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Can You Tell the Difference Between Winged Termites and Winged Ants?

Spring is termite and swarming time, and when customers find them inside their homes on a beautiful spring day, Panic Happens.

But is a termite or just a carpenter ant?

We ran a poll on facebook to see if someone believed that they could tell the difference?

85 % of surveyors believed they could tell the difference and would be comfortable assuming they had one over the other.   They considered themselves a “Bug Master”

15 % make a strong statement in stating NO and that they would require identification from an expert.

But here is the funnier part, when asked the questions, “what are the key identifiers between winged termites and winged ants?”, only 2 % answered correctly.

Now to be real honest we polled a very small group of individuals and would love for anyone to leave a comment and answer our survey below.

Carpenter Ant Control

With 30 years in the industry, we know alot because, we have seen a lot.  And most people will either not know, or will assume the wrong assumption of pests.  And for that reason alone calling a pest professional for a termite inspection is imperative.  Not just any pest professional make sure that they are knowledgeable about pest, can answer your questions intelligently.

Subterranean Termites stats

Termite control is big business and proper identification could mean the difference between a couple of hundred dollars to over thousand.  Not to mention extensive damage if the pest is not properly identified. You also want a pest professional to spend quality time address any and all conducive conditions for termites, and carpenter ants.

We live in the perfect area in the world, great weather, beautiful trees and lots of moisture! But with all this lovely beauty comes all the pests, and termites are a common problem that should be addressed.

How to Become a Bug Master:

Key Identifiers when you are trying to determine if they are black flying ants or flying termites.

Carpenter ants & Termites

Winged Ants

  • Antennae is elbowed
  • Has a Narrow Waist
  • Wings of unequal size
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Winged Termites

  • Straight Antennae
  • Thick waist
  • Wings are of equal size.

 

Termites need wood for consumption but carpenter ants only use wood to create galleries and do not ingest the wood.

Sometimes trying to save a few dollars can end up costing you much more when you do not know exactly what is lurking around inside your walls.  

Carpenter ants love moisture and are looking for damp rotting wood in your home, so eliminating and drying up those moisture problems can help prevent and eliminate them.

But do not assume that is it just water damage, proper inspection and identification is the key, and in the Kingwood, Humble, Porter, New Caney, Conroe areas, a yearly inspection can save you thousands in damage, and only cost $95.00.  Once it has been inspected, paying a termite renewal agreement to keep your inspection up today annually and treatment included, if something arises.

Winged Termites

Carpenter Ants or Termites

Leading chemical manufacture Control Solutions Inc, Technical Service Manager explains in depth what we look for in carpenter ant identification.

 

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Termites

What do you do when you’ve found your dream home, but discover that it is crawling with termites?  

Termites damage $5 billion of property each year.  This price tag may seem daunting to someone looking at buying a house, but advances in pest control technology and the expertise of professionals should give any homeowner confidence in our industry’s ability to treat an infestation.  

In most states, lenders require that homes undergo a termite inspection prior to being sold.  If termite infestation or damage is found, it is the seller’s responsibility to address the infestation.  Interested buyers should question their home’s current owners about the history of termite damage, previous pest control treatments, and any current termite contracts.  

How difficult are termites to treat?

Recent consumer research suggests that over 70{1372eeb1cb23f65e9e748ad9ae5161354312081fa5fc35084f2ea9a9562c2265} of homeowners feel that professional pest control services are more effective than do it yourself treatments; however, this is not to say that some pests are not more difficult to treat than others, even for professionals.  

Termites are social insects meaning that they live in large groups and by the time homeowners notice termite damage there is typically a significant infestation.  However, the industry continues to invest time and money to develop new products and methods to treat these and all other pests. Our continuing education programs help to enhance current member knowledge about the most up to date treatment options.

Termites are just one pest and although they pose large property threats it is important to also remember how many other pests pose public health threats.  More and more consumers are turning to pest control professionals to help them treat this growing threat – a recent national survey found that consumers are more aware of pest-related diseases and the pests that transmit them then ever before.

How much does a termite treatment cost?

