Once termites infest your home, they quickly begin to eat away at any wood they can find, which can lead to serious structural damage that is expensive to repair. U.S. residents spend over $5 billion annually to treat and control termites, with termite damage being more serious and widespread in areas with high levels of humidity. Luckily, there are specific things homeowners can do to prevent a termite infestation. Here are six tips for termite prevention:
Most people, even those who don't care much for insects, are at least casual fans of ladybugs. After all, ladybugs are known for their pest-eating habits, and it's difficult to resist their charming, "cute" appearance.
However, the multicolored Asian ladybug (or ladybeetle), can push its welcome too far and may need to be controlled as a result. Below is more information about this species and what can be done to keep this diminutive predator from driving you crazy.
As cooler fall and winter weather arrives, certain pests such as termites may not be as visible as they are during the spring and summer months. This does not mean that they are hibernating or are inactive, but that they have often just gone further underground or may be inhabiting places where they can benefit from the heat of your home, such as in your crawl spaces and attics. Just because you do not see termites during winter weather, do not let your guard down.
No one wants to find cockroaches, ants, rodents, or other pantry pests crawling through their cupboards and nibbling on their food, but unless you take precautions, this could be in your future. Here are three ways to keep pantry pests away from your food.
Store your food in pest-proof containers
Pests can easily get into cardboard boxes or paper sacks, so you can't store your food in its original packaging. As soon as you get your food home from the grocery store, transfer it from its original packaging to airtight containers.
More than 1,000 species of ant make North America their home, and many of these species can cause problems for homeowners. Allegheny mound ants are one of the species that you may discover in your backyard. Here are five things you need to know about them.
How do you identify Allegheny mound ants?
Allegheny mound ants have red heads and thoraxes, while their legs and abdomens are black. Unlike other types of ants, the workers are not uniform in size; they can be anywhere between 1/8 and ¼ inches long.