The Effects of an Untreated Ant Infestation

Sometimes it is hard to identify an ant infestation. These tiny insects usually invade your home in search of food. When a scout ant figures out how your house is the excellent source of food, it leaves a scent for other ants to follow. This is why they spread so quickly. Most ant infestations are difficult to get rid of and require a trained professional. Some species of ants, like carpenter ants, can significantly damage your home. When ants are eating your house piece by piece, things can become quite ugly. A lot of other negative effects can happen as a READ MORE »

Pantry Pests & How to Get Rid of Them

Pantry pests is a term used to describe a group of pests that like to feed on stored foods. There are hundreds of different species of these annoying insects, but the most common include grain moths, rice weevils, grain beetles, granary weevils, and rain bores. If you don’t want to open a bag of flour and notice something crawling inside, you should know how to prevent pantry pests. Identifying Pantry Pests Moths Moths vary in appearance and size depending on the species, but most pantry moths are smaller than two centimeters. They have two pairs of wings, are covered in scales, READ MORE »

Big Black Ants or Carpenter Ants? How to Tell the ...

The presence of big black ants sometimes means that your home is invaded by carpenter ants. If this is the case, you don’t want that since they can literally eat through parts of your house if you don’t notice them on time. People sometimes assume every big black ant is a carpenter ant, which can bring an instant panic; however, not all big black ants are carpenter ants. In order to identify them properly, all you need to know is a little basic biology. Since carpenter ants can cause significant structural damages, you need to know how to recognize them when compared READ MORE »

All About Earwigs

Earwigs frighten many people because of superstitions about how they crawl into the ears of people while they sleep. Fortunately, this is just a common misconception and it almost never happens. They also seem frightening because of the pincers on their abdomens, but they only use them for self-defense. This is also why they’re known as pincher bugs. There are 22 different types of earwigs in the United States and more than 1,000 species all over the world. Here is some basic information about earwig control. Earwig Appearance Their size depends on the species, but they usually vary from 5-25 READ MORE »

8 Ant Control Methods That Don't Work

A lot of homes have problems with ants. These insects can be a real burden. Once an ant enters your home it leaves a scent trail that invites other ants to follow. They are hard to exterminate, especially if there is an infestation. It’s fine to try out some of the DIY methods as an ant control, but if anything, they’ll only kill a few at best. Ants are social insects and they always live in colonies, so the ant control treatments should effectively kill the entire colony. If you’re looking for ways to get rid of ants, here are a few ant control methods READ MORE »

9 Tips for Successful Tick Removal

Knowing how to remove a tick is a useful thing for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors or who owns a pet, especially during flea and tick season. The truth is that there are specific tick-borne diseases, like Lyme disease, and this is one of the main reason why you should watch out for these pests. Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do for successful tick removal! Tick Removal Best Practices The best thing you can do for yourself and your pet is to prevent ticks from biting in the first place. Wear long pants and sleeves when you’re spending READ MORE »

The Ant Identification Guide

Ant control can be difficult, but if you know a few things about different ant species and their behavior it can become easier. There are more than 12,500 species of ants that have been classified, and colonies can number up to 300,000–500,000. Worker ants may live seven years while the queen may live for 15 years. They nest almost anywhere in and around your house, so proper ant control is important during warmer months. Pavement Ants Workers are about 2.5–4 mm long and vary in color from dark brown to black. They have antennae and paler legs. Pavement ants are noticeable READ MORE »

How to Get Rid of Fleas in Carpet

Fleas are small insects, but they’re so tough since it may feel like they’re only spreading more day by day. If your pet has fleas, they’re most likely inside your house too, and a common place for them to infest is your carpeting. Here are some tips on how to get rid of fleas in your carpet and other parts of your home! How a Carpet Can Become Infested These creepy little insects love to grab hold of the warm fur of your pet and feed on them; even you could be their host. Your carpets provide excellent environment conditions for a flea infestation, READ MORE »

All About Silverfish

Silverfish are among the most ancient insects on the planet. They’ve been crawling around for more than 400 million years. Although they don’t pose a serious danger to humans, silverfish infestations usually go undetected since these insects are secretive in their movements. This is why proper silverfish control is important. Silverfish Appearance A is a small wingless insect. Its name comes from its silvery gray and blue color and movements similar to those of a fish. Their bodies are thicker in the front and are teardrop-shaped, usually up to 12-19 mm in length. They have two long antennas on their head, six legs, READ MORE »

The Signs and Effects of a Clover Mite Infestation

Clover mites are tiny but destructive insects. To reduce the chances of a clover mite infestation, you need to practice proper clover mite control in the spring and fall. If you have any doubts there is an infestation going on in your household, check out common signs and effects of a clover mite infestation. Just remember, if there is an infestation, clover mite control is best left to your pest management professional. Common Signs of a Clover Mite Infestation Usually, clover mites are hard to see without magnification, so before you do clover mite control, make sure to have some tools READ MORE »

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