The cost of a termite treatment depends upon the extent of the infestation and damage making it difficult to generalize to a specific price.  Most companies will complete an initial inspection for free and depending on their findings will develop a comprehensive treatment program. Generally speaking, in a 1,500 square foot home costs associated with a liquid treatment can range from $800.00 to $1,800.00 and costs associated with a bait treatment can range from $650.00 to $1,500.00.  

What are the different types of termite treatments?

Currently, there are three types of treatments available for use by the professional: soil treatments, wood treatments and baits.

Soil treatments are liquid termiticides diluted with water to ensure adequate coverage in the soil. Injection of this system in the soil creates a treated area that repels or reduces the population of termites and envelops the structure with a long-term protection. This is the most commonly used system and may be used in combination with baits and/or wood treatment.

Wood treatments involve treating infested wood or potentially infested wood with liquids such as a traditional treatment or borate materials. This treatment type protects the wood from infestation and reduces or eliminates the infestation in the wood at the time of the treatment.

Baits are relatively new and involve installing bait stations in the ground. Termites then eat the bait and carry the active ingredient throughout the colony or area, thus reducing foraging, which in turn reduces the colony population. Baits are popular since there is no interior drilling, and they are less bother for the homeowner.

What is the most effective type of termite treatment?

The National Pest Management Association and the entire professional pest control industry are committed to providing highly effective treatment options for all pest issues.  The most effective type of treatment depends upon the specific infestation. A trained and licensed pest control operator can assess each infestation separately and recommend a rigorous treatment plan that will effectively control the termite population.

Why should someone hire a professional instead of attempting to control their pest problems by themselves?

Just as you wouldn’t prescribe medicine for yourself or drill your own cavities – you shouldn’t attempt to control health and property threatening pests on your own.  Professionals have the training, licensing and experience necessary to correctly identify pest species and determine the most important course of treatment. It isn’t worth risking your home or your health.

In a recent nationally representative survey of United States homeowners we found that 72{1372eeb1cb23f65e9e748ad9ae5161354312081fa5fc35084f2ea9a9562c2265} believe that professional pest control services are more effective than store bought home remedies – these homeowners are absolutely correct.  Most people who attempt to control pest problems by themselves spend more time and money than homeowners who hire a professional.

What questions should homeowners ask during a professional termite treatment?

Homeowners should find out specifics about the location and extent of termite damage.  They should ask for further information on the products and materials that will be applied in and around their home.  A federal law requires commercial applicators of “restricted use” products to be certified. The certification program is left up to the state. Homeowners can call the certifying state agencies for further information.  They should also be aware of the difference between a repair and a retreat contract which stipulates a company’s ultimate responsibility for the job.

Homeowners shouldn’t hesitate to question their pest control operators about other pests or related pest information.  PCOs are well-trained, educated and capable of discussing pests and pest-related public health and property threats. As consumers become increasing aware of and worried about the recent influx of pest-related public health threats they should feel free to contact NPMA or their local PCO to address any issues.

How long does termite treatment typically take?

Termite treatments range take less than a day depending on the location, extent of damage, and the products and materials used to treat the infestation.  

All professional pest control treatments require vigilant follow-up by the homeowner and pest control professional to ensure success.   With recent information suggesting an influx of pest-related public health threats, it is vital that homeowners remain in close contact with their PCOs during all treatments.  

What can a homeowner do to prevent termites?

The National Pest Management Association offers several tips to help homeowners prevent termite infestations:

  • Since termites are attracted to moisture, avoid moisture accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation or dehumidification. Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from growing over and covering vents.
  • Before and during construction, never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the backfill, especially near the building. Be sure to remove old form boards, grade stakes, etc., left in place after the building was constructed. Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building. 
  • Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil. An 18-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building is ideal.

Other Pests

Can pests other than termites damage property?

Absolutely, there are many pests that can cause significant damage to homes and to property.  Carpenter ants, carpenter bees and powder post beetles can all damage wood areas of homes and property.  Mice, rats, and other types of rodents and wildlife can contaminate food supply and chew through electrical wires and other important belongings.   

Professional Pest Control

What should a homeowner look for when selecting a PCO?

