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"WHAT'S BUGGING YOU"
TERMITES, part 2

By Frank Lorey,
Corky's Pest Control


antAs mentioned last issue-you are either living in a house with termites, or in one that is going to have termites. The discovery of pellets, eaten wood areas, or mud tubes can cause a great deal of worry and expense for homeowners. There are two main types of termites causing the problems in our area-the Subterranean termite, and the Drywood termite.

As their name implies, Subterranean termites live underground. These are the termites that probably cause the most overall damage to structures. The workers and soldiers are about 1/4th inch in size, while the reproductive males and females are about 3/8ths inch. Soldiers have a larger head with long mandibles. The reproductives are dark brown, while the workers are a colorless gray.

Subterranean termite workers will eat any damp wood, and even damp carpets, to feed the other members of the colony. The nymphs will also chew on wood. A single colony can have hundreds of thousands of workers. They have a high humidity requirement, and form tubes extending from the ground to travel in search of wood. The tubes are formed from saliva, soil, and bits of chewed wood. Tubes may also be used as shelter, migratory paths, and an exit for the winged swarmers as they head out to form new colonies.
Extreme damage can develop fairly quickly--the interior portion of wood is eaten leaving behind only the outer shell, along with any harder wood portions the termites didn't particularly want to finish. Often the homeowner will notice the mud tubes, or an area of shed wings on the ground, which are common signs of a Subterranean termite infestation. Sometimes the infestation will go unnoticed, however.

The Drywood termite looks just like the Subterranean termite, except that it is larger (about a half inch), and it is more of a reddish brown color. Infestations of Drywood termites are just about as common as Subterranean termites. Drywood termites will excavate large pockets in the wood that they attack. They require no soil contact, and they can even infest dead limbs on trees. They are usually noticed from the piles of hard fecal pellets that they leave behind.

During the hot fall months, Drywood termites are seen swarming around our area, looking for bare wood to enter and create a chamber, starting a new colony. There can be thousands of termites in each colony, and your home could actually host more than one colony at a time.

There are vastly different ways to treat the two main types of termite infestations. Corky's can prevent Subterranean termites from inhabiting your house by trenching around the foundation and applying Termidor into the trenches. Termidor is the #1 treatment used nation-wide to combat the Subterranean termite. Once they get in, the treatment situation becomes much worse-often requiring ripping up carpet, drilling holes in the foundation, and injecting chemicals underneath.

Drywood termites often infest attic spaces, and the rafter tails outside of the house. While fumigation used to be the only method to deal with Drywoods, now Corky's can offer the ThermaPureHeat treatment, and you don't even have to leave your house. The termites are killed using 130-degree air, so no chemicals are involved.

If you see wings on the ground, or mud tubes, or even the pellets, call Corky's immediately at 1-800-325-7805.

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How Seniors Beat the High Cost of Gas

With the anxiety over the high cost of gas these days it’s no wonder one important segment of society is having a lot less to worry about . . . thanks to Renie Colwell and her partner, Glenn Shaffer. They formed a company about four years ago, Colwell-Shaffer Insurance Services, LLC. (See ad).

They work with their clients to help navigate through the bureaucratic maze of Medicare, Medicaid and MediCal. They also help locate supplemental insurances services if and when needed.

But it doesn’t end there.

Renie says, “Today, of course, the high price of fuel has had an enormous emotional impact on many of our clients. We are able to quickly relieve their problem and fears by arranging for low cost or no cost transportation for wherever they want to go. They have a medical appointment? Dental appointment? Need their prescriptions refilled? No problem. We can help them.”

Renie, her partner, and staff, are all dedicated to Medicare and MediCal work. She loves working with families and families with little kids as well.

“I came down with rheumatoid arthritis,” says Renie. “I know first hand what being tied down by a painful and debilitating illness is like. Fortunately, we caught it in time to alleviate a lot of my problems. We still have pain from time to time . . . but I can manage.”

“It was during and after my recovery that I got to thinking, ‘perhaps this is a message. Perhaps I’m being guided to help others in a similar circumstance to mine.’ As a result, I studied, got my credentials and licenses, and came into the business of helping people full time. About four years ago I jumped in with both feet and I’m loving it!”

Seniors just don’t get the respect they deserve. They deserve to enjoy that part of life they’ve worked so hard for. We are absolutely delighted to help lift a lot of their worries and cares away from them and let them relax and enjoy their life.

“We represent all carriers,” she says, “so we’re not bound to one company. We have the luxury of being able to assign the best carrier for the coverage a family needs. It just makes our day,” she went on, “when we are able to discover an individual or a family who is so frustrated they don’t know what to do . . . and we provide them the solution!”

