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Many people mistakenly believe that termites hibernate during the winter months. The truth is that while colder weather can slow these creatures down, they nonetheless remain active, even during the winter months. As a result, termite control in West Palm Beach could be needed at any time of year if you are to combat these creatures.
Termites live in colonies deep within the soil, where they will constantly be looking for new sources of food. Although they move somewhat slower during the winter months, they nonetheless remain active in finding wood to digest. In some parts of the country, their movement is greatly restricted because the soil is frozen; however, here in West Palm Beach, that is rarely a deterrent for these creatures.
Termites often become active in stacks of firewood during the winter, which means it could be easy for you to bring them into your home if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Likewise, if you are storing old magazines or newspapers to help get your fire going, termites could easily take up residence in these piles as well.
Your home could have been infested with termites long before winter arrived. If so, the fact that it is a little bit colder outside won’t change the fact that you are already infested. In fact, you could just start noticing swarming activity taking place, or see remnants of the wings these creatures have shed while making their way through your house. Their indoor activity will not necessarily be slowed down during the colder season, as they will be able to benefit from the heat that’s already present on the inside.
Even if you don’t see signs of a termite infestation, it can still be a good idea to have regular inspections performed in order to catch problems early on. For a free consultation, contact us.
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Pantry pests can easily contaminate stored food and can also be brought into the home undetected in already infested purchases. Hulett Environmental Services recommends some proactive practices to keep your pantry pest-free:
Most species of ants are considered ‘nuisance pests,’ meaning that they don’t pose a significant threat to health or property, but are an annoyance when found indoors. In fact, ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States.
Some species of ants, however, can pose threats to health and property. Carpenter ants, for example, excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can cause extensive damage to a structure. Fire ants, on the other hand, sting when threatened, resulting in painful welts that can be dangerous to allergic persons. These species should always be handled by a professional.
Regardless of the species all ants can contaminate food sources and small infestations can grow quickly, so any sign of an infestation should be dealt with promptly.
How difficult are termites to treat?
Recent consumer research suggests that over 70% of homeowners feel that professional pest control services are more effective than do it yourself treatments; however, this is not to say that some pests are not more difficult to treat than others, even for professionals.
Termites are social insects meaning that they live in large groups and by the time homeowners notice termite damage there is typically a significant infestation. However, the industry continues to invest time and money to develop new products and methods to treat these and all other pests. Our continuing education programs help to enhance current member knowledge about the most up to date treatment options.
Termites are just one pest and although they pose large property threats it is important to also remember how many other pests pose public health threats. More and more consumers are turning to pest control professionals to help them treat this growing threat – a recent national survey found that consumers are more aware of pest-related diseases and the pests that transmit them then ever before.
How much does a termite treatment cost?
The cost of a termite treatment depends upon the extent of the infestation and damage making it difficult to generalize to a specific price. Most companies will complete an initial inspection for free and depending on their findings will develop a comprehensive treatment program.
Monomorium pharaonis is the scientific name for one of South Florida’s more interesting pests. However, most people just refer to the creatures as pharaoh ants. Like the humans that they share a moniker with, these 1/12-inch long formicidae have been around for centuries. They have also been the target of our South Florida exterminators.
South Florida exterminator lore has it that the pharaoh ants got their name because of an erroneous connection to ancient Egypt’s insect plagues. Although these African natives didn’t participate in the plague, it doesn’t mean that they are not trouble with a capital T.
Pharaoh ants love to nest in hot, humid enclosed areas. So that makes them exceptionally fond of South Florida. Hot, humid homes are not their only nesting spots either. These South Florida pests have a penchant for medical facilities as well.
When they do infest medical facilities, it is not uncommon to see them drinking from blood plasma bags, IV bags or the mouths of sleeping humans. What makes such situations even more disturbing is that the ants are also known carriers of diseases. Some of the diseases connected to South Florida’s pharaoh ant population are streptococcus, salmonella and staphylococcus.
To add to the problem, once the pharaoh ants establish a nest, their numbers can grow quickly. Perhaps that is why they were once falsely associated with the plagues. How quickly can they reproduce? Well, each female, of which there may be more than 100 per nest, is capable of producing 400 eggs at a time. Those eggs are capable of turning into additional females in less than 40 days. So in as little as two months, a South Florida dwelling can literally become overrun with pharaohs.
