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Hello. My roommates and I (I am man in my thirties and roommates are a man in his sixties who has had a stroke before and a man in his thirties) have been having problems with termites flying around our apartment so thick you can't open your mouth without getting them in it and when we turn the window unit A/Cs on at 60 degrees they go almost completely away but runs up the electric bill. These termites also bite. We told our landlord and he said seal them in the wall with caulk but I did some online research and it said you can get rid of them with a mix of propylene glycol and boric acid. I was wondering if this would be dangerous to the older gentleman or my pet cat who is presently nursing 4 kittens. Will you please let me know so I can get right on it if it is safe? Thank you for your time and I will be hoping to hear back from you soon.

Hi Thomas,
Sorry for delay, we had a family medical emergency and as you can expect our life has been a bit rough the last couple weeks.

I would not suggest using the method you found online. Certainly if all the landlord wants to do is take the out of sight out of mind approach and isn't worried about the structural integrity of the home that is his choice. I would then just seal it up so they won't be bothering you and your roommates. There are different species of termites and they are all dealt with in a unique way specific to each species. None of which would alter your living space. The home remedy you spoke of would create a hazard for anyone healthy or otherwise. Besides it would have little to no effect on the termites.

Rene' Kesecker
Good Earth Pest Company
Corvallis Oregon

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I can thoughtfully and truthfully answer any questions that deal with insects or rodents that are entering or around structure, especially those found in the Northwest. Our company specializes in low impact pest management.


I have been involved in the pest management industry since 1981. My husband and I own The Good Earth Pest Company, which provides service to homes and businesses throughout the mid Willamette Valley. We are a second generation pest management firm. I served as the first woman president of the Oregon Pest Control Association and currently serve on the Professional Women in Pest Management council for the National Pest Management Association. Good Earth was the first company based in Oregon to be certified Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association, meaning we have met of exceeded the high standards set by our industry leaders.

I am currently the Chairperson for both the Legislative and Scholarship committees for the Oregon Pest Control Association and a Member of National Pest Management Association where I serve on the Board of Directors and Professional Women in Pest Management Committee. We are Certified Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association. Our company is a member in good standing of both Oregonians for Food and Shelter and Associated Pest Management.

I have assisted in the annual reviews and co-authored the Structural and Occasional Invader chapters of the Northwest Pest Management Guide, published by Oregon State University. I have assisted in the production of the Oregon Pest Control Association, Intergrated Pest Management Technician Training Manual, this publication is still in progress. My articles on pest management have been published in local newspapers such as Gazzette Times, Albany Democrat Herald and Itemizer Observer.

My formal training in the pest management field has come from years of experience and continuing education provided throughout the years by our state association, national association and leaders in our industry. Although I now manage our office I once worked in the field performing repairs, termite treatments and general pest control. I am still a certified applicator in the state of Oregon and activly partitipate in continuing education.

Awards and Honors
Certified Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association. Our entire staff is held to the highest of standards having met or excedded benchmarks in areas such as enviromental stewardship, background checks on all empolyees, Safety and having drug free employees to name a few.

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We currently manage many large condo complexes and provede pest management for a large firm that manages homes for the disabled. This requires highly trained technicians and office staff that can handle any situation human or pest related.

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