Of all the insects you might find making a home in your yard, fire ants are perhaps the most alarming. They create extensive, complex tunnel networks underground, damaging your lawn and garden, and react aggressively when disturbed, biting and stinging people, children, and pets (and fire ant bites don't feel good). If you've done a quick search for "fire ants in my home" and haven't found what you're looking for, we can help. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to identify fire ants, natural home remedies for getting rid of fire ants, and options if you’d prefer to hire a professional fire ant exterminator to tackle the problem.
Ants are known to show up in the summer months causing all sorts of problems. While there are some that are harmless, getting rid of them should be a priority. One of the first lines of defense is to make sure you aren’t welcoming them in. One of the best ways to prevent ants in the kitchen is by keeping food tightly sealed and out of the way. Using pest control services on a regular basis can also help deter ants from finding your kitchen and setting up shop.
While summertime is mostly celebrated throughout the Carolinas, few people are thrilled about the influx of mosquitos throughout their state. The US has more than 150 species of this annoying bug, and you'll find more than a third of them in North and South Carolina. When it comes to watching out for mosquitos, it's the females you need to worry about. Males will go after nectar, but females need blood to help them lay their eggs. When one bites you, they're injecting a small amount of saliva into your body. It's the saliva that causes your skin to itch until it heals, and the saliva that causes your blood to stop clotting so the mosquito can feed. We'll tell you more about mosquito control, so you can spot the signs of a mosquito infestation as soon as possible.
When termite season rolls around, the destruction it causes is in direct contrast with everything else going on around you. As flowers bloom and new life erupts everywhere, termites can destroy a home faster than owners can imagine. Every year, $5 billion worth of property damage goes down the drain due to termites, a number that could be mitigated once you understand more about termite species and termite control. Termites can go undetected for a while as they build up their colonies, but once they're on a roll, they won't stop until they've attacked as much plant material as they can. Learn more about the types of North Carolina termites that abound and what termite damage looks like.
There is no fixed amount of time for termite treatment to last, even the standard answer is around five years. Exactly how long yours will go depends on everything from who performed the treatment to the types of termites in or around the home. Liquid soil treatment may be able to go for up to eight years, a welcome timeframe for anyone who wants to save a little money on their pest control. Bait treatment may last for about a year or so, depending on the thoroughness and care of the setup. If your treatment fails to keep termites at bay, it's generally because the insects found a hole in the barrier. Just a tiny passageway can afford them the opportunity to make their way back in. Find out more about the types of treatments available and how you can make them work for you.
Now that spring is upon us; termite season is here. These silent destroyers chew through wood, wallpaper, flooring and whatever else they can in your house. Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year, and your homeowner's insurance most likely doesn't cover that type of damage. In most cases, by the time you notice termite damage, your home is already invaded. The five types of termites that are most common in the southeastern United States are drywood termites, subterranean termites, dampwood termites, conehead termites and formosan termites.
Part of rodent control is blocking anywhere they can enter your house. You can tell if you have a rodent infestation if you see rodent droppings in dark corners or their greasy trails against walls. The hair on rodents leaves a streak that is easily seen on white baseboards. Mice, rats and other rodents looking for a warm, dry place to live also carry disease that could transfer to you or your pets. And, they often chew wiring, which creates a fire hazard. Contact Clint Miller Exterminating if you notice a rodent problem, so you can get rid of them before they get too out of control. Mice can have up to six babies every three weeks, or up to 35 new rodents in the house every year. And that’s only if one female is inside.
Waterproofing a home is an effective way to stop one of the worst types of damage. Moisture can not only discolor walls and weaken the integrity of a structure, it can also lead to a serious infestation of mold or insects. Either possibility can impact your health, especially if the problem goes undetected for a while. And unfortunately, it doesn't take very much water for your home to be affected.
If your home is your single greatest asset, you need to look beyond the standard protections to more effective methods. We'll look at home waterproofing and what it takes to really make the building impervious to outside threats.
Does your home have proper moisture control measures in place? If not, you may need an update to fully protect your basement, foundation, crawlspaces, baths and other areas from the many potential problems water can cause.