If you have an old wooden porch that was made with untreated wood, you may worry about the risk of a termite infestation. If so, use one or more of the following four tips to help keep termites from invading your front porch. Replace Any Rotten Boards If your front porch has any rotten boards, the first thing you need to do is replace them. When wood becomes rotten, it becomes extremely soft.
21 June 2017
Most ants behave in predictable patterns by how they nest and forage for food, which makes it a little bit easier for you to find and treat the pests yourself. But some ant species can be tough to locate and eradicate, including crazy ants. Crazy ants are invasive species that wreak havoc outside and inside your home, including your electronic devices. If you notice strange ants misbehaving in your home or on your property, take immediate steps to treat them.
6 December 2016
Planting a vegetable garden can be rewarding but can take up a great deal of your time. When you invest so much of your time into growing a successful garden, you want it free of damaging pests and insects. Here are two types of garden pests that can cause damage to your garden plants, and what you can do to protect your garden from them. Squash Bugs If you grow a vegetable garden containing pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, melons, or other plants with similar vines, stems, and leaves, your plants are at risk of being eaten and damaged by squash bugs.
10 June 2016
If your home sits nestled among tall ash trees, you likely reap many environmental and economic benefits -- from lower utility bills to insulation from road noise. However, a single invasive insect could be the catalyst for an emerald ash borer infestation that could damage or even kill your trees over a brief period of time. How can you tell whether your trees are in danger? What can you do to eradicate these pests and maintain the health of your ash trees?
29 January 2016
Bed bug infestations are no joke. They can be extremely difficult to eradicate, especially if you don't undertake the services of a qualified exterminator. Just the thought of bed bugs is enough to send some people into an itchy furor as if they can feel them creepy-crawling around on the sly. Much as with any other battle, knowing your enemy is half the fight. In this article, you'll learn some of the strangest and most interesting facts about these tiny little bed denizens--helping you to prevent or treat them should they occur.
8 July 2015
As a homeowner, you are probably familiar with the various tasks necessary to keep your home functional, appealing, and valuable. Unfortunately, you may be one of the many homeowners who do not place effort into pest prevention and control. Since certain species of termites can quickly grow into a large colony of 500,000, understanding the initial signs of an infestation is smart to protect your home. A termite infestation can quickly wreak havoc on your home, so prevention is key, but prevention can be difficult.
22 June 2015
Many property managers believe that ongoing pest control contracts are not necessary. After all, what's the difficulty in buying a few rat traps if a problem arises? Surely, they think, it's a waste of money to pay every month for maintenance against a problem that doesn't yet exist. Unfortunately, this is ultimately proved foolish thinking when rats get a foothold on their property. If you are a wise manager, you don't want to learn the hard way that, when it comes to rats, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
19 June 2015
Imagine yourself moving a bookcase away from a wall and seeing a pile of sawdust on the floor, along with some winged insects. Are they flying ants or termites? If there is no apparent damage, you might be tempted to simply sweep or vacuum them up and forget about it. If you have either a carpenter ant or a termite problem, however, ignoring it and hoping it will go away is probably the worst thing you can do!
17 June 2015
If you've been following agricultural or economic news over the last few years, you may have heard that declining bee populations are worrying scientists and lawmakers. Without bees and other pollinators to fertilize plants, it becomes virtually impossible to sustain agricultural production levels, which will cause food prices to rise significantly. However, the need to protect local bee populations doesn't mean you have to simply allow destructive carpenter bees to bore holes into your siding, decking, or outdoor furniture.
8 June 2015