Can Carpenter ants damage my house? How do I get rid of carpenter ants?
Carpenter ants can cause extensive damage to a home with colonies ranging in size from 25,000 to up to 50,000 ants. Carpenter ants don’t eat wood but burrow through it building tunnels to establish new nests.
Once Carpenter ants have been identified, finding all of the nests around and in your home are critical. Treating the nests with insecticides specific to carpenter ants can help eliminate them permanently. After all Carpenter ants have been eliminated, structural repairs to insure they do not re-infest your home are recommended.
How do I get rid of squirrels in the attic?
Once squirrels decide to make your attic their home, it can be very difficult to get rid of squirrels for good. It is common for squirrels, once removed from the attic, to try to re-enter by chewing through wood and siding. Squirrels in the attic can also chew through electrical wiring causing a serious fire hazard.
Squirrels can be difficult to capture in live traps but this is often a good first step. After that, consider wildlife-specific strobe lights(Evictor) that make the attic uncomfortable for the squirrels. Once all of the squirrels have been removed, structural repairs must be made to prevent the squirrels from re-entering.
How do you kill rats quickly? With rat poison or rat traps?
Rat poison is very effective getting rid of rats quickly; however, in most cases rat poison should be a last resort and left to pest management professionals. Using rat poisons in and around the home creates significant risks for both humans and pets. If used, rat poisons should always be contained in locked rat bait stations.
There are a number of rat traps that can help a homeowner get rid of rats in the home. This include snap traps, glue traps, electric traps, and live catch traps. After trapping all of the rats in your home, structural repairs to points of entry into the home are a must.
Do Daddy Long Legs bite and are Daddy Long Legs poisonous?
Long-bodied cellar spiders are often referred to as Daddy Long Legs even though they are different types of spiders. The real Daddy Longs Legs is a Harvestman, which is an arachnid but not a spider. Daddy long legs have thin bodies with long skinny legs.
Daddy Long Legs can bite and pierce skin but it is not likely to cause any type of adverse reaction.
Flea exterminator? Best flea treatment to get rid of fleas quickly?
Finding a local pest company that specializes in flea extermination is critical. Effective control and extermination of fleas involves coordination of interior treatments, exterior treatments, and pet treatments. If not all done at the same time, your flea problem can quickly grow out of control.
Exterior treatments are effective at both controlling flea infestations and preventing future flea infestations. Interior treatments are often extensive and include liquid and spray applications of insecticides with insect growth regulators to the entire living area of your home. This includes furniture and beds, as well as any other area your pet frequents. Pet treatments are best done at the vet’s office.
What is the difference between American and German cockroaches? How do you get rid of cockroaches?
American and German cockroaches look very different. American cockroaches are large, dark brown to black in color, that you typically see outdoors. American cockroaches come inside our homes for either food or water. German cockroaches are smaller, light brown to dark brown in color, and prefer to live inside the home.
American cockroaches can be controlled by treating both the interior and exterior of your home. Liquid and dust insecticides along with boric acid and cockroach baits are effective at getting rid of American cockroaches. To get rid of German cockroaches, sanitation is a must. After that, cockroach baits with insect growth regulators are effective controlling German cockroaches.
What do termites look like and how do you get rid of termites?
Spring is termite swarmer season and may be the first indicator of active termites around your home. Swarmers are the winged reproductives of the termite colony with the role of establishing new termite colonies. Signs of swarmer termites include the termites themselves as well as shed wings around door frames and windows.
Termites are subterranean and live underground most of their lives. The best chance of seeing termites above ground are in the mud tubes they build to access wood in your home. Termites grow up to 1/2 long and range in color from off-white to dark brown. Unlike ants, termites had thick waists and straight antennae.
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