The good news is that our South Florida exterminators know how to bring the pharaohs’ reign to a swift conclusion. To learn more about how they accomplish such a challenging feat, please contact us at (866) 611-2847.
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There are many steps homeowners can take to protect their greatest investments from termites. Experts at Hulett Environmental recommend the following tips:
There are many multi-legged creatures that call the Sunshine State home. One of the more recent ones to set up shop in West Palm Beach is the crazy ant. Unlike other ants found in our area, they have something uniquely in common with today’s society, a love of technology.
Yes, you most definitely read that right. We said a love of technology. Originally from the Caribbean, the ants are known to gravitate towards heat and heat producing electronics. Hence, you’ll often find them near power plants, outdoor hot tub motors, HVAC units and generators. They have also been known to crawl inside of laptops, cell phones, desk top computers, tablets and other electronic mobile devices that can accommodate their 2.6 to 3 mm long frames.
“How much heat do they need?”, you may ask. In our experience, they tend to prefer temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. So that pretty much makes West Palm Beach the crazy ants’ Shangri-La. A love of heat is not the only odd characteristic associated with this West Palm Beach pest. Their bodies expand after eating to the point that they appear to have stretch marks. In addition, they tend to have really long antennae.
They are also known to travel in mass, colonize in more than one place at once and accept a multitude of queens. In some instances, more than 35 queens may be present. At this point, there seems to be no definitive answer on how many offspring each one may produce. However, given the size of their colonies and swarms we can only assume that it’s a substantial number.
With that said, should you wake up one morning and find that your property is the site of a crazy ant infestation, be sure to contact us toll-free at (866) 611-2847. Hulett Environmental Services’ West Palm Beach pest control pros can help you deal with the crazy ants as well as other Florida loving pests.
With over 20,000 species of Ants in the world and many calling south Florida home it can be difficult to keep them from invading your business. Break rooms are especially vulnerable due to the constant availability of food and sweets such as sweeteners commonly used for coffee service. With a proper prevention routine by your employees and a professional pest treatment you can ensure they don’t infest your business.
It is essential that business’s with break rooms for employees take necessary precautions to prevent an ant infestation. It is ideal to have a system for all employees to follow on where to store their food, areas of disposal and cleanliness guidelines. All food must be properly stored out of the reach of bugs or an ant infestation can happen quickly. It is also necessary to keep items such as sugar, creamer and food condiments in sealed container. Food waste needs to be kept in a closed trash bin and emptied nightly. The break room tables, countertops and floors need to be kept clean and free of food debris which is an ant attractant.
It is critical that you have a pest treatment program in place for your business. A professional Exterminator in West Palm Beach, FL can treat your entire business inside and out to prevent not only ants, but many other common pests that reside in the warm subtropical climate of south Florida. Treatments are available that will reside in our break rooms and are completely safe to be around the food, coffee service products as well as food condiments. They are most often an unseen device that makes a world of difference to your employees by ensuring they have healthy clean environment to enjoy their mealtime.
To learn more about the different types of ants that are a threat to your business and find a pest treatment program that is best for your business, please contact us or call (866) 611-2847.
Which famous Florida residents are known to fly through the air with ease and walk across high wires? No, we are not talking about Nik Wallenda and company. These guys and gals are much shorter and have many more legs per individual. Give up? Okay we’ll tell you. As pest control pros in Fort Pierce, we were actually thinking of acrobat ants.
Currently found throughout South Florida, they were first noticed in America during the mid 1990s. At the time, their populations were nowhere near what they are today. Scientists were also unsure of the acrobats’ country of origin. So they labeled them as an exotic species. Of course that is no longer the case now that their population has grown.
Physically speaking, they tend to be 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length. You can visually tell them apart from other ants based on the shape of their bodies. They feature two nodes, a heart-shaped gaster, 11-segmented antennae, a sharp stinger and an uneven thorax. Because of their anatomy, the ants tend to be quite flexible. Hence, that’s why they were given the moniker acrobat.
