Spring Time Is When The Ticks Come Out To Play

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tickctaA full female tick can lay 3,000 eggs in the Spring, but don’t think ticks aren’t active now.

These relatives of the spider and scorpion are nasty biters that suck blood over a period of several days. Once a tick is on its host, it will crawl up to the head, biting around the ears, neck and scalp, where skin is thinner. (more…)

Termites Are Nastier Than You Think!

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CTA Termite FecesWere you aware that termites use their own feces as building materials?

The first sign of a termite infestation may be wormlike mud tunnels that run up walls or foundations. Termites are particularly attracted to damp wood which may be found in basements and tunnels, so termites are often discovered either within basements or emerging from them. The tunnels are created by subterranean termites who use their feces, or frass, as part of the building material for the tubes. (more…)

Jumping Mice?

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CTA Mouse jsYes, mice may be small, but they can jump a foot in the air!

Mice invade your home seeking food, water and warmth. Without mouse control intervention, one pair of mice may produce 200 offspring in four months.

Each mouse can contaminate much more food than it eats and they find it VERY easy to get into places without your knowledge. (more…)

Termite Colonies

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CTA Termites2 jsSpring is a time for fun, even for termites. Rain and warm weather encourage termites to fly and create new colonies.

Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your basement or yard without any immediate signs of damage. While each termite species thrives in different climates and eats different types of food, all termites require four things to survive — food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide these ideal conditions for termite infestation. (more…)

Fire Ants

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CTA fire ants jsFire ants are incredibly sting-happy. They will sting any time they feel vibrations, including human movement. Yowzers!!

A typical fire ant colony produces large mounds in open areas, and feeds mostly on young plants,seeds and sometimes crickets. Fire ants often attack small animals and can kill them. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray acid on the wound, fire ants bite only to get a grip and then sting (from the abdomen) and inject a toxic alkaloid venom. (more…)

Flying Termites

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CTA winged termites jsDid you know certain termites are able to fly??? Scary, we know!

A termite swarm is an event in which certain environmental conditions trigger a great number of winged termites to simultaneously fly from their nest (about 600-900 feet) to mate and locate new nest sites and food sources. Once matched, a “royal couple” burrows into the ground where the queen begins to lay eggs. (more…)