As I was writing these posts about the Red Imported Fire Ant, I got to thinking that while I know where they came from, not everyone else would. And as I relish sharing little known facts about all sorts of insects, I thought I should share with you where these Red Imported Fire Ants came from and how they got here. [Read more…]
It’s that time of year again. Baseball time. And we have a saying here at Sandpiper Pest Control:
“There’s NO Fire ants in Baseball!!”
I was called out today to investigate whether a home belonging to one of our customers does indeed have termites. They do, but not the ground termites that a property inspector told them they had. What was in the ground is an insect known as Carribean Crazy Ants.
They both create mud tubes, but there are some differences. If you are a qualified pest control person such as myself, you know the difference.
Termite cause more damage more annually in the United States than earthquakes, tornadoes and fires combined. Facts about termites:
“DRYWOOD TERMITE FACTS
Drywood termites generally live, feed and nest in undecayed wood which has a very low moisture content. Unlike subterranean termites, they do not require any contact with the soil in order to live. Thus, they can seriously damage movable wooden objects such as furniture. In the United States, drywood termites are found in a narrow strip from Virginia, south to Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico and from Mexico to northern California on the Pacific coast.
A male and female pair work their way into the wood chosen for the nest. The opening through which they enter the wood is sealed with a plug of brown cement-like material about 1/8-inch in diameter. Behind this plug they excavate a chamber where the queen lays the first eggs. The nymphs which hatch from these eggs perform the work of the colony. Soldiers and reproductives develop from these nymphs. There is no distinct worker caste as in subterranean termites.” quoted from epestsupply.com
We recently tented a home in our area in order to clear up an infestation of drywood termites. Fortunately they had not done too much damage.
for all of your pests with more than two legs, call Sandpiper Pest Control.
While we are getting all this rain we at Sandpiper Pest Control recommend turning of your sprinkler system. Doing this will help you avoid problems with fungus and excessive weeds. Look for future blogs and posts to turn your sprinkler system back on. If you ever have questions about how much watering is necessary please feel free to call Sandpiper Pest Control at 772-589-0204.
We are now in flea season. Fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts designed for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites that live off the blood of mammals and birds.
Sandpiper Pest Control has treatments that are designed specifically for fleas. Yet one of the best ways to limit your exposure to fleas especially for ones with pets is to sign up for Sandpiper Pest Control’s quarterly pest control service for the home and bi-monthly lawn service as well as having your pet treated with a preventative treatment. This will ensure that your home and pets are free of pests such as fleas. If you’d like a free quote for any of Sandpiper Pest Control’s services please call our office at 772-589-0204.
Each year the week of June 26 is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association. This year it takes place June 21-27. It’s spearheaded by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), an international organization of nearly 2,000 public health professionals that has been dedicated to preserving the public’s health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs since 1935. In light of this week we will be happy to pass on information that can protect you and your family from these pests.
The THREE D’s of Mosquito Prevention:
1. DRAIN: Empty out water containers at least once per week.
2. DRESS: Wear long sleeves, long pants and light-colored loose-fitting clothing.
3. DEFEND: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
If anyone has more tips please share them here. Also Sandpiper Pest Control would be happy to make your outdoor events, such as weddings and family reunions a happier and healthier event. We don’t want you to have PESTS as GUESTS!!! Please give us a call.
I saw a swirling, diving swarm of dragonflies on Indian River Drive in Sebastian. To most people it’s just dragonflies, but as a Sandpiper Pest Control expert, I realized they were feasting on termite swarmers right out of the air. The termite swarm was coming from a tree stump in the front yard.
To anyone that isn’t in the pest control professionial dragonflies are cool, but now you know that they can be an indicator of a larger problem such as termites or ant infestation. It’s always a good idea to just give us a call to check this out for you.
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Sandpiper Pest Control has been servicing the Indian River County area for many years. Every year at this time the ants come marching in. If you begin to notice that ants are cruisin your counter tops, it’s probably time to give us a call. Once ants get in your home it is difficult to get them out on your own. Sandpiper has the expertise and the products that will safely remove those pets with more than two legs.
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