Posts made in June 2019

A Termites’ Favorite Food

Termites are silent destroyers because of their sneaky ability to destroy your home from the inside out without being detected. They can easily do some serious damage to your home and its foundation without showing any immediate signs of harm. Your house is their utopia, providing the food, moisture, and shelter that they need to survive and thrive.

Here’s everything you need to know about termite’s favorite foods and where they find it.

The termite gets its nutrition from cellulose. Cellulose is found in plants’ cell walls and is used to make paper, wood, and other everyday products. Termites feed on many of these materials to get the cellulose they need, including plants, carpet, insulation, cardboard, sheetrock paper, fabric, animal feces, and of course, wood.

The most common termites found in Florida include the drywood termite, Florida dampwood termite, Formosan subterranean termite, and eastern subterranean termite, all of which eat wood to derive the cellulose and nutrients they need to live. In nature, this is helpful because the pests can break down decaying trees and dying plants. In your home, however, these pests eating habits are a major problem when they are chewing on your home’s wooden structure.

Damage from termites can happen anywhere on your property, from trees to furniture, to paper and structural components. Few things are safe once a termite infestation begins. Whether you suspect an infestation or you just want to take precautionary measures, American Allegiance Pest Control can help you with termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL. Call us today to schedule a termite inspection.

Tick-Proof Your Lawn This Summer

The last few years have seen a steady increase in the number of ticks found in Florida. These disease-transmitting pests are now commonly found in backyards all across the country and are no longer limited to the deer ticks most associated with Lyme disease. Today, there are over 30 different species of disease-carrying ticks and they can reside almost anywhere.

Keeping your family and pets safe this summer from ticks and their potential health effects are necessary so you can enjoy your yard without worry! Don’t wait until you’ve found a tick on yourself, your child, or your animal before taking action. Being proactive can help prevent ticks before they become a problem.

Cut Your Grass: Mowing your lawn to the correct height, typically about 3 inches, will reduce the likeliness of a tick infestation since they hide in the long grass. It’s also a good idea to use the bagging attachment with your lawn mower because leaving lawn clippings behind can create the perfect environment for ticks.

Eliminate Clutter: Keeping the yard clean from debris like excessive leaf litter, tall weeds, brush, or piles of lumber helps to eliminate potential habitats for ticks to reproduce and hide.

Pest Control: Having the yard sprayed by professional pest control services in Cape Coral, FL, will eliminate ticks in their larval stages and kill off inaccessible ticks. The application forms a barrier that blocks out unwanted pests. An American Allegiance Pest Control technician will come to your home to personally evaluate the area to determine the right steps to take to get rid of and prevent ticks. Our tick barrier treatment approach will safely eliminate ticks from the yard, making it safe for pets and children.