A recent national study found that over 50 % of homeowners take the time to check the certifications of pest control companies before hiring them.  This is a great start when looking to select a PCO. You should make sure to do the following:

  • Always deal with a qualified and licensed pest management company that is a member of national, state or local pest management associations.
  • Ask friends and neighbors to recommend companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service. 
  • Check prospective choices with the local Better Business Bureau for a reliability report or to see if complaints have been filed against the company you have in mind.
  • If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management firms.
  • Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge as well as skillful application of pesticides, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Find out if the company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.
  • If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing prevention and management are necessary. 
  • Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true

If you hire a PCO are you guaranteed a pest-free home?

Professional pest control companies differ in their guarantees regarding treatments. If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing prevention and management are necessary. 

It is important that homeowners remain active participants before, during and after all pest control treatments.   This type of vigilance helps the homeowner better understand their contract and possible guarantee, and better helps the PCO understand the homeowner’s expectations.  

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PREPARING FOR BED BUG TREATMENT

 

Bed bugs as the name implies are small and tiny insects that bug us on our bed, they make your rest time in bed not enjoyable. Bed bugs are a kind of pest that multiplies rapidly, and once a particular room or space is infested, the spread continues but the good thing is that bugging by the bed bugs can be solved by treating such affected room. But before treatment begins with treatment products like Activ Volcano Bed Bug Lure and Trap or the SenSci Volcano Bedbug detector and trap, here are some paramount steps you should take to ensure maximum efficiency of the treatment.

How to Prepare for a Bed Bug Inspection

  • Proper preparation of a room for bed bug treatment will reduce the spread of bed bugs and help ensure a successful treatment.
  • Beds: Strip beds of all linens and place in plastic bags for immediate laundering. Always use hot, soapy water when laundering items.
  • Mattress: If disposing of infested mattress and box spring, wrap in plastic before discarding.
  • Box Spring: Vacuum seams and general surface area of mattress and box spring.
  • Walls: Detach, but leave in the room all items attached to walls (pictures, mirrors, lights fixtures, outlet covers, switch plates, headboards, etc).
  • Carpet: Loosen the carpet from tack strip at floor/wall junction around the perimeter of the rooms.
  • Floors: Vacuum floors using crack & crevice tool under wall baseboard.
  • Furniture: Vacuum seams and general surface area of all sofa and chair cushions.
  • Sofa: If sofa contains a foldout sofa bed, vacuum that as well.
  • Cloth Covers: Remove cloth cover from the bottom of the box spring and chairs and discard, dry at the hottest setting possible for the material. Do not remove from bags until the room is cleared.
  • Books: Place all books and other items from shelves and closets into plastic bags and leave in the room.

 

