More Info! Seepage and Moisture in Homes

During the cool winter months, many people don’t think about all of the household pests lurking outside. Things like termites, ants, beetles and more can end up invading you home without your even realizing it. This is especially true during the winter months when these pests are looking for a source of moisture. How many times do you really think about a clogged gutter or downspout in the winter? If you are like most people, that is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, clogged gutters and drains can cause water to back up and begin pooling around your home. This is a welcome invitation for pests like termites and ants. This is why it is so important to have your home inspected during the winter. Winter inspections often alert you to any flooded heating ducts, defective sump pumps, submerged electrical cables and more. Another thing these inspections can reveal is any leaking showers, toilets, sinks, washing machines, refrigerators or sewer lines. The sooner you know there is a leak in your home the quicker you can set out to correct the problem and make sure your home is protected. Moisture is the main reason why homes become infested with pests. It is also the leading cause of fungus. Both mold and insects need water, food and air to thrive. If your home has a lot of moisture in it, these pests can end up taking over and causing a world of damage in your home. It doesn’t matter where the water is coming from. The key is being able to get rid of the water and restore...

Interior Tips for Termite Pest Control

As a homeowner, the last thing you want is to find a bunch of pests and rodents crawling around inside of your home. Not only are these critters a pain, they can also carry any number of different diseases with them. The last thing you want is for someone to get sick simply because you didn’t get the pests out of the home. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to prevent the pests from coming inside and keep them out for good. Check out some of these simple, yet effective, tips below for preventing your home from being invaded by unwanted nuisances. Add screens on your doors and windows. While adding screens might not help to eradicate every type of pest out there, it can definitely help, especially when it comes to bees and wasps. By adding in screens, you can enjoy the fresh air outside without having to worry about your home being invaded by every type of insect or rodent outside there is. Screens don’t have to be expensive to get the job done, but they can definitely help give you the peace of mind you need when opening a door or window up. Keep the kitchen tidy. Most pests that come into your home are looking for some type of food source. Your kitchen is often a great place for them to get just that. Make sure your counters are wiped clean at all times. Don’t leave a bunch of garbage overflowing in the kitchen either. When pests smell food, they are going to swarm in and start invading your space. By...

Differences Between Winged Termites and Flying Ants

While many insects go into hibernation over the cold winter months, they all end up making their appearance known when the cold weather is gone and the warm temperatures start setting in. Even though all of these insects might have a purpose in the environment, that doesn’t mean you want them in your home and creating havoc. Carpenter ants and termites come in and cause all sorts of devastating damage to your home. Their main purpose is to continue reproducing and establishing one colony after another. Many people have a hard time being able to tell the two insects apart, but there are distinct differences between the two. It is important that you know the differences between the two because the treatment methods used to treat termites isn’t going to be the same as carpenter ants. Thankfully, you can easily determine which one it is that has invaded your home by looking for a few different characteristics. Do they have straight or bent antennae? When looking at termites and carpenter ants, you want to look at their antennae. If you see that the antennae are straight, you are more than likely dealing with termites. A carpenter ant tends to have bent antennae. Another thing to look at is the length of the antennae. Termites don’t have near as long of antennae as that of the carpenter ant. Are the bodies the same width or do they have distinct regions? Regardless of whether you are dealing with termites or carpenter ants, every insect is going to have three distinct body regions: the abdomen, thorax and head. While all insects might...

Treatment for Ants

Even though there are more than 12,000 species of ants around the world, there are only a few of them that like to make their way into your home. These ants are searching for something greasy or sweet. As much of a pain as it is to have a bunch of ants inside of your home and getting into everything, they do serve a purpose for the environment. The best thing you can do is try to prevent them from coming into your home, rather than trying to eliminate them entirely. To help control ants, there are a few things that you can do on your own. Eliminate the scouts. The very first time you see an ant in your home that often means that more are lurking around somewhere. Ants often send out what is referred to as a scout. These scouts come in and scout out the place to determine whether it is a good place to make their home or not. When you see an ant, you need to get to work right away cleaning your kitchen. Eliminate all traces of anything sweet, greasy, sticky or fleshy. If you have any dirty dishes that need to be washed, make sure you do it before turning in for the night. Wipe all surfaces down with a disinfectant that repels ants and makes them go elsewhere. The key is keeping your surfaces free from anything that is going to draw the ants in and make them want to invade your space. Seal off entry points. If possible, try to track down where the ants are making their way...