Powderpost Beetle Conversations – First Hand Reports

We found the following powderpost beetle conversations on a forum and thought we’d pass them along. Each demonstrates some aspect of these wood boring pests, and the challenges faced by those who encountered them.

Powderpost Beetle Conversations – Home Inspector and PC insurance rep speak out.

Home inspector advises against home purchase due to powderpost beetles.

Powderpost Beetle Conversations

Anobiid Powderpost Beetle

“I inspected a house in Golden Beach (yes, the name does represent the people who live there, that’s where those with the gold live to some extent down there in South Florida) about 10 years or so ago which was totally gone due to those buggers.

No matter where I grabbed a truss, it crumbled in my hand.

I came down and advised my client, he was buying it because it was a point lot with 400 feet on the Intra-coastal, he only wanted it inspected to see if it was safe to rent out for a year or two before tearing it down …

I told him I would not recommend it, one big wind from a hurricane and it will save him from having to tear it down – but I sure would not want someone under it when it comes down. He was getting a good buy on it too … only $3 mil back then.” Credits: Powder Post Beetles – Inspection News

Property and casualty insurance agent speaks out against purchasing a home infested with powderpost beetles.

“With all my experience in the PC business, I would not buy a home with Powder Post beetles. I’d run away in a heartbeat.” Credits: Powder Post Beetles – Inspection News

Powderpost Beetle Conversations – Total Destruction Described

Powderpost Beetle Conversations

Lyctid Powderpost Beetle

“Pest guys will swear up and down that it will not re-infest… What a joke!!

I’m firmly of the belief that there is no cure other than removal of the wood. And with this particular house if you took out all of the bad wood the only thing between you and the ground would be the carpet.” Credits: Powder Post Beetles – Inspection News

Powderpost Beetle Conversations – Frustration with time-consuming monitoring

“If you see frass hanging out of the holes it is probably active. But if you see the holes and no frass it requires monitoring, which can be costly and time consuming. You can draw a silver dollar sized circle and count or number the holes inside, come back a month or so later to see if you have more holes inside the circle. I will usually draw about ten circles and monitor them in order to determine activity. Who really wants to do this?” Credits: Powder Post Beetles – Inspection News

Powderpost Beetle Conversations: Summary

As you can see by these reports, powderpost beetles are not to be taken lightly. We’ve seen home inspectors and property and casualty insurance agents run the other way when they encounter powderpost beetles. We’ve seen reports of utter destruction of wooden beams and foundations which literally “crumble in your hands”, leaving “nothing between the carpet and the ground under the house”!

If you have a powderpost beetle infestation, your house may be toast as far as its resale value. However, there are ways to fight the infestation and reclaim your home.

Powderpost Beetle Conversations – 7 Point Prescription

  1. Exterminate the powderpost beetles. This will require a professional pest exterminator who has access to solutions that are available only to licensed pest exterminators.
  2. Replace infested wood with new wood that has been properly kiln dried and certified free of powderpost beetles.
  3. Ventilate every area of your home (crawl spaces, walls, roof) to keep the wood dry — a condition powderpost beetles do not like.
  4. Never store firewood inside your home, even for brief periods of time.
  5. Never build using lumber that has been lying around in a garage, barn, basement, outside.
  6. Thoroughly inspect all furniture (especially imported furniture) for the presence of powderpost beetles. Look for the tale-tale pin holes that mark their exit from the wood.
  7. When purchasing hardwood flooring or paneling (in particular wood of foreign origin), be especially sure to get a statement of certification from the seller that the wood is inspected and free of powderpost beetles.

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Powderpost Beetles In Your Firewood – Signs of Infestation

It’s Spring, and powderpost beetle larvae are maturing into adults and emerging (at night) from whatever wood they’ve been inhabiting in order to lay their eggs and spread the population. And they love to live in stacks of firewood.  

Powderpost Beetles In Your Firewood – How did they get there?

Powderpost beetles love moist and unfinished wood. Unless wood is kiln-dried, sanded and varnished, it makes a great home for them. And, who kiln-dries, sands and varnishes their firewood? That firewood pile on the back porch may be Disneyland to powderpost beetles.

Powderpost Beetles In Your Firewood – What damage do they cause?

