Congrats to our 2017 Home Show Winner!

Congratulations Ms. Timlin Foster of Columbia, SC. Her name was drawn for our 2017 Home Show prize – a Generac Generator valued at $799! We thank Ms. Timlin for stopping by our booth and entering her name. We hope she enjoys her new generator!

David Day, owner of Cayce Exterminating, and Ms. Timlin Foster, our 2017 Home Show winner

Get Your Free Ticket to the Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show!

Cayce Exterminating will be at the 50th annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show this March 11 – 13th, 2016. Come see us at booth 210/211 and sign up for your chance to win a Weber Genesis grill! See below to get your FREE TICKET!

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Come see us at the
50th annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show
March 11 – 13, 2016
SC State Fairgrounds

Free Ticket Link

Follow this link, enter your e-mail address and print out a free ticket to the show.

Does not apply to the $5/vehicle parking fee imposed by the SC State Fairgrounds

No cash value. May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Home & Garden Show information, hours and directions at www.BIAofCentralSC.com

Populations of Lyme disease-carrying ticks increase across the US

The distribution of tick sightings across the United States between a) 1907–1996 and b) 1907–2015.

The distribution of tick sightings across the United States between a) 1907–1996 and b) 1907–2015.

The populations of the two species of ticks known to spread Lyme disease to humans has doubled in the past two decades, according to the Science Mag article Lyme disease-carrying ticks are now in half of all U.S. counties. Lyme disease affects around 300,000 Americans each year and the number of cases reported have tripled in the past two decades. The northeast/New England is still the worst affected area, but the increased number of tick sightings in the Southeast and Midwest has people worried.

What can you do to prevent ticks and bites?

Ticks usually reside in areas of thick vegetation so avoiding piles of leaves, using a strong repellent, and bathing after hiking are usually enough to avoid being bitten as a human. Your pets can also contract Lyme disease and are much more likely to be bitten by a tick. If you are worried about your children or pets being bitten ticks in your backyard, Cayce Exterminating’s mosquito treatments can also kill ticks.

Our yard mosquito treatment done on monthly basis has shown great results but it still takes help from owner. Since ticks must be in areas of high humidity in order to survive, they are most commonly found in grassy, brushy, wooded, and shaded areas. Therefore, reducing the humidity in these areas by keeping grass well-clipped, removing brush, and pruning trees to allow more sunlight to penetrate to the soil surface will discourage ticks from becoming established in these areas.

Ask your vet about flea and tick treatments for your pets. Veterinary medicine has come a long way in the past decade and instead of using the old, topical treatments, oral medications are available to keep your pets flea and tick free. Feel free to contact Cayce Exterminating if you are concerned about ticks.

When is a “Bug” Really a Bug?

Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS, Bugwood.org

Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)
Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS, Bugwood.org

We may refer to any insect as a “bug”. In the pest control business, we often find ourselves doing the same thing. An insect taxonomist would have a fit because only a small group (40,000 species, to be exact) of insects can correctly be called bugs.

Only the insects in the suborder Heteroptera, part of the larger order Hemiptera, are known as “true bugs.” All other bugs are imposters. However, many refer to any insect in the larger order Hemiptera as a “bug”. All of the insects in the Heteroptera group share certain characteristics that other insects don’t, most importantly 3-4 segmented, piercing-sucking mouthparts. Many, but not all, of these bugs have distinctive front wings that have a leathery base with a membranous tip. Take a close look at a stink bug’s wings. Wings lie flat on the back at rest, forming an X. True bugs all have simple metamorphosis, which means there is not a larval stage. Immature bugs look like smaller versions of the adult bug, in shape if not always in color, and increase in size with each molt.

Bed Bugs ARE True Bugs!

Lightning bug Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University, Bugwood.org

Lightning bug
Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University, Bugwood.org

Many of the true bugs use their piercing mouth parts to suck juices from plants. Examples of true bugs in the Heteroptera suborder are lace bugs, stink bugs, seed bugs, squash bugs, assassin bugs, and finally… the very well-known wingless bed bugs. Bed bugs, and some assassin bugs, use their beak mouthparts to suck up blood rather than plant juice. You’ll notice that the most of the true bugs have the word “bug” as part of their common name. There are some exceptions though, for example, water striders and backswimmers are true bugs.

To confuse the issue even further, there are insects that are not in the Heteroptera group that have the word “bug” in their common names. For instance, ladybugs, June bugs, and lightning bugs all sound bug-like, but they are all beetles and are in a completely different order of insects. They are bugs imposters!

Home Repairs – Why Choose Cayce Exterminating?

Did you know Cayce Exterminating also does home repairs, remodels and moisture barriers? Probably not – we know the name Cayce Exterminating makes you think of pest control, but we’d like to take a minute tell you about our home repairs and remodeling services.

