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- Created: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:00
Pest hide when it’s cold. Living in Denver NC on Lake Norman I often hear folks say, “It’s cold so I’m sure we will not have any pests right now” which what they are trying to say is just skip me this month. People think that pests actually die when it gets cold outside. Our homes produce heat in, under and around them. Pests often will seek cover during extreme low temperatures under pine needles and mulch. Many will try to penetrate the barrier and get into a crawlspace then proceed to harbor behind insulation. Stink bugs, lady bugs and others will get into the attic and hang out under the insulation where it is protected. Last year we found 13 Brown Recluse spiders feeding on the insects that overwintered in an attic. Ants often will harbor inside of wall voids over cold months. We get calls for ants over the winter months as they are often seen hanging out along interior walls that are on the sunny side. The heat from our sun helps them survive and keeps them warm. I have seen live snakes hanging out under a thick bed of pine needles next to a house in the middle of winter. It was the sunny side of the house. In our area we would need a major deep freeze that lasted several days in order to actually eliminate most pest around our homes. Our homes are full of cracks and crevices which create nice harboring spots for pests to survive. Innovative Pest Management Inc.’s award winning services treats these areas to help control insects from becoming a pest in and around your home. Just remember, if they live there during the winter, most likely they will multiply and spring time populations will be more severe. Call 704-489-BUGS today and get your home protected.
Every year in the summer we get calls from people that see little gray specks in their bathroom sink or bathtub. Some people even think they are fleas because they jump as well.
Springtails have become a very common structural pest. They get their name from a tail that is tucked under their body that enables themselves to launch into the air allowing them to jump 3 to 4 inches. They have to have moisture to survive that is why a lot of time you find them in the moist areas of your home such as kitchens, bathrooms, crawlspace, and basements.
Often what allows them to enter our homes are things we do ourselves. Outdoors they are found around foundations were leaf litter, thick mulch, and pine needles provide moist environments. Sometimes you can find them on the moist side of your home where sunlight is limited. Covered porches or shady areas that stay damp are also common places to see them.
Keeping a buffer zone between your foundation and mulch areas helps prevent activity. Make sure gutters are clean and free of debris. They feed on any decaying organic material which allows for easy survival. Drying out any moist area identified is key in treatment.
Fixing all conducive conditions and our quarterly pest perimeter treatment will keep these pest out of your home.
Klint Dibble - Technician, Innovative Pest Management
Eastern subterranean termites the most common termite found in all of North America. They range from Ontario Canada to all the eastern states as far out to Texas.
Termites are known as a "wood destroying organism" because of their ability to digest all forms of cellulose material such as wood structures, paper, books, cardboard etc.
Termites have a caste structure which forms a colony. You have the queen, alate, nymph, soldier, and worker. The worker cast is the most numerous. A colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million. The queen can lay anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year.
Subterranean termites are very destructive. Over 2.5 billion are spent annually in the US on termite control. Because termites feed on cellulose material they are often found in houses, apartment buildings, businesses, and other man made structures. It is very important to have periodic inspections of structures, and control methods performed to help prevent a termite infestation. Such methods would be: chemical treatments, physical barriers, or physical treatments.
There are many things you can do as a homeowner to reduce the risk of termite attack. Most important is a annual termite inspection by a trained professional. Make sure all gutters are free of debris and drain properly. Don't allow leaves, mulch, and pine straw to be thick next to the foundation. Is is best to provide a buffer between the mulch and foundation walls. Don't stack firewood next to the foundation. Perform periodic checks of your crawlspace for high moisture and plumbing leaks.
Most people's home is their largest investment they will ever make. Call innovative pest today for your inspection and prevention quote.Matthew Keep