Basically, the adult powderpost beetle lays her eggs in a small crevice on the moist, un-sanded, unvarnished wood. The eggs contain fungal spores. The eggs hatch and the larvae begin to bore into the wood, tunneling about for up to 5 years. The larvae actually feed on the fungus as it digests the wood removing toxins and making it edible.

The larvae then mature into adults, exit the wood through small pin-holes they create (a tale-tale sign). They then lay more eggs in the wood and die after a few days. The new eggs hatch and the cycle repeats until the wood literally disintegrates. Yes, you can actually pick up a chunk of firewood and watch it crumble in your hands!

English: 1: The adult beetle burrows hole into... Credits: 3 Common Signs of Powderpost Beetle Damage

  1. The adult powderpost beetle burrows a hole into wood and lays eggs, carrying fungal spores.
  2. The larvae feeds on the fungus, which digests the wood, removing toxins.
  3. The larva pupates. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Powderpost Beetles In Your Firewood – What happens when they get into your home?

Here’s the scenario: You bring a small stack of firewood from the back porch into your living room and it sits there for a month or so waiting to be burned. During this time a few adult powderpost beetles emerge and lay their eggs on some unfinished furniture in your home, or find an entrance through the wall into your home’s framework or siding. Once they’re out and about, they pretty much have the run of your home. And remember, they’re pretty small and only need a pin-hole sized opening to get to unfinished wood. Since the larvae do their work behind the scenes, and the adults pretty much only emerge at night, you might not discover the problem until things literally begin to fall apart or crumble before your eyes.

Powderpost Beetles In Your Firewood – How to keep them out of your house.

  • Never store firewood inside your home.
  • Bring only as much firewood into your home as you will burn immediately–the same day.

Powderpost Beetles In Your Firewood – What if it’s too late and they’re loose in your home?

If you suspect a powderpost beetle problem — for example, you notice small pinholes in your furniture or siding or foundation, or you see tiny feces, especially near areas such as wooden porches, window sills and furniture, schedule a professional powderpost beetle pest inspection. This is one problem you do not want to ignore. Powderpost beetles, left untreated, can do as much damage to wood as termites!

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Powderpost Beetle Hunt – Are They Infesting Your Home?

Powderpost Beetle Hunt – What are they?

Powderpost Beetles

Powderpost beetles are small wood-boring pests that can do great damage to your furniture and home. The problem begins when an adult powderpost beetle lays eggs in exposed wood (for example, furniture, your home’s framework, foundation or siding). When the eggs hatch, the powderpost beetle larvae do the damage. They feed on the wood, tunneling through it, for up to 5 years. The larvae then mature to adults and exit the wood looking for a mate (usually in the Spring). Powderpost beetles might live only a few days as adults. Once they find a mate, they lay eggs in the wood, die, and the cycle repeats, only with more powderpost beetles drilling around inside the wood, consuming it and turning it to dust!

Image credits: How to Tell if you Have Powder Post Beetle Damage | Sunstate Pest

Learn more about three types of powderpost beetles, what wood each loves to eat, and how to differentiate them based on the exit holes they make in wood, and the sawdust they push out of their exit holes as they mature.

Powderpost Beetle Hunt – How do you know if you have them?

Powderpost BeetlesLook closely at the wood that makes up your home, and at furniture, particularly furniture in storage or furniture that you may have purchased as used or as antiques. Any wood that was imported is particularly susceptible. Why? Not all countries observe proper kiln drying standards for lumber, and powderpost beetles love lumber that is damp. If you built something using old wood that had been lying around in a garage, basement or barn, that is also susceptible. Wood siding, flooring or framing that has been stored in damp conditions without good ventilation is also susceptible.

Powderpost Beetle Hunt – What to look for?

Look for small pinhole marks in the wood. These marks represent the exit holes the powderpost beetles made after they matured into adults. You might also notice very fine sawdust, called frass, at the base of the wood. The beetles push this sawdust out of the hole as they exit.

Powderpost Beetle Hunt – What to do?

First, make sure that the powderpost beetles are still active. You can do this by cleaning up any sawdust (frass) they’ve created, then return later to see if there is new sawdust.

Second, dry out the location and provide proper ventilation around the wood. Simply by drying out the environment, you may entice the bugs to move elsewhere.