Extermination Preparation

  • Prior to extermination, remove all bedding from mattresses, gather all linens, clothing, etc. from living space. This includes any textile materials that are machine washable - pillows, mattress covers, anything - and those that must be dry cleaned. Even fabric that is in storage should be collected. Wash bedding and any clothing/fabrics that may have come in contact with bedbugs in HOT water, and dry in the dryer if possible. Wash all other linens and fabrics as directed.
  • After washing, place items in storage bins or bags, or garbage bags. Seal as much as possible to prevent bugs from entering and hiding in the clean fabrics.
  • Empty closets in rooms where bugs have been found, or closets in which fabrics, linens, towels, etc. have been stored. The Bedbug King exterminator will need access into these spaces.
  • Unplug electronic devices in rooms being exterminated. This will make the area more accessible to the bed bug king technicians. Vacuum floors, carpets, nooks, and crannies. Steam clean, if possible, floors, rugs (if not machine washable), couch cushions, etc.
  • Move objects away from the perimeter of rooms. For example, if your sofa or bed is positioned against a wall, pull it away from the wall. The exterminator will need access to the perimeter of the rooms where bugs have been found, (probably bedrooms, living room, den/study). Vacuum along the perimeter of the room.
  • Empty wooden bookshelves, desks, dressers, nightstands etc., and remove drawers if possible. Bedbugs can and will seek refuge between the boards of wooden furniture. This may include coffee tables, television stands, bed frames, photo frames, and box springs.
  • Make sure to leave the place for a space of 2 to 3 hours after the treatment is completed.
  • Wait for all mattresses, sofas, etc. to dry before sitting or laying on them. The chemicals used by the bed bug king to exterminate the premises will rarely irritate your skin, they have a very small odor.
  • Suffering a bedbug infestation does not mean you keep an untidy home, or that you live in unfit conditions. They are extremely common and indiscriminate - the presence of bed bugs does not speak to your personal hygiene habits or socioeconomic status. Remember to call the bed bug king if you get re-infected.
  • Be sure to follow the exterminator's instructions. Success depends on you and your willingness to cooperate and follow directions, even if it means to get rid of your furniture. You cannot be too thorough. Yes, it is annoying and time-consuming to prepare, but it is best to do it right the first time and avoid repeating the process should the extermination fail because space was not prepared!
  • Don’t move any of your belongings to another home during or before the treatment unless you know they are not infested. You might spread bed bugs to another home or to your car or workplace in a backpack or box and then reinfest your home after it has been treated. Move as few items as possible and have them checked for bedbugs (or heat them) before removing them.
  • Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and other bedding in hot water. Place the items in a dryer set on the highest setting that won’t damage the items. Dry the items thoroughly and then place them in trash bags. Keep them separate from items that may be infested.
  • Place curtains, pillows, towels, stuffed animals, etc. in the dryer set on the highest setting that won’t damage the items for at least 30 minutes. Double bag these items immediately after drying.
  • Carefully inspect all Items that cannot be washed: books, electronics, picture frames, plastic toys, etc. If insecticides are going to be used, place children’s toys into plastic bags or storage bins (only if they are bedbug free). If heat is used, the pest control company may want these items left in place so they are exposed to the heat treatment.
  • Store cleaned and dried items in plastic bags until your home has been treated and the bedbugs eliminated.
  • Vacuum and wash all floors. To prevent bedbugs from escaping, be sure to place the vacuum bag into a plastic bag before disposing of it.
  • Vacuum the mattress and box spring to remove live/dead bedbugs. Doublebag and discard the vacuum bags in an outdoor trash can immediately to avoid reintroducing or spreading any bed bugs caught in the vacuum. If the mattress and box spring will be encased, be sure to use one that is bedbug proof. These encasements are thick enough so that bed bugs cannot bite through it and have tight zippers that the bugs cannot escape through.
  • Vacuum couches, chairs, and recliners thoroughly before treatment. Bedbugs are often found in couches and upholstered chairs. If possible, turn the furniture over or on its side/back and vacuum underneath as well. If there is a dust cover attached on the underside, pull it back and vacuum areas that will need to be treated. Doublebag and discard the vacuum bags in an outdoor trash can immediately to avoid reintroducing or spreading any bed bugs caught in the vacuum.
  • A cluttered home is difficult to inspect and more difficult to treat because bedbugs can find many hiding places. Throw away unneeded items. Pick up and double bag all loose items in bedrooms (e.g., in the bottom of a closet) and other rooms that will be treated. Make sure that these items are treated (if needed) or inspected before returning these items to make sure you are not also returning bed bugs to the treated room(s).
  • Provide access to walls, closets, and areas around furniture to allow for a thorough inspection and treatment.

Hope this helps get you ready for a bed bug inspection and how to get ready for bed bug extermination. Call or text today if you have any questions or would like to speak with an expert.

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Best Way to Eliminate Bed Bugs is to Avoid Them!

There are certain measures that you can take to prevent bed bugs from invading your home, but sometimes—even with the best preparations—bed bugs will still find their way into your house.

Bed bugs are elusive, and they typically hide in narrow cracks and crevices. Basically, anything you can slide a business card into will be an ideal hiding spot for a bed bug. It is also important to remember that bed bugs are not always found in a bed. They will shelter in any place that meets the necessary temperatures they require to live.

Knowledge is the key to prevention. Understanding what bed bugs look like, how they travel and where they congregate can prevent costly pest control treatments. The most common way for bed bugs to be transported is through exchanges in shared spaces like hotels or public transit.

  • Check secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestation before bringing them home.
  • Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate many hiding spots. The light color of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see. Be sure to purchase a high-quality encasement that will resist tearing and check the encasement regularly for holes or a cover that has been pre-treated with pesticide to control bed bugs.
  • Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
  • Vacuum frequently to remove any successful hitchhikers.
  • Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities. Transport items to be washed in plastic bags (if you have an active infestation, use a new bag for the journey home). Remove from dryer directly into the bag and fold at home. (A dryer on high heat can kill bed bugs.)
  • If you live in a multi-family home, try to isolate your unit by:
  • Installing door sweeps on the bottom of doors to discourage movement into hallways.
  • Sealing cracks and crevices around baseboards, light sockets, etc., to discourage movement through wall voids.
  • Consider purchasing a portable heating chamber to treat any items that you believe may have bed bugs.

