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Carpenter Ant Complete Guide

Carpenter ants are becoming more of a pest in our homes because of the decreased use of pesticide sprays, the use of more natural building products and building houses in wooded areas.  If you see carpenter ants in your house you should take steps to eradicate them before they do serious damage.

IDENTIFICATION: These ants are normally much bigger than the average ant, and are not seen foraging in great numbers.  Colors vary and there may be different sizes in the same colony.  All carpenter ants have a humped back with no indentation, while other ants have one or more.  All ants, whether flying or not, have a very narrow waist (flying termites have no waist).

INSPECTION AND ELIMINATION: Large flying or foraging ants seen inside the home usually means the colony is inside, not outside.  The surest, quickest, cheapest way to eliminate the colony is to find the nest and apply dust directly into the gallery.  An inspection of the crawl space, basement, fireplace, attic, roof, gutters, windows, bathrooms, sinks, door frames, etc. is recommended.

You are looking for sawdust, dead ants, and moisture problems.  If you find the water leak the ants will be there also.  Tapping on the wall will excite the ants and make them start clicking which will pinpoint the nest. (Nobody wants to do this inspection, but carpenter ants often mean water leaks, and that needs to be corrected).  So you did the inspection and you found nothing, now what.

Try putting out tuna packed in water (not oil) and watching them take the food back to the nest.  The ants forage more actively at night.   Upon finding the nest, drill several ¼ inch holes into the nest and apply Drione dust with a bellows duster.  The colony will be dead within minutes.  Do not apply a liquid or an aerosol, the ants will probably escape and relocate from this treatment. In some cases there are more than one colony in your house, so continue to be on the lookout for foraging ants.

CARPENTER ANT BAITS: Maxforce carpenter ant bait and Advance granular bait are available for baiting.  Use both of these at the same time.  Refresh bait once a week.   Allow 4-12 weeks for control of the colony.  Do not use baits and any kind of spray at the same time.  These baits usually work, but I still recommend you find the colony and kill it with the dust.  Remember that the colony is often found in conjunction with a moisture problem.

PREVENTION: Trim overhanging tree limbs and bushes.  Keep the wood pile far from the house.  Remove dead limbs and stumps from trees in the yard.  Spray a residual insecticide such as Bifen on the outside of your house 3 times a season to keep ants from entering your home.  Correct all moisture problems in your home.

As always, call us if you are stumped.  Maybe a fresh look at the problem will help you find the colony.

Garden Pests: Squirrels And Moles

The diet of a mole consists of worms and little bugs that live below ground. The mole has this capacity to paralyze their prey, which helps with food storing. Moles possess horrible visual acuity as a result of existing underground, but this doesn’t impede their efforts in finding prey. The sense of smell which the mole has got is incredible, and it is utilized to discover prey as well as potential predators.

Moles help out the environment a lot. They help to consume excess insects, and theyre also a source of food for other creatures. Furthermore they aerate earth exceptionally well.

There is nothing more unsettling than getting up to discover that a mole has had a field day in your lawn. Picture watching out of your window to find earth thrown around and lawn uprooted. It might take a few hours to correct the damage done by a mole in just a couple of minutes.

A mole can certainly be dangerous to your home. It may break cable lines, which could impact your telephones or any other utilities. A mole may also damage sprinkler systems as well as underground water lines, resulting in flooding. It could be very expensive to reverse the damage done by a mole.

Among the first issues with squirrels is that they could cause destruction of peoples houses. They usually find a little hole close to the attic location, and by constant chewing they will enlarge this hole so they can get in. That big sized opening might cause an expensive problem for the structure in your home as rain starts leaking in and running down your walls.

When they reside inside peoples homes, squirrels can also cause a serious fire threat. They will bring in nesting material, such as dry twigs and hay. As they love to gnaw on anything, they often times hit on electrical wiring. This consequently can spark their nests which could burn the entire house down.

Squirrels feed on snacks that are rich in protein, carbs, and fat. The meals of squirrels contains nuts, plant seeds, conifer cones, many fruits, fungi and green herbs. When there is a shortage of basic food squirrels will also consume buds of trees.

Common Pests in Summer Season

Pests can be a real thorn in the flesh especially if you do not know how you can control them. Most of these suckers proliferate at a very high speed. So before you even know it, they will be all over your home.

That is why you should be very careful when you are dealing with pests. When it comes to dealing with the moist common pests in summer, there are several factors you have to bear in mind. One of them is to ensure that you understand the type of pests you are dealing with. There are four major types of pests that happen to be very common in summer.

Among the most common pests in summer are bees. Because summer attracts warm weather, a lot of flowers blossom. This in turn attracts a lot of bees.

So if you have flowers in your home, you are likely to find bees flying all over the house. This puts you and your family members at the risk of being stung. That is why you should learn ways of dealing with bees.

Because bees are important to the eco system you should not kill them. Instead, you should consult your local agricultural extension officer on how to get rid of bees in the house.

Fleas are also among the mot common pests in summer. These pests will start by attacking your pets. So if you notice your pet scratching her body more than she should, you should check if she is having fleas. It is also normal to find a lot of flies during summer. These suckers are very dangerous because they contaminate food and water, thereby posing a health threat to people. You should therefore move with speed to find the effective way to deal flies. The other common pests in summer are ticks. These normally attack livestock.