ants - treatment & control
Ants can become a great nuisance pest around the house for many reasons. The most common reason ants are a problem for people is that they need carbohydrates, proteins, water, and warmth just as humans do. Therefore our homes provide ants several food sources. They can derive nutrition from different types of organic lotions, creams, soaps, pet foods, as well as the foods that we have in our kitchen. Once ant colonies are established in or around the home, ants can remain active in a structure throughout all seasons of the year.
Carpenter bees get their name because of the holes they bore into exposed wood in order to build a home for their young. Because carpenter bees can only bore into wood, they only tend to be a problem for people who have log homes, cedar sided homes, or any other exposed wood around the house such as decks, sheds, or wood trim. Carpenter bees are not “social bees” meaning that they don’t nest in large colonies, though several bees will tend to nest in the same area. If left untreated carpenter bees can multiply exponentially over time and begin to create serious damage to the home. To make matters worse, woodpeckers can add to this problem, as they will begin to peck out holes in the side of the house hunting for carpenter bees and carpenter bee larva. Luckily for homeowners, carpenter bees are not active year-round. They emerge in the spring and are most active through the months of May and June and typically activity will decrease by July.
termite - treatment
The only type of termite we have in Western Pennsylvania is the Eastern Subterranean termite. Unlike most other pests we have in our area, termites derive nutrition from one food source…cellulose, which is only found in wood or wood products. Because our homes are built mostly of wood, termites can become a very costly nuisance once they’ve invaded a home. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause over $5 billion dollars in damage to American homes every year. To make matters worse for the homeowner, termites live and forage underground (hence the name subterranean), and tend to enter homes through cracks in the foundation, mortar joints of basement walls, cement slab floors, and/or dirt floor crawlspaces.