Homeowners Pests Guide to Prepare for the Summer

A lot has been written about home and garden pests on Antworks Pest Control blog, and with new Spring and Summer season ahead, it is time to refresh our knowledge and keep our home and garden pest free (as much as possible).

Here are some of our tips and tricks on how to keep ants and other pests away. Hope you will find them useful! 🙂

INFOGRAPHIC – The Ultimate Guide to Pest Control

Pest Invasion in your garden can be very stressing and disgusting especially when they start eating the leaves of your trees and destroy the image of your garden. Learn how to fight pests with Reliable Pest Control Methods You Can Use.

If you are one of those who prefers Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Methods, try reading this blog post – How to DIY Pest Extermination at Home.

Ant Exterminator Services – The Things to Consider.

Here are also some interesting facts about bugs and their new role in our culture:

Insect-eating has become popular worldwide and if you are interested in learning more, you can find out here – Bug Eaters of the World Unite.

If you’re one of the 6% of Americans who suffers from acute insectophobia, then do not read this postThe Ubiquitous Bug.

Humanity considers ants to be pests, and some nasty ones at that. And sure, ants are not good in the home of any person, but they can be extremely useful in nature. The question is –  Are ants dangerous or should we protect them?

Are ants dangerous or should we protect them?

Humanity considers ants to be pests, and some nasty ones at that. And sure, ants are not good in the home of any person, but they can be extremely useful in nature. So we should try to keep them away from our home, however we should respect them in nature and leave them alone! The reality is that ants live in society, just like we do, and they have distinct individual tasks that they have to attend to. This alone shows that ants are more than just a simple pest, they are intelligent insects that managed to create their society. In fact, they even have their kind and queen.

On top of that, ants are very resistant. Some studies have shown that ants, as well as cockroaches, might even be able to resist nuclear attacks, all thanks to their durable exoskeleton.

Aside from that, ants are very useful for the environment. They protect nature, and they help create the compost needed by forests as well. Plus, ants are also known for being some great collector of items they found on the forest floors, and that’s why you can find quite a lot of stuff in ant nests, to begin with.

But it’s the cooperative behavior and the unique hierarchy system that intrigues most people. And that’s for a magnificent reason because ants are known to be social beings, yet despite that, no one will expect them to be so well-organized. In fact, ant societies work pretty much like a well-oiled machine, and they do have a variety of tasks for each member.

Ants are also known for helping plants pollinate, and they play an active role in keeping nature in a thriving state, just the way it is at this point. In fact, some ants help with the prevention of other pests! If you are even remotely interested in saving the forest and making sure that these ecosystems thrive on their own, you have to let ants live as they are an active part of this system. These ants are very important, and they will be able to bring you the help and success you need.

Are there any institutions that help protect ants? Yes, there are quite a lot of them in the US, here are some of the most important ones:

  1. Myrmecological  
  2. LSU AgCenter Research and Extension
  3. Texas A&MJ AgriLife Extension  
  4. University of South Bohemia and Biology Centre CAS 
  5. University of Florida 
  6. Purdue University 

As you can see, lots of organizations study ants all the time, and it’s easy to understand why they do that. Even if they are considered as pests because they end up creating a nest very close to our homes, ants have a pivotal role in our society. We need to respect these amazing insects if we want to preserve nature and wildlife because they are actively implicated in the wellbeing of our planet. Killing ants won’t solve our problems; we need to understand why these amazing insects are useful and, with their help, we might be able to create a better future. If you want to find out more about ants, it can be a good idea to use the research links above!

Ants

An ant infestation as with any pest is bad news. Some signs of a serious ant epidemic are:

  • Debris excavated for nests (dirt piles)
  • Visible trails of ants foraging
  • Audible excavation within walls
  • Tunnelling in moist wood
  • Foraging tubes on outside walls or dead trees (frass)

But by the time you see these signs it’s more than likely too late for you to do anything about it using just shop bought extermination control. And besides even if you get rid of one danger the ants will more than likely come back.

Plus many cheap insecticides are ineffective and bad for the environment.

Attics, crawlspaces and just about anywhere else in the home is at danger!

You need to act fast and call us – 855-268-9675 (855-ANTWORK)!

And check out our range of services for home defense and extermination.

One of our certified and skilled employees will carry out an inspection, and make recommendations or prepare your home for a full extermination.

You Need Us, Call Us…Anytime. No Obligation. No Contract.

If left uncontrolled the situation will quickly get out of hand. For example a colony of Carpenter ants has been known to exceed 100,000 workers. With this size of problem during the mating cycle your house could be filled with flying ants.

Be Adamant About Your Ants!