Third, sand and varnish the wood. This will prevent any powderpost beetles from laying new eggs in the wood. They can only lay their eggs in unfinished wood. However, if there are powderpost beetle larvae already in the wood varnishing the wood will not solve the problem (remember they live and tunnel about, consuming wood for up to 5 years causing a lot of damage).

Fourth, if you suspect that there might be an active infestation (living powderpost beetle larvae tunneling about inside the wood), you’ll want to contact a pest control professional. One of the most effective methods for eliminating powderpost beetles is fumigation with a pesticide that only a licensed pest exterminator is allowed to purchase.

Powderpost Beetle Hunt – This is a serious issue.

So, if you see small pinholes in that antique table you recently purchased, or in your home’s siding or framework, or in the wood you brought up from the basement to use in your latest home improvement project… don’t ignore the issue. The integrity of your home could be compromised by a powderpost beetle problem.

You don’t need to panic, as the beetles do their damage slowly over time, giving you enough time to assess the problem and take the appropriate action. For example, do the above test (sawdust cleanup) this Spring, then check again next Spring to see if there is new sawdust.

But don’t ignore the problem. As they say, “The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.” Same with the work of powderpost beetles! Leave them to do their work and they’ll eventually disintegrate the wood they infest. In addition, when you go to resell your home at some point, imagine the value dropping drastically when the buyer’s home inspector discovers a powderpost beetle problem that was left untreated. Bad Bad!

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Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – How To, Benefits, Drawbacks

We came across this carpenter ant DIY treatment the other day and thought we’d give our professional evaluation.

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – How To

carpenter ant diy treatmentA smart, environmentally conscious home owner experienced a resurgence of carpenter ants in her home after a 20-year absence of the ants. They were coming up through a dishwasher drain, traveling in numbers and swarming in the home. It was pretty scary, especially to the children.

The homeowner came up with this very inexpensive (less than $1) DIY treatment:

  • 1/3 cup of powdered white sugar
  • 2/3 cup boric acid

“Boric acid is a colorless white powder that is a mild antiseptic, but certainly not a problem to the health of your family even if you touch it with ungloved hands. It is found in nature in some volcanic environments near Tuscany and Nevada.  Boric acid and its salts are found in seawater and plants including almost all fruits.

Of course, you need to keep it away from small children as it is poisonous if ingested or inhaled in large quantities, but it is probably the least toxic form of insect bait you can use around your home with the exception of diatomaceous earth, which unfortunately doesn’t work as well or as quickly for large ants where I live.”

Credits: Safely Get Rid of Carpenter Ants in a Snap | The Healthy Home

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – Benefits

carpenter ant diy treatment  The smart homeowner placed a mixture of the treatment in an empty jar lid by the dishwasher drain, the ants took the bait back to their nest, and happily disappeared from the home.

The treatment appeared to have worked, saving a call to the pest control company, and the expense of that professional service.

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – Drawbacks

On the surface, this looks like a great solution. There were carpenter ants in the home. $1 and some ingenuity and creativity made them disappear.

However, there’s an all important question that needs to be asked: “What is the original goal here?”

We assume the original goal is to rid the home of carpenter ants, which have the ability to do damage to the structure of a home. This damage will most certainly be discovered during a professional home inspection at some point by a prospective home buyer when the homeowner goes to sell the home. When the damage is discovered, it will adversely affect the selling value of the home. In fact, the loss in value will make a few visits by a professional pest inspector look like the true bargain in comparison.

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – More Drawbacks

carpenter ant diy treatmentBut let’s delve into this issue a bit further. Carpenter ants seldom live in one colony. A common scenario is a main colony, perhaps outside the home, with as many as 12 satellite colonies both outside and inside the home.

Now let’s fast forward to that home buyer’s inspection of our carpenter ant DIY treatment homeowner’s house. They not only discover the wood damage from the first satellite colony, but, let’s be conservative, they find 3 more active satellite colonies in the foundation and frame of the house that were not noticed by the homeowner. Each satellite colony, as it was left to grow, has created even more progressive damage to the home.

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – Even More Drawbacks

carpenter ant diy treatmentBut let’s delve into this issue even further. Remember the main colony and additional satellite colonies outside the house? Again, let’s be conservative and say that the home buyer’s inspector discovers that main colony in some rotten stump, rotten fence or wood pile outside the home, along with 2 additional satellite colonies (total of six in all, more conservative than the possible dozen or more carpenter ant colonies).

