How to Identify the Types of Ants in Your Home

Although they are small, ants can be big pests when they colonize in your house. Ants normally enter your home near a water or food source –, so either typically the kitchen or bathroom. They normally travel in trails and can range anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to almost microscopic. Two of the most common types of ants you will find are odorous house ants and carpenter ants. The first step to getting rid of them is identifying them.

Identifying House Ants

Identifying Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants love sugar and will mostly be found in the kitchen. These ants leave a trail when they travel, so just killing the ones you see won’t get rid of the problem. The rest of the colony will smell the trail and come right back to the same place. The only solution is to eliminate the entire colony. The first step to getting rid of ants is to sponge clean where you saw them walking. This will get rid of their odorous trail and prevent the rest of the population from finding them. Then locate where they entered your home and place poisonous ant bait to kill the rest when they try to enter.

Identifying Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are most commonly found in homes near wooded areas. They normally will live outside your house for a while before entering when they are searching for food and water. These ants will not bring the placed bait back to their nests, so placing it at the entry point will not work. Carpenter ants dig tunnels within holes, so to find their nest look for little piles of sawdust where they have entered the wood. They search for soft, moist wood that is easy to burrow into. If you can’t find the nest but know where they are entering your home, try following them back to their colony. They most natural way to get rid of these ants is to inject diatomaceous earth into their nest. It is made from decomposed algae skeletons and is not poisonous to humans, but lethal to insects. This treatment might have to be repeated more than once. Different ants can be hard to identify and require different types of treatment. If you cannot get the ants out of your home, contact Dustin Pest Control for professional advice and treatment.

The Zika Virus: Things You Need to Know Infographic

Making quite the impact across the country, the Zika virus is a relatively dangerous virus that has no particular medicine to help cure it. Primarily a mosquito born disease spreading through a species of mosquito called Aedes via their bites, those infected may not even know that they’re infected because most of the time the Zika virus shows very mild to no symptoms at all. Although it was initially identified in humans as early as the 1950’s in tropical climates such as Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, the Zika virus has since been recorded in various and diverse regions all around the world including Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

Zika Symptoms

With the spread of the Zika virus, there are a handful of signs and symptoms to be aware of in case you or a family member were to become infected. These include, but are not limited to, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, fevers, rash and conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes). What is worse is that although most of the time adults may not be fatally infected, but a woman who is infected but not showing symptoms could pass the virus from her body to her fetus. What is worse is that although most of the time adults may not be fatally infected, a pregnant woman who is infected but not showing symptoms could pass the virus from her body to her unborn baby. An infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects and, worse case scenario, pregnancy loss. Needless to say, you should try to learn as much as possible to protect yourself against the Zika virus.

Zika Treatment

As mentioned earlier, there are no known treatments for the Zika virus, however, if you find yourself to be infected the best thing you can do is keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water, taking non-aspirin medication such as Tylenol to reduce the pain and getting plenty of bed rest with a visit to a doctor for proper advice.

How do you protect yourself?

So what can you do to protect yourself from the Zika virus? It all comes down to self-awareness and preventative protection. When you’re outdoors, cover your skin with pants and long sleeve shirts to prevent mosquitoes from biting your skin. Use bug spray or find a pest control company to use mosquito control. Also, it’s important to empty any standing water collecting in your yard. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay eggs (the size of a bottle cap to be exact), so get rid of any standing water where possible.

Zika Virus Infographic

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If the mosquitoes get too out of hand, make sure to call Dustin Pest Control for all your pest control needs!

How To Pest Proof Your Home for Spring

Springtime: the air is warming, the flowers are blooming, and the pests are beginning to hatch. Pests such as ants, cockroaches and wasps come out to play when spring offers its warm embrace. Your home provides shelter, food and water, which is everything a pest needs to flourish. Don’t let these springtime pests infiltrate your home! Here is how to pest proof your home for spring.

Examine and prep the exterior of your home

The exterior of your home gets worn down over time. The foundation cracks and the siding withers, allowing those spring pests to enter your home with ease. To keep those creepy-crawlies out of your home, make sure to inspect and fix any damages to the outside of the home on a regular basis. You can repair weaknesses with forms of plaster, caulking and other sealing agents – however, sometimes the best fix is to get your old siding replaced.

Keep your yard trimmed and cleaned

A maintained yard is a happy yard. Not only does keeping your lawn cut and cleaned make for a nicer aesthetic to frame your home, but it may also keep the springtime pests at bay. If you end up growing a jungle, you need to be prepared for the beasts that come with it. Make sure to trim, cut, mulch and take care of any other gardening techniques you normally use to keep the bugs away.

Keep your home clean

The simple act of keeping a clean home is enough to deter some spring pests. Pests typically enter the home with the motivation of seeking food and water. By regularly vacuuming and moping, you can keep your home free of rogue pieces of food that have taken refuge upon your floors – and thus keep the bugs out. Following these helpful tips and more can help you keep those annoying pests away when the spring finally rolls around. If the pests get too out of hand, make sure to call Dustin Pest Control for all your pest controlling needs!
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