We control termites at your home using termite bait. Baits are effective and only impact termites. This bait works by preventing termites from molting. Molting is how termites grow from nymphs to adults. Without being able to molt, termites die at the stage they are in when they are exposed to the material. The colony and queen depend on the termite workers for food. When the workers die, the queen dies and the attacking colony is dead. The stations are left in the ground to kill the next termite colony that moves into the neighborhood.
Aerating and overseeding your lawn is the most important step, after a soil test and correcting the pH and phosphorous, to great lawn care.
Effective spider control starts with sanitation. A brush on an extension pole is a handy tool to remove spiders. A vacuum is effective for spiders with limited or no webbing like yellow sac spiders. Vacuum and brush aggressively in an area larger than where the web or spider was seen to be sure to remove it all. Many spiders use structures around lights and light sources to capture prey. Others will take advantage of dark moist areas. For cellar spiders, use a dehumidifier in addition to your spider and web removal to reduce the population.
It is unlikely the spiders you have are dangerous. Many people have arachnophobia, but the actual danger presented by spiders in New England is very low. Brown recluse are not native to the area and black widow bites are rare.
Yellowjackets and wasps can make nests that get huge this time of year. Each layer is made from thousands of individual yellowjackets working together to construct a sturdy home to defend.
When seeing yellowjackets enter a wall void, you could have a huge nest like this one that is 28 inches x 20 x 20 above a ceiling. More likely it won’t be this big. Use care when treating a nest to avoid injuring yourself or others. The best advice is: 1) do not cover the entry hole and 2) do not try to treat from the inside of the structure. Treat the outside entry hole and leave it alone for 24 hours. If you need help, give us a call.
Carpenter ants easily excavate foam insulation to build nests. When water leaks in, the foam holds moisture and heat against the wood. Moist, warm wood is the perfect environment for carpenter ants to thrive. Pay attention for water leaks and ant activity if you have blown in foam insulation. A routine pest inspection of accessible spaces with blown in foam insulation may allow for early detection of insect infestation. The inspector will look for live and dead ants, excavated wood and foam insulation, and evidence of water stains. Excavated wood and foam insulation will be pushed out. This excavated material makes piles sometimes right under the nest opening. In some cases, the ants will carry and drop the frass a distance from the nest opening.
Similar to the issues presented by rigid foam insulation many years ago, the pest control industry is keenly aware of the opportunities and challenges the widespread use of foam insulation has created. Foam insulation and tightly built homes can make small water leaks harder to detect. Carpenter ants love wet wood to start a nest. The insulation has the additional benefit of being very warm keeping the carpenter ant nest active much later in the year. A home with this type of insulation needs a regular inspection by pest control technicians.
Dehumidifiers are essential in New England to keep humidity in check. They work by using two components. A blower or fan is the first piece. It draws air into the machine through filters and across cooling coils. The coils are cooled by a compressor. The air drawn across the coils cools rapidly. Cold air cannot hold as much water as warm air. Moisture condenses on the cool surface of the coils and drips into the collection pan. Dehumidification of space keeps fungus and insects at bay.
The water flows from the collection pan into a pump to be removed to the outside. Small machines have buckets instead of pumps that shut off the machine when they get full. In a home, warm air that enters will condense on cool surfaces. That is why your basement tile, pipes, or toilets may sweat when humidity is high. They aren’t actually sweating, but the air next to the cooler surface is humid. The cool surface is acting the same way a coil in a dehumidifier does and the moisture condenses. The filter is important to keep the coils clean. If your condensate drain line gets filled with a fungus, spray Lysol or another disinfectant on the coils when you clean or change the filter.
High humidity in the air leads to fungus and insects. Fungi and insects need moisture to survive and thrive. When your home and basement is humid, you set up a perfect environment. The stack effect is what leads to smells in the living space that emanate from your basement and crawl space. If you need help dehumidifying your space, give us a call.
This video shows a large number of termites that can come out of a tiny piece of wood. The termites come in all sizes. They all start as eggs that hatch into nymphs, then the molt (shed their exoskeleton) as they grow. Our termite control takes advantage of this by preventing termites from producing chitin, thus preventing them from molting, leading to the death of the colony.
In2Care is an innovative treatment for mosquitoes. It exploits the behavior of the egg-laying female to treat areas where she lands after she picks up material in the trap. Used against the Aedes mosquitoes, the egg-laying female mosquito seeks out wet areas to lay her eggs. Once she lands in the In2Care trap the eggs she lays are not viable and she picks up insecticide on her body. Then she travels to another mosquito habitat. Each time she lands on those areas the insecticide her body picked up in the In2Care trap releases and treats those sites. This targets breeding sites in a special way the human applicator cannot match. This egg trap has proven efficacy and a great environmental profile to control Aedes mosquitoes.
Carpenter ant frass looks a lot like sawdust. It is excavated wood the ants removed to build a nest. Two ways to tell frass from other sawdust. First, the frass will have black insect parts in it. These are body parts from other dead carpenter ants removed from the nest. Second, the frass will usually be in a conical pile. This pile forms under where the worker ants drop it, but not necessarily under the nest. Carpenter ants can and will carry frass many feet from the nest opening before dropping it. For example, it may be dropped at the end of a beam, where the nest entry point is in the middle of the beam.
We protect pollinators in many ways. Three primary ways we work to protect pollinators from pesticides are listed here. First, we protect against drift from target to non-target sites to protect pollinating insects. That means not treating when the wind is too strong. We pay attention to the direction of the wind to minimize and eliminate pesticide drift. Second, we don’t treat any site where pollinators are actively foraging. The most important example is a flowering tree or bush. Finally, we select the material with the lowest risk to all beneficial insects, including pollinators. This includes Acelepryn for larvae like gypsy moth and winter moth.
225 Riverview Ave, Suite B3
Auburndale, MA 02466-1369
Phone: (617) 964-4733