Top 5 Pests to watch out for in 2017

Dear Friends,

From blood-sucking bed bugs to tunneling gophers, here’s the lowdown on the top five pests to watch out for in 2017 and how Brezden Pest Control can help eliminate them from your home or business.

1.) Bothersome Bats

If bats choose to move into your attic or barn, it’s unlikely that they’ll be leaving anytime soon. Bats live in colonies that expand every summer when females give birth. Bats can chew into walls, through wires and damage insulation as well as cause noise disturbances. Around five percent of bats carry rabies, a potentially deadly disease. Their guano (droppings) smells awful and carries the fungus Histoplasma Capsulatam, which can cause a lung infection when inhaled.

How Brezden deals with bats: we’ll inspect the property to find out where bats are roosting and safely install bat netting to the entry areas. This special netting allows bats to leave the den at dusk to feed but stops them from re-entering at dawn, so they’re forced to move somewhere else. A week later, Brezden will check and secure the nesting area.

2.)  Sneaky Bed bugs

These brown insects can grow up to 7mm and are as flat as a piece of paper, which allows them to slip through tiny cracks. Bed bugs are attracted by the warmth and CO2 people give off while sleeping and will feed on humans, sucking up to four times their body weight in blood in just 15 minutes. Just one bed bug can produce 300 eggs in a two-month period and while bites aren’t dangerous, they can cause itchiness, allergic reactions and take a psychological toll on your health.

How Brezden deals with bed bugs: an experienced pest control technician will inspect your property thoroughly to find out where the bugs are living before determining the best course of treatment. Bed Bug extermination is notoriously difficult and usually requires chemical or heat treatments and follow-up inspections.


gopher control in San Luis Obispo3.) Groveling Gophers

A single gopher can produce between 10 and 30 mounds of soil in a month as they dig tunnels through your yard. In the process they’ll chew through tree roots, causing your trees to die of thirst and eat whatever vegetation they find along the way, including grass and bulbs. Each gopher’s burrow can cover as much as 2,000 square feet.

How Brezden deals with gophers: in 2016 we launched our new, state-of-the-art Gopher X equipment. The Gopher X machine pushes heated smoke and carbon monoxide into gopher tunnels in a matter of minutes, swiftly and humanely exterminating rodents. Unlike trapping or poisoning, the Gopher X is reliable, fast, and won’t harm your pets or cause damage to your yard.


4.)  Rabid Rodents

A rat or mouse infestation is one of the most common pest problems we all face. Rodents breed quickly and an entire colony can quickly take up residence in your property, causing smells and noise as well as damage to wiring, furniture and fittings. Most worryingly, rodents may carry a range of diseases such as salmonella, Weil’s disease, Murine Typhus, foot and mouth disease and Brucellosis.

How Brezden deals with rodents: we’ll carry out an inspection to find out how and why rodents are entering your property and where they’re living. Brezden uses a mix of live traps, exclusion, snap traps and baits in tamper-proof stations to get rid of rodents. A trained technician will also advise you on how to prevent further infestations and secure your property.

5.) Crappy Birds

In high numbers, birds can become a real nuisance to your property. They may decide to nest in your roof or eaves, causing a lot of noise and mess. The biggest risk of bird infestations is that they leave large amounts of droppings which can breed dangerous diseases. Pigeon droppings in particular have been found to spread encephalitis.

How Brezden deals with birds: we use special netting that allows the birds to leave their nest but stops them from being able to re-enter so that they move on to a new nesting location. For pigeons, we use traps and release the birds elsewhere. We never use poison as this can kill larger animals that feed on dead birds and damage the ecosystem.
Why Hire Brezden Pest Control in 2017?

In 2016 we celebrated 36 years of providing first-rate pest control services to customers in the San Luis Obispo area. So, if you find yourself facing a pest infestation in 2017, here’s why you should hire Brezden to rid your property of pests:

  • Experience – Brezden is a family-owned business that has been providing pest control services in the San Luis Obispo area for over three decades. All of our staff are trained and experienced to deal humanely and effectively with any kind of residential or commercial pest problem including insects, rodents, birds and bed bugs.
  • Reputation – we’re proud to have an outstanding reputation for providing reliable and friendly pest control services. Read some of our reviews and testimonials to find out what customers are saying about Brezden’s great service.
  • Eco-friendly solutions – we’re passionate about protecting the environment and we know that many of our customers feel the same way. So, Brezden uses EcoSmart and Mother Earth products that are effective, reasonably-priced and don’t harm the environment.
  • Office locations – Brezden provides pest control services for clients in the following areas: San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Shandon, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Templeton, Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Cambria, San Miguel, San Ardo, Whitley Gardens, Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Los Olivos.

