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.
While cleaning your kitchen or bathroom one day, you may have discovered large, dark brown ants crawling out of your woodwork. If so, you may have a small carpenter ant infestation. If not taken care of early on, this variety of ants can cause a lot of structural damage to your home. Use the following three-step guide for getting rid of them using homemade treatments.
Step 1: Locate The Carpenter Ants' Nests
While opening up a cabinet in your kitchen, you may have seen a couple of roaches scurrying around. If so, you may have a small infestation on your hands and want to get rid of it before they get out of control. However, you may not be in a hurry to rush out and buy a chemical-laden roach spray. If so, consider using one or more of the following ways to kill roaches using borax.