Posts made in January 2019

Man prying sheetrock and wood away from a damaged home

The Difference between Ants and Termites

Do you have an invader chomping through your home’s frame? It can be hard to tell the difference between an ant and a termite, making your pest control options difficult. If you can determine which insect is causing you trouble, your treatment options can be much more effective.

Carpenter ants and termites are very similar in appearance and are often mistaken for each other when homeowners find their swarms in the springtime. A closer look, however, will reveal some significant physical differences:

Body shape: A termite has no “waist” at the abdomen area. Instead, its body is rectangular. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, have a more defined abdomen.

Antennae: Termites have straight, beaded antennae whereas carpenter ants’ are bent.

Wings: Though both insects have wings, this is one of their most different characteristics. The wings of a termite are equal in size and very fragile. You will often see wing debris near the opening of a nest. Carpenter ants have much stronger wings, with one larger set in front and a smaller set in the back.

Color: Carpenter ants are a red or dark color and are often seen foraging for food. Termites are more transparent and are rarely out in the open unless their nest has been disturbed.

For information on termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL, for your home, contact the experts at American Allegiance Pest Control. Our team will help you determine the best plan of action to rid these pests from your home once and for all.

Mulching bed around a house and bushes

Does Using Mulch Near Your Foundation Attract Termites?

When it comes to termite control, you want to be aware of all the environmental factors that could draw them to your home. When mulching your landscape, the location you live may determine the severity of the termite risk. If they are known to be troublesome in your area, you want to ensure you have at least a 1-foot wide swath of ground free from mulch along your foundation. This will help reduce the moisture buildup around your foundation, which will attract these nasty pests.

You want to ensure proper drainage around your mulch to prevent termites and other damage from occurring. If you are worried about termites in the home, your best bet is to play it safe when laying your mulch. You also want to limit the depth of the mulch to about two inches.

Though many people believe the wood is the main attractor for termites, if they already exist in the soil, the type of mulch you use will not matter much. These pests can use the mulch as a hiding place as they figure out how to get into your home.

If you are wondering how to get rid of termites in Fort Myers, FL, our pest control team is here to help. American Allegiance Pest Control offers a variety of termite control solutions to help keep your home damage and pest free. Contact us today at (239) 985-9202 to schedule service.