Here are more detailed preventive measures:

1 - Cover Power Outlets

Cover your power outlets - bed bugs use power outlets to evade extermination. They climb into the outlet holes and hide there until it is safe to move elsewhere. In cases of severe infestations, bed bugs can travel through walls via electrical outlets, effectively spreading the infestation to other areas of your home or business.

One of the ways that a bed bug infestation can be identified is through their droppings, which look like dark colored dots.

2 - Store Your Clothing in Vacuum-Sealed Bags

This is especially important when traveling since bed bugs are most commonly transferred from hotels. Purchase standard vacuum-sealed bags and store your clothing in these airtight vacuum bags when traveling. This will make your belongings less accessible to pests and will prevent bed bugs from making their way home with you. Learn more about how bed bugs travel.

Place your seasonal clothing and fabric in the vacuum sealed bags and use your vacuum cleaner hose to remove the air from the bags and put them away. This method will prevent items like sweaters and blankets from being infested by bed bugs while stored away for future use.

3- Get Professional Bed Bug Treatment

If you are already dealing with an infestation, don't fight the problem alone. Treating bed bugs is a complex process, and usually cannot be handled by home remedies alone. A professional bed bug treatment will safely, effectively, and most importantly, permanently eliminate bed bugs from your home or business. If you're dealing with a severe bed bug infestation, contact your local pest professionals to get rid of bed bugs once and for all. It’s important to remember that professionals are trained to use the products and tools required for bed bug treatments.

Many of the techniques that are used to eliminate these household pests can be dangerous if not performed by a trained and certified professional. Unfortunate instances of death and property damage have occurred when homeowners tried to take bed bug extermination into their own hands. Make sure to contact a bed bug pest control company to avoid any of these scary accidents.

4 - Identify Early Signs of Bed Bugs

Educate yourself and your family about the signs of a bed bug infestation and how to identify bites. Bites are typically small red marks that often appear in rows and can be itchy. When you know what bites look like you can identify a problem earlier and seek out assistance if necessary.

5 - Vacuum Your Floor

Bed bugs aren’t only found in and around the bed. Bed bugs often hide within your carpet, so it's important to thoroughly vacuum your carpets to ensure all bed bugs have been eliminated. Vacuum all mattresses, box springs, and floors (especially where the floor and wall meet.) This can eliminate a bed bug infestation before it gets out of control.

After you have vacuumed the floors, remove vacuum bag, place in a sealed trash bag and dispose of in an outdoor garbage can. This will prevent the bed bugs from escaping and getting back into your home.

6 - Check Your Pets for Bed Bugs

Like human bedding, bed bugs can be attracted to your pet's bed where they can also find warm crevices to lay eggs and feed. Make sure to monitor the area where your pet sleeps, and inspect the bed and areas around the bed. If possible, regularly wash the pet bed on the highest heat and dryer settings.

7 - Cut Back On Clutter

Clean up clutter - the more clutter you have, the harder it will be to get rid of an infestation. Start by eliminating clutter against walls, as these areas are particularly attractive hiding spots for bed bugs. Donate, recycle or dispose of anything you no longer need. Organize and properly store your belongings so they don’t become a bed bug’s paradise.

8 - Cover Your Mattress

Put the mattress and box springs in encasements like mattress safe covers. Although this protects the mattress from getting infested, it does not get rid of an infestation. Mattress covers are zippered casings that enclose an entire mattress. Covers of this type are for non-vinyl mattresses and box springs. These casings should be made from top-quality fabric, typically cloth, so it’s durable and resistant to tears and folds. They have no folds around the zipper in which bed bugs can find shelter.

