Your Guide to Ant Pest Control

Ants are found on six of earth’s seven continents, so unless you live in Antarctica, there is always a serious possibility of ants intruding your house. Once inside, they can cause a lot of harm to it and the people living inside by spreading diseases and destroying property. To ensure the safety of you and anyone else living in your home, you need to keep ants away from it. Here is a guide to controlling ant infestations and preventing them from occurring in the first place.

Removing Ants from Your House

It is much simpler to prevent an infestation from occurring than to eliminate a colony already within your walls. However, if you already have an infestation, you should handle it as soon as possible. An effective, easy way to take care of an ant problem is to lay out a few ant bait traps. Place them in high traffic areas where ants are likely to walk by and let them do the rest of the work themselves. Best of all, ants can even take some of the poison with them when they go back to their colony, killing off large amounts of the population. If your ant problem is especially out of control, then hire professionals. They will find the exact spot that the ants have chosen to create their colony and eliminate them where they live.

Preventing Infestations from Occurring

Once you’ve taken care of the ants in your house, you’re going to want to make sure they never come back. A critical way to stop ants from making their way into your home is to keep it clean at all times. Ants are attracted to food, and even a small smear of honey or syrup on the countertop can give them the nutrients they need to survive. The same goes for water as well. Fix any leaky pipes, dry up any standing water sources in bathtubs and sinks, and invest in a dehumidifier. Once you make your house as unappealing to ants as possible, tape up broken window screens, seal cracks around your house, and when you close your garage door, make sure it’s completely level with the ground. That way, ants won’t be able to come in even if they wanted to.

Ants are stubborn little creatures, but that doesn’t mean you need to let them have their way. Take control of your own home and keep these harmful pests out. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us at Ideal Pest Control today.

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Understanding Rat Colonies and How They Spread

There aren’t many drawbacks to living in the Coastal Empire, but rats would definitely rank among the number one complaint. Our unique ecosystem of water, humidity and foliage is particularly suited to rodents. Therefore, they tend to show up in homes and businesses often.

Ideal Pest Control understands that our clients want to keep their living spaces free from invading rodents. Rats bring concerns that go far beyond health hazards - a colony of rats can cause extensive property damage before the homeowner realizes they have established nests within their structure.

It’s for this reason that if you notice any signs of rats in your home, you should contact-us right away. Our fully trained technicians will take a multi-faceted approach to protect your home and eliminating the issue permanently.

To further understand why one rat is too many, let’s look at how a rat colony is organized and explore some little-known facts about rodents.

R-Adaptive Species

Scientifically, rats are classified as an r-adaptive species. This means that they mature rapidly and breed at an incredibly fast pace. A single female rat can live between six months to two years, and during a single year can have up to 84 babies through multiple litters.

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Your Guide to Roach Species

Everyone knows about cockroaches. At this point, they’ve almost become shorthand for pests themselves. They’re creepy, unsanitary and notoriously difficult to eradicate. But not all roaches are the same, there are actually multiple different types cockroach species out there, eager to crawl into houses and make homeowners lives miserable. Since all these species can get a bit confusing, here’s a guide to help.

American Cockroach

American cockroaches are reddish brown and are located throughout the United States. The American cockroaches thrive best in warmer climates, preferring about 70 degrees, but they can live in colder climates if necessary. Of the ‘house-infesting’ cockroaches, the American cockroach is the largest and they prefer humid, damp environments like sewers, basements, pipes and drains.

Brownbanded Cockroach

Brownbanded cockroaches are also found in the United States, but unlike the American cockroach, the brownbanded cockroach prefers drier, less humid environments, and frequents cabinets and garages over sewers and bathrooms. The brownbanded cockroach gets its name from two brown bands they have wrapped around their abdomens. They have wings as well, with the male's wings being larger than the females. Brownbanded cockroaches hide their egg cases under pieces of furniture.

