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Subterranean Termites: The Name Says It All

Posted on April 14th, by in Termites. No Comments

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina cut a wide swath of ruin and heartache through New Orleans. Causing over 81 billion dollars in damage, Katrina was the most expense natural disaster in United States history. When we think of natural disasters, terrible images come to mind like earthquakes and hurricanes, but not all destructive forces are so massive. Something smaller than a dime costs homeowners billions of dollars every year.

Meet the subterranean termite. Their name tells you that they sneak into your home through underground tunnels and dried mud tubes. Though they prefer areas of high humidity, they can be found throughout the United States except for Alaska. The standard termite worker has powerful scissor-like jaws that can shear through wood and anything else that contains cellulose.

Big teeth aren’t the only problem. Unlike other types of termite, the colonies of the subterranean variety are … Read More »

What Happens if I’m Bitten by a Black Widow?

Posted on April 14th, by in Spiders. No Comments

It’s April, folks! Time to dust off the old gardening gloves for the first time this year and plant some new life. You find them right where you put them, hung up in the shed. You begin to slip them on, when all your fears are realized, and you feel a visitor inside the right index finger of the glove. Instantly, you scream, fling the glove and a little black and red spider crawls out to see what all of the hubbub is about. You ignore your heebie- jeebies and check your finger. Initially there is no sign of foul play, but within the next 30-40 minutes, you know something is definitely wrong. You cringe with discomfort as your mind begins reeling, trying feebly to remember what to do in the event of a black widow bite.

Let’s get one thing … Read More »

Can Ants Really Ruin My Pavement?

Posted on April 9th, by in Ants. No Comments

Bedbugs ruin a good night’s sleep. Termites destroy the wood in a perfectly good home. Carpet beetles chew up our furniture. Rats spoil food. We live in a world that is full of pests and it seems like anything we hold dear has an insect or rodent that is dedicated to spoiling it. So what about pavement? Is there something out there that is going to destroy our driveway and wreck our walkways?

Meet the Pavement Ant

Take a walk outside in the summer and you’ll see a swarming, writhing, shifting pool of blackness on the edges of sidewalks and driveways. If you take a closer look you will see that the mass is composed of hundreds if not thousands of little black ants. Pavements ants make their nests under cement slabs, rock and paver stones. Cone shaped piles of dirt in … Read More »

Are Carpenter Ants Active During the Winter?

Posted on March 17th, by in Ants. No Comments

Are Carpenter Ants Active During the Winter?

When it’s cold outside there are few things as tasty as a big steaming cup of frothy hot chocolate. On the flip side, there are few things as a nasty as reaching for that hot cocoa tin and finding a pile of wood shavings and dead insect carcasses. You might be looking at a Carpenter Ant garbage pile inside of your kitchen cupboard.

Wait, what’s a Carpenter Ant?

Carpenter ants are large. Some species can be as long an inch, which is as about as long as the tip of your index finger to the first joint. There are many different species of Carpenter Ant and they can be found nearly worldwide. They generally form nests in damp and rotting wood, but can easily tunnel into sound lumber. Unlike termites, Carpenter Ants do not consume wood, … Read More »

How to Keep Your Travel Life Bedbug Free

Posted on March 4th, by Pointe Pest in Bedbugs. No Comments

In the darkness they wait for their host to silently slip into sleep. They crawl from their hiding places, pierce flesh and suck the blood of their victims. Before the prey awakes, they slink away to wait for the next feeding. You might think this is a summary of a vampire novel and that assumption is not far from the truth.

Bedbugs feed exclusively on blood and their numbers are on the rise. Since 2004, calls for infestation removals have increased 71%. Due to the bedbug’s ability to become resistant to chemicals, the cost of eradication is also increasing. If you frequently travel, there is a high risk of bringing the little blood suckers home. Though they don’t transmit disease, their bites can cause rashes and psychological effects. Imagine knowing that each night your blood will be consumed by hundreds of … Read More »

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