Although they tend to nest outside in pine trees or wooden porches, it is not uncommon for them to enter South Floridian’s homes via high utility wires and low level plumbing. In those instances, the little acrobats are generally scouting for food or water. However, there have been occasions where they’ve decided to take up permanent residence inside of termite damaged wall voids and support beams. They’ve also been known to change nesting sites throughout the year. As such, finding and getting rid of the entire colony can be quite problematic for anyone other than pest control pros in Fort Pierce.
Like many other species of insects, their diets generally consist of sugar and protein heavy foods. Nonetheless, they will also eat other pests should the opportunity arise. Signs of an infestation generally include dead ants, frass and multiple foraging trails.
To learn more about acrobat ants and how our pest control services in Fort Pierce can put an end to their high wire act, please contact us at (866) 611-2847.
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As long time South Florida exterminators, we’ve seen our share of ants. We can also honestly say that the Sunshine State has some of the more interesting species of Formicidae in the United States. One of the more bizarre creatures is the ghost ant. South Florida exterminator legend has it that ghost ants started haunting areas of the Sunshine State back in the 1980s.
Ironically enough, it happened about the same as the arrival of a certain gigantic, paranormal marshmallow. At the time, his arrival captured more headlines. Of course now all of that has changed and it’s the ghost ants’ antics that are making the national news.
Just in case you have never seen a South Florida ghost ant before, they are typically less than 1.5 mm long and feature white gasters. That’s the scientific name used to identify the lower portions of their bodies. Their heads and upper bodies, on the other hand, are traditionally a dark brown or black. Believed to have originated overseas, they tend to smell like rancid coconut oil when you step on them.
Besides looking and smelling different that other South Florida ants, the ghosts have other claims to fame. For instance, they are known to share living space with spiders and ants outside of their species. They also enjoy eating honeydew melons, sugar water and other sweet treats.
In addition, the ghosts are exceptionally adept at promptly relocating and taking up residence in the tiniest of areas. Places that they will sometimes colonize are book bindings, motor vehicles, electrical outlets, window sill ledges and cracks in between a home’s baseboards. Subsequently, they can be very challenging to vanquish.
So, if you eventually end up with a house full of little ghosts and want to make them disappear, contact us online or call (866) 611-2847. Once you do, we’ll put Hulett Environmental Services’ South Florida exterminators to work for you.
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Scientists are creating super soldier ants…a good idea?
Researchers and scientists from McGill University in Canada had discovered that the ant species Pheidole morrisi has all the tools needed to become a big headed monster. All the researchers had to do was dab an ant larvae with a hormone and like magic a regular worker ant became a super soldier. Pictured below. Read the full story on the Daily Mail.
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Here are a few facts to help homeowners protect themselves from stinging insects over the next few months:
Fire ants are stinging insects that are usually bright red in color. There are more than 285 different species of fire ants, which produce large mounds of dirt that disrupt the local terrain. They can also attack other insects and even small animals by biting them and then injecting them with a toxin. While they are not deadly to humans, they are bothersome, and are being noticed in increasing numbers by exterminators in West Palm Beach.
The Palm Beach Post first reported on the local infestation around a year ago. This publication reported that residents in Palm Beach Colony, a neighborhood located in nearby Royal Palm Beach, claim their area is infested with these bothersome creatures. These residents claim that the ants are so abundant in number that they are infesting trees and shrubs in their community and causing their premature death.
It seems that moving about has also been made more difficult due to the fire ant invasion. At least one resident of Palm Beach Colony claims that she is bitten on a daily basis while taking her walks, and has been forced to carry alcohol pads with her in order to minimize the pain she feels whenever they bite her. Another woman claims she has given up her daily walks altogether due to the same issue.
Since fire ant can get underground, they may also pose a threat to buried utility lines. Florida Power and Light has reportedly experienced problems because of fire ants in recent years, often finding them in foreclosed properties because there has been no attempt made to eliminate them once they have become established.
Fire ants can cause disruption to your life, as these nearby residents will attest. If you find yourself infested with these creatures, don’t wait, because they can multiply quickly. Instead, contact us so that we can help you get rid of them as soon as possible.