Find out more about why you should hire Brezden Pest Control in 2017 in this guide: Why Customers Choose Us.

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Get in touch with Brezden Pest Control and we’ll have you pest-free in no time.

About Brezden Pest Control: Brezden Pest Control provides rodent controlbird control,  ant control, and termite treatment services in the San Luis Obispo area. The company keeps homes and businesses pest-free with its commercial pest control and home pest control services.  “Like” the Facebook page to receive information on termite treatment. Call 1-800-464-9446 today for a local pest control estimate. Visit the website to download a copy of the “Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Brezden Pest Control.”

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Appliance Repair Service Celebrates 48 Years in Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 3rd 2017, Santa Barbara, Ca – Yost Appliance, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will continue its run as the oldest appliance repair service in Santa Barbara. The company celebrated its 48th anniversary this February, 2017. Their Santa Barbara appliance repair service has helped customers with their appliance repair needs since 1969.

“As your Santa Barbara appliance repair professionals, we are proud of our long record of outstanding customer service. We would like to thank all of our employees, customers, vendors and community members who helped make this achievement possible,” said owner Burt Yost.

Yost Appliance has a track record of reliable service for Santa Barbara homeowners and customers. They offer a Free Service Call with Repair when customers need an appliance repaired in their home. In their 48 years of operation, the company has become a trusted and valued part of the Santa Barbara community.

Yost appliance repair technicians service Santa Barbara, Goleta, Isla Vista, Hope Ranch, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria. Yost Appliance repair technicians are licensed and insured. The company guarantees its services and the satisfaction of its customers.

“Whether you need a stove repair in Santa Barbara, washer and dryer repair in Carpinteria, refrigerator repair in Goleta or appliance repair services in any of the surrounding communities,  we offer same day service on almost every make and model on the market,” said owner Burt Yost.

To learn more about the quality of work provided by Yost Appliance repair technicians, customers can read the success stories on Yost’s testimonials page.

About Yost Appliance, Inc.: Yost Appliance, Inc. offers same day service on almost every make and model of home appliance on the market. The company is staffed with technicians who provide 100% guaranteed satisfaction for Santa Barbara appliance repair services, washer and dryer repair, refrigerator repair, and garbage disposal repair. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805-966-2846 for more information. Mention the website to receive a special Internet discount. – See more at:

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Termite Awareness

Dear Friends,

Believe it or not, termites fart the most of any other animal on the face of this planet. They produce so much flatulence that some scientists have speculated that they can produce 165 million tons of methane every year.

The National Pest Management Association (NMPA) declared March 12-18 as National Termite Awareness Week. Most people know that termites devour wood, including the wood in houses. But these pests deserve a whole week because they are so much more destructive than most of us know. Read on to find out why termites are such a threat, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Here are a few termite fun facts courtesy of the NPMA.

  • Subterranean termites are present in every state in the U.S. except for Alaska.

  • Termites make up 10% of the world’s mass of living organisms.

  • There are more than 2000 species of termite that have been recorded so far.

  • Termites never stop eating. They are eating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • If you could gather and weigh all the termites in the world, they would weigh more than the combined weight of all the human beings in the world.

  • Formosan termite queens can lay up to 1000 eggs a day

  • Worker termites can search for food up to 250 feet from their colonies.

  • Termites cause more than $5 billion dollars of property damage each year. A group of termites is capable of eating the entire structure of a home in just two years.

  • Termite damage is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies.

Another scary fact about termites: there can be up to 2 million in a colony.

Every area has termites particular to that region, and San Luis Obispo is no different. Here is a quick rundown of the three most common types of termites in our area:

  • Drywood termites: attracted to wood with less than 12% moisture content. They chew through wood the same way ants chew through dirt, making tunnels and perforations through it until the entire structure is destroyed. These termites enter homes in places where wood surfaces are not bonded together, creating a gap where the pests can enter the home. Brezden Pest can inspect your home to find any potential entry points for drywood termites.

