Hulett Environmental Services recommend the following tips to keep these pests outdoors where they belong:
Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
Consider partnering with a licensed pest professional to identify pest problems and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
We also encourage homeowners to eliminate all moisture sites, as some pests such as termites and carpenter ants are specifically attracted to this element. Once inside, both of these pests can cause extensive damage to homes.
Hulett Environmental informs homeowners of common household spiders
Any eight-legged pest is sure to be unwelcome in homes, but not all creepy-crawlers are the same. While some species of spiders are nothing more than a nuisance, others can pose serious health risks when they bite. Hulett Environmental, a pest management company servicing South Florida, urges homeowners to brush up on the types of spiders they could encounter this fall.
Homeowners should be on the lookout for the following spider species:
Common House Spider: These spiders don’t pose a health risk, but they can be quite a nuisance throughout the house. They spin a tangled web in upper corners, angles of window frames and around furniture.
Brown Recluse Spider: The bite from a brown recluse can cause a very painful ulcer. These spiders can be found in many undisturbed areas around the home, such as inside boxes, under furniture and in seldom-used clothing or shoes.
Black Widow Spider: Probably the most infamous species of spider, the black widow’s venom can have serious side effects, especially in children and the elderly. Widows often build nests in cluttered areas within garages, attics and basements.
Hulett Environmental reminds homeowners that there are several ways to prevent spider bites and keep them out of the house all together:
Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper, on the floor or in storage before wearing.
Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
Inspect shoes before wearing them, as spiders often hide inside.
Reduce clutter in basements, garages and attics.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
To prevent crazy ants from gaining access to a structure, we recommend the following tips:
Trim vegetation away from the home to prevent pathways inside.
Seal all cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including around doors and windows.
Clean up food spills and other potential attractants as soon as possible.
If an infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest professional to treat the problem.
Crazy ants range from red-brown to grayish, and even black in color.
Range from 1/12-inch to 1/8-inch in length.
Crazy ants prefer sweets such as honeydew from insects. They also feed on seeds and insects for protein. They rarely follow strong trails and are known for their erratic movements.
The Crazy ant is highly adaptable and can live in both very dry and moist habitats. They typically nest outdoors in the soil and in the cavities of trees and shrubs, but frequently enter homes in the fall or after rain. Once inside your home, they will nest in wall and floor voids, especially near hot water pipes and heaters.
This small ant gets it name from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement in its search for food.
Do you live in South Florida and think that this ant may be invading your home? Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty pest control treatments designed to control and eliminate this pest!
Here in Florida, carpenter ants are prevalent, and can sometimes wreak havoc on wooden structures, not because they eat wood, but because they bore through it when making tunnels from which to forage food. At the first sign of carpenter ants, you’ll need to contact pest control in Palm Beach.
Identifying Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are generally larger than other species of ants, being anywhere from 3/8” to 1/2″ in length. Workers may be solid black, solid red or a combination of red and black. The queen is somewhat larger than the other ants in her colony, and can sometimes be as long as one inch. Reproductive males and females are around 3/4“ long, and are outfitted with clear wings.
A carpenter ant’s body is characterized by a thorax, which is the area between the head and abdomen that is rounded and generally smooth without any lines or ridges on it. Its antennae are also bent at an angle.
Signs of Infestation
If your home is infested with carpenter ants, you might notice large numbers of them crawling on wooden surfaces. There could also be small holes bored into your walls, windowsills or the foundation of your home. Directly beneath these holes, you may discover what appears to be small piles of sawdust. You may be able to hear carpenter ants by placing a stethoscope next to your wall. Ants are more likely to be active during the summer months, and they tend to forage for food at night more often than they do in the daytime.
Carpenter ants can nest in a number of areas of your home including inside foam insulation, underneath sinks, behind shower tiles, or near toilets and bathtubs. Finding their nests and successfully eliminating them requires the service of an experienced exterminator. If you’ve noticed carpenter ants in your home, don’t wait until damage has already been done- contact us right away instead.