Regular treatment of building foundations remains important during this season, to keep warmth-seeking, crawling pests from gaining access. If you’ve ever had a mid-winter ant invasion in your home, you know what we’re talking about. Carpenter and other ants can and do invade buildings in winter and when they do they tend to take up residence inside wall voids, making control slower and more difficult. It’s much better to keep them out in the first place.
Ants don’t die at the end of the fall – they hibernate in their nests all winter long until spring. Many ants die over the winter, but most will live to help the colony get back on its feet.
Mid-Winter pest control treatments are important for termite control. Termites also remain active during this time, continuing to move about, feeding on any wood they find, including our homes. Efforts to keep them in check should continue the year around. Credits: Pest Control in Winter? | Pest Control Center Inc
Mid-Winter Pest Control Treatments: Wet Weather
Each winter some customers express concern regarding treatments during wet weather. During this time of the year most treatments are performed in the areas around the foundations of buildings. Around buildings with eaves and overhangs these areas tend to be sheltered, don’t usually receive large amounts of moisture and are usually ok for treatment during light rain. However, should there be no eaves or overhangs or heavier rain becomes a concern, the treatment can be rescheduled for a different day. Once pest control materials have been applied and have had a chance to dry in place, subsequent precipitation will not usually affect the treatment. Credits: Pest Control in Winter? | Pest Control Center Inc
1) Short Pesticide Life-Span
Store-bought and commercially used pesticides for homes have a short residual life, meaning they break down and become ineffective in a short amount of time (1-2 months depending on weather). Once the material breaks down, your home is open for ants and other pests. One treatment will knock down an ant population, but queens constantly lay eggs, and the population will rebound in no time.
2) Pheromone Trails:
When a worker ant finds a source of food or water, that ant will return to the nest and leave a pheromone trail behind that tells the other workers where to go. These pheromone trails last much longer (up to a year) than any residual pesticide you or a professional will apply around your home. Once the pesticide breaks down, ants can follow these trails back into your home unharmed.
3) Cryptic Nests:
It’s not always easy for a pest management professional to find ant nests. Carpenter ants sometimes give us clues (piles of sawdust), but this is only if we’re lucky. If there are one or more ant nests inside your home, then a single treatment may help with one nest, but have little or no effect on a nest on the other side of your home.
With regular visits, your Apollx Pest Control experts can monitor pest activity, give you expert advice to prevent future infestations, and actually save you money in the long run from unsuccessful DIY treatments and pest damage.
A single treatment only offers immediate gratification. If you want a long-term solution against ants and other pests, regular visits with preventative treatments is your best option.
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