Imel Pest Control, Inc. Tips, Pest Education & News
Wait, there is such thing as a flying ant?
Are you aware that ants could fly? It is okay if you didn’t but once you notice them, this could then start an issue. Flying ants can be eliminated with the right types of methods. Knowing how to spot them, and different ways to prevent them are found here.
Flying ants are typically treated like normal ants. These insects are seen between the months of April and June. They also typically come in packs just like normal ants. They can be found in common places such as window ledges and sliding glass doors. If you have any sweet food out on your counters in your home, this can be a typical place for them to gravitate to.
Flying Ants vs Termites
Before we dive into that, we must know the difference between a flying ant and a termite is. If you are experiencing either of these, you should know which one has infested your home. This is because there are different methods of getting rid of them. There are physical differences between flying ants and termites. Flying ants have larger fore wings from their hind wings, while termites’ wings are the same. They also have a tighter waist than termites. If it is hard to notice the difference in this, check your windowsills. If you see that there are discarded wings that are just lying around, you are dealing with termites.
Getting Rid of Flying Ants
Once you establish what type of insect you are dealing with, you need to know how to get rid of them. It is difficult to find the nests of flying ants. They often love areas that are easy to get into. They will commonly be around moisture and food sources. They also love cold, closed areas that are away from flooding and predators. Their most common predators are birds and lizards to staying out of sight are what they do the best.
One way to get rid of these insects is to get rid of their nest once it is found. Check under bathtubs, rotting tree stumps, wall voids, or even inside old wooden fences. The best way to get rid of a flying ant problem is to call a professional so that they can help find the nesting area and get rid of them. They will always make sure to take preventive measures so that they don’t find their way back.
Preventing Flying Ants
Flying ant prevention is like preventing regular ants. Make sure that you are keeping your kitchen clean. Washing away crumbs and spills that these bugs can be attacked too. They can also be attracted to water. Make sure that you are eliminating water sources and protecting crawl spaces, basements, and attics. Keeping tree branches and shrubs cut back is also important. These can provide homes for flying ants.
Dealing with any type of pest can be a pain to anyone. No matter the type of insect, there is no need for them to be infested in someone’s home. If you are noticing any type of infestation, IMEL professionals are who you need to be contacting. Our exterminators here at IMEL have been trained thoroughly to make sure that they get any job done in the best way possible. We make sure to find their nests, eliminate the problem. If you are needing someone to take a look at a possible infestation of flying ants, or have any other concerning questions, give us a call today. We are all happy to help with any needs necessary!
Different Types of Ticks in Granite City, Il?
The Weather is getting warmer and we are more than thrilled. This means BBQs, longer days, swimming in pools, but also seeing different pests come back out to play. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones ready to get out into the beautiful weather after those long nights of winter. During these warmer months, ticks are out in full capacity and can pose different health risks to not only you and your family but your furry friends as well. These pests can spread diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
If you are unsure about ticks or weren’t aware that they could cause the harm that they do, here are some different tips in spotting them, prevention from bites, and knowing how to get rid of them.
Hard vs Soft Ticks
Something that is commonly addressed with tick sighting is whether the insect is hard or soft. When looking at a “hard” tick. You would see what looks like a plate on their back. This is called their scutum. They are also seen with different mouthparts that are visible even from above. When it comes to a soft tick, they have more of a wrinkled body and do not have a scutum. They also do not show a visible mouth part.
American Dog Ticks
Known as the most common hard tick in the Midwest area, they are named after the constant sightings on dogs. These specific ticks are seen only throughout North America. The American Dog Tick can carry disease, specifically, Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Like many ticks, they are mostly seen during spring and early summer. They preferer grassy areas where they can latch onto pets. Be cautious with these ticks because they can be transferred from your dog to yourself or family members. They are also very resilient.
Brown Dog Ticks
Another commonly seen tick that latches onto dogs is the Brown Dog Tick. They are also named after their preferred victim. These specific insects are hard and survive best in warm, dry conditions. Like the name states, Brown Dog Ticks are brown in color but can also form into a gray or blue when full. These ticks once latched onto dogs will be seen either commonly in their ears or between their tones. They can also carry Rocky Mountain Fever or Babesia.
Blacklegged Deer Ticks
Named for their black legs, these ticks are found all over the Midwest. The Deer tick is again hard. These specific ticks will carry most of the diseases such as Lyme Disease, anaplasmosis, human babesiosis, and more. They are commonly found in grass or shrubs as they wait for their next victim. Commonly, they latch onto outdoor creatures such as skunks, raccoons, and rodents. They are also known to latch onto humans. They love long hair and will crawl mostly up the back of one’s neck.
After knowing some of the most common ticks in the Granite City and Midwest area, there are different ways to prevent them from spreading or even hosting. Wearing long pants and closed-toed shoes while outdoors can be crucial. Especially if you are in wooded areas. There are also many different repellants that you can purchase to wear if being outside. Make sure you are always keeping your grass cut and removing any weeds.
If you have already experienced a tick infestation in your home, do not panic. Call our trusted specialists here at IMEL today and we’ll get the job done.
Insect Control & Bug Bites– Difference in Bugs Troy, IL
As spring and summer approach, so do a variety of different bugs and insects. It’s important that you know the difference between bug types, their bite types, and how to protect yourself. It’s also good to know how to properly medicate or take care of yourself if you happen to be swarmed, bit, or attacked by fleas, ticks, and chiggers. These three bugs are known for their inconvenience, small size, and history of biting.
Below we have broken down the three different bug types, what to look out for, and for bite prevention, insect control, and care advice from our pest control experts.
Fleas are small wingless insects that range in color from dark red to dark brown. They are found in moist environments and are most mobile in warm, humid climates. These pests are known to feed on warm-blooded bodies such as humans and animals. They are very difficult to spot as they are small and quickly bounce around their target.
Fleas have the capability to jump up to 8inches high and 13 inches across. This makes it very easy for them to identify a target and begin feeding. If you are bit by fleas you may start to notice small red, itchy-like spots on the outside of your skin. If you scratch those areas or it becomes irritated, it is likely that the spot will begin to bleed.
Ticks are small orange/brown bugs. They live in low areas such as grass, bushes, shrubs, and other low naturally thriving areas such as gardens. These bugs feed on blood as they need it to survive. They tend to feed on humans, animals such as dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, and more.
When a tick identifies a host, they begin to feed. This can quickly cause irritation, allergic reactions, and can leave remains within the host’s skin. They are considered extremely dangerous as ticks are known to spread and transfer Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.
Chiggers are also known as “red bugs.” They are extremely small insects and can be very difficult to identify. They are commonly found in wooded and grassy areas near a body of water such as a river, pond, or lake. They don’t pose a severe health risk like ticks, but they can leave you suffering from a painful rash if bitten. Chiggers are most likely to bite and feed in late spring, summer, and early stages of fall.
Pest Bite & Insect Control Preventative Actions
Now that you know the difference between these three bug types, here are preventive care tips to ensure that you are prepared and protected.
- Bug repellent containing DEET
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, and keep your toes covered when able
- Treat your pets with SAFE pest repellent products to ensure their safety
- Call our team to spray your yard and home