9 - Use Bed Bug Monitors

Monitors like ClimbUp Monitors are made to go under the feet of the bed frame to help prevent bed bugs from reaching the bed (but that doesn’t mean they can’t get to you other ways!). It’s also a useful tool for monitoring your bedroom if you're afraid you have bed bugs. Place the devices under the foot of each bed post. Clean these devices frequently, and search for the source so you can identify and quickly get rid of bed bug infestations.

10 - Inspect Your Furniture Regularly

Check all your furniture for signs of bed bugs. Begin your search with furniture that has cracks or is used, vintage or antique

Perform a preliminary inspection before purchasing used furniture.

11  Always Check Used Items

Used items, even harmless products like electronics, can be perfect hiding spaces for bed bugs. Even if something “looks clean”, you should always perform basic checks to any vulnerable goods that you plan on bringing into your home.

Check the vents on all used electronics before purchasing. Items like stereo receivers, televisions, computers, remotes, and game systems have vents where bed bugs can easily hide.

13 - Seal Your Home From Bed Bugs

Bed bugs enter the home in many ways. They can travel on the coats of pets, rodents, or birds. They can also travel on clothing and luggage, and be picked up on public transportation, at movie theaters and even in doctors’ offices.

Repair or apply silicone caulk to cracks on the outside and inside of your home. Remember, any opening that can fit a business card is the perfect hiding place for a bed bug.

Check window and screens to make sure there are no torn or damaged areas.

14 - Beware Of Bed Bugs in Public Places

Bed bugs can also be found in unsuspected places like store dressing rooms, which provide safe havens for this parasitic pest.

They can be found in the cushioned seats in the dressing rooms and on the carpeted floors.

To avoid unwittingly taking them home on your clothing or purchases, hang your items on the provided wall hooks rather than the cushioned furniture provided in dressing areas.

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There’s a reason why Crazy Ants have this name. These ants are widely spread in many places all over the country and their primary identification is that they have crazy movement and they are very erratic when you disturb them to begin with.

Another interesting thing about these ants is that their antennae and legs are longer when compared to their bodies and other types of ants. These ants are invasive and in many situations even the fire ants are easier to treat because their mounds are easy to find.

How Crazy Ants Crush Fire Ants - Their Own Venom is the Antidote

Unlike other types of ants, the Crazy Ants are not burrowers. They are not forming any mounds. And that means they end up spreading very fast. Which can be a huge issue especially if you want to keep them under control as much as possible.

Are Crazy Ants dangerous for your home?

They can bite people and while their bite won’t really kill you, the reality is that such a bite can be very powerful and it will bring in problems. Plus, these ants are known for the fact that they damage computer and electrical equipment. Which is why it can be very dangerous to have Crazy Ants near industrial sites. But even in residential properties these can be super dangerous and you have to handle and tackle them adequately to avoid any signs of issues.

How does the Crazy Ant look like?

It’s very easy to misidentify the crazy ants, because in many situations they look like a regular ant. But there are some very distinctive things about these ants that do make them stand out to begin with. First, their color is reddish brown. They are also 1/8 of an inch in length. So they aren’t that long, and that means it can be very hard to spot them especially in locations where there’s a lot of clutter to begin with.

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Where are the Crazy Ants nesting?

One thing to notice about Crazy Ants is that they are nesting in moist and dry areas. You can find them nesting in tree cavities, under buildings, under rotten wood, rocks and even in the soil too. These ants dislike cold a lot, so it’s very important to keep that in mind if you want to get rid of them. Using cold treatments might very well be what helps you eliminate the Crazy Ant infestation. And once you do that it will pay off big time, so try to consider all of it and you will be fine.

The Crazy Ants will move inside from the outside in order to infest homes when the weather is bad outside. But yes, cold weather is bad for Crazy Ants and that’s why they will try to migrate to a new place when they encounter any sign of issues.

Are these Crazy Ants dangerous for your home?

These ants might not seem like much, but they stay in large groups and they do tend to take over your yard and home very fast. They are known to bring in a huge population when they infest an area, and that will be a major problem if you think about it. One of the main challenges with this is that you will have to work hard to keep them away from electrical wires and anything similar to that. As we mentioned already, these ants are super dangerous and challenging, and that’s why you have to keep them away from electrical wires or anything like that.

When do you know you are dealing with Crazy Ants?