Now the drop in home value could potentially cut into the children’s college fund or the homeowner’s retirement.

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – Benefit or Disaster?

So, on the surface, this smart DIY treatment that cost only $1 and appeared to work potentially ends up costing the homeowner $10,000-$30,000 or more (still being conservative), in the process compromising financial security and well being.

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – Here’s the thing.

While a homeowner can possibly eliminate visible carpenter ants with a DIY treatment (and the one we described is one of the best), it really takes a professional to track down every satellite colony and the main nest. You’ll need to follow the carpenter ant scent trails, and that’s a skill that professionals have, along with the tools needed. 

In addition, a good pest control professional will evaluate the damage to the home and suggest necessary repair.

But the value of a good pest control professional does not stop there. A good pest control professional will also discover other issues that need attention such as the hidden presence of termites, mice or cockroaches. 

The happy result of this scenario is that the health of the family is protected (some pests carry very harmful bacterial germs and viruses), and the resell value of the home along with the families greater financial security is also supported.

Carpenter Ant DIY Treatment – Conclusion

So, you as a homeowner have a choice. You can use the great DIY carpenter ant treatment we’ve given in this article and hope you’ve eliminated the problem. Or, you can call a good pest control professional and KNOW you’ve eliminated the carpenter ant pest problem, other possible pest problems and discovered any damage to your home, any leaky pipes, gutters, leaky roof issues that are slowly rotting the wood of your home.

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Carpenter Ant or Termite – Why the difference is vital.

Carpenter Ant or Termite: Both Love Classic Old Homes

Carpenter Ant ColonyThe older your home, the more carpenter ants and termites love it. Why? Because an older home is more likely to have a leaky roof, leaky gutters or drippy old plumbing. Why do these insects love water leaks? Because when leaks drip onto wood, especially over long periods of time, the wood softens and rots. This makes the wood more available for these insects either for burrowing or for a food source.

Carpenter Ant or Termite: What do they eat?

The preferred food is our first clue as to whether it’s a carpenter ant or a termite. Termites eat wood and therefore cause major destruction to the structure of homes. On the other hand, carpenter ants do not eat wood. They merely burrow into wood to create a home. Carpenter ants eat just about any food that you eat: Sweet food, greasy food, meat, grain. If it’s available to carpenter ants (sitting around the house in an unsealed container), they’ll go for it.

Mid-Winter Pest Control TreatmentsNow this presents another clue as to the difference between a carpenter ant and a termite. You’ll more likely see the carpenter ant going for your food. On the other hand, termites will be hidden away eating the foundation and structure of your home!

Carpenter Ant or Termite: What do they look like?

Carpenter ants have angled antennae. Their bodies are divided into three sections with a thin waist. Finally, they are dark brown or black. The reproductive version of carpenter ant–the one with wings, has uneven wings.

Image Credits: Ants, Ants and More Ants – Epcon Lane

Carpenter Ant or TermiteOn the other hand, termites have straight antennae. Their bodies are divided into only two sections: The lower section looks a bit like a grain of rice. They have no narrow waist. Termites are a white/tan color. The reproductive version of termite–the one with wings, is lighter brown (vs. brown/black carpenter ant), and their wings are equal in length. 

Image Credits: Ants, Ants and More Ants – Epcon Lane
Image Credits: What is the Difference Between Termites and Carpenter Ants?

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Carpenter Ant or Termite: The damage they cause to wood looks different.

Carpenter Ants HabitsThe third great distinction between a carpenter ant and a termite is how wood looks after they’ve attacked it. Carpenter ants create smooth burrows or channels in wood. As they excavate, they push the sawdust out of the wood channels (remember they don’t eat wood), and the fine sawdust forms small piles called “frass”.

On the other hand, termites simply eat the wood until it falls apart! Subterranea n termites don’t like to be exposed, so they create mud tunnels from the earth to the wood they want to eat. These mud tunnels are another sign your home is infested with termites rather than carpenter ants.

