As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do is make sure your foundation and basement are waterproofed. Waterproofing builds a barrier between your structure and water where it can be severely affected. This creates a dry space or at least one where moisture becomes a problem. Why would you want to waterproof your home?
You have an infestation that you need to eliminate as soon as possible. Unfortunately, most home remedies and over-the-counter termite treatments do not work. This is because they do not get into the termite mounds and termite nests in the home. If you suspect termites, look for their mud tubes, especially in crawlspaces and basements. Termites build mounds and nests in the yard and use the mud tubes to get back and forth from their feeding grounds and your house to their nests.
When you first see signs of termites, you already have an infestation. Termites are attracted to wood structures. Whether you have subterranean termites or another type of this pest, they all do extensive damage to your home. You often do not realize you have an infestation until the damage is extensive.
You might notice that you get bitten by mosquitoes more often than your friend. There's a reason for that. Actually, there could be several reasons for that, including the amount of carbon dioxide you breathe out, certain compounds in your sweat and on your skin, certain types of skin bacteria, the colors you wear – mosquitoes are attracted to black, the temperature of your body and the amount of water vapor you emit. A small study also determined that mosquitoes were attracted by those who drink beer and by those who are pregnant.
Spring and summer mean more barbeques, which means a higher risk of getting bit by mosquitoes. These pests are out all day but are more prevalent at dawn and dusk. You can use sprays and citronella, but those are not a guarantee that you won't get bitten. The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to hire a professional mosquito control company, such as Clint Miller Exterminating, to eliminate these pests.
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.