The Story

Cayce Exterminating has been serving our local, Columbia-area customers with superior pest control for over 50 years. Imagine how many homes and businesses we’ve worked on in that time! For years we’ve seen the impact of termite damage on buildings. Your typical pest control company would come in to treat the termites and leave. Unhappy with this approach, Cayce Exterminating took the next step and hired a licensed builder to help repair the damage left by termites. This is when our home repairs division began.

Why Use Cayce Exterminating for Home Repairs?

We’ve seen the damage caused by termites. We see the effects of water damage when we’re in your crawlspaces. We KNOW how to treat, prevent and repair this damage so that you’re left with a beautiful home or business. No longer do you have to call multiple companies to repair termite or water damage. Cayce Exterminating can complete the job start to finish and, with our pest control expertise, make sure the damage doesn’t return.

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Having spent many, many hours in people’s crawlspaces, we’ve become experts in installing moisture barriers. Moisture barriers in crawlspaces can prevent odors and mold, keep your floors at an even temperature all year round (no more freezing floors in the winter!), protect your pipes from freezing and increase energy efficiency in your home.

Crawlspace Encapsulation by Cayce Exterminating

Crawlspace Encapsulation by Cayce Exterminating

Our home repairs division has become so proficient, they’re now being hired to do bathroom and kitchen remodels whether or not termite/water damage is involved.

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So, the next time you’re considering a remodel or faced with termite or water damage, call Cayce Exterminating. Our licensed contractor will give you a fair estimate and we know you’ll be happy with the quality of the work. Don’t let the name fool you – Cayce Exterminating does more than just kill bugs. Call us today at 803-796-2847 to ask about our home repairs and remodeling services.

Termite Facts and How Cayce Exterminating Can Help

Termites are a huge problem here in South Carolina. Every year they cause thousands of dollars of damage to many people’s biggest asset – their homes. This spring (2015) we’ve had an increase in calls about termites so we wanted to highlight some of the facts and how Cayce Exterminating can help you with any termite problems.

Termites in timber

Termite Facts:

  • There are around 4,000 termite species worldwide with around 50 in North America. Here in the Midlands of South Carolina, we only have to worry about Eastern Subterranean Termites.
  • Each year, termites cause more damage nationwide than all natural disasters combined – more than wind, hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.
  •  We have seen an increase in termite activity in 2015 by the number of “swarmer calls” we’ve received this spring. This is when homeowners see flying termites (commonly mistaken for ants) coming out of their walls, trim, floors, etc. Often, this is the first sign that you have termites.
  • You may have termites for years before you ever see a swarming termite as it is dependent on the maturity of the colony.
  • The termite queen can live up to 50 years and produces tens of thousands of eggs a day!

How Cayce Exterminating can help:

  • Cayce Exterminating offers lifetime, renewable termite warranties. This means that as long as you keep your house and pay the renewal payment, you can continue the warranty. Not all pest control companies offer this service. Some of our competitors offer only 5 or 10 year renewable warranties that you have to start over at the end of the warranty period. Make sure you check what type of termite warranty you have on your house!
  • Cayce Exterminating can prevent and stop termites in their tracks. If you do have termite damage, we do home repairs and fix it up as if it was brand new.
  • Cayce Exterminating does free inspections and estimates.
  • We have competitive rates.
  • Cayce Exterminating uses the latest termite pest control technology and techniques such as Termidor and Advance Termite Baiting System.
  • New construction termite pre-treatments are also available so if you’re building your dream home, you can prevent termites and save your investment.

Don’t wait until the termites alert you to a problem. Call us for a free inspection and estimate. It’s always better to catch a potential problem before it becomes more expensive. You can call us at 803-796-BUGS (2847) with questions or concerns. We’ve written many other articles about termites that you may also find helpful:

Swarming Termites – What You Need to Know
Termite Damage versus Water Damage
Protecting your Home from Termite Damage
Termite Control – What You Need to Know

Remember, at Cayce Exterminating, Your Pest is Our Problem!

Carpenter Bees vs. Bumblebees

Spring is here, which means the bees are out in full force pollinating the beautiful spring flowers. Some are bumblebees and some are carpenter bees. So, what’s the difference?

carpenter-bee-bumble-beeMost people are familiar with the bumble bee. They are typically black and yellow with a hairy body – usually what we imagine when we think of a bee. Carpenter bees are a similar size to bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black.

Carpenter bees get their name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. Because carpenter bees use wood as their main habitat, they are commonly found around the front or back entrance of a home where there is wood railings, wood decking or wood porches. Bumble bees, on the other hand, nest on the ground.