Carpenter Ant or Termite: Both Are Hard to Exterminate

Carpenter ants are very mobile. Unlike termites they don’t care if they’re exposed. They will travel (mostly at night) up to 100 feet from their nest, and even create satellite nests. You could have a dozen or more carpenter ant satellite nests on your property or in your home. Unless you manage to locate and destroy them all, you’ll never rid your home of carpenter ants.

Termites, as we said, are more likely to be hidden in places you don’t normally visit–for example in the foundation under your home, in the wood beneath the home’s siding, and in those mud tunnels they create which mostly exist where you will not likely see them.

Carpenter Ant or Termite 

Carpenter Ant or Termite: Both can do massive damage to your home. 

Of course, since termites eat your home, their damage is greater. In fact, more homes are destroyed each year due to termite damage than to fire. However, carpenter ants are also damaging your home. Therefore, it’s vital that you exterminate both carpenter ants and termites in or near your home. 

Consider the value of your home. Do you really want to trust this to a DIY job? Save a few bucks and lose your home, or destroy its resale value?

Carpenter Ant or Termite: Call a professional exterminator to ensure your home is protected.

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P.S. Since both carpenter ants (who are active mostly at night) and termites (who love to remain hidded) can be in your home without you knowing, it’s a good policy to have your home inspected, especially if you have not had a professional pest inspection in the past few years. 

 

Carpenter Ant Detective Hunt – Tracking the little monsters.

Carpenter Ant Detective: Where to Look

carpenter ant detective - here's what makes up a swarmIt’s not easy to find the nesting sites of carpenter ants. However, unless all the carpenter ant nests and satellite nests both in and around your home are found and eliminated, you’ll never rid your home of a carpenter ant problem.

The first sign of carpenter ants is often a swarm emerging inside your home. You’re sitting in your living room, minding your own business, and suddenly hundreds of winged black ants, about one inch in length, appear almost out of nowhere. No warning signs–you just get the sudden swarm.

Carpenter Ant Detective: Backtracking to the Source

Where did the swarm come from? There’s a main nest in or near your home — probably in a moist, rotten tree stump, or that old rotting picket fense, or the wet rotting siding under a leaky gutter. The key is to look for wet, rotting wood somewhere in or near your home. That’s where you’ll find the main nest. 

 

You might notice the small piles of sawdust the carpenter ants create as they burrow into the wood, excavating the tunnels in which they live. They don’t eat wood like termites. They just create their nests in wood. 

Observe branches that hang over your home. These make a great pathway for carpenter ants to enter the home. You might find many ants in one location. Where you see many ants, you’re getting closer to the source.

Carpenter Ant Detective: When to look for them.

carpenter ant detective - here's what happens while you're sleeping.

Here’s what happens when you’re sleeping. Put on your night vision goggles!

We suggest looking at night, when carpenter ants are most active. While they don’t eat wood, they love almost any food: Plants, honey, grease, meat. If you see foraging carpenter ants, their nest or satellite nest could be as much as 100 feet distant. As they forage, they follow scent trails. When it comes to detecting their scent trails, now we’re looking at the job of a professional carpenter ant detective.

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You can eliminate one nest or satellite nest, but their could be a dozen in the near vacinity. You will have accomplished nothing, and after all your hard work, you’ll be unexpectedly treated to another swarm in the near future.

Carpenter Ant Detective HuntCarpenter Ant Detective: Some final tips.

The best carpenter ant solution is prevention. Make it impossible for carpenter ants to find the wet rotting wood they love to excavate for their nests. 

  • Keep your property free of debris.
  • Repair and repaint any damaged wood.
  • Remove decaying stumps and dead trees.
  • Repair leaks in your roof or gutters.
  • Make sure rain water drains away from your home, not into your foundation.
  • Repair leaky hoses, pipes and faucets.
  • Basically, rid your home and yard of any wet, rotting, decaying wood.

You may think you’ve covered all the bases, but how great would it be to have a professional inspect your home and yard to verify you’ve caught everything? We often find a nest or satellite nest that was missed by the homeowner or business owner.

Do you really want an unexpected swarm to appear some evening when you’re entertaining guests? Such an experience would not soon be forgotten!

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Carpenter Ant Cycle – Identification, Nesting, Growth, Reproduction

Carpenter Ant Cycle: Identifying Carpenter Ants

carpenter ant cycleBefore we begin to describe the carpenter ant cycle, it’s important to identify carpenter ants. They can look like other ant species, which behave differently, cause different problems, and need to be eliminated by other methods.

