So Goes The Swarm

So Goes The Swarm

As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to slowly wrap up, we will be seeing report after report come out regarding the last year’s events and how it affected various industries. One industry whose report I was particularly interested in was in home improvement and how much people spent in remodeling their homes while they were shut in during the peak lockdown periods.

In one particularly lengthy deep dive into the statistics around home improvement, I happened to catch a glimpse of a tangential industry and how the pandemic affected them: pest control. With the huge number of additions being constructed by bored homeowners, pest control and termite exterminators were hard at work treating the new structures and providing spot treatments for buildings whose insides were exposed for the first time in decades.

With most people stuck at home, they had the added benefit of being able to spot termite infestations much earlier than usual, with 66% of pest control companies reporting that customers became aware of termite issues sooner than in the past. “Swarming”, or the initial stages of infestation, is often missed by homeowners who are away during the day for work. Many homeowners were able to witness the disturbing spectacle for the first time during their work-from-home escapades, which made for a much easier pest disposal process.

This hasn’t magically ended with the worst of the pandemic – many of us are still working from home, voluntarily or otherwise, and therefore may be blessed to see the swarms of termites encroaching on our domains. For those of you in southern California who are lucky enough to be chosen by the termite queens, Grand Oaks Termite Control can help get rid of your unwelcome guests quickly and for a reasonable price.

Why Grand Oaks? Well, they have one of the best ratings we’ve seen for a pest control company, with many customers raving about their customer service and their carpentry skills when patching up structures damaged by the invading insects:

“I highly recommended Grand Oaks Termite Control.  I had an unusual situation where there were many areas of my wood paneling and roof that were affected by termites and wood rot. I have a decorative tree growing through the front part of my home which makes it very difficult to treat without damaging the tree. When Jason came for the preliminary inspection, he knew exactly how to effectively treat my home without harming my favorite tree. His estimate was very reasonable, and his communication was top notch. He kept me appraised of all the curve balls and never stuck me with any unexpected cost. I was very impressed with the workmanship of his teammate Gary who took care of all the woodwork, a true craftsman.

I can wholeheartedly recommend Grand Oaks without any hesitation.”

John B., Yelp Review

“If you have any type of termites or wood boring insect infestations, GRAND OAKS TERMITE CONTROL is the professional GO-TO exterminator company to resolve your issues. The owner, Justin Mater is a fully state licensed termite control specialist and is very knowledgeable about termite infestation and approaches towards exterminating its colonies. what I especially liked was his work ethics….they came as early as 6am in the morning (ON TIME!) to work on & treat my property….very much a NO BS straight-forward extermination company which does not mess around!  If they said they will be there….they will be there to take care of your infestation problems! highly recommended!”

Don Tamba, Google Review

“We needed our house inspected and treated. Justin and Gary did an amazing job. They are professional, prompt, thorough, and experienced. We received our report and estimate in a timely manner. They came out and did their work diligently and expertly.  We were informed of each step, and they finished the job as they had expected. We are so pleased with our experience with them; they do great work and are good-quality people. Thank you Justin and Gary!”

Linda W., Yelp Review

If you’re stuck at home and you’re noticing a strange uptick in the number of small, reddish brown winged insects, congratulations! You’ve been selected by the swarm. If you find this problematic for you and your home, give Grand Oaks Termite Control a call:

Grand Oaks Termite Control

+16265384156

110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741

Make Your Home More Comfortable As We Work From Home

Make Your Home More Comfortable As We Work From Home

It has been more than a year of many of us living under quarantine due to the pandemic Coronavirus has brought several challenges to businesses and individuals as well. On one side where the world is experiencing a considerable decline in the economy, people are also in fear due to the rising threat to their health. 

While spending most of our lives today at home due to stay-at-home orders, people are also experiencing anxiety due to social disconnection. Thus, in these critical times, it is important to make your home a more comfortable space to live in, so as to boost your mental and physical well-being.

In order to counter the side effects of quarantine and social isolation, it is well-advised to work on one’s own daily lifestyle routines and home care habits to increase comfort and joy. You must stay motivated to make small changes to your work habits and personal routines to ensure happiness and productivity. Start by creating a specific schedule for your routines. It will help you avoid doing mindless things all day and the entire family will stay more organized. 

