Question & Answer

Do ants damage property?


ANSWER: Yes, besides ruining human food, some species of ants can damage wood in and around homes. These carpenter ants like to make their nests in porches, roofs, windowsills and telephone poles.



House Ants

This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long.


ColorBrown or Black, Legs-Six, ShapeSegmented; oval,

 Size– 1/16-1/8 inches, AntennaeYes, & FlyingWinged swarmers.


Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.


Typically living for several years, these ants make their homes in exposed soil and wall voids.


These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.


Eliminate standing water. Pests such as odorous house ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.



Question & Answer

Can bees eat wood?

ANSWER: A special type of bee can dig tunnels in wood to make its home. The carpenter bee prefers wood that is at least two inches thick and relatively soft. Carpenter bee tunnels are perfectly round and usually have piles of wood dust underneath them.



Question & Answer

What type of pest can lay one egg every fifteen seconds for the majority of their life?

ANSWER: A queen underground termite lives to produce eggs. Worker termites build nests, gather food and protect the colony while the queen has babies.


Formosan Termites

Description-Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most voracious, aggressive and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science. Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite. Swarmer Formosan termites are about 1/2 inch in overall length, including their wings.

Color– Yellowish Brow, Legs– 6, Shape-Oval, Long, & Narrow, Size– 1/2, Antennae– Yes, Flying– Yes

Habits-Formosans are organized into huge underground colonies, and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure.
Habitat-Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. Formosans are organized into huge underground colonies, and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure.
Threats-Because of their aggressive nature, Formosan termites are difficult to control once they infest a structure.
Prevention-Avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. Most importantly, eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.


Pest Can Suck The Fun Out of Spring Break

Every spring, millions of Americans plan vacations during their annual Spring Breaks. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those travelers that the best way to prevent pests like mosquitoes and bed bugs from ruining their trips is through preparation and awareness.

“Everyone looks forward to escaping to warmer climates during Spring Break,” noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “However, many travelers forget that whether visiting the tropics or cities in the US, they must be vigilant to avoid bringing pest-related illnesses and issues home with them.”

While bites may seem inevitable, mosquitoes can leave behind more than just an itchy welt. Travelers in tropical areas are susceptible to contracting mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile virus and Dengue Fever, both reportedly on the rise in the US as well as South America, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.

Travelers must also take steps to prevent bed bugs from hitching rides home with them in luggage and clothing. The 2011 Bugs Without Borders survey found a significant increase in the prevalence of bed bugs in public places, including hotels/motels and college dorms.

To remain pest-free both during and after Spring Break:

  • Use insect repellant containing EPA-registered active ingredients like DEET or Picaridin.
  • Limit time outdoors or wear long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If bitten by a mosquito, clean the area thoroughly, avoid scratching, and apply anti-itch cream.
  • To inspect a hotel room for bed bugs, pull back bed sheets, inspect mattress seams, box springs, headboards, sofas and chairs for telltale brownish or reddish spots, shed skins or bugs.
  • Avoid putting luggage on beds or upholstered furniture and store it in a plastic bag.
  • Once home, inspect and vacuum suitcases before bringing them inside. Wash and dry all clothes on hot.
  • Consumers suspecting an infestation should contact a licensed pest professional.