Carpenter ants vary in size and color. At their smallest, they can even be confused with the tiny pavement ant. One way to identify carpenter ants is by the piles of sawdust they create as they shave off small bits of wood and carry them out of their nest. However these piles may be hidden inside of walls, so you could have a carpenter ant problem and not know it. 

Image: Credits: Identifying and Controlling Carpenter Ants – Modern Pest

Carpenter Ant Cycle: Nesting In Wood

Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. They excavate channels in wood for their growing colonies. While they do not cause the structural damage of termites, they can still be destructive. Part of the problem is the the wood they prefer is damp or rotten due to a water leak. They then excavate channels into this damp wood, weakening it further.

carpenter ant cycleCarpenter Ant Cycle: Creating Satellite Nests In Wood 

How widespread is the damage? A single carpenter ant colony is comprised of many satellite nests. There are usually many satellite nests around the main nest. That main nest, for example, could be located in a rotten tree stump in or near your yard, with satellite nests in your home!

Image: Credits: Identifying and Controlling Carpenter Ants – Modern Pest

Carpenter Ant Cycle: Each Successive Brood Produces Larger Ants

Interestingly enough, the first ants produced by a queen are small in size (about 1/4 inch). This is where they are sometimes mistaken as pavement ants. Following broods by the same queen become larger–up to twice that size. As they forage, they are likely to enter your home.

Carpenter Ants HabitsCarpenter Ant Cycle: Swarmers and Reproduction

Later, as the nest matures, swarmers appear. Most swarmers appear in the spring, but can emerge throughout the summer. The female swarmers are easy to identify. They’re up to 4 times the length of the first brood of ants–as much as an inch long, and they have brown translucent wings. The males are about 1/2 inch and also have wings. After mating, the female will drop her wings and start a new carpenter ant colony.

Image: Credits: Identifying and Controlling Carpenter Ants – Modern Pest

Carpenter Ant Cycle: Ending the Cycle

To end the cycle, every nest and satellite nest both inside and near the home will need to be located and eliminated. It’s a real detective case and the hunt is most successfully carried out by a professional pest exterminator who can easily spot even the most subtle signs of a carpenter ant nest of satellite nest. 

In addition, since carpenter ants are so persistent, it can take multiple routine visits by the professional to thoroughly eradicate the ant nests and satellite nests in and around your home.

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Carpenter Ants Emerging: Spring Is Here!

Natural Carpenter Ant RepellentsCarpenter Ants Emerging Now

 Credits: Carpenter ant season is now | Insects in the City

We came across this story and thought it would be timely to share with you since it’s April and carpenter ants emerging, become noticeable to home owners and business owners about now. Actually, carpenter ants began to emerge in March, as Winter drew to a close. If you have a carpenter ant problem, you may begin noticing signs at any time.

The good news is that they do not tend to damage the structure of buildings (unlike termites). However, who wants a swarm of winged carpenter ants emerging in the dining room while entertaining guests, or worse, in a restaurant full of customers, or in one of your patron’s hotel rooms!

That’s right: A swarm. Hundreds of winged carpenter ants flying around, mating, reproducing, on public display. A scene not soon to be forgotten!

Carpenter Ants EmergingCarpenter Ants Emerging In Homes

“This week my youngest daughter, home for the weekend for a visit, informed her entomologist dad that the upstairs shower was covered with large ants.  A quick inspection confirmed that we were being invaded by carpenter ants.  A few years ago we remodeled this particular shower, tearing out sheet rock and insulation and encountered carpenter ants living in the surrounding walls.  We thoroughly cleaned out what we could and sprayed the walls down with a residual insecticide before reinstalling insulation and more water-resistant Hardyboard® in the new shower stall. Apparently they are back.” Credits: Carpenter ant season is now | Insects in the City

Carpenter Ants Emerging In Swarms

“Swarming occurs when reproductively mature, but unmated, kings and queens leave the nest to mate.  These mating couples are winged and are referred to as alates, or swarmers.  The earliest swarmers to emerge in the winter are carpenter ants.” Credits: Carpenter ant season is now | Insects in the City

Carpenter Ants EmergingCarpenter Ants Emerging, Time to Indentify Them

“Carpenter ants are relatively large for ants, 1/4 to 1/2 inch-long.  They may come in different colors, but are usually red or black, or a mixture of the two colors (see pictures).  They may or may not have wings.”  Credits: Carpenter ant season is now | Insects in the City

Carpenter Ants Emerging, Locate Their Source

If you discover carpenter ants in your home, look for the hole where they are emerging.  This may or may not mark the exact location of the nest, but it will be close. Know that carpenter ants need water, so there is likely a water leak somewhere, dampening wood siding, flooring or beams, creating a perfect environment for carpenter ants to live and breed.

