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Do You Have Termites?

termites crawlingHave you ever had unwanted company come to dinner? It’s awkward enough when they show up uninvited, but then they continue eating until your pantry is almost empty. In some cases, termites can be those unwanted guests, and they may not limit themselves to the kitchen. Termites most commonly eat the wooden structures in your home, causing thousands of dollars in damage that may not be covered by insurance. Keep reading to discover if you have a termite problem.

What Are Termites?

Termites are tiny insects that are generally white with a box-shaped abdomen and four wings. They travel in colonies looking for dead or decaying plant matter to consume. Wooden structures are one of their favorite sources of food. Once they find a good food source, termites get to work quickly eating as much as one pound in one month’s span. As they only live underground in damp, cool places, it may be difficult to detect if your home has termite activity. It is recommended that you thoroughly inspect for signs of these pests once every six months. Keep reading for evidence that you may have termites.

How Do You Know if You Have Termites?

A common sign of termites is finding tiny clear wings near doors and windows, wood shavings and mud tubes on wooden structures or wood piles. Be aware of areas where termites may enter your home, especially wherever there are wooden structures. There are many ways where they can enter your home. Often times these pests will tunnel through your basement and eat through walls. However, they can also enter through windows and doors or infected firewood and wooden furniture brought into the home. It is important to keep an eye out for these signs, as termites are often hard to detect and can cause a lot of damage before becoming noticeable. This is why you should have your home inspected for termites by a professional pest control company at least once a year.

What Do You Do if You Detect Termite Damage?

If you suspect that you have termite damage, you should immediately call the experts at Pest Control Solutions, Inc. While there are do-it-yourself treatments available, it is wise to leave the treatment to Pest Control Solutions, Inc. as their treatment will be more effective and will prevent further activity. Do not hesitate. If you suspect that your home has termite activity, contact Pest Control Solutions today!

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How to Get Rid of Ants

ants crawling on a leafThe most common household invader is also one of the tiniest - ants. While they aren’t the thing homeowners fear most in the bug department, they can be incredibly hard to get rid of once they’ve established themselves.

Like most pests, ants are attracted to areas with plentiful food sources, shelter, warmer temperatures and better conditions. Once they’ve homed in on an area, they take the word back to their colony. Following the scent trail, the entire horde will soon make its way back to the area.

You’ll most likely find ants where food is stored - namely, kitchen and pantry areas. Because these are areas where food preparation takes place and contamination is a factor, homeowners are understandably reluctant to use pesticides. Thankfully, if it hasn’t grown too large, you should be able to eliminate your ant problem rather easily.

Know What You’re Dealing With

Understanding what species you're sharing your home with is important some can cause harm to humans and should be avoided at all costs. Fire ants, for instance, will sting anyone they consider a threat to the colony. These stings range in severity from pain and discomfort to nausea and difficulty breathing and are generally best left to professionals.

Others, like carpenter ants, will chew through the structural wood of your home and cause severe damage. Using behavior and other cues to figure out what species you’re dealing with will help you find the correct solution.

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Case Study: A Home Infested With Bees

Bees play a really important role in nature and produce delicious honey, but you don’t want to see them in or near your home. A bee infestation, while not as common as bed bugs or ants, is a serious problem. Honey-laden hives can cause structural damage and even collapse walls and ceilings. Carpenter bees can also cause structural damage and leave unsightly holes in wood. Africanized bees are the most dangerous since they will attack humans and animals aggressively if their hives are threatened.

Finding Bees Inside Your Home

One day, you notice one or two bees inside your house. You may think they have flown in through an open door or window. Over the next few days, you may notice a few more bees. It’s usually not just a coincidence if you see more than one or two bees in your home. They are more than likely from an infested nest inside your home.

Hearing Buzzing

A very common place for bees to nest is in the chimney. If you are noticing bees in your living room where your fireplace is, then you may have found the source. Turn off your TV, radio and anything else that makes noise in your home. Sit close to your fireplace and listen for buzzing. Do not try to look up the fireplace or open the flue. You definitely don’t want to disturb them and have the whole hive swarm into your home.

If it’s not your fireplace, they may be coming into your home through vents or cracks in your walls. Take a careful walk around the outside of your home and listen for buzzing near pipes and any vents coming out of your house. You can also use binoculars to take a look at the top of your chimney and see if you see bees swarming around the top. Binoculars are a great idea when looking around your home for swarms before you take a walk. Make sure to watch out for ground nests.

Check for Any Bee Entrances

Bees look for anywhere that they can easily make their nest. An undisturbed eave of your roof, an uncovered chimney or an uncovered vent are all common places that bees take up residence. Any vent, pipe or crack in your home is a possible place that bees could be hiding.

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How Did My Home Get Bed Bugs?

You unknowingly bring home some guests - bed bugs. These new residents generally need a little help getting into your home. At some point, you or something you brought into your house had to come in contact with the little pests. They can enter your home by either hitching a ride or finding a crack in the wall.

The bed bugs are small flat pests and reddish-brown in color. These bugs like to come out and play at night and hide - sometimes very well - during the day. The bed bug travels by crawling. They do not jump or fly.

Hitching a Ride

The bed bugs like to travel by attaching themselves to soft material. The pest grabs onto soft material like:

  • Clothes
  • Luggage
  • Mattresses
  • Bedding
  • Furniture
  • Purses
  • Backpacks

Any soft material item is fair game for these pests!

Once they reach their destination, they spread throughout their new home. They will find other hiding spots and make themselves comfortable.

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What are Ants Most Attracted To?

Ants are persistent pests. The most frequent calls we receive in both our Los Angeles, CA office and our service areas throughout Las Vegas, NV, are from clients who are frustrated with their inability to prevent and remove ants from infesting their home.

Ants typically enter a home in search of one of the following:

  • Water: This is the factor that our clients find most surprising. Ants search for water, especially in dry, arid climates. You don’t have to leave excessive water out, either. Due to their small size, even tiny drops left in the sink are enough to be attractive to ants. Ensure that all of your faucets close completely and fix any leaks as quickly as possible. If you already have ants, taking a few seconds to dry your sinks and tub could be enough to make them pack up and leave.
  • Food: It’s just a small crumb to us, but to an ant, it’s a feast. Regularly wipe down your kitchen counters and the interior of kitchen cabinets to ensure that you’re not inadvertently leaving a picnic for your visitors. Remember to use a cleanser that fully dissolves any sticky or greasy residue, as even a trace could be enough to encourage ants.
  • Shelter: Once ants inhabit your walls, they’re tough to remove. Check your exterior and interior walls regularly and seal any cracks or holes that might be present. This will make it more difficult for ants to find their way inside and set up camp.

In addition to these measures, preventative maintenance is never a bad idea. Pest Control Solutions can pre-treat your home to deter foraging ants from moving in. Seasonal spraying of the perimeter and all access points is an important part of avoiding an infestation.

Pest Control Solutions wants to help our clients and others avoid the seemingly impossible fight against ant infestations by making them aware of what ants are most attracted to. If you know what might bring them into your home to begin with, you’re already well on your way to preventing an occurrence. If you have an ant problem that you’ve been unable to rectify, contact us. Our trained, highly skilled pest control technicians can help rid you of your ant problem for good. We offer around the clock services with eco-friendly, green pesticide solutions, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

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