Protect Your Home from Pests this Spring

cleaning backyard in springAfter a beautiful spring weekend here in Western New York, unwanted pests like ants, spiders and silverfish are sure to have begun foraging around your yard, searching for ways into your home. And unless you want bugs raiding the snack drawer in your kitchen, it’s time to employ some preventative measures to ensure an insect-free season.

Clear Your Perimeter

The first and easiest step you can take to prevent insects from getting into your home is clear the area around the perimeter of your home. Shade, moisture and plant growth will all attract insects, making your home a target for these unwanted visitors.

We recommend starting your spring cleaning by clearing away any weeds, sticks and debris that have gathered against your foundation during the cold winter months, preventing ants from establishing their colonies near to your house.

Once insects are centrally located near your home, it is only a matter of time until they find a hole they can enter through, ensuring trouble for your family and woodwork.

Seal Up Entrances

As you are cleaning up around your home’s exterior this spring, pay close attention to the areas around your windows and doors, looking for cracks in their seals as well as holes in screens. Sealing up cracks and replacing screens will help to keep bugs at bay, warding off insects from the interior of your home.

Use a Dehumidifier

The summer heat causes many basements to get damp, creating the perfect breeding ground for insects like silverfish. Remove excess moisture and prevent these creepy crawlers from enjoying your space with a dehumidifier. Also take some time to clean up boxes around the basement to eliminate dark hiding spots critters would like to hide in.

Call An Exterminator

For an extra layer of protection from insect pests, Comfort Pest Control offers exterior barrier applications as needed. Available in the spring, summer and fall months, give us a call at 716-366-2120 to let us know what type of protection you need and we will provide it!

Maintaining the Exterior of the Perimeter of a Structure

family enjoying pest free yardMaintaining the area around your home or business is a key component of keeping carpenter ants, spiders, millipedes and several other invading pests at bay.

The bushes and limbs that touch a structure allow an avenue for pests to enter the building, so keeping a nice three foot barrier of low cut grass and removing all debris and weeds should be a starting point of your regular spring and summer maintenance.

Insects thrive in moist, shady areas, so use natural elements to your benefit, creating a dry, sunlit, brush-free area around the foundation of your residence.

The drainage coming off the home should be directed at least five or ten feet away, and don’t be afraid to use long gutter extensions to direct that water from the roof further from your home. Water is great for growth but not when it is standing along the perimeter of the structure. The spread of many diseases is associated with standing water and it can be a breeding ground for harmful, sometimes deadly mosquitos.

Along with a good pest control maintenance program, these tips will allow you to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by unwanted, creepy crawly guests this summer.

Have a question about your seasonal pest control maintenance? Give Comfort Pest Control a call at 716-366-2120. We are always happy to help keep your home safe from bugs!

Carpenter Ant Damage

Carpenter Ants can damage all kinds of wood, the damage can be quite severe overtime if left untreated. Carpenter ants will almost never attack dry wood, Carpenter Ants look for wood that has some type of moisture problem. The most common places for Carpenter Ants to nest is inside window and door frames. The reason these areas are typically a problem is because windows and doors are exposed to weather and if not properly maintained moisture can build up inside these areas causing the wood to decay or rot overtime. The damage that Carpenter Ants can cause may go undetected by a home owner for years. Tell tales signs of Carpenter damage in these areas is sawdust that will eventually be found on the floor under the window and around the door frames. To help prevent problems like this from occurring in your home, contact a professional at Comfort Pest Control 366-2120 for an evaluation of your home.

Have You Found Carpenter Ants This Winter?

carpenter ants indoorsThe sight of carpenter ants inside your home during the winter is never a good thing, as the weather is much too cold and the snow much too treacherous for them to have made their way in from the outdoors. So what does the appearance of these creepy, crawly creatures mean? You may be facing an infestation.

Where Are the Carpenter Arts Coming From?

If you find carpenter ants inside your home during the cold winter months, chances are that they were already dwelling inside – in door frames, windowsills and other areas where moist wood can be found. And while colonies of ants hibernate throughout the winter, the odd sunny day or heat from a fireplace or furnace can cause them to wake up, thinking it is spring. It is when the colony residing in your home accidentally awakes that you will catch a few insects skittering about in search of food.

How Can You Stop Carpenter Ants?

Especially during the winter months, it can be difficult to find a colony of carpenter ants residing in your home. Since so few of the insects are out and about, and fluctuating temperatures are putting them back to sleep, you may not be able to distinguish where they are coming from, which is why it is important to call an exterminator.

Able to cause an exponential amount of structural damage, it is important to stop carpenter ants in their tracks as soon as you see them – even if there is snow on the ground. If you have found these insects in your Dunkirk area home, don’t hesitate to contact Comfort Pest Control at 716-366-2120 for help.

Controlling Carpenter Ants

First and Foremost

Any successful Carpenter Ant program starts with a thorough inspection of the structure both inside and outside.  Carpenter Ant nesting sites are very difficult to locate, but it is essential that the nest be found for proper control.  When winged reproductive Carpenter Ants are emerging inside the structure this  indicates a nest exists within the home.  Reproduction ants mainly swarm in the spring.

What to Look For

C-ant damage   Our technicians will be looking for scent trails, sawdust, branches that hang on or over the structure, and also large concentration of ants in one location.  These are indications of a possible nesting site. In some cases the nest may not be located outside of the structure.  In some cases tree stumps or a rotten fence will be the source of the problem and rare cases the problem could be associated with neighboring property.  These are things that a trained professional will notice during their inspection and recommend the appropriate type of service.

 

Habits

Carpenter Ants are omnivorous and will eat almost anything ranging from various plants, honey, grease and any kind of meat. Carpenter Ants do not eat wood because their digestive system cannot digest wood.  Carpenter Ants are very active at night and will forage aggressively for food during the evening hours.   Carpenter Ants have been known to forage up 100’ for a food source. Carpenter Ants as a rule will nest in moist wood, but on rare occasions will nest in foam insulation and hollow doors.

Control

The best way to control Carpenter Ants is to eliminate their nesting source.  Keeping property free from debris is critical such as, repairing damaged wood, removing decaying stumps and dead trees. Also repairing leaks in roof, around windows and under doors will prevent wood from decaying.

If all else fails call the professionals at Comfort Pest Control to rid your property from these pesky pest.

Why Are Carpenter Ants Seen In The Winter Inside?

Carpenter Ants Everywhere
When Carpenter Ants are located inside your home during the winter months it is a good indication of a nesting site within the structure. Carpenter Ants will be seen randomly in all most any room throughout your home. Finding the nest this time of the year is very difficult, but critical for control. Carpenter Ants have been dormant since the fall and have just starting to forage around your home looking for a food source.

How is it possible for Carpenter Ants to start foraging now?
Even though we live in Western New York with sub-zero temperatures, the heat from the sun beating on home or the heat from a fireplace is enough heat to get the ants moving. This tricks the Carpenter Ants into believing it is spring.

Where could the nest be?
The nests are often located in window sills, door frames or anywhere else Carpenter Ants can find moist wood. Although it is still possible for Carpenter Ants nest in other areas such as, hollow door and foam insulation.

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If you think you might be dealing with Carpenter Ants, give Comfort Pest Control a call today at 716-366-2120.