  • Subterranean termites: these are the kind of termites that live underground and construct massive tunnels. They will tunnel underground to get to the wood in your home. Subterranean termites usually swarm after a rainstorm. An effective way to keep this kind of termite out of your home is to install Thermal Acoustic Pest Control (TAPS), which can prevent termites from entering your home.

  • Dampwood termites: this kind of termite is most common in low lying coastal areas, although they have been found at higher elevations. They consume any type of wood they encounter by decaying it with fungi they produce in their bodies.

Now that you know how serious termites can be, here are some of the ways Brezden Pest can help prevent termite damage to your home. If you are selling a home and it is in escrow or pre-escrow, we will provide a free termite inspection if you call to schedule your termite inspection by Friday 3/17/17 at 5pm PST.  You can call us at 805-544-9446 or email for more information or to set up an inspection.

We also offer termite inspections for just $75 for FHA loans, VA loans, and refinance loans.

In a typical termite inspection, the technician will walk the property and draw a diagram, identifying and problem areas on the diagram. Then the technician will inspect the exterior for evidence of dry rot, fungus, or other signs of an infestation. The technician then moves on to the interior of the home. Areas checked include eaves, door jams, window frames, interior walls, bathtubs, drains, and crawlspace or sub area of the home.

About Brezden Pest Control: Brezden Pest Control provides rodent controlbird control,  ant control, and termite treatment services in the San Luis Obispo area. The company keeps homes and businesses pest-free with its commercial pest control and home pest control services.  “Like” the Facebook page to receive information on termite treatment. Call 1-800-464-9446 today for a local pest control estimate. Visit the website to download a copy of the “Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Brezden Pest Control.”

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Time For a New Relationship. Rosie’s Cleaning Service.

We’re in this together.  Rosie’s Cleaning Service.

Dear Friends,

Valentine’s Day is coming! Do you have something special planned for your sweetheart? Perhaps an intimate candlelit dinner for your significant other? If so, call us today or receive a quick quote for a whole house cleaning that will meet your needs.

A clean, fresh smelling house helps create an ambiance and a welcoming environment for a dinner or any event. Rosie’s Cleaning Service is flexible, budget-friendly, and has been in business since 1990. We have a proven track record of helping clients and, as a family-owned business, we will take care of your home as if it were ours.

We are currently offering $25 off our deluxe cleaning service. Contact us at 805-698-3132 to schedule your cleaning before we book up!

Rosie’s Cleaning Service
p.s. As a resource to you, we will recommend local area partners that we feel may be of value to you.  If you are moving in or out of Santa Barbara and need the help of a moving team, contact Casey at – The Careful Movers.  If you recently had one of your home appliances stop working, give our trusted appliance repair partner Burt Yost a call.

Q: What does your deluxe cleaning plan include?
Our Deluxe cleaning service covers all areas of the house and provides a thorough clean, including oven cleaning, grout scrubbing, fireplace cleaning and polishing. You can see the full list of what is included in our Deluxe cleaning plan here.

Q: I’m worried about home safety, is Rosie’s service insured?
Yes, Rosie’s Cleaning Service is fully licensed, bonded and insured with liability and workers comp, as well as an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Rosie’s has an impeccable reputation for providing quality service and we have hundreds of positive reviews from satisfied customers.

Q: How much is your cleaning service?
Get a quick quote for your cleaning needs by filling in this form on our website or emailing us at:; we’ll get back to you within 24 hours. You can also call us on (805)-698-3132 for a quote.

Call 805-698-3132 or email 

Things to do in Santa Barbara while Rosie cleans your home    

  • Blush Restaurant Downtown: Blush will be having a Valentine’s dinner celebration in downtown Santa Barbara. Blush is a cozy restaurant and lounge that will be open from noon until 10:00 p.m. You and your guests can sit back and relax while their chefs do all the cooking.
  • Sammy’s wine tours is a great way to enjoy the area by touring around the local wineries. Get shuttled around in style and avoid a costly DUI.
  • Qui Si Bella Spa is running a special for their day spa and massage services. Take your family and friends to the spa and get a mani / pedi!