Both bumble bees and carpenter bees are unlikely to sting you unless you disturb their nests. Male carpenter bees are unable to sting and females rarely do unless handled, but because carpenter bees are found around wood railings, eaves and porches, many consider them a pest. You will know they are carpenter bees by the sawdust that is left behind from the holes they drill.

So, is there anything that can be done to get rid of carpenter bees? The answer is yes. The best way to control carpenter bees is to prevent them nesting in the first place. To prevent carpenter bees, insecticide should be sprayed in the early spring. You can also varnish or paint any unfinished wood. A fresh coat of paint will deter a carpenter bee. If you already have carpenter bees in your railings, eaves or porch, Cayce Exterminating can apply an insecticide dust to wood holes and exterior wood surfaces.

If you have any questions or concerns about bees around your home or business, contact the pest control pros at Cayce Exterminating.

Moth Flies

Whitney Cranshaw, Bugwood.org

Whitney Cranshaw, Bugwood.org

Moth Flies, also known to many as Drain Flies, are a common household pest here in South Carolina. They are very small (less than 2mm) flies that are usually found in bathrooms and kitchens due to them reproducing in the wet sludge found in drains. They get the name “Moth Flies” because they are covered in little hairs, giving them a furry, moth-like appearance, and adult drain flies tend to be nocturnal and attracted to light.

As a household pest, they are pretty resilient – their short hairs make them water-resistant so they are almost impossible to drown and boiling water has no effect on them either. They are not affected by contact with most water-borne toxins such as bleach. The eggs are highly resistant to both chemical and thermal assault and can also withstand periods of dehydration.

All this being said, if you have moth flies in your home, your best solution is to contact the pest control experts at Cayce Exterminating. Your pest, our problem!

Swarming Termites – What You Need to Know

Termite swarmers are one of four types of termites in a colony. A termite colony includes:

  • Workers – these do all the heavy lifting from foraging for food to building tunnels and nests.
  • Soldiers – they do exactly what their names suggests – protect the colony against predators, who are most likely ants.
  • Swarmers are the “alates” of the colony and leave the nest in droves in hopes of starting their own colonies elsewhere as future kings and queens.
  • Kings and Queens – their job is to reproduce rapidly – the queen can produce 20,000 to 30,000 eggs a day with the potential life span of 50 years!

Seeing termite swarmers most likely means there is a larger termite colony problem somewhere close by. Left undetected or ignored, the termite queen can produce millions and millions of termites in her 50 year lifespan! “Wood” you believe that?!

South Carolina’s most prevalent termite is the Eastern Subterranean Termite and this species is known for its swarmers. Extremely harmful to your home’s structural integrity, the eastern subterranean swarmer is black and around 3/8 inch long from the head to the tip of the wings. They swarm early in the year beginning in mid-February through March and can been seen throughout the day, especially after a humid rain. Look for evidence of dead or dried swarmers or their wings in or around window sills, spider webs, or in your porch or deck lights. If you notice swarmers, contact Cayce Exterminating immediately as this is an indication that there is a much larger colony nearby that could be destroying your home.
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Many people confuse flying ants with swarming termites. Here are a few tips in distinguishing the two:

  1. Does the winged insect have a two segment body or three segment body? If the answer is three, you have flying ants. If it’s two, this is a termite swarmer.
  2. Look at the size of their wings. Flying ants have shorter wings that are wider at the tip. Termites’ wings are shorter and the same width throughout – not great for flying.
  3. Flying ants have longer legs, angled antennae and veined wings.

While neither ants nor termites are ideal house guests, termites will cause much more destruction and damage than a winged ant. If you suspect you have swarming termites, don’t hesitate and call the pest control pros Cayce Exterminating right away. 803-796-BUGS (2847). Your pest, OUR problem.

How to Kill Ants

Fill a water bottle with one part dish soap and two parts water, then shake it up to mix the solution thoroughly. When you see a line of ants (or just one ant, for that matter) spray the mixture over them. If they are Argentine ants they’re not going away.

Natasha Wright, Florida DACS, insectimages.org

Natasha Wright, Florida DACS, insectimages.org

Argentine ants are not native to the United States. They were introduced to the US probably on coffee ships from Brazil and Argentina through the port of New Orleans sometime before 1891. They spread rapidly on commercial shipments of plants and other materials. Now Argentine ants are found throughout most of the southern states and California, with isolated infestations in a few other areas.
Argentine ant populations have exploded around the state in the past century. Their huge colonies threaten native ants, plague madden homeowners as they flood into kitchens. If you have a household ant problem, it’s probably Argentine ants.

When this fails, call the pros at Cayce Exterminating – 803-796-BUGS – Your Pest, Our Problem!