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Termite Warning Signs

Here are a few clues that termites may be present in a home:

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  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint
  5. Small piles of feces that resembles sawdust near a termite nest
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home

Browse some of our older posts that are on our South Florida Pest Control Blog

Browse some of our older posts below that are on our South Florida Pest Control Blog:

Give Your Family the Gift of Termite Control in West Palm Beach

PREVENT BED BUGS FROM GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

South Florida Exterminators Discuss Region’s Termite Populations

Pest Control Vero Beach Florida | Call 772-569-9000

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Order Orthoptera Family Stenopelmatidae Genus Stenopelmatus That is the Jerusalem Cricket, sometime called the ‘child of the earth’

 

A Closer Look at Ant Species

Argentine Ants: Colonies of Argentine ants are found throughout the southeastern parts of the U.S. and California usually in wet environments near a food source. Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food and give off a musty odor when crushed.

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Carpenter Ants: This aggressive species of ant is found nationwide, especially in the northern region. Carpenter ants attack wood and can cause severe property damage, which is usually not covered by homeowners’ insurance.

Crazy Ants: First found in Texas in 2002, crazy ants have spread to other southern states, nesting in both dry and moist habitats. This species does not pose a health threat, but they can become a nuisance.

Odorous House Ants: This species is found in every region of the U.S. and commonly nests in basements, crawl spaces and adjacent structures. Odorous house ants do not pose a health risk, but they give off a strong, rotten coconut-like smell when crushed.

Pavement Ants: These black ants are found throughout the eastern portion of the U.S., and in California and Washington. They get their name from making nests in or under cracks in pavement. Pavement ants can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Red Imported Fire Ants: These red ants are found in the southeastern U.S., from Virginia to Texas, as well as California and New Mexico. They are commonly introduced to new areas through potted plants, shrubbery and trees. Fire ants will sting humans who disturb a nest, often causing painful welts.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment. For more information on ants, please visit http://site1.das-group.com/bugs_database/ants.asp

Hulett Environmental Services Blog Archive

Click on some of our old blog posts below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Carpenter Ants Call for Pest Control in Palm Beach

Termite Pest Control: 7 Tips for Preventing a Termite Infestation

National Pest Management Association Urges Careful Pest Professional Selection

South Florida Exterminators Discuss Region’s Termite Populations

Keep your guests happy and your backyard pest-free during barbecues!

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To keep your guests happy and your backyard pest-free during barbecues, consider the following tips: 

  1. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning a barbeque before sunset, plan on having plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin available for you and your guests. Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles that can help minimize the presence of mosquitoes in the area, and wear long sleeves or pants to avoid bites.
  2. Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume and candles — not to mention food and drink. Avoid using scented items beforehand and provide clear plastic cups for your guests as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
  3. Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes. And with guests coming in and out of your house, make sure the doors close behind them.
  4. Keep all food and beverages in sealed coolers and containers.
  5. Keep garbage containers sealed and away from guests.
  6. Clean trash, spills and crumbs immediately from tables and other surfaces.
  7. Rinse all beverage bottles and cans, and dispose of them in tightly closed garbage containers.
  8. Bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.
  9. Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor space for eating and entertaining.
  10. Remove or drain sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths, and wading pools.

Termite Pest Control: 7 Tips for Preventing a Termite Infestation

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Termite Pest Control

A key part of termite pest control is prevention.  Staying vigilant and following the seven tips listed below will help you reduce your chances of suffering from a termite infestation. 1) Quickly repair plumbing problems If you notice leaky pipes and dripping A/C units, have them fixed as soon as possible.  When moisture starts to build up in and around the foundation of your home, termites are more likely to show up and multiply.  A buildup of moisture in your basement and crawl spaces is particularly problematic. 2) Don’t point your sprinklers at the foundation of your home Some people have sprinkler systems that deposit excess water directly on their home and on the soil at the foundation.  Again, you want to keep the foundation and the ground around it dry. 3) Don’t get careless with dead wood Dead wood in contact with soil is a top attraction for termites.  Take care then not to deposit mulch at the foundation of your home.  Don’t stack firewood or old lumber right up against your house.  Make sure the area around your home is clear of wood debris.  Ideally, any parts of your house that are made of wood will be at least half a foot above the soil. 4) Keep vegetation under control Plants shouldn’t be closer than a few feet to the foundation of your home; the moist and nutrient-rich soil beneath them could attract termites.  Any vents leading into your home at or close to ground level should remain clear of weeds and other vegetation; this way, termites will be less likely to have a moist and poorly ventilated space to crawl into. 5) Make sure your drains and gutters are clear Drains and gutters, when constructed properly, play a role in keeping the foundation of your home free of moisture.  Be sure to inspect them for blockages and clean out debris, deposits of leaves, and any pools of standing water. 6) Check for cracks in the foundation Conduct an inspection of your home, both externally and internally (from your basement, for example) to find any cracks that might admit termites. 7) Maintain good crawl space ventilation Installing vapor barriers can help keep the space dry.  Also make sure there are enough vents for the amount of square footage your crawl space occupies. These seven tips should help make your home less friendly to termites.  In addition, you can have your home inspected and assessed for termite risk and presence, and enlist the services of professionals to further termite-proof your property.  Contact us not only if you’re already experiencing termite problems, but if you’d also like to work on preventing an infestation.

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER PEST FREE

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER PEST FREE

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Rather than enjoying backyard barbeques, poolside picnics and other outdoor summer sun activities, homeowners are being chased indoors as summer pests put a stinger in summer fun

A 2005 study by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) found that summer is the greatest season of concern for pests among homeowners. Hulett Environmental recommends several tips to help homeowners take back their weekends and alleviate the problems of summer pests.

  • Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or small openings around the house.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to the home.
  • Move food indoors or under screened tents during outdoor gatherings.
  • Check yourself and your pets regularly for ticks.

To learn more about common summer pests and tips to prevent them visit www.bugs.com

Hulett Environmental encourages public awareness about insects of foreign origin

Hulett Environmental  encourages public awareness about insects of foreign origin

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Invasive species, or insects of foreign origin, can cause major issues for American homeowners during the summer months. Hulett Environmental,  a pest management company servicing  South Florida, urges vigilance against invasive species including red imported fire ants (RIFAs), Asian tiger mosquitoes, brown marmorated stink bugs and Formosan termites as the weather continues to warm.

Most people are aware of the risks posed by common summer pests like ticks, mosquitoes and bees. However, invasive species can also cause property damage and, in some cases, injury to humans.

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, encourage homeowners to also be on the lookout for the following invasive species this summer:

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) – RIFAs were brought to the United States in 1930 from South America and are mainly found in the southern region of the country. When disturbed, they are known to swarm and sting humans, often causing painful welts on the skin.

Asian Tiger Mosquito – Originating from Southeast Asia, the Asian tiger mosquito is now found throughout the eastern, Midwestern and southern states. This mosquito species can cause an irritable bite and spread several diseases, including Dengue fever, West Nile virus and Japanese Encephalitis.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Likely introduced from Eastern Asia, stink bugs are most prevalent in the northeast. While stink bugs don’t pose any health threats, they can produce an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Formosan Termite – Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. They are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, posing a serious structural threat to a property if left untreated.

Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, homeowners should frequently inspect the home for signs of an infestation and contact a licensed pest professional to treat any potential pest problems.

For more information on invasive pests, please visit www.bugs.com