Do you ever get those annoying swarms of flying insects during the spring? If you do, you might want to take a closer look at them to make sure there not Termite Swarmers. Termite Swarmers emerge in different areas of the house when a termite colony is established. Swarmers are sent out to build a new colony because there previous colony is too large. But don’t get confused as there are other types of flying insects that may resemble Termite swarmers, Carpenter ant swarmers, and Citronella ants swarmers.
A little hint for the summer time is to keep an eye out for little piles of sawdust. Little piles of sawdust are a common sign for Carpenter Ants. Carpenter Ants do not actually eat wood; they instead burrow inside to expand their nesting galleries. Do you get unsightly stains under your gutters? If so that is usually a good sign of Carpenter Bees. Carpenter Bee’s burrow into wood to make a home for themselves.
Fall time is usually when mice start to make there way into homes to build there winter nest. Did you know that no matter how cold it is that mice still go outside to forage. The best way to tell if you have mice is to take a look beneath your oven for their little black droppings one mouse can leave up to eighty droppings daily. Mice will eat almost anything organic. Mice also like to live inside the oven walls because of the insulation its warm and they will do this when a gestation is near.
Did you know that during winter time most pests don’t just die, but go dormant. Mice come into houses for warmth, some insects even hide under the siding of houses till spring time. And many different types of animals will try to move in to your garages and attics to find shelter.
The Big Three
Carpenter ants are large ants that prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. There are over a thousand other species in the genus Camponotus, but the most likely species to be infesting a house in the United States is the Black carpenter ant, Camponotus pennsylvanicus.
Bedbug (or bed bug) is an insect of the family Cimicidae that lives by feeding on the blood of warm-blooded hosts like us. Its name comes from its preferred habitat: mattresses, sofas, and other furniture. As their name suggests, bedbugs are mainly active at night.
Termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. A typical colony contains nymphs (semi-mature young), workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both genders, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10% of the estimated 4,000 species are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests.
Other Common Pests: