Ants: A Kitchen’s Second Worst Enemy

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Ants indoors can be a major nuisance for any household. Despite keeping your house clean, ants can still find their way inside. Most of the time, you have zero control over this. Sometimes entry points can be next-to-impossible to detect, or maybe your house is old enough to comfortably house them. If you’re waiting for your appointment with our company, but are in desperate need of a temporary fix, use some of the following techniques to eliminate the problem:

Firstly, before you begin remedying your problem, you must identify the type of ants you are dealing with. Each species of ant has its own behaviors, food preferences, and treatments, so make sure to take this into account when combating them. House ants as well as carpenter ants are some of the most common threats to your kitchen countertop.

Keeping ants at bay with powerfully scented substances is a great start to your efforts. Spread ground cinnamon, or ground coffee bits at any and all entry points. If you are discouraged by the untidiness your house may be in with spices sprinkled everywhere, you can use cinnamon oil extract as a great alternative. Douse areas that are known ant hotspots, and see how they will be held at bay for a little while. Ants however, are persistent, and will burrow their way through new entry points in your kitchen. Again, these are temporary fixes, and you should call American Pest Control immediately for more effective solutions to your ant issues.

Another solution you can use is spraying vinegar near baseboards, cracks, and on any tracks they may be travelling on. This eliminates the chemical trail that ants leave behind to allow other ants to follow. Don’t forget, ants work for their colony. By disrupting the pheromone trail they rely on to navigate, you deal a huge blow to their work efforts. Other liquids such as citrus juices and peppermint extracts work well to achieve this goal – although these liquids can eventually attract other pests like roaches.

For Carpenter Ants, diynatural.com suggests a different approach to solving your ant issue. These types of ants do not carry bait back to their nests, therefore you must bring the battle to them. These ants are attracted to wooded areas, especially moist wood, such that is found in foundations, decks, and trees. Consider trying Diatomaceous Earth (DE). According to the website, DE is completely natural – made of the tiny skeletal remains of algae-like plants. DE particles are lethal for insects, as their razor-sharp edges have the ability to cut and shred. When using DE, make sure it is food grade DE. Inject directly into a nest, and it will quickly destroy the colony. However, there can be thousands of colonies living in your yard. Therefore, seek professional help to permanently solve your pest issue.

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Keep An Eye On Pests During Seasons Change

As seasons change, so do pest problems. During the course of a year, you can have many different kinds of pests take up shelter in your households. They may be furry, they may have wings, they may have six or eight legs. Whatever the pest may be, we’d like to keep you informed on some of the possible pest problems you may face as seasons change.

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Winter

As the temperatures drop and winter enters full swing, many animals and organisms will turn to your home for shelter and sanctuary.

Rodents and rats are just one example of common wintertime intruders. A female rodent can have 4-8 pups per litter, and can fall right back into mating season only a few weeks later. Because of this, a rodent can have up to 40 offspring in a single winter season.

As for insects, ants and silverfish are some common critters you can expect to see in the winter months. Ants are forced indoors, and will therefore scavenge for food in your house during cold weather. Silverfish  love humid temperatures; they will find shelter around hot water pipes in your bathroom, or radiators.

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Spring

As cold weather dissipates, and icy conditions melt away, many organisms wake up from their inactive states. In the spring especially, insects can become a nuisance.

Flies are probably the most prominent pests you will face during the spring. Flies will hide and nest in attics, between walls, and in basements. Of course flies multiply quickly and numerously, so make sure to handle them quickly before spring is in full bloom.

Single Cone Wasps will show up once warm weather patterns are consistent. Most begin nesting by May, when the weather is between fifty and sixty degrees. Pregnant Queen Wasps will choose to nest in eaves and porch corners. American Pest Control urges you to avoid removing hives without professional assistance.

When days are consistently brighter than they are darker, Box Elder Bugs and Asian Lady Beetles will also emerge. Throughout the winter, these insects will nest under stoops, in the bark of trees, in attics, or behind shutters. In the spring until June, they will be busy laying eggs before the summer gets its hottest. Although Lady Beetles are pleasant company on an individual basis, they can be terrifying in masses!

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Summer

The warm summer months will bring an assortment of pests to your doorstep. Animals of all kinds will burrow through your gardens, and insects of all shapes and sizes will want to live alongside you both inside and outside your home. Many of the insects already mentioned in previous seasons will still be a nuisance in the summertime. However, others will become even more prominent as months become warmer and warmer.

Mosquitoes become a huge problem for just about everyone in the summer. Households near lakes, rivers, and other freshwater sources will especially notice their presence during this time. These critters will be active until late September, so ensure you take preemptive measures to avoid colonies overtaking your backyard.

Millipedes, Pill Bugs and Earwigs are also most prominent in the summer months. By the beginning of May they will start to appear, however, these creepy crawlers will be most active during June and July. They are certainly not the most pleasant insects to live alongside, so make sure to call professional help if you believe you’ve seen an abundance of them.

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Fall/Autumn

The Fall/Autumn temperatures drop, and can be the reason why many pests are driven indoors. Many of the pests mentioned will burrow into houses during this season, only to come out again in the warmer months. The Fall is the best season to take preventative measures in and around your home.

Although not an insect, spiders are a year-long problem for many. In autumn and winter months spiders follow their prey indoors. They will also protect themselves from the cold by seeking refuge in humid areas of a household. Spring, summer, and autumn’s early months can see lots of humid rainy weather. Spiders thrive in this environment, so expect to seem them audaciously comfortable in your corners, walkways, bathrooms, fences, plants, and many other locales. Some spiders however thrive in dry weather, and summer months can have them nightmarishly active both indoors and outdoors.