Ants are highly adaptable, social creatures. If there’s a way into your house they’ll find it and once they’re inside they won’t go away without our help.

We guarantee all of our pest treatments without requirement of a contract.

WE GIVE GREAT, EXPERT ADVICE

We’re experts in professional pest control and extermination.

Antworks Pest Control specialises in ant control and extermination about the home and office.
But it isn’t just ants that cause problems and dangers in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas. That’s why our best quality pest control services cover a wide range of species’ infestations from Termites to Mice and Cockroaches. [Bea these in caps for Links]

What’s more, we tailor all our products and support to meet the dangers head on. There’s no such thing as “one size fits all”.

Antworks Pest Control prides itself on a straight forward, measured, professional approach.

WE’RE A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

We take great pride in our work.

We belong to The National Pest Management Association, the industry leader in health and hygiene. We’re enthusiastic, friendly and have a long tradition of getting the job done. We guarantee our pest control services with a one-time treatment that is cost effective and environmentally safe and like we keep saying with Antworks Pest Control there is no need for a contract.

Check theAntworks Pest Control Mission, and we think you’ll find us the best quality pest control service in the area…all at a cost effective price:

  • Wall void injections
  • Crack and crevice treatment
  • Baseboards
  • Foundation walls
  • Crawlspace
  • Wall space
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Slabs, driveways and walkways

WE’RE GREEN

We want to help protect the environment.

We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in all of our natural treatments. We reject the use of cheap, ineffective, insecticides. Our professional, skilled employees use slow acting, non-repellent materials for the extermination and control of ants. This type of technology allows us to control infestations by getting to the root of the problem:

The colony.

This certified practice allows our exterminator to use less of the product while still exterminating the ants.

There are eight major species of nuisance ant in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas and we’ve listed them here for you. Antworks Pest Control guarantees complete removal with all of our ant treatments because we practice unique methods and use materials specifically designed for the control of these pests:

  • Small amounts of slow acting non-repellent material
  • One-time treatment
  • Environmentally Safe

We’re not just a pest control service. We specialize in ants, and our long tradition in providing best quality protection, extermination and home defense is one of the best in the USA. We know what we’re doing and we do it well.

WE OFFER TRUE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, EFFECTIVE PEST CONTROL AND EXCELLENT VALUE!

We’ll stay with you every step of the way until your pest problem is completely taken care of. There’s no Locked-Down Contract and there’s no Winter Treatment Requirement; just a wholesome professional and friendly service when you need it most.

Don’t forget to check out our Mission Statement

ACROBAT ANT FACTS

(Crematogaster)

LENGTH 2.5 – 4mm
BITE/STING Yes
LIKES Food, water, rubbish, decaying wood
RESILIENCE Low
INFECTION RISK Low
PROPERTY DAMAGE Low
TYPICAL COLONY 30,000

BIG-HEADEDANT FACTS

(Pheidolemegacephala)

LENGTH 2 – 4mm
BITE/STING Yes
LIKES Food, water, rubbish
RESILIENCE Medium
INFECTION RISK Low
PROPERTY DAMAGE Extreme
TYPICAL COLONY 30,000

CARPENTERANT FACTS

(Formica ligniperda)

LENGTH 10mm
BITE/STING Yes
LIKES Sweet food, meat, insects and damp wood
RESILIENCE Low
INFECTION RISK Low
PROPERTY DAMAGE Extreme
TYPICAL COLONY 30,000

MOISTUREANT FACTS

(Lasiusinterjectus)

LENGTH 3mm
BITE/STING Minimal
LIKES Sweets, rotting damp wood
RESILIENCE Low
INFECTION RISK Low
PROPERTY DAMAGE Medium
TYPICAL COLONY 5,000

ODOROUSANT FACTS

(Tapinoma sessile)

LENGTH 3mm
BITE/STING No
LIKES Sweet food, standing water
RESILIENCE High
INFECTION RISK Medium
PROPERTY DAMAGE Low
TYPICAL COLONY 100,000

PAVEMENT ANT FACTS

(Tetramoriumcaespitum)

LENGTH 3mm
BITE/STING Yes
LIKES Greasy foods, heat, rotting wood
RESILIENCE Medium
INFECTION RISK Medium
PROPERTY DAMAGE Low
TYPICAL COLONY 10,000

PHAROAHANT FACTS

(Monomoriumpharaonic)

LENGTH 2mm
BITE/STING No
LIKES Sweets, heat, household foods
RESILIENCE High
INFECTION RISK Extreme
PROPERTY DAMAGE Extreme
TYPICAL COLONY 2,500

THATCHINGANT FACTS

(Formica obscuripes)

LENGTH 7mm
BITE/STING Yes
LIKES Other insects, damp wood
RESILIENCE Low
INFECTION RISK Low
PROPERTY DAMAGE Low
TYPICAL COLONY 40,000

Wasps

These pests are a threat in and out of your home, so it’s best to remove a nest at first sighting. They are either solitary or social. Solitary wasps are predatory, and often parasitic, laying their eggs in another living creature like a spider or caterpillar. The eggs hatch and fed on the still living host until they are full born. Social wasps serve a queen that produces the eggs and governs the rule of the nest. Social wasps are more deadly than solitary wasp, but solitary wasp should not be ignored.

