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Western Ant Invaders

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Of the 2500 different ant species about 250 will reside in the Western U.S. Among the large variety of ants to be found in the Western United States, there are three species of ants that commonly invade, causing homeowners major headaches. These ants include the Odorous House Ant, the Carpenter Ant and the Pharaoh Ant. Here’s what you need to know about these three common ants:  What does an Odorous House Ant look like and what do they eat?  The Odorous House Ant will be a dark brown or a shiny black color, and will be 1/16 to 1/8 –inch long. The Odorous House Ant will eat just about kind… Read More

Wood Destroying Ants: What You Need to Know

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A carpenter ant infestation can come out of nowhere, and unlike regular ants, they often cause significant damage to your home’s structure. Carpenter ants do not eat wood. However, they do like to nest in it. Damage occurs as they build their nest or add to their colony. If you are concerned about these little pests, the following tips will help you ward off an infestation. Carpenter Ants and Termites Carpenter ants and termites can both have wings. They look a lot alike, so it is often hard to determine what type of pest you are dealing with. Examine the body to figure out what you have. Carpenter ants are… Read More

Friday Favorites: Your Links Round-Up Of Pest Articles

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Your Homes Curb Appeal Could Be Attracting Pests It’s important to pay attention to what implications your home’s curb appeal and landscaping can have for your yearly pest prevention. Here are some helpful landscaping tips to deter pests: http://www.westernpest.com/blog/your-homes-curb-appeal-could-be-attracting-pests/ Preventing Ants Is An Ongoing Task Check out these helpful tips from our Rose exterminators to prevent ant problems in your home: http://www.rosepestsolutions.com/blog/post/preventing-ants-is-an-ongoing-task Carpenter Bees Damage Wood These bees are known as wood destroying insects, because they make their nests inside of wood and cause a host of problems for home owners as a result. If left unchecked, carpenter bees can cause structural damage. Learn more: http://www.permatreat.com/carpenter-bees-damage-wood/ Pest Control Tips to… Read More

Friday Link Round-Up: Pest Control Information

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When Pest Control Should Not Be a DIY Project There are a few instances in which you should never attempt to do your own pest control. These include… Getting Rid Of Spiders – Australia Spiders have the uncanny ability of closing off their lungs for several hours, making surface sprays and aerosols ineffective in killing them and their egg cases. The most effective method is to use fast-acting contact chemicals that kill the spiders efficiently. More… Carpenter Ants: Silent Destroyers Carpenter ants are basically destructive ants. The earlier they are treated the lesser are the chances of damage. More… Demand For Pest Controllers On The Rise Despite the demand for… Read More

Pest Control Links Round Up: Veterans Day Week Edition

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Pest Control Links Round Up: Veterans Day Week Edition Bulwark Salutes Veterans Here is a very heart warming tribute, from Bulwark Exterminating, in which some of their employees offer some Veterans Day gratitude by offering tribute to a few service men and women they personally know and love. More… Does Your Fruit Have Flies? Fruit Flies seem to come from nowhere and are almost impossible to get rid of. Learn what you can do to solve your fruit fly problems here. Choosing the Right Termite Treatment To Meet Your Needs They’re termites, and they do billions of dollars in damages to property every single year. So what are the keys… Read More

Halloween Ants: 3 Ants Inspired By The Things Of Our Nightmares

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What do Halloween spooks like vampires, ghosts, and zombies have to do with the picnic ruining, biting, stinging, and all around pesky ant? More than you might think! Here are three different species of ant that are inspired by the things of our nightmares: Dracula Ants Horrifying ants that suck blood… Say it isn’t so! Dracula ants (Adetomyrma venatrix) are named after the very famous fictitious vampire count Dracula; because of the grisly way in which these ants feast on the blood of their young. Well, technically it’s not the blood of their young that Dracula ants are drinking, but rather the hemolymph or ant blood equivalent. This practice is… Read More

Pest Control- Weekly Links

Pest Control- Weekly Links   Carpenter Ant Awareness Week This week is carpenter ant awareness week. How can you spot carpenter ants? Where are they found? What can you do to prevent them? Here’s what you need to know. More… Bird Mites Here’s an article discussing the appearance, lifecycle, habits, and behavior of bird mites. More… Have You Seen the Asian Tiger Mosquito? Our pest of the week is the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Turns out that this flying pest is also common in California. Here’s what you need to know. More… Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte, NC Out of all the different species of cockroaches, the Asian cockroach just might be… Read More

How Much Does A Pest Control Technician Cost?

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Consumers and pest control operators alike value their pest control technicians. For the consumer, a skilled and attentive technician keeps their families safe from dangerous pests like stinging scorpions, poisonous Black Widow spiders, and disease carrying cockroaches. This VALUE is immeasurable but in terms of a monetary COST; it’s about $50 a month, depending on the size of a home, location, and treatment methods. For the pest control operator, a reliable and experienced technician creates immense value for the company. A high-quality technician retains customers through their expertise and superior customer service. This value and monetary cost is a little more challenging to calculate, but really got me thinking: How… Read More

5 For Friday: Pest Control Link Round-Up

 Pest Of The Week: The Asian Cockroach   In most of the southeast United States, the Asian cockroach is commonly considered a considerable pest control problem. In highly infested areas of North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia; some 250,000 cockroaches per acre have been discovered. These cockroaches are not as common in urban areas, but can frequently be found in and around suburban and rural properties. They are excellent fliers, and are abundant outdoors. Many homeowners confuse the Asian cockroach with the German cockroach. It is argued if these two species of cockroach are related, but there are a few many similarities. There are also a few differences between the Asian… Read More

Carpenter Ants Versus Termites: Tips For Identifying Winged Pests

Do you have a swarm of pests outside your home? Chances are, you are dealing with either termites or carpenter ants; both of these bugs swarm during spring, which is their mating season. It is important to figure out exactly which pest you have, however, because termites can be very destructive and require treatment from professionals. Luckily, there are ways that you can determine the difference between these two bugs. Examine Their Bodies Do your best to capture one of the bugs, and examine it closely. If the body does not appear to be segmented, you probably have a termite. If, however, you notice a distinct waist, it is more… Read More