We are so excited about what is available that we have been very active in community outreach. We speak to civic and service club groups regularly. We know how important it is to educate people as to what is available to them. Once they know, if they want us to help, we’re there. If they want to strike out on their own, we’ll be there applauding them. There are so many programs available . . . there’s a gym program, wellness conferences . . . transportation programs. Believe me, seniors on a fixed income are very much aware of the costs of gas. It really hits them hard . . . and that’s just one area where we can be of tremendous help.

We can navigate the Medicare channels and get things done that is hard for the average person. We know who to contact to get things done . . . what to do, what not to do. We just focus on the individual and find out what’s best for them.

“We had one lady that was referred to us by her friend. She didnt’ want to spend the money on gas so she was staying home and not going to the doctor, not going to pick up her prescriptions. We intervened, found a program for free transportation. Problem solved!”

“We do Medicare and MediCal as well as managed care plans. Of course, we do group health as well, working with the construction trades and with industry. We work with associations that have members with group health plans. We educate them as to preretirement/postretirement, how to qualify. We absolutely love helping the senior community!”

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Renie Colwell and her two sons, Mack and Jack (foreground)



 

The Tri-City Story

When you’re looking for a place to do business, particularly when it’s something to do with a major purchase . . . something involving your home . . . there are a couple things you should do to make sure you’re dealing with top grade people.

Take a look at how long they’ve been in business. Next, check out how long their staff has been with the company. If they’ve been in business a long time . . . for example, Tri-City Carpets has been in their Vista location for 35 years, and in their Escondido location for over 20 years . . . that tells you they are solid. Chances are they are successful because of referral by their customers to other customers . . . and repeat business because of satisfaction. Secondly, most all of the staff at Tri-City Carpets have been there for years. That’s a good reflection on the caliber of ownership and management. People stay around when ownership and management treat them well. Loyalty is a two way street. Just as ownership and management treat their staff well, so they also treat their customers well . . . and that’s why the business remains successful. You have now learned two secrets to success . . . simple, yet there are many companies that don’t practice them . . . and then wonder why they don’t succeed. Tri-City Carpets has . . . and they have
succeeded.

Time for you to get acquainted with Tri-City Carpets. They’ve got a tremendous warehouse with over 200 rolls of carpet . . this means there’s no lengthy wait to order carpet from mills, wait for the transportation . . . you’ve got a large selection already in stock. That’s another secret to their success . . . a large selection of inventory . . . and making it easy for the customer to shop and make an important decision.

Your carpeting, hardwood flooring, and ceramic tiles are available for immediate installation.

Famous carpet names like Shaw, Gulistan, Mohawk . . famous hardwood names like Armstrong and Mannington . . large, comfortable showrooms at both the Vista and Escondido location. In Vista, you’ll find Tri-City at 1455 West Vista Way . . . in Escondido, you’ll find them at 840 E. Valley Parkway.

We visited the Escondido location recently and met two lovely young ladies, Bella Parcell and Jennifer Levine. They are quick to tell you that you can buy from the best in the business by shopping at Tri-City Carpets. Good old fashioned customer service, always with a smile . . . lots of integrity and good, honest business dealings.

Whether it’s carpeting, hardwood flooring, ceramic tile . . or even making rugs . . . yes, they have a binding machine that can put remnants together and actually make you a rug! They service mobile homes, the military families . . . and homes just like yours.

All major credit cards accepted, they are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5:30pm, Saturday, 9am to 4pm.



 

Showcase Moulding
An Exciting New Source!

Jim Foy and Craig Atkinson had worked for years for several moulding companies in San Diego but wanted to start up their own shop. They soon met and discussed their idea with Bob Pasch, a church friend of Foy’s, who became excited about the venture. And thus Showcase Moulding, Inc., was born. Their mission? To supply a wide variety of top quality moulding and decorative wood products that can be used to spruce up a home and increase its property value.

“Customers soon learned that we offer a larger selection, top notch service and better pricing,” Foy said.

Showcase carries a large selection of window and door casings, crown mouldings and baseboards as well as stair parts such as handrails and balusters. They can also special order unique or out-of-stock items, Foy said.

Together, this trio has made remarkable progress. Located in an attractive showroom, warehouse, and office complex at 1233 Simpson Way, Escondido, the firm has made an instant hit with area contractors as well as do-it-yourself homeowners. Call them. Showcase Moulding, Inc., 735. 8746. All major credit cards are welcome. They also accept Debit cards.

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From left to right, Bob Pasch, Jim Foy and Craig Atkinson


 

 

 

 


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