There’s not a lot of time to figure out when and how this happens. But you have to realize that these ants move around a lot. Which means whenever you have an infestation you will get to see those ants running back and forth all the time. It’s not exactly a major issue at first, but it can become one and you have to tackle it fast if you really want to avoid any problems to say the least.

How can you prevent Crazy Ants from taking over your home?

You just have to do what you’re doing with all the ants, and that is sealing any crevices or cracks that appear in the foundation. When these ants have no entry point, they won’t come in your home. We also recommend you to caulk the gaps that are found around the doors and windows too, just to be safe.

It’s a crucial idea to trim back the bushes, trees and any landscaping from your home, as that will be just as important. And you should also consider removing any piles of debris, dead trees from the property and so on. These can be a source of food for the Crazy Ants, so keeping things like this away is a very important thing to consider. The more you tackle that correctly, the better it will go, which is why you need to think about every tiny detail with this type of stuff.

Will it take a lot of time to get rid of Crazy Ants?

That all depends on what method you are using to deal with the infestation. Ideally you want to avoid handling this right away and without any thought behind it. The more you think about handling this type of stuff, the better it will be. A true focus on value and results will pay off quite a bit, but it will be worth it in the end.

So yes, removing Crazy Ants from your property is all about patience. They are not burrowers or nesters, so they will spread around the property and find a place to live. That’s why you need to browse the property and clean up or remove unused items. Understand where these ants live and then make sure that you create an unhospitable environment for them. If you do that, things will be great and you can finally eliminate the Crazy Ants from your life. Just do that and you will be very happy with the way everything works!

So if you are seeing Crazy Ants around your home or inside, it is time to call the experts at FullScope Pest Control for a Free Estimate. 832-898-0190


Dodge Ant Infestations this Summer

FullScope Pest Control offers prevention tips for homeowners to avoid ant problems

Kingwood, TX Spotting a line for food at a summer barbeque can be exciting, but not when it’s accompanied with a line of ants. FullScope Pest Control says prevention of these picnic-crashing pests is key because they can be difficult to control once they infiltrate a property in large numbers.

“Summer cookouts, and the crumbs they leave behind, are the perfect targets for ants in need of food and water,” said Derek Salazar, owner. “There are, however, quick tips and tricks that homeowners can use to sidestep ant infestations. These simple efforts can go a long way, as ants can contaminate food and colony sizes can be quite large depending on the species.”

Homeowners can implement the following ant prevention recommendations from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA):

  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water; repair leaky pipes or faucets.
  • Quickly clean up crumbs and spills as soon as possible.
  • Do the dishes, wipe down counters, tabletops, sweep up floors and remove trash regularly.
  • Don’t leave leftover dog and cat food dishes sitting out all day; pick up dishes once the animals are done eating.
  • Check under appliances and behind garbage cans where crumbs and residue can accumulate.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Seal any cracks or small openings around the foundation of the home and repair ripped screens as these can serve as entry points.

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Are You Seeing these Guys Around Your Home?

Millipedes are invading Kingwood, TX

What Are Millipedes

Arthropods that have a characteristic two pair of jointed legs on most of their entire body.  Each of their double legged segments is a result of two single segments fused together.

They are different from centipedes because centipedes have only one leg per body segments.  Millipedes can come in a variety of colors. Centipedes are carnivores, while millipedes prefer to eat decomposing plants.

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How do you get rid of millipedes in your home?

You will want to remove moisture from the foundation or crawl spaces, make sure you are using gutters and your down spots are not clogged causing excessive moisture in a particular area.  

Repair leaky faucets, water pipes and excessive moisture from your air conditioners.

Seal up any cracks and crevices in the foundations, and plug up any entry points around wiring and plumbing.

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Clean out your gutters

Our Pest Control Experts will treat the exterior of the home with a residual insecticide and treat the interior perimeter walls. We will inspect the perimeter for any entry points, and treat weep holes, and plumbing penetrations.

The entire treatment will take about 2 hours and the technician will need access to the interior of the home.

Are Millipedes Poisonous to Humans?

They are not poisonous but can cause some severe irritation if you attempt to pick them up, they should be left alone, swept up and disposed of.

Are Millipedes good or bad?

Millipedes would not be considered bad, as they have a purpose and digest organic matter and fungi, but no one wants to find thousands in their homes.  The female can produce up to 100 eggs, so the population can reach miserable numbers rather quickly.

