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Fire Ants and How to Get Rid of Them

Fire ants can be fearsome foes. These insects can swarm at a moment’s notice, and their bite carries a sting that is hard to forget. For those who are allergic to their venom, fire ant bites can even be deadly. This is why it’s important to know all you can about this ferocious bug -- and why it’s important to get rid of fire ants whenever you find them on your property. But how can you do that? About the Red Fire Ant Fire ants are called that due both their their fiery red color as the pain and heat a bite inflicts. They can be found pretty much all over the South - from coast to coast -- and once they find an area to live in, they go about taking that area methodically and quickly. It doesn’t take more than a few hours for a new colony to form,...
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How to Recover from Termite Damage

Termite damage can appear in many forms. It can look like buckling ceilings and walls, or like mazes in wooden beams. Termites can create mud tunnels on the foundation of your home. They can also leave destruction that looks like water damage in their wake. No matter what it looks like, damage created by termites needs to be addressed immediately. Termites weaken the structures they infest, which makes those structures unsafe. Fortunately, recovery from such an infestation is possible. Here’s what to do. Addressing Minimal Damage Surface-level termite damage is considered to be fairly minor. If the termites have not reached the core of the infested material, the integrity of the structure may still be safe. That means this type of damage is pretty simple to take care of, and usually doesn’t require professional help. To fix this damage, you’ll set out to harden the wood, which makes it termite-resistant. You...
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What Attracts Fruit Flies to Your Home?

Most of us have seen fruit flies in our lives. These pesky bugs seem to appear when we want them around the least. But they don’t just appear out of thin air. Read on to find out what brings them into your home and what to do about them. Fruit Flies Love Fermentation Adult fruit flies are small, only about an eighth of an inch long. This means they can easily penetrate even the smallest gaps in your windows and doors. But what brings them inside? In a word: fermentation. Fruit flies seek out moisture and organic materials. This combination can create fermentation, which thereby creates an environment suitable for fruit fly eggs. Fruit flies can lay up to a whopping 500 eggs at one time, with the egg to adult cycle taking only about a week. Larvae feed on any fermenting mass, which allows them to grow to a reproductive...
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Do You Have an Ant Infestation?

Summer’s around the corner. Soon ants will be coming to a home near you. A few ants can be a bother but can also be a sign of an infestation. Quicker than a sunburn, you have an ant problem. Spotting ants early and knowing what to look for will prevent an annoyance from becoming traumatic. Before you panic from an ant in the butter, find out if you have a bigger problem. Can You Spot an Ant Nest? Most ant colonies outside can be spotted easily by small fresh piles of dirt or soil. You will see these piles in between patio pavers or concrete slabs. They are the entrance to nests which can be quite complex. There may be more than one entrance, so make sure to look around. Wood-chewing ants, like the carpenter ant, enjoy moist timber. Small piles of sawdust around dead logs or old wood note their...
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Why Your Home Attracts Termites

Termites are more than just pesky critters. They’re a destructive nuisance that can damage your home and cost you money. But what brings them to your space? The truth is, you don’t get a termite infestation simply through chance. There are specific conditions that make your home conducive to these insects. Too Much Wood Termites love wood of all kinds. That includes the firewood pile you have in your backyard, the tree stump in your front yard, any living trees close to your home and even the wood mulch that’s part of your landscaping. Woodpiles leaning against your home provide a point of access for termites to get inside. Rotting wood is a breeding ground for termite colonies. Living trees that come into contact with your home’s exterior just provide another pathway for them to cause damage. Mulch holds moisture, which is another thing termites love. For these reasons, all wood...
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