There are DIY methods of dealing with carpenter ants: Insecticide injection treatments. Unfortunately, carpenter ants are always difficult to treat and eliminate completely from the home or business.  

For most people, calling a professional is the best option for control. A good place to start is to schedule a professional carpenter ant inspection of your home or business. Then you’ll know for certain what you’re dealing with and your options.  

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Pest Activity Trends – Peak Months for Each Pest

Pest Activity Trends by Month

What to learn from these charts? See the documentation below.

Bed Bugs Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Bed bugs increase in February, peak in May and drop off in September.

Bed Bugs Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Carpenter Ants Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Carpenter Ants increase in March, peak in May and drop off in September.

Carpenter Ants Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Carpenter Bees Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2014-2015

Carpenter bees begin to become active in April, peak in May and then gradually decline until they drop off of the radar in October.

Pest Activity Trends for Carpenter Bees

Powderpost Beetles Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Powderpost beetles increase in April, peak in May an drop off in September.

powderpost beetles google searches by month in Stamford, Ct 04-07-2015

Moths Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Moths increase in April, peak in May and drop off in November.

Moths Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Pavement Ants Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Pavement Ants increase in March, peak in May and drop off in October.

Pavement Ants Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Snakes Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Snakes increase in March, peak in May and drop off in October.

Snakes Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Termites Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Termites increase in March, peak in May and drop off in November.

Termites Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Moles Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Moles increase in May, peak in July and drop off in November.

Moles Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Bees Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Bees increase in April, peak in July and drop off in November.

Bees Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Cockroaches Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Cockroaches increase in May, peak in July and drop off in December.

Cockroaches Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Hornets Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Hornets increase in May, peak in July and drop off in December.

 

Hornets Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Mites Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Mites increase in May, peak in September and drop off in November.

Mites Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Silverfish Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Silverfish increase in April, peak in August and drop off in November.

Silverfish Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Rats Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Rats increase in August, peak until January and drop off in February.

Rats Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Wasps Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Wasps increase in April, peak in August and drop off in October.

Wasps Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Yellow Jackets Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Yellow Jackets increase in May, peak in August and drop off in October.

Yellow Jackets Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Fleas Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Fleas increase in April, peak in September and October and drop off in January.

Fleas Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Spiders Pest Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Spiders increase in May, peak in October and drop off in November.

Spiders Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Mice Activity Trends by Month in Stamford, CT 2013-2014

Mice increase in June, peak in October and drop off in March.

Mice Pest Activity Trends by Month for Stamford CT 2013 - 2014

Pest Activity Trends Gleaned From Consumers

Pest activity trends have been studied by etymologists, pest control companies and other expert sources, but here’s a unique approach: Determine pest activity trends by the number of people who enter the pest into the Google search box. 

Pest Activity Trends: Benefit of Using Google to Determine

Why research pest activity trends based on Google searches? Because now we’re looking at literally millions of reports vs. the studies of a few experts. Literally every person who enters the name of a pest into the Google search box becomes a field study researcher. They saw the pest, and went to Google to find a solution. In the process, they inadvertently reported their pest sighting.

Pest Activity Trends: Where?

We used the city of Stamford Connecticut as our test area and measured only the Google “pest sightings” from that city. The total population of Stamford CT during this study was recorded as 122,643 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Pest Activity Trends: Law of Large Numbers

So, just how many “reports” are we taking into account? Keeping in mind that we’re drawing our information from a population of only 122,643, the numbers are pretty large. During peak months for each pest, we’re seeing between 1-3 thousand searches for each pest. Imagine if we took into account the entire U.S. For example, in Stamford CT, flea reports peak at about 3,000 in September. A search of the entire U.S. shows flea reports also peak in September, but the number of Google searches for the U.S. is 5,134,400!! That represents a lot of itchy dogs!