It is also important to develop a cleaning routine to help you ensure hygiene in the living space. At the same time, make sure that you clean your house from time to time to avoid attacks of pests and rodents.

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Termite extermination for your house

Millions of homeowners experience termite attacks every year, and it ends up causing major havoc on their limited budgets. Termites are better known as some of the most destructive pests that feed on dead plants such as decayed woods, woodchip along with soil and leaf litter. Several types of these creatures can be found in the country. Some of the most commonly seen termites are dry wood termites, damp wood termites, and subterranean termites.

Read Erik W.‘s review of Natural Science Exterminating on Yelp

Many homeowners fail to recognize termite attacks at an early stage, which later leads to extensive damage to the property. Therefore, experts advise hiring for Natural Termite Inspection and extermination from time to time. Experienced professionals can identify signs of termites with ease and they can help you avoid further damage as well. 

Human living spaces, especially kitchens and basements, are one of the most attractive shelters and feeding areas for termites. They can slowly destroy all wooden structures at your home including bookshelves, furniture, kitchen cabinets, and windows. Termite exterminators will implement several trusted termite treatments to save your home. This includes non-chemical treatments and chemical treatments as well. Be sure to hire a termite inspector or exterminator as soon as you notice the issue. Hiring an exterminator can help you save lots of time, energy, and money by protecting your home from major damage.

Natural Science Exterminating
11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841, United States

The Ugly Truth About Pest Season

The Ugly Truth About Pest Season

It is the one thing which every house owner dreads: termite infestation. It causes damages worth billions of dollars to houses in the USA. Termites can eat through the beams, which are basically the foundation of all houses. They are also lethal against the floorboards and the walls, and can also damage the paint. It is clear to one’s advantage to prevent a comprehensive infestation to take place, rather than to get rid of an active infestation.

However, the good news is that while termite infestation is certainly a nightmare, it can be treated. The type of treatment depends on the intensity and type of infestation.

Liquid pesticides

This is a common, easy way of extermination. The liquid pesticide is applied directly to the particular areas of infestation. They can also be applied around the soil leading to the house, hence blocking termite access to the house. Moreover, wood can be drilled, and then the pesticide could be used in the holes for greater penetration and more effective treatment.

The downside of using liquid pesticides is that they are usually very toxic because they contain some very strong chemicals. These chemicals can contaminate plants and vegetation. It is imperative to use these with the utmost care.

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Baiting

Termite baits consist of food preferred by termites, mixed with killing agents. The advantage of termite baits is that they are not poisonous to the surrounding vicinity. Termites are killed when they consume the bit. The accumulation of dead termites near the termite bait leads to other termites avoiding the vicinity.

Fumigation

Fumigation is among the best methods for termite infestation. The infested house is covered with a tent-like structure, and air-borne chemicals are released into the tent, which would kill the termite. This process depends on the extent of the infestation, usually taking over 24 hours. Therefore, Natural Science Exterminating tends to use tent fumigation as the last resort, so as to prioritize environmentally conscious methods whenever possible. The residents of the house should not stay within this atmosphere, during the process, as the toxic chemicals can also affect humans. The exterminator would then proceed to check if the surroundings are safe for habitation.

Read Erik W.‘s review of Natural Science Exterminating on Yelp

It is crucial to identify signs of termites early on for the situation to be properly dealt with before severe destruction takes place. Signs include holes, mud tubes, and shed wings. You are likely to experience an infestation in warmer weather. However, by no means is one immune to termites at any time of year. Termites can be a very stubborn and persistent problem to deal with, so it is not very wise to deal with them on your own if you do not possess the necessary expertise. The United States of America thousands of businesses operating as of 2020 in the pest control industry. With the huge number of pest control services now available to all, look for a certified exterminator with a proven track record of customer satisfaction. If the termites have laid their siege upon your home, give Natural Science Exterminating a call today!

Natural Science Exterminating
11642 Knott Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841, United States

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. 

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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