4 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Termites  

Tommy Miles - August 15, 2017

Termites are a common pest problem in the United States that cause extensive damage to your home if left unchecked. But common sense and learning simple facts about them makes a big difference in saving your home from hefty repairs down the road. Today, we’ll share with you four facts about termites that you might haven’t thought of before but are essential to know for homeowners.

 

Fact #1: Termites and Ants Can Look Alike

Ants and termites have a head, thorax, and abdomen body sections. Both species are social insects that live in colonies, and they both can develop wings. But if you see a winged insect around your home, it’s not necessarily a termite. A termite’s body is light-colored, soft, and has a wider thorax. An ant’s body, however, is darker, harder, and has a thinner thorax. You can always have a professional pest control company help you identify the insect if you’re not sure.

Fact #2: Termites are ‘Beneficial’ Pests…But Not in Your Home

While the abundance of cockroaches and mosquitos seem to have little service to the ecosystem besides being annoying, termites are actually beneficial. They have the remarkable ability to convert wood back into the fertile soil that grows crops and countless other plants. Unfortunately, they see little difference between wood in the wild and the wood in your home. That’s why they’re considered as one of the major pest problems homeowners should look out for.

Fact #3: Termites Don’t Bite Humans

If you’ve ever heard of rumors that termites bite humans, that’s nothing but a bunch of bologna. Termites have no interest in biting humans whatsoever, as wood is the primary food and host that their colonies need to survive. Termites are equipped to eat wood and attack other insects, but not people.

Fact #4: Termite Damage Starts Small

Rooms falling apart, wooden beams disappearing, and other pictures of massive structural damage are easy to associate with termites thanks to depictions from cartoons and the media. Fortunately, there are a number of early warning signs you can detect before the problem ever gets to that level. If you spot piles of wings or mud tubes inside or near your home, that means a termite swarm has landed and the infestation has begun. If you see chipped paint, holes, and hollowed out mazes in wood, you’ll need to get a professional as soon as possible.

While termites are remarkable social insects in the wild, they can cause extensive damage to your home and should be addressed. But with proactive measures and regular inspections, homeowners can save their home from becoming a termite colony’s next meal. Since termite damage is more extensive to your home than flood or fire damage combined, it’s sensible to implement inspections. To find out more about termite inspections and prevention, contact Clark’s Termite and Pest Control today. We can help protect your home from both the visible and unseen dangers lurking in your home.

4 Tips to Prevent Ants in Your Kitchen

Tommy Miles - August 1, 2017

How to get rid of ants and roaches in your kitchenAsk any homeowner and they’ll tell you that the number one pest they don’t want to see in their home is ants. Commonly active in the spring and summer seasons, it’s remarkable how those tiny critters can be so noticeable in your home. They’ll contaminate your food and access your garbage, but with correct precautions in place, you won’t have to deal with them. Here are four tips from our experts.

  1. Remove All Possible Food Sources

Ants can appear even in the cleanest of homes if there’s traces of food. Make sure your kitchen countertops are clean and free of crumbs. Wash or thoroughly rinse dishes after dinner every night, and take the trash out regularly. A trash can with a tight lid is a good idea. Seal up any food with metal or plastic containers.

  1. Don’t Forget Water Sources, Too!

Food isn’t the only thing ants go after in homes. Check for leaking pipes, standing water, or any other places of moisture that ants may discover. Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements are good rooms to inspect.

  1. Send Them Packing

Ants are social insects that communicate to each other through smell and secretions. The scouting ants will leave behind a chemical ‘trail’ for others to follow, so if you see one ant, there’s likely more nearby. Follow the trail they set to the source if possible. You can cut off their ‘path’ by spraying the areas with white vinegar or drawing lines with chalk.

  1. Be Mindful of Your Pets

The places for your pet dog or cat could turn into a hangout for pesky ants if there’s open pet food or water lying around. Even dirty empty food bowls can attract ants. Clean up any open crumbs and seal the food and water sources whenever possible. You might want to schedule set feeding times as well.

Ants can become seriously annoying and be a real downer at your ‘picnic,’ but by following precautions like these you can send them packing elsewhere for good. If you are in need of more in-depth ant infestation solutions, contact us at Clark’s Termite and Pest Control today. Whether it’s preventative measures or eliminating an infestation, we’re here to help you defend your home from these pesky invaders.