Ants have been making their presence known in homes as of late. Ants are one of the most common pests that homeowner’s and pest professionals find in and around homes. Common ant species are fire ants, carpenter ants, Argentine ants, acrobat ants, and odorous house ants.
Ants have a wide range of habits. Some ants build mounds in the ground, others are found in homes near cracks and crevices, on counters, in kitchen sinks, pantries, and even bathrooms. Knowing the different species of ants and their habits and preferences is key in controlling an ant problem.
Most ants are simply a nuisance pest. They cause little damage but will invade and ruin food and some ants bite. Generally speaking, there are no diseases associated with ants.
A licensed pest professional can identify the type of ant that you are experiencing and develop a customized plan to get rid of ants. With this process, you are using the least amount of chemical possible (if any) while also coming up with a plan that will deter ants from returning. If you are one of the many homeowner’s experiencing ants right now, call Northwest Exterminating at 888.466.7849 or visit www.callnorthwest.com
With the abnormal temperatures this Winter we are seeing abnormal pest movement. Boxelders are typically a pest that is active in the colder months when they enter homes for warmth and food. Although temperatures are warmer than usual, we are still getting calls about boxelder bugs being in people’s homes.
The best time to have an exterminator treat for boxelder bugs is in the fall when they are trying to find shelter. Boxelder bugs like to overwinterize in warm areas, cracks and crevices of trees, rocks, and other natural areas. Our homes are a perfect habitat for them.
In the fall, it is best to apply a repellant, such as NorPest Green, that would keep them out of the structure. A micro cap is an alternative option that is effective but cause the insects to die inside the structure. Our pest professionals will use NorPest Green along the walls and voids of a structure and/or a type of illumination device that can be used in the attic with a glue board can also help in the elimination of boxelders.
But since Spring is around the corner and we continue to have calls for these pests, a micro cap is the best option. A micro cap works well in the Spring because it allows the pest to escape and die outside rather than inside the home. Now is the ideal time to ensure that your home is properly sealed and caulked with expandable foam. Using screens on doors and windows can also be beneficial.
In the Summer months, a mosquito application helps keep numbers down since they like to go through their molts on vegetation such as Maple trees and grape vines.
Have you been seeing boxelders inside your home?
Has the abnormal temperatures affected your home in any other ways?