We can assume that when the searches drop off, it’s because the pest is not sighted as often, and therefore not as active or visible.

Pest Activity Trends: Prepare vs. Wait

It’s said that “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure”. Why not prepare for the coming of pests this year?

Call ApolloX Pest Control

(888) 499-7378

ApolloX Pest Control will eliminate the pest before it becomes a problem, and before it has a chance to breed and multiply into a bigger problem!

We’ll inspect your home or business for the presence of pests throughout the season so that when one pest becomes dormant and another becomes active, we’ve got you covered!

So, don’t wait until the pest appears. Once you notice it and fill out your own Google search “pest report”, it may be too late. Plan ahead. Call ApolloX Pest Control.

Premium Pest Control Service: Way Beyond “No Problem” Service

Mid-Winter Pest Control TreatmentsPremium Pest Control Service: Isn’t “No Problem” Service Okay?

The phrase is pretty common, we all hear it many times each week. You thank the server at the coffee shop as he hands you a cup of coffee and he replies, “No problem!” And it feels good to know that you are not a problem in that person’s life, and that he doesn’t have a problem serving you. How much better than those times when you may have felt as if you were irritating someone when you asked for service. There was that time at the restaurant, you ran out of salsa but still had a half basket of chips. You finally managed to get the attention of a waiter and asked for a refill on the salsa. The waiter shot you a glance that made you feel like you’d asked him to sacrifice his first born child, such was the interruption you’d brought at that moment into his life.

How much better it is when you receive service that makes you feel like your requests are “No problem!”? What could be more satisfying than knowing that you and your needs are “no problem”– that it’s easy to serve you?

Premium Pest Control ServicePremium Pest Control Service: The Problem with “No Problem” Service

But if we stop to really think about the meaning of those words, “No Problem!”, used in a customer service situation, there is a small problem. Do you really want to be served because you are not a problem? Feels a bit like being on probation. What if serving you were to become a problem? What if some difficulty were to arise?

The problem with “No Problem” service is that it’s based on a negative. While it may feel warm and fuzzy to know that you’re not a problem, perhaps there’s something even better.

Premium Pest Control Service: Beyond “No Problem” Service

True premium service is “opportunity” service.

At ApolloX Pest Control Service, our customers are far more than “no problem” to us. We serve you because serving you is an opportunity to create value:

  • An opportunity to help you feel safe and secure again in a pest-free home.
  • An opportunity to know that by locating and eliminating the termite colony, and whatever caused that colony to gain entrance into your home in the first place, we’ve added decades to the life of your home.
  • An opportunity to know that by eliminating both the cockroaches and the cause of the cockroach problem, we’ve perhaps shielded you and your children from a source of life-threatening disease.
  • An opportunity to know that by entirely eliminating the bed bug problem, you’ll sleep better tonight and every night.
  • An opportunity to know that by going far beyond what you expected, we’ve proven ApolloX to be the best we can  be.

Premium Pest Control ServicePremium Pest Control Service: It’s Okay Even When There Is “A Problem”

And, by the way, anything that could compromise the safety of your home becomes “a problem” for us.

  • Though we’ve eliminated the carpenter ants, that leak in the gutter that creates future breeding conditions becomes “a problem” to us, until we see it fixed.
  • That smoke alarm with a dead battery we happened to notice while inspecting for pests becomes “a problem” to us because it could be a problem for you.
  • We’ve rid your home of mice, but that quarter-inch crack in the siding nobody else noticed is “a problem” to us because mice and rats could use it to regain entrance into your home. And because that huge pile of branches near your home may be a living and breeding space for rodents who are looking to upgrade their accommodations to your home, it’s “a problem” to us.

Premium Pest Control Service: You Deserve More Than to Be “No Problem”

At ApolloX Pest Control Service, we think you deserve to be treated as a person of innate, unique value. Every home we treat presents an opportunity to bring a new sense of peace, security and happiness into the home, to learn something new, to overcome some unique pest challenge, to discover a new way to improve our service.

So, you probably won’t hear us use the phrase, “No problem!” You deserve far more than “no problem” service. You deserve “premium, valued client” service.

Tired of being just “no problem”?

Call ApolloX Pest Control Service

(888) 499-7378