Call 805-698-3132 or email 


We’re offering a Valentine’s Cleaning Special until Feb 15th. GET $25 OFF DELUXE CLEANING.  Call 805-698-3132 now or visit for a quick cleaning quote.


About Rosie’s Cleaning Service: Rosie’s Cleaning Service has been the Santa Barbara cleaning experts since 1990. Services include residential cleaningcommercial cleaningafter party cleaningpost-construction clean-up service, and vacation rental clean-up service. Visit the website at to download a complimentary copy of the PDF, “The Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Rosie’s Cleaning.” “Like” the Facebook page to receive Santa Barbara cleaning tips. Call 805-698-3132 for a quick quote on Santa Barbara maid service.

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The 5R’s in Waste Management

The 5 R’s – The key factors that are to be remembered in respect of waste management are – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Replace.

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1. Reduce – wherever possible reduce waste production. One can always reduce waste production by following these simple guidelines:

a. Use or buy only what is needed – when there is no waste generated, then there is no waste to be treated. Make a shopping list before going for shopping. This will ensure that you don’t buy things which are not needed. Don’t give in to temptation by buying random items.

b. Buy items that can be re-used like rechargeable batteries. This will create very less waste as they can be reused more than once.

c. Unsubscribe from paper mails and instead opt for emails.

d. Buy products with minimum packing. Flashy and fun packaging does not necessarily mean better product quality.

e. Say NO to plastic bags. Carry your own reusable shopping bags.

f. Spread the word on waste reduction at source – more people adopting waste reduction means less waste generated.

2. Reuse – if waste is produced, explore the feasibility of reusing the waste. Don’t throw away items that are reusable. Reduce waste by making full use of any item. Here are some useful ideas on how to reuse those everyday bits and pieces.

a. Re-use old clothes by stitching items like cloth bags, cushion covers, table / sofa covers etc. Those that cannot be reused as such can be used as waste cloth for cleaning.

b. Re-use old tires in the garden as swings or as pots for growing small plants.

c. Re-use glass bottles and jars as storage containers after cleaning and drying.

d. Re-use envelopes by sticking labels over the address.

e. Re-use plastic bags as waste bin bags.

3. Recycle – if reusing is not feasible, explore the next option of recycling the waste. As there are economic and environmental costs associated with waste collection and recycling, it should be considered only where reduction and reuse of waste is not practicable / feasible. Most of the household and work place items can be effectively recycled with a little effort. Here are some tips on adopting recycling:

a. Keep recyclable trash containers at strategic locations at home / work place. This will foster better participation in the recycling process from every one.

b. Don’t throw something out just because it is old or broken. Repair and repurpose it for use again.

c. Recycle food waste by composting using compost bins.

4. Recover – it may be possible to recover materials or energy from waste which cannot be reduced, reused or recycled. For instance, Sweden has been successfully generating biogas and fuel oil from waste and trash.

5. Replace – adopt eco-friendly goods or lifestyles, such as using handkerchiefs instead of tissues, travel by public transport instead of private cars, walk or cycle for short commuting distances, adopt car-pooling for long distance commuting instead of self-driving etc.

Habit is a powerful tool in our daily life. Most of the things we do in our daily life are a matter of habit. Buying unwanted items, using tissues instead of handkerchief / cloth napkins are all habits which have been ingrained into us. The trick lies in changing these habits into environmental friendly habits, a challenging task for anyone, but still necessary for a better world. In other words, the 5 Rs should be practised as a norm rather than as an exception.

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Handcrafted From Bali: 4 Types of Wood Commonly Used in Indonesian Furniture and Wood Art

When an artist decides to create a new piece, one of the first decisions he makes is what material he will use? We see intricate designs and patterns weaved and chipped into wood and stone. Bali, being the main source for wood carvings, does a lot of chipping. They chip away at a wood block tirelessly to create the beautiful creations we have today. One of the first items they have to get is the materials. More often than not, they use materials that are cheap in cost. Usually, trees as they are abundant on the Island. Which trees are they reaching for? Which trees are they using to create their art? Let’s take a brief look at 4 major trees that are frequently used in Balinese wood carvings an, see some of their unique properties, and the benefits of carving with these different types of trees.

