Although we have had very few warm and sunny days, termite season is upon us. As soon as temperatures reach about 70 degrees the young adult male and female swarmers emerge from their nests in large groups. They tend to come out after a rain as early as March or April. They can be quite annoying, but the only good thing about swarmers is they are very often the only outwardly visible signs that you have termites. Once they lose their wings, they search out a place to start a nest, mate and begin rearing the first group of workers. These guys have been busy all winter, eating away at wood 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
It’s winter and the last thing on your mind is probably termites, but don’t let the cold temps fool you, because some termite species—including subterranean termites—can and do remain active year-round. You won’t see these guys hard at work eating away at wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but they are. They are working hard to get the termite swarmers ready to emerge from their nests after the last freeze when the temperatures hit about 70 degrees. That’s why it’s important when making termite control decisions to hire a professional with extensive knowledge of building construction and an understanding of potential entry points that are hidden and difficult to access to protect your home or business.
The cold temperatures in the winter keep the flying insects like mosquitos and flies away. A welcome relief from those little nuisances when we do get a warm day to enjoy the outdoors in the winter months. However, just because we don’t see those outdoor pests doesn’t mean that we should neglect pest control during the winter months. Cold weather leaves mice, cockroaches and spiders scurrying about seeking shelter. Guess where that shelter is? You guessed it! Your warm and cozy homemaking pest control just as important during the winter as it is during all the other seasons.
It’s winter! Then, why in the world do you see a wasp flying around your house? One particular type of wasp that is common to our area is the paper wasp (Polisties sp.). They are called paper wasps because they build papery, water-resistant nests from fibers from dead wood and plant stems mixed with saliva. The nest has open combs allowing for rearing broods when the time is right. The constricted stalk anchors the nest in a protected place like the eave of a house or underside of a deck. After the nest is constructed, the wasps secrete a chemical that is spread around the base of the anchor to repel ants and prevent the loss of eggs or brood.
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“It’s that time, Christmas time is here everybody knows, there’s not a better time of year. Hear that sleigh, Santa’s on his way hip, hip, hooray for Christmas vacation…” Do you recognize that song? I’m sure you do. It’s from the popular movie, Christmas Vacation. Watching this movie is a Thanksgiving night tradition. One of our favorite scenes is when the squirrel jumps out of the tree. I have to admit that every year when we bring our fresh tree home, I can’t help but think about that scene and wonder if there is some sort of wildlife living in our tree. I’m happy to say that we’ve never had a squirrel or anything like that living in our tree, there is always a risk of bringing spiders, rodents and insects into the home when any kind of live greenery is brought indoors. According to The National Pest Management Association, there could be up to 25,000 bugs in one tree. Wow! They offer the following tips to avoid a Christmas Vacation fiasco to ruin your holidays:
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