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Preventative Termite Protection

As a southerner, you know there are way too many pests and critters that can invade your home, making it their home at all times of the year. However, few pests are as damaging to the structure of your house as termites. These tiny but mighty pests will chew away the support structure of your home from the inside out, doing most of their work in silence, behind the walls, where you don’t know it’s happening until it’s too late. Prevention is key to avoiding termite’s feasting on your home.

Protect your home from termites by preventing these pests from ever coming and keeping them away for good.

#1 Keep bushes, trees, and shrubs trimmed, as termites love to hide out in greenery. Also, if possible, keep mulch 6 to 8 inches from your home’s foundation to reduce moisture along the exterior perimeter.

#2 Termites feed on cellulose, which is found in wood. To not attract these pests, keep piles of wood, lumber, and mulch away from your house’s exterior. You should also uproot and get rid of any tree stumps on your property.

#3 Termites loves places that are moist and humid, such as your basement or crawl space. Proper ventilation in each of these spaces is essential.

If you’ve taken all of the precautionary steps to prevent termites, but they still weren’t enough, and you suspect they are in and around your home, you need termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL, from American Allegiance Pest Control. We’ll identify where they are coming from, kill the ones that are present, and properly prevent them from returning in the future.

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.

Tips For A Healthy And Beautiful Lawn This Spring

Have you noticed your shrubs looking a little limp and the grass duller than usual? If you had to guess, you might assume that your lawn troubles were the result of underwatering or irregular maintenance. But did you ever consider that bugs and termites might be the trouble? Don’t get us wrong, your lawn needs plenty of TLC to grow and thrive, but it also requires pest control services to get rid of unwanted visitors. Sure, pests live outdoors, but that doesn’t mean they should have free reign over your lawn and landscaping.

Follow these lawn care maintenance tips, and your yard will stay healthy and beautiful year round.
Aerate: Aeration boosts root penetration and improves water and nutrient absorption. It also decreases the likelihood of thatch buildup.

Mow: Mowing correctly is essential to the health of your grass. The ideal height for most types of grass is three inches, but you can go as short as two inches if you prefer. Mow at different angles each time for more even growth and leave your clippings on the lawn for added nourishment.

Water: Your lawn needs an inch to an inch-and-a-half of water weekly; increase that to two inches in dry weather. Prevent water loss due to evaporation by watering in the early morning hours or at night. Fertilize monthly during the growing season.

Pest Control: With our outdoor pest control treatments, we’ll reduce the impact of mosquitos, chinch bugs, ticks, spiders, and other insects, and will keep your grass healthy and free from pests all year long.  When you need termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL, or quality pest control in Cape Coral, FL, American Allegiance Pest Control can help. Call us at (239) 985-9202 to schedule a service visit.

Everything You Should Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs. Just the thought of them is enough to make your skin crawl and leave you with a sleepless night. They are nasty little insects that can worm their way into even the cleanest house. Here is everything you need to know about the tiny creatures that infest your bed and suck your blood when you sleep.

What Are Bed Bugs? Getting their namesake from the areas they most inhabit, bed bugs bite and suck human blood, often leaving red, itchy bite marks on exposed skin while sleeping.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs? Bed bugs can quickly spread and are often transported in luggage and on people’s clothes. From there they are transferred to your beds, carpets, furniture, and clothes.

Where Do They Live? Bed bugs don’t limit themselves to hotel rooms. They thrive in family homes, apartments, dorms, hospitals, office buildings and just about anywhere people are. Bed bugs aren’t picky about where they inhabit and are just as likely to be found in a clean bed as they are a dirty one.

How Do You Know If You Have a Bed Bug Problem? If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, you may have bed bugs. Signs that you have bed bugs include: blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases; dark or rusty spots of bed bug excrement on sheets, mattresses, clothes, and walls; bed bug fecal spots, egg shells, or discarded skin; an offensive, musty odor from their scent glands

If you have a bed bug infestation, don’t try to treat it alone. The best way to get rid of bed bugs completely is to call a professional exterminator. For bed bug or termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL, contact American Allegiance Pest Control. We’ll inspect your home or business and come up with a personalized treatment plan for you.

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.

Close up of termites in wood

How to Check Your Home for Termites

Termites can cause around five billion dollars in property damage every year in the United States. These nasty pests can be detrimental to your home, and you may not even know you have them until it is too late. When checking for signs of termites in property, you want to look for the following:

Blisters in Wood Flooring

Blisters in your wood floor could be a sign of termites as they feed within or below the flooring. This damage to the subfloor can make your wood look as if it has water damage. Be extra cautious of termites if this blistering is in an area that is not often exposed to water or moisture.

Damaged or Hollowed Wood

Check your walls, floors, and other wood aspects of the home for damage. Termites chewing through the wood can leave behind long grooves, which eventually lead to structural damage as the area weakens.

Visible Evidence

Swarms of termites can leave behind wings, similar to those on winged ants. The difference between the two is that termites have wings of equal size, whereas ants have a pair of larger wings in front and smaller in the back.

If you are experiencing a termite problem in your home, contact American Allegiance Pest Control today. We offer a variety of termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL, to help remedy your home and get rid of these harmful pests once and for all.