, and this is exemplified nowhere better than in the agricultural sector. One of the top pesticides used during the corn growing cycle is a chemical called Atrazine, which has an unfortunate tendency to cause hormonal disruptions in any animals that inject it (which is why it’s so effective in the first place).

These endocrine disruptors leach into our water system, where they flow eventually into the natural waterways of our nation to flow out into the ocean. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen before it not only interacts with a significant amount of our natural wildlife, but also our drinking water.

The effects of pesticides like Atrazine on the wildlife that it interacts with are startling and quite concerning – in the frog populations in the ponds and eddies fed by the waterways polluted with Atrazine, it is a common occurrence for male frogs to experience a large number of sexual ailments, from being born with malformed genitalia to having the hormonal profile of a female frog despite being genetically male.

All across our country, the chemical warfare we’re waging against pests are starting to backfire, not only on the environment and animals around us, but also on our own communities. Algae blooms are destroying our natural fisheries, bees are dying due to fungicides and pesticides, and our own health is quickly being shown to be negatively affected by the myriad ghastly poisons we use to try to make our corn product as profitable as possible.

The same mindset is applied to common household pests like cockroaches, ants, and termites. The second these creatures are typically discovered, the first thing most exterminators want to do is get in there and murder the lot of them with some gas made in the early 20th century for ghastly purposes outside the purview of most exterminators.

Well, I say no more to all of that dastardly, destructive hoo hah! If there’s a way to do these things naturally, then I think it’s high time we abandoned our industrial mechanized way of pest control and started taking the naturist’s way, whether that be to eat organic or using all natural termite control!

If you’re in the southern Los Angeles or northern Orange County area and you agree with me, I recommend you start using Natural Science Exterminating for your pest control needs as soon as your next scheduled inspection. The company uses a combination of a number of oils and extractions to naturally deter the critters and pests that are most likely to invade your home, and the concoctions they use to kill them once they’re in are made to harm the environment as little as possible.

Whether your house has already been infested or you’re looking to make sure it never does, don’t settle for more harmful chemicals being sprayed into your living space just to be breathed into your lungs or washed into the water supply, choose Natural Science termite extermination for ethical and conscientious pest control

Natural Science Exterminating

1-800-246-7378

11642 Knott Street #9 Garden Grove, CA 92841

Protect Your Home with Science (and Orange Oil)

Protect Your Home with Science (and Orange Oil)

The Nightmare: waking up with bugs crawling all over you. Horror movies, novels, and creepy stories told around a campfire with a flashlight propped up under your chin tell of bugs taking over your house, your bed, your body. It sounds like a work of science fiction, right? Not for your home. For many homes, it’s a reality.

Termites are determined little buggers that live in colonies and eat wood (yes, the same kind of wood your house is built out of). There can be as many as 60,000 to 1,000,000 termites per colony in your house. It takes a professional to tell how many you’ve got, but if you only have two or three buzzing about a window—that’s a sign of many more. Some numbers even range past 10 million. That’s a lot of bugs. That’s a lot of damage.

They say prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? We take care of our health, our children, pets, and vehicles by doing regular inspections and maintenance work. Why not do the same for your home? In the warm, temperate environment of Southern California, termites can be an overwhelming and expensive issue. Termites will eat the wooden structure of your home, costing expensive and heartbreaking structural damage. Having regular inspections can ensure that your house is not at risk, and if it is, then being on the front end of the issue can still solve the problem!

And what happens if you do have an issue? Take care of it in an effective, natural way. Natural termite extermination in Orange County is possibly the safest way to go about it. Natural Science Extermination uses natural means to get rid of the pests while keeping your family, pets, and plants healthy and live. They use organic compounds like orange oil, which–in the hands of trained professionals–is generally safe and very effective. That’s the part of the horror movie you don’t see–the exterminators coming in with the orange oil! Now, that’s a movie I’d like to watch.

Orange Oil is one of the only organic, certified oils and it is considered an official and primary treatment for dry wood termites. For something lacking chemicals and being safe for your yard and pets—this is a surprising and a huge benefit! And, once the termites have been exterminated, Natural Science Exterminating employs licensed carpenters and other tradesmen that will assist you in the repair and restoration of your home. Not many other termite exterminators can say that, can they? It just goes to show, despite being ruthless bug killers, they’ve got huge hearts for the people and pets they service. 

And, once they’ve gotten rid of the little nasties, they can offer you a low-cost preventative plan! So, let these guys take care of your home with as few chemicals as possible, with preventative care and natural termite extermination. It’s that time of year, Southern California. Let’s beat this intense summer heat and the bugs that come with it!

If you have termites, don’t wait to contact them:

Natural Science Exterminating

11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841

(800) 246-7378

Fighting The Good Termite Fight

There are a million and one ways to kill bugs. You can squish them with your foot or a finger which is normally protected by too much toilet paper. You can kill them with a wide variety of chemicals like 409, any Raid aerosol can of poison or a competitors equivalent, in some cases water…flush, and the all time go-to Windex that seems to kill way too many bugs given that its purpose it to clean windows and glass. Some could say that all of these ways of getting rid of bugs in the house is “Fighting the Good Fight”. Keep at it! Don’t let the visible bug population get out of control. Be the big bad exterminator of the house to keep the children safe and the women from screaming. But what about the invisible fight?

The invisible fight you say?! How do you fight something invisible?!

Alright my mistake. The fight in question here is perhaps better described as a hidden fight. While most personal exterminators are killing the occasional spider, roach, silverfish, or fly around the house, other bugs lurk about in the shadows. Some are harmless creatures looking for some free shelter and hope for food close by while others can do a great deal of damage. Have you guessed it yet? What are we fighting that’s hidden?! TERMITES! These sneaky devils travel in packs…big ones, which is why no one ever calls it a pack of termites. They come in swarms! With things heating up around this time of year in Garden Grove, termite extermination becomes a hot topic. Lucky for us, there is a business that specializes in “Fighting the Good Hidden Fight” that us at home bug squishing exterminators can’t handle. Natural Science Exterminating finds where these swarms dwell and eradicates them with ease. The best part, they do it all naturally and organically! You don’t have to worry about poisoning your pets with all those chemicals or turning your children a different shade of color. Look for the signs that termites may be in your home. If you see one or two dead termites lying around, chances are you have a swarm hidden away in your home. If this is the case, you better act fast Garden Grove. Termite damage is no joke and can cost thousands of dollars to repair.

So, when there is a hidden fight that you can’t seem to find but know its there, call Natural Science Exterminating. They will do the fighting for you to make sure your pets, your home, and your family stay safe from poison and the pests the plague your home. If this article isn’t enough validation, check them out on Yelp!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/natural-science-exterminating-garden-grove

When you become convinced that these guys are the way to go, call them or map em! DO NOT WAIT to get a termite inspection! Spend the small amount of money up front so you don’t spend thousands later. Let these guys do what they do best, natural termite extermination.