Do Millipedes Bite You?

Millipedes will not bite you, but you should not pick them up as they do have a defensive secretion that can cause chemicals burns on your skin.  Although, it will not have a long term effect, it can cause some extreme discomfort, discoloration, itching, and blisters on the skim. So do not pick them up, best to scoop up with broom and dispose of them.

What Do Millipedes Eat?

They will eat a variety of items, for the most part millipedes will eat dead plant matter, fungi, and insects.  Usually they will search for food during the night and will prefer to start in the dark places of your home or yard.  

Why Am I Finding 100’s of Millipedes in My Home?

Pretty simple creatures, they are looking for food, shelter and moisture.  So having excessively decomposing organic matter around your home could be the perfect shelter and reproductive areas.

Millipedes Invading Kingwood
Millipedes Extermination in Weep Holes in Kingwood, TX

Areas where millipedes can be located outside:

  • Areas of Leaf Litter on the Ground
  • Wood Piles
  • Stumps and fallen Trees
  • Mulch Beds
  • Compost Piles
  • Piles of garbage
  • Animal Manure
  • Rock Gardens
  • Excessively moist basements and crawl spaces
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON SPECIES OF ANTS?

There are more than 700 species of ants in the United States. Some of the most common include argentine, carpenter, odorous house, pavement and red imported fire ants.

All ants are social insects that live in colonies. They can be identified by their three distinct body regions: head, thorax, and abdomen. However, the biology and habits of each ant species is different and understanding these differences is necessary to effectively control an infestation.

WHERE AND WHEN ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER ANTS?

Ants Commonly Found in Kitchen

It depends on the species, but ants are commonly attracted to the food in a kitchen, especially sweets and protein-containing substances.

Ants are most often found on floors, countertops and in food items.

Some species prefer to build nests in soil – such as landscaping – or cracks in concrete on your driveway, walkway or in your garage.

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Carpenter ants build nests in wood. Ants are typically found indoors the spring and summer months as they search for food.

SHOULD HOMEOWNERS/RESIDENTS BE CONCERNED IF THEY FIND ANTS IN THEIR HOME?

Ants Commonly Found in Kitchen

Most species of ants are considered ‘nuisance pests,’ meaning that they don’t pose a significant threat to health or property, but are an annoyance when found indoors. In fact, ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States.

Some species of ants, however, can pose threats to health and property. Carpenter ants, for example, excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can cause extensive damage to a structure.

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Fire ants, on the other hand, sting when threatened, resulting in painful welts that can be dangerous to allergic persons. These species should always be handled by a professional.

Regardless of the species all ants can contaminate food sources and small infestations can grow quickly, so any sign of an infestation should be dealt with promptly.

WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TYPE OF ANT TREATMENT AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

A trained and licensed pest professional is the best person to make a recommendation based on the proper identification of a particular ant species and the threats they could pose to health and property.

Also, homeowners may have a preference as to which treatment is used, so it is important that they have a detailed conversation with their pest control company.  The cost of the treatments can vary depending on the size of the infestation and the property being treated.

So having FullScope Pest Control identify the ant species, location and severity is important to getting you an accurate estimate. We offer free quotes over the phone and in person. Most Carpenter Ant control extermination can run anywhere from $95.00 upwards of $400.00 depending on severity and location of nest.

WHAT CAN A HOMEOWNER DO TO CONTROL ANT INFESTATIONS?

There are as many ways to control ants as there are species of ants! Different species eat different things – making it almost impossible to inspect a single area and control the ant population.  

The best strategy homeowners can employ when attempting to control ants is to clean, clean, clean. Wipe down counters, regularly remove garbage, clean up grease spills, rinse and remove empty soda cans or other recyclables and mop/sweep the floors.

Keeping Ants Out of Home

Homeowners should also keep food in sealed containers and keep pet food/water dishes clean. Outside the home, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water such as birdbaths or kiddie pools. Finally, seal cracks and holes around the home to close entry points.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

If homeowners are worried that they have an ant problem, they should call a FullScope Pest Control your Local pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of action.  You can search for a local and qualified pest professional using the zip code locator on PestWorld.org.

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