Characteristics

Social wasp collect into colonies and when threatened can be dangerous when disturbed. These pest can be a nuisance and often dangerous, but are a help to wildlife and agriculture. Some fed on the nectar of flowers and herbs and pollinate the patch. Even though they are helpful, their aggressive behavior should not be tolerated.

Removal

Like most other insects, wasps can get into your home through small openings, or unsealed entrances into your home. It is best to use screens or protective material to keep pests and other elements where they belong – outside. Wasps thrive off the life of their nest, so that is where you get rid of your problem. Call Antworks Pest Control if you have a yellow jacket – wasp – hornet problem.

Pantry Pests

The nightly visits of bugs in your sugar or flour is enough to make you quit eating for a while, just to get the image out of your head. Pantry pests have become a new issue in the past decade due to upgraded corn meal and crops that may have been affected by insecticides over the years – the irony.

These pests can enter your home and breed within your grain products, birdseed, or pet food from your local grocery store, feed store, or natural food store. Their life stage is similar to that of flies, and populate in warm climate areas. The larva and adult stages can be found in your grains and oats, this will let you know if you have an infestation or your food is overdue, often times it’s an expiration issue. Other product they can be found in is spaghetti, dried flowers, spices, peas, dried vegetables, and nuts.

Removal

Inspect your pantry. Sift through your pasta, grain, and spices, dry pet food, birdseed, etc. Look over your shelves and clean up particles or any instances of food or grain to avoid attracting larva to infest and grow on it. Corners and holes in shelves or pantry walls are vulnerable for infestation since humidity could build moisture there. Clean thoroughly in small crevices and behind furniture and picture frames. Pheromone traps can remove the small numbers of pests and avoid the chance of an infestation. Prevention is key when it comes to pantry pests. Do not overstock your pantry with more than your household can attain. Seal opened bags and products in tightly sealed containers. Also, keep your storage areas well ventilated and dry to keep moisture-loving insects from inhabiting your pantry, even your home.

Antworks is willing to inspect your home and check to see if there is an infestation. If so, then we will take care of your pest problem.

Flies

Flies are everywhere. In any market, landfill, department store, and home. IT can be hard keeping them out of your vicinity unless you have something to ward them off or something to keep them at bay. They do not become a problem unless they are large in numbers, large in size, or largely infested with disease-carrying organisms. There are only a few common flies that roam often and do not cause immediate harm to persons or food.

 

Characteristics

Small flies breed in moist organic matter. This can be decaying vegetables or fruits, contaminated soil by drains or sewage, and of course, garbage. Some flies breed in specific warm, moist areas such as meat, cheese, cadavers, manure, and fungus along the streams where moss grows. Since there are different types of flies, some breeds may inhabit fruits and vegetables more than manure. It is important to provide them with something of their interest that will eliminate them, or something to restrict them from getting into your home. If their presence lingers too long, then they could spread disease to you or your family, either by landing on commonly used surfaces or improperly stored foods.

Removal

Clean and inspect under your refrigerator, mops, mop buckets, and trashcan. Eliminate the problem before the infestation grows and becomes a health hazard. Any places where flies can inhabit and breed needs to be cleaned regularly or eliminated from your home when not in use, such as a grill, fire pit, or grease pan. Contact Antworks Pest Control if you suspect you have a fly problem.

Bed Bugs

NAME: Cimexlectularius
LENGTH: 6mm
NICKNAMES: Red Coates, Mahogany Flats, Wall Lice
ORIGIN: Early colonists
LIKES: Blood
HIDEOUTS: Hotels, airplanes, couches, beds
SKILL-SET: Ability to chill out for a year without food

WATCH OUT, THEY’RE BACK!

BY the 1950s bedbugs were almost completely under control but with the boom in international travel they’ve been increasing in prevalencein the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas ever since the 1990s.

Being indoor pests, there are no high or low seasons for bedbugs. Their numbers grow throughout the year, relentlessly.

HOW DO THEY GET INTO OUR HOMES?