German Cockroach

Despite their name, German cockroaches are also found in the United States and are tan, oval-shaped and have two dark stripes on their backs. German cockroaches are the most frequent cockroaches to invade houses and the cockroach most often to cause illnesses and allergic reactions in people. Similar to the American cockroach, the German cockroach prefers warm and humid environments and is often found crawling around bathrooms and kitchens.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental cockroaches are entirely black and have a glistening outer coating. They are also found in the United States, however, mostly in the North. Oriental cockroaches traverse through many different locations. They can be found in sewers or entering buildings through drains, living in garages, crawl spaces and basements, and they also sometimes inhabit leaf piles and stacks of firewood outside. Some of the nicknames they go by are ‘water bugs,’ because of their tendency to crawl out of drains, and ‘black beetles,’ because of their dark reflective appearance. They are notorious for their filth and emit a strong stench.

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The Dangers of Silverfish

Silverfish are tiny, crustacean-looking creatures, often found in moist dark spots around the house such as basements, toilets, shelves and closets. Many scientists consider them the oldest living species of insect on the planet, existing roughly 100 million years before the dinosaurs. They have a gray coating, antennas and they shed their skin continually throughout their lives. Despite their frightening appearance, they do not bite humans, nor have they been known to be venomous. However, this does not mean they cannot cause their fair share of problems to you and your household. Here are some of the dangers of silverfish and how you can avoid them.

Silverfish in Your Home

Although silverfish do not bite, sting or transmit any major pathogens that spread human diseases, there is a reason to believe that they may trigger allergic reactions in people who are exposed to them. As mentioned above, silverfish molt multiple times throughout their lives, leaving behind their old scales. These scales or skins turn into dust, which over time, may begin to irritate people who are allergic to them, causing coughing, sneezing, congestion or rashes. Not only this, but silverfish may even attract other pests into your house such as dust mites.

The really aggravating aspect of silverfish is their propensity to consume everything from books to sweaters to wallpaper. Silverfish live on a diet of sugars and carbohydrates which they get from things like paper, cardboard, tissue, cotton and wood. Silverfish do not discriminate between the things they devour. They’re just as quick to eat holes through an antique war uniform or a precious book as through an unattended paper towel. This is why everyone with any items of value made from cloth or paper should make sure their house is free and clear of any silverfish who may want to destroy them.

To keep these pests at bay, make sure all food sources are kept safe in sealed off areas. Don’t leave crumbs lying on the floor or the counter top, as that will attract silverfish by the dozens. Also, use dehumidifiers in high moisture areas like basements, as silverfish thrive in damp environments. Furthermore, seal off any openings where silverfish may sneak through. Use caulk around the outside of your house and repair any window screens which may be torn. Hopefully, these tricks will keep silverfish out of your home for good.

For more information, or to look into extermination services for all your pest control needs, contact Ideal Pest Control today.

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Common Myths About Home Pests

While most homeowners know that preventative pest control is the most effective way to protect your house, it's also very easy to dismiss pests if you only notice a few around your property.

Ideal Pest Control wants to help you protect your investment and maintain the health of your home. We want to dispel common myths regarding home pests so that you can take the necessary precautions and treatments to keep your property at it's best.

Common Myths:

If you only see a few pests, its not likely to be a problem.

Pests can be sneaky. If you notice any pests around your home, the chances are high that they've found a place to hide. Many places in your building structure can provide shelter and breeding spaces to insects, bats and termites. Foundations, floor joists, garage attics and more can quickly become infested with pests that pose a danger to your health and structure before you notice a large number within your home. If you see any pests, the best action to take is contacting a pest control service to eliminate them and help prevent future infestations.

Carpenter ants are harmless.

It's true that carpenter ants don't typically bite people, but that's because they're saving their chewing power for the wood in your home. They don't eat the wood, but they tend to build tunnels through all the support systems. As ants multiply, these tunnels can become elaborate and severely weaken the structural supports of your building. Take note of not only your home but also the trees that surround your property. If you notice carpenter ants, it's time to take preventative measures to avoid an infestation in your home.

If the queen is removed from a hive, the other bees will leave.

This myth is partly true. While the hive member will leave, most people don't realize that certain species will lay several queen eggs in the hive. Depending on where they are in development, if an intended queen hatches, your bee or wasp issue won't be rectified. The new queen will simply re-establish the colony. To avoid a bee or wasp infestation, both the bees and the hive need to be removed.

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