Loyal Termite and Pest Control wants to share termite prevention tips with our "dog-blog" fans

Hello folks; I hope you are all doing well. I don't know about you, but I'm getting puppy happy that spring is right around the corner. With the change of weather comes playing in the parks, chasing sticks and my favorite balls, and messing up as many Frisbee's as Daddy Nick and Mama Gena will buy me. With the temperatures slowly rising across the country; so does the bug and insect activity.

In areas where termite activity is as predictable as moving the clocks forward an hour in March, so will the potential for termite swarms. To refresh your memory, the first sign of termite activity each season is the appearance of termite swarmers. These are reproductive termites with wings; whose sole purpose in life is to mate and begin a new termite colony. We, at Loyal Termite and Pest Control, encourage homeowners to take proactive steps to protect their homes from the aggressive pest species appearing in the coming months.

"Termites eat wood around the clock, so they can cause significant damage to the structure of a home in a relatively short period of time," says Nick Lupini, my Daddy and President of Loyal Company. "As a result, it's important for homeowners to perform yearly inspections and routine maintenance to help stave off a potential termite infestation."

Every spring, millions of Americans plan vacations during their annual Spring Breaks. I am writing this "dog-blog" to remind those travelers that the best way to prevent pests like mosquitoes and bed bugs from ruining their trips is through preparation and awareness.

Spring Break is one of the most popular times of the year for families and students to escape to tropical destinations. We, at Loyal Termite and Pest Control, want to remind those travelers that in order to avoid returning home with pest-related illnesses and issues, they must be vigilant and prepared.

I have been having so much doggone fun writing my “dog-blog”, What’s Buggin’ You?; time has just been flying by. Believe it or not, this is the 50th edition of my weekly blog. When I started this venture, after continually nipping at Daddy Nick Lupini’s heals for permission, I decided I wanted to do something special with each 10th blog.

Loyal’s employees; inspectors, technicians, and support staff are what makes this company tick, and the main reason Loyal Termite and Pest Control has enjoyed so many honors over the years. 2012 was no exception; with our receiving the esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award, awarded to <5% of service companies on Angie’s List, our 7th year in a row, and the second year in a row chosen as Richmond Magazines Reader’s Choice #1 Pest Control company! These honors are not taken lightly by the Lupini family. They are all very proud of every employee. In keeping with Papa Lupini’s past experience as a professional baseball umpire, I affectionately refer to the Loyal employees as the Loyal Team All-Stars. This 50th blog is dedicated to everyone who has contributed to Loyal’s success.

I have been blogging the past several weeks about foreign invader pests; most notably Asian hitchhikers that have arrived in shipping crates over the years. These are pests that are currently in our region or are expected to arrive in our region very soon. Being the conscientious dog blogger that I am, I feel it is important that my readers are educated and prepared if they come in contact with any of these critters which were previously unknown to them.

This past Friday we had a regular training session at our 7:15 am meeting. Our featured guest was a field representative from one of our chemical suppliers. His training session was about arthropods, primarily geared towards the spider world. Arthropods have 8 legs and 2 distinct body segments, unlike insects, which have 6 legs and 3 body segments. Anyway, it was a very informative training session. Ticks are also arthropods and he spoke of a tick now in our area that is becoming more and more prevalent. He really got me interested in knowing more about this tick; the tick is named the Lone Star Tick.

I started this blog series knowing little about the "new arrival" insects that are sure to eventually impact our lives. If not now, certainly sometime in the future; we will encounter this group in one way or another. The next insect in this series is the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Where the Asian Beetle will create havoc with American agriculture, and the Argentine Ant will prove to be a real ambitious household pest, the Asian tiger mosquito could cause some major drama to American's health. This is a real concern and again the reason this dog is actively informing my dedicated blog readers about the particulars of this insect group. Hunter here, your doggone Loyal Termite and Pest Control K-9 Termite Detective, welcoming you back to my blog What's Buggin' You? Now, let me continue barking about this week's headliner, the Asian tiger mosquito.

Forget a casual swat to silence that irritating buzz near your ear on a summer's night. It may be enough to shoo away your garden variety mosquito but it will take more than a light slap to kill this aggressive monster.


Bottom Decor

Only company I use! Very professional and courteous service!

- Raven Sickal