The first tree has the most commonly used wood for carvings in Bali. It is known by the locals as the ‘Albesia’ or ‘Belalu.’ (Albizia Falcata) It is a white, soft wood. There are numerous reasons why it is used so frequently. It is native to Indonesia. As such, it grows considerably well to a staggering 130 feet tall. Now that isn’t anything too special. Some redwoods have been found that are 380 feet tall, but when you consider how fast the Albesia grows, it becomes quite evident why it is the favored species in plantations in Indonesia. It can grow 30 feet high in just 2 years. That is astronomical! It holds the official title as “the fastest growing tree in the world.” Because it is such a fast grower, Indonesian farmers have been able to make a living off of this tree alone, planting them anywhere they can. The core wood is used to make furniture, doors, and plywood. It is also termite- resistant. At Golden Sun, we did a test with one of our pieces and left it near a termite bed for a week, and surprisingly it was not damaged by the termites. For these reasons, majority of our carvings are made of the almighty Albesia wood.

The next tree is known as the “Crocodile” or Satin Wood. (Zanthoxylum Rhetsa) You can see why it is called crocodile wood. Some villagers have been spooked before by crocodile wood floating downstream, as it looks like the back of a crocodile. Kind of funny! =) It is a white, relatively hard wood. Carving with this wood gives a very smooth finish. So smooth that it looks like ivory.

Moving right along, we have the “Suar” or Rain Tree. (Albizia Saman) This tree has a brown, hard wood. It a wide- canopied tree with a large symmetrical spread. It is known as the rain tree because its leaves fold in the rain and when the sun sets. It reaches a height of 82 feet and nearly 120 feet in diameter. The wood is quite heavy, making it an ideal choice for house supports. Bali wood carvings that use this wood are dark in color and have substantial weight to them. It is a favored wood of importers outside the tropics because its crisscrossed interlocking grain prevents the wood from cracking when put in drier climates. If you live in the desert or Texas, you should choose this wood.

Lastly, we have the “Waru” or Grey Hibiscus. (Hibiscus Tiliaceus) The wood is white blended with light grey. This wood often makes distinctive two- tone carvings. As it ages the grey turns green giving it an earthy look. These trees are very short, getting to a paltry 32 feet in height. The outside bark of this tree has tough fibers used to make rope. It has the unique property of being stronger when wet. That is why it is commonly used to caulk ships. It is the go-to high quality furniture wood. If you want have your piece outside, I’d recommend getting “waru” wood. That way you don’t have to worry about moisture in the air.

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Differences Between A Gazebo, Pergola And Pavilion

Make your backyard unique by building a gazebo, pavilion or pergola. Some of these outdoor structures are better known than others. For this reason, it’s a good idea to learn the differences before deciding which one is best suited for your property.

Differences Between A Gazebo, Pergola, And Pavilion

Gazebo: A gazebo is freestanding garden structure. They are relatively common, and it is likely that you have seen one! They are usually hexagonal or octagonal in shape and have a dome roof. Some gazebos offer a place to sit inside, and they all provide shelter from the sun. In addition, they are usually made out of wood. They are often placed in or near a garden, and they are quite popular for garden weddings and photo sessions.

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Pavilion: This outdoor structure is usually rectangular in shape and has a roof similar to a house. The main difference between a gazebo and pavilion is size. A pavilion is meant to accommodate more people. In general they can accommodate five to 15 people, maybe even more. These architectural structures have been quite popular since the 19th century and serve to host outdoor events like family reunions, picnics, and even weddings.

Pergola: This structure has four legs and is rectangular in shape, but its defining characteristic is its roof, which is usually open and consists of horizontal planks of wood. You can set your pergola in your backyard or even adjoin it to your home. They create a shaded area, and can provide support for plants.

Building Options

If you want to build a more complex outdoor structure and attach it to your house, you might need a designer, an architect and a good builder. Some home improvement companies offer a wide range of services, which include excellent designs, quality materials, and timely construction for every budget. Look online and see what kind of work and service they can offer you.

You also have the option of building the structure yourself. However, before you embark on this adventure, consider whether you have the time and patience for a project of this magnitude. Building a backyard structure by yourself may seem like the cheapest option in the beginning; however, in the end it could cost you even more, especially if you don’t have the necessary knowledge or construction skills.

No matter how you choose to construct it, an outdoor structure can add value to your property and enrich your backyard.

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