Some ants bite. Some, like odorous ants, don't. But you still don't want them in your house. They'll not only stink it up, but they'll get into your food and be a nuisance. Ants like to live near moisture so that you might find nests near water heaters, furnaces, and leaky pipes. Outside, they'll build nests in mulch, under stones, and anywhere else they can hide. That's why it's a good idea to keep mulch and rocks away from the house.
Fire ants can make you feel like your entire body is on fire. Fire ants bite when they feel threatened, even if you don’t know a nest is there. Depending on where they bite you, it can be extremely painful to the point where you think you need medical attention. In some cases, you may need to see a doctor if you are allergic to their venom. Once you are bitten by a fire ant, it pops up as a pustule on your skin. It looks like a pimple, but you should not do this unless it is absolutely necessary.
Let’s face it – mosquito bites are no fun. With the summer quickly approaching, mosquito season will be alive and well. A mosquito bite can make you miserable. These tiny creatures are seen as unassuming, but they carry diseases and parasites. Three pairs of thin legs, a pair of wings, two long antennae, and a mouth shaped like a beak can wreak havoc on your body. Being ready for mosquitoes' onslaught (because they are coming) can help prepare for infected mosquito bites.
Everyone looks forward to summer: barbecues, time out on the lake, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. However, no one looks forward to the swarms of mosquitoes that cause itchy bites. Of the 150 species of this pest, over a third of them live in the Carolinas. Males won't bite you – unlike the females that need blood to help them lay their eggs, they only go after the nectar. When a female mosquito bites you, it injects saliva into the bite and that is what causes the itching. It also causes your blood to stop clotting so the mosquito can eat.
Termites are a scourge on any property, and a pest that can unfortunately cause a lot of damage without the owner even realizing. That is, of course, until the problem can't be ignored any longer. It's difficult to really assess the true costs of termites, but the estimated costs are billions to Americans every year. It's just too high a price to pay for an insect that ultimately doesn't deserve that much money. You may have heard about preventative, natural, or chemical treatments for termites and wondered which one is right for you. We'll look at the different ways to get rid of termites and what you can do to stop them from coming back.
Termites are unfortunately rather quiet pests, which is a shame considering just how much damage they can do in secret. While you might not think of these swarming, often winged insects as particularly stealthy, don't be fooled. They don't always make themselves known until they've feasted on a healthy part of your property. These pests have patterns when it comes to the types of facilities they choose, often favoring humid or cluttered grounds. They're always on the lookout for areas where they can find damaged wood too. Termite wood damage is just one sign of their presence though. We'll look at what these insects can do, how much it can cost unsuspecting property owners, and how the right prevention can save you more time, money, and headaches than you realize.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation in house, you should look for signs of termite infestation, including weak walls, piles of sawdust and mud tubes. These pests will eat wood, books, paper, insulation, and even pool liners and filtration systems. They also go after woody plants that are not healthy but will feed on living plants. Termites eat along the grain of the wood, which means that soft wood along the walls that run along the grain probably means you have termites.
When is termite season? It’s just around the corner, so you want to get ready with termite prevention to head of an infestation that could quickly get out of control. These tiny winged pests do billions in dollars of damage every year by eating through wood buildings. So, just how long is termite season? Technically, it never ends, as termites are active year-round. However, they are more active from May through September.
The purpose of waterproofing your home is to keep dampness, mold and mildew out of your home. Humidity in your home comes from a damp or wet crawlspace or basement and from cooking, bathing, cleaning, and just living in your home. If too much humidity and dampness build up in the house, it allows for mold and mildew to grow, especially in dark spaces. Once the mold and mildew build up, it can cause health issues, including asthma, allergies and other breathing issues. Ensuring you have adequate waterproofing also mitigates pests entering your home.
The worst thing that can happen is that you wake up in the morning itching like crazy. The first thing you think of is probably what your problem is, unless you know for sure you ran into a patch of chiggers outside – bedbugs. Your mother always said, “Good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” How could this happen?