Pest Control Blog About Bugs and Rodents

Welcome to A1 Exterminators’ Uninvited Guests blog! Here we talk about anything and everything bug related. Big and small, from ticks and bed bugs to roaches and termites; from bugs and insects to mice, rats, squirrels and rodents. Follow us to keep track of the new pests you should be worried about in your area. Get the latest news on pests, tips on how you can keep pests away from your home and business, and some other fun and interesting tidbits about bugs.

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Ants are the Number One Pest

Ants are the number one concern among the majority of Americans according to research from the National Pest Management Association, and rightfully so. With the average colony containing thousands of individual ants, the NPMA advises homeowners to stay on top of ant issues before they get too severe.

“Ranked the number one nuisance pest in America, ant infestations are one issue homeowners can all commiserate about, but ants in the home shouldn’t be ignored,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Ants reproduce rapidly, and because different species require different treatments, an expert is your best chance for proper species identification and prompt control.”

Ants can find their way into many parts of the home, but here are some of the most common areas and tips for keeping them out:

Kitchen

Ants love to feed on sweets and fruit in addition to grease, oil, meats and corn meal. Sticky jars are exceptionally attractive to these invaders.

  • Pro tip: Wipe down counters and sweep regularly to clean up spills and crumbs.

Bathroom

Moisture makes bathrooms highly susceptible to infestations. Carpenter ants, a wood-destroying species, are known to build nests in damp areas like behind bathroom tiles or under sinks.

  • Pro tip: Repair leaky pipes, and check under sinks for areas of moisture buildup.

Backyard

Ants nest under rocks, in rotting logs, and under piles of bricks or lumber.

  • Pro tip: Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and keep shrubbery well-trimmed.

Driveway/Walkway

Ants forage along sidewalks looking for a bite to eat, and Pavement ants often mine under concrete slabs, sidewalks and driveways, or nest in nearby structures.

  • Pro tip: Eliminate standing water around the home and ensure gutters and downspouts are functioning properly.

Ants are social insects that live in large colonies, so if you see one or two, you can bet they are telling their friends and a larger pest problem could be just around the corner (or behind the wall). If you suspect an infestation, contact A1 Exterminators to can help identify the species, find cracks and crevices where ants may be coming in, locate nests, and eliminate the problem.

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Integrated Pest Management from A1 Exterminators

IPM is an abbreviation for Integrated Pest Management. Integrated Pest Management is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic techniques: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment.

IPM is a more holistic approach to pest control, as treatments are based on each individuals’ unique needs. Pest professionals do not use a “one size fits all” approach in IPM but rather determine the best option to address your particular pest problem – whether it’s sealing cracks, removing a food or water source, or employing product treatments.

Most importantly, IPM requires a partnership between you and A1 Exterminators. In working together, you can have the peace of mind that your family and home will be protected against pest-related health and property threats. Contact us to schedule a home inspection.

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What Roaches Could be in Your Home?

There are over 70 species of cockroaches in the United States and one of them could be making their way into your kitchen this fall. Our cockroach identification can tell you which type of species might be infesting your home and how we can mitigate the problem.

 

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Keep Spiders Out

To try to keep spiders out of your house, you can use the following mixture in your home:

  1. Fill a spray bottle with water and add 10-15 drops of peppermint oil.  Take a sniff to make sure it smells minty, if you need more, add a few more drops.
  2. Spray the peppermint water int eh cracks and gaps where spiders can enter your home.
  3. For a more potent remedy add one or two drops of peppermint oil onto a cotton bud and place in the areas where spiders enter.
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Odorous House Ant Prevention

Pests such as odorous ants are attracted to moisture. To prevent odorous house ants, eliminate standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes odorous ants use these branches to get into the home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of the foundation. Ensure firewood and building materials are not stored next to the home because odorous house ants like to build nests in stacks of wood.

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Ants are the Number One Pest

Ants are the number one concern among the majority of Americans according to research from the National Pest Management Association, and rightfully so. With the average colony containing thousands of individual ants, the NPMA advises homeowners to stay on top of ant issues before they get too severe.

“Ranked the number one nuisance pest in America, ant infestations are one issue…

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Integrated Pest Management from A1 Exterminators

IPM is an abbreviation for Integrated Pest Management. Integrated Pest Management is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic techniques: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment.

IPM is a more holistic approach to pest control, as treatments are based on…

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What Roaches Could be in Your Home?

There are over 70 species of cockroaches in the United States and one of them could be making their way into your kitchen this fall. Our cockroach identification can tell you which type of species might be infesting your home and how we can mitigate the problem.

 

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Keep Spiders Out

To try to keep spiders out of your house, you can use the following mixture in your home:

  1. Fill a spray bottle with water and add 10-15 drops of peppermint oil.  Take a sniff to make sure it smells minty, if you need more, add a few more drops.
  2. Spray the peppermint…
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Odorous House Ant Prevention

Pests such as odorous ants are attracted to moisture. To prevent odorous house ants, eliminate standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes odorous ants use these branches to get into the home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the…

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Wondering Where Bed Bugs Come From?

If you’re wondering where bed bugs come from, remember: bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and are easily transported. They will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. Bed bugs are most often found in bed parts, such as mattresses, box…

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