Simple!
If you’ve been away, stayed at a hotel, or you go the antiques store to pick up a nice old cabinet, you’re in danger of bedbug hitchhikers. And once they’re in, they’re hard to get out.

Bedbugs are NOW highly resistant to most insecticides, requiring a thorough inspection and treatment.

A bedbug infestation as with any pest is bad news. Some signs of a serious epidemic are:

  • Small bugs or little white eggs in the joints of your furniture, not just beds
  • Bumpy bites on your skin
  • Tiny black spots on your mattress (droppings)
  • Blood spots on your sheets
  • Mottled bedbug shells
  • A musty scent in your bedroom

But by the time you see these signs it’s more than likely too late for you to do anything about it using just shop bought extermination control. And besides even if you get rid of one danger the bedbugs will more than likely come back if you don’t take precautions.

You need to act fast and call us – 855-268-9675 (855-ANTWORK)!

And check out our range of services for home defense and extermination.

You Need Us, Call Us…Anytime. No Obligation. No Contract.

If left uncontrolled the situation will quickly get out of hand.

As long as they have a host to dine off, bedbugs will keep mating and hatching.

And don’t forget, bedbugsare today resistant to most shop bought insecticides!

But certified and professional help is at hand…and only a call away.

And we guarantee all of our pest treatments without requirement of a contract.

WE GIVE GREAT, EXPERT ADVICE
We’re experts in organic pest control and extermination.

Antworks Pest Control specialises in ant control and extermination about the home and office.
But the problems and dangers of bedbugs in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas is also our target. That’s why our best quality pest control services cover a wide range of species’ infestations from Termites to Mice and Cockroaches.

What’s more, we tailor all our products and support to meet the dangers head on. There’s no such thing as “one size fits all”.

Antworks Pest Control prides itself on a straight forward, measured, professional approach.

What’s more, we tailor all our products and support to meet the dangers head on. There’s no such thing as “one size fits all”.

Antworks Pest Control prides itself on a straight forward, measured, professional approach.

WE’RE A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
We take great pride in our work.

We belong to The National Pest Management Association, the industry leader in health and hygiene. We’re enthusiastic, friendly and have a long tradition of getting the job done. We guarantee our pest control services with a one-time treatment that is cost effective and environmentally safe and like we keep saying with Antworks Pest Control there is no need for a contract.

Check theAntworks Pest Control Mission, and we think you’ll find us the best quality pest control service in the area…all at a cost effective price:

  • Crack and crevice treatment
  • Baseboards
  • Crawlspace
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Infested luggage
  • Light and power outlets

WE’RE GREEN

We want to help protect the environment.

We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in all of our natural, organic treatments. We reject the use of cheap, ineffective, insecticides. Our professional, skilled employees useall new technologies where necessary for the extermination and control of bedbugs.

We keep up to speed with changes to industry laws and regulations and we’re environmentally safe.

WE OFFER TRUE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, EFFECTIVE PEST CONTROL AND EXCELLENT VALUE!

We’ll stay with you every step of the way until your pest problem is completely taken care of. There’s no Locked-Down Contract, there’s no Winter Treatment Requirement; just a wholesome professional and friendly service when you need it most.

Don’t forget to check out our Mission Statement

HOW DOESANTWORKS PEST CONTROL DEAL WITH BEDBUGS?

We are family owned and operated, have an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau which means we’re not just the best company for your pest problem:

  • We’re honest,
  • We’re truthful
  • We’re transparent
  • We’re responsive.
  • Let’s add friendly to the list too!

WE INSPECT

From the outset, our skilled employees have your best interests at heart. We’ll visit your property and give you a detailed analysis. We’ll be honest with you about the severity of the infestation and we’ll monitor the pest population so whatever advice we give you is focussed and informed. Once we’ve identified the problem we’ll sit down with you and tell you what options can be tailored to you.

Remember: It’s THAT easy!

CONTROL

If you chose to have an extermination we’ll set a date for the visit and tell you what preparations you will need to make before we arrive. We use state of the art, industry certified, modern equipment and materials in everything we do. Plus the materials used inside the house are odourless; once dry it’s safe for children and pets to be present.

Remember: No Contract!

KEEP AWAY

We guarantee our pest control services with a ONE-TIME treatment that is cost effective and environmentally safe. The nature of bedbugs may require multiple treatments and further inspection after treatment. But we also want to help you identify risks to future infestations. So why not try some of the following ideas for home defense against bedbugs:

  • Keep your suitcases off the floor and wrapped when travelling
  • Wash clothes or bed linen on a high heat
  • Vacuum up any bugs you see and throw out the bag
  • Use plastic mattress covers that wrap around the whole mattress

Remember: Be safe…and don’t let the bedbugs bite!