Over the years, Floridians have seen their share of crime dramas. Some have featured nefarious ne’er-do-wells of epic proportions. Others have had casts of characters whose shadows were no bigger than 1/32 of an inch. Those are the ones that our Palm Beach pest control pros have busted on more than one occasion.
Yes, we are referring to South Florida’s little incorrigibles, the thief ants. Known for their tiny frames, these ants have a penchant for home invasions and greasy grub. They’ve also been known to impersonate and steal from their fellow ants. So it’s safe to say that there is no loyalty among multi-legged thieves.
The ants typically sport yellow, two-segmented bodies and a stinger. They also tend to grow no bigger than 1/16-inch in length. So it is not uncommon to find them lurking in areas too small for other creatures to inhabit. Some of the places where they have previously sought refuge from our Palm Beach pest control pros are masonry cracks and the hollow cavities of walls.
It is also worth noting that each year the thieves swarm from early summer to late fall. During that time, they are looking for mates, ill-gotten homes and food. As such, South Floridians should keep a watchful eye out for the diminutive criminals while the weather is still warm. Signs of infestation often include trails of ants near a home’s electrical outlets or grease traps.
Once the thief ants find a good hide out, they tend to stick around awhile. Each nest usually has multiple queens, whose offspring are capable of reaching maturity in approximately two month’s time. When they do reach maturity, they join the others in a life of crime.
Would you like to learn more about the notorious thief ants, including how to end their crime spree? If so, please contact our Palm Beach pest control pros online or toll-free at (866) 611-2847.
No home or apartment is safe. There is some kind of insect or pest invading your space including ants and termites. Dealing with harsh solutions can harm you, your family and the environment. You know not to let them take over, so take back your home by containing or eliminating the threat altogether. Here are some environmentally responsible ways to handle ants and termites with Pest Control in West Palm Beach.
Along with being a nuisance the ant will either eat your food or eat the structure of the home. The ant comes from a colony and if the colony is threatened it will not hesitate to bite back. However, there are responsible and environmental ways to contain the situation.
- Seal cracks: Cracks and other crevices that ants enter from the outside should be sealed with caulk.
- Remove food: Remove access to sugary foods and other foods by placing foods in an ant-proof container. Clean up food spills on the floor with a vacuum or broom. Clean dishes, pots and pans in the sink.
- Trees: Cut limbs and branches of trees that hang over the home. Ants use this as a route to enter the home.
- Household solutions: There are plenty of things around the home that will deal with ants. Some examples are vinegar, dishwashing liquid, cinnamon and baby powder. Clean the home with vinegar or dishwashing liquid. Sprinkle baby powder or cinnamon on the ant or ant colony. Ants don’t like the smell of either and will not come back.
Termites eat away at wood until your home is destroyed. There are plenty of responsible methods you can use to control the situation.
- Seal gaps: Some termites like soil and water while the other like small cracks in wood. Remove access to both. Sweep soil off porches and destroy soil that’s shaped like a mud tube around the home. Don’t use mulch as it attracts termites. Fix moisture problems in crawlspaces, basement areas, the roof and the foundation of the home. Water plumbing, gutters and HVAC condensation must be fixed and fully dry. In addition seal off water and gas lines so they won’t enter the home. Seal cracks, joints and crevices.
- Removal: Inspect lumber for termites before use in indoor or outdoor projects. Remove the infected ones. Inspect trees and firewood for termites and remove those. Place them in the trash can. Never bury them underground. Pay special attention to wood shingles and the area around it.
- Paint: Painting wood can seal cracks in wood so termites won’t get inside.
- Bug screens: Add bug screens over every vents in the home.
Be sure to add Hulett to the list of environmentally responsible ways to remove ants and termites. We will inspect the home for termites using techniques like our No Tent Termite Control for Drywood termites and Liquid Defense Termidor treatment for Subterranean termites. Call us at 866-611-2847 and let us tackle the pest or contact us for more information on our services.
Many people are frightened whenever they notice what appear to be winged ants in or around their home. That’s because they are unsure whether or not these insects are actually a termites, and are afraid their home may be infested. These two bugs are similar in appearance, yet each one has some distinct features that help them be easily identified.
Termites have short straight antennas, while flying ants have longer ones that are bent at an angle. Termite antennae sometimes look like a string of beads whenever they are examined up close. The body of a termite is oblong and narrow, and appears to be one solid mass. On the other hand, flying ants have three distinct sections to their body characterized by a somewhat smaller head and thorax (midsection) and a slightly larger abdomen.
Both insects have two sets of clear wings. Termite wings are long, narrow and evenly proportioned, with the top set of wings being precisely the same size as the bottom pair are. Flying ant wings are more curved than those of termites, with the upper set of wings being larger than their lower ones are.
Aside from examining the insects themselves, there are other ways to determine whether the swarms you see are actually ants or termites. If you are infested with termites, you may notice things such as:
- Piles of wings lying on the floor
- Presence of what appears to be sawdust lying on your floor
- Mud tubes or tunnels located on the foundation of your home
Ants and termites both develop wings during their reproductive stages. During this time, they are referred to as alates, and generally begin to swarm as part of the mating process. Termites that are not involved in this process are larvae-like creatures that somewhat resemble maggots. The presence of these insects outside along with swarmed ant-like pests inside could also be evidence of a termite infestation.
Whether your home has flying ants or termites, you’ll need a West Palm Beach exterminator to help you get rid of them. Contact us to schedule an on-site visit so that we can help you determine your exact pest control needs.