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Wildlife-Proof Your Garden

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What’s worse than slaving over and carefully tending to a garden you’ve meticulously curated and then having it eaten up or smothered by a garden pest?

Deer

If you aren’t sure what pest is tampering with your garden, torn twigs and stems are an indication of deer. There are a number of methods for deterring deer from returning to your garden. Scare tactics like spotlights or noise makers can startle deer and keep them from returning to your property.

If you can afford it, fences are probably one of the more reliable and effective methods of keeping deer out of gardens. The best kind of fence would be a wire fence that is at least 6 feet tall and angled away from the garden or yard it is protecting, making it difficult for a deer to jump over.

Rabbits

Clean cuts on leaves and stems are an indication of rabbits munching on your foliage. A simple method of scaring away Rabbits are placing plastic snakes or owls around your garden.

Also, chicken wire with mesh less than an inch installed around your garden can keep rabbits out. However, make sure the wire is installed at least three inches into the ground and rises at least two feet above ground.

Because of their excellent sense of smell and taste, rabbits are less likely to come to your garden if they smell or taste something unpleasant, like cayenne pepper, limestone, or animal urine.

Groundhogs

While fences and wire barriers that rise at least 3 feet are effective at keeping groundhogs out of gardens, they do also dig tunnels, so any fencing or barrier needs to be buried a ways into the ground to ensure you are covering all of your bases.

Raccoons

Raccoons can be a huge nuisance to your property and they aren’t easy to get rid of by any means.  However, one relatively effective method is an electric fence. By turing the electricity on in the evening and off in the morning, raccoons are less likely to damage your garden.

 

Bats

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Bats are not the most common house pest, but on occasion they may take up residence in your attic to raise their young. It’s possible to have bats in your attic for years without knowing. If you see a bat inside your home, try not to panic; call American Pest Control and we will send someone to your residence as soon as possible, and work with you to get the situation amended.

You should know, if you do find a bat in your house, that indicates a possibility that there are more bats staying somewhere else in your home. Getting rid of one bat may not be the end of the situation, so it is advised that you contact AMPest Control or another professional to help you.

If you see bats in the evening flying over your yard, or even hanging off of the eaves of your roof, that doesn’t mean you have a bat problem. Bats actually are very helpful animals – when they aren’t residing in your attic – because they eat flying insects and bugs; they aren’t interested in getting near you.

So, if you find yourself in need of bat removal, please try to do it the most humane way possible, or hire a professional.

Facts:

  • Bats are the only mammals capable of actually flying
  • There are over 40 bat species in the U.S. and Canada, and over 1,000 species worldwide.
  • Bats are found everywhere except at the poles and in particularly arid deserts.
  • One small bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in an hour.
  • Some bats live to be over 40 years old, having one of the longest life spans of all mammals

APHIS 101

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The APHIS, or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is a national agency dedicated to overseeing the Animal Welfare Act and managing wildlife damage actions. APHIS attempts to aid the general goals of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture): defend and develop food, agriculture, natural resources, and associated problems.

APHIS mission statement: To protect the health and value of American Agriculture and natural resources.

APHIS is constantly on the job, working to ensure that America’s animal and plant resources are protected against any pests and diseases. By staying on top of pests and other factors that can affect vegetation and animal livestock, APHIS ensures that billions of dollars aren’t lost due to the possible impact on production and marketing due to pest and disease issues.

If there is an issue due to a pest or disease, APHIS immediately launches into action. Emergency protocols are enacted and the affected states or areas are aided to swiftly obliterate the problem.

According to aphis.usda.gov, APHIS has expanded its area of expertise to include “wildlife damage and disease management, regulation of genetically engineered crops and animal welfare, and protection of public health and safety as well as natural resources that are vulnerable to invasive pests and pathogens.”

Established in 1972, APHIS has worked toward protecting American agriculture and the American public to the best of its ability. While the APHIS mission has stayed more or less the same since its implementation, the agency has made adaptations to its services and coverage to adapt to current needs and concerns.

With the APHIS mission in mind, American Pest Control also is dedicated to the protection and assistance of the communities we serve by providing safe and effective services for a wide-range of needs and problems. Both immediate and long-term solutions are considered and carried out.

American Pest Control Wildlife Services

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Pests are bound to affect your home at least once in the time you are living at a residence. One may expect to encounter ants, termites, even roaches in a household. However, there are many other pests that invade a property that may cause serious problems.

American Pest Control provides a wide range of pest control services to include nuisance wildlife.  Wildlife Management Removal and Exclusion Services primarily focuses on the sealing of structural openings where wildlife pests may come into a home.

The wildlife we are equipped to manage include but are not limited to:

Squirrels, Flying squirrels, Raccoons, Opossums, Roof rats, Norway rats, Skunks, Bats, Snakes, and Armadillos.

To give you an idea of our procedures and what to expect when you come to us with your wildlife pest issues, here is a breakdown:

  • American Pest Control wildlife specialist comes to inspect your home thoroughly, locating any potential entry points for wildlife pests, and creates a custom plan of action for treating your home.
  • After locating all potential entry points for wildlife pests, the APC specialist will install any materials necessary for exclusion of pests to the entry points.
  • After entry points are secured, the specialist will then install traps in case there are any wildlife pests in the home already.
  • According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources regulations, the specialist will then return to remove any trapped pests.

If you suspect you are experiencing any wildlife pest issues in your home and want a safe, effective service to help you, please contact us here and we will arrange for a specialist to come to your residence as soon as possible.

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