Pest Control Season Approaching – Don’t Let it Bite You!
The warm weather is approaching this method only one thing… Bugs. In this recession homeowners can not nickel and dime with their pest control contracts.
Pest control is a necessity to homeowners across America. Termites and Carpenter Ants are among some of the most destructive pests a homeowner can get. Carpenter Ants and Termites both are very destructive to wood.
1. Termites can destroy homes, sheds, garages and other structures. It’s recommended that you install a termite indication program which will notify you when termite activity is present. One of the most popular termite indication systems is the Sentricon(c) system. Sentricon works by placing bait stations around your house and when activity is spotted at certain stations, they are baited. Many pest control companies offer Indication programs that will notify you when termites have been spotted. If you are on one of these programs, when termite activity is spotted it is imperative that you go on a termite elimination system. The two main types of Termites are the Dry-wood Termite and the Subterranean Termite. The Dry wood Termite can live inside wood, and make that their colonies. They appear to have a wing-like body with a yellow/brown color, and vary from 3/8″ to 5/8″. They don’t need the moist ground to survive. however, Subterranean Termites need the ground to stay alive. Their colonies are typically located underground, under a wood structure. They then swarm up into the structure. Subterranean Termites are smaller in size, about 1/16″ to 3/8″. They can be white/ transparent or already dark brown.
2. Carpenter Ants are also a threat for homeowners, especially in the spring. There habitat is indoors in addition as outdoors. They mostly are found near hollow or decaying wood. You can tell if their is Carpenter Ant activity when sawdust is around. Carpenter Ants can get into structures in the smallest fractures. They are typically black, some are red/brownish. They are about 1/4″ large.
shared Ways To Prevent These Wood Destroying Pests
1. Keep firewood piles neat, away from your house and discarded.
2. Don’t put mulch or wood chips directly against your home. Rake them back a few inches.
3. Remove tree stumps from your yard and insure dead branches are cleared from your lawn.
4. Check to insure your gutters and roof are clean, and free of debris. Don’t let water buildup in gutters.