5 Spring Pests to Watch Out For

The kids are already buzzing about summer vacation. Unfortunately, so are pests! Which bugs are buzzing around the house this spring? Keep an eye out for infestations of these pests.

5 Pests to Watch for This Spring in Acworth:

  1. Carpenter bees. You can prevent most carpenter bee infestations by painting over exposed wooden surfaces. But what do you do when carpenter bees invade your home? Call Protect All Pest Control, of course!
  2. Termites. If sawdust trails don’t lead to perfectly round holes, you may be dealing with a termite problem instead of carpenter bees. Keep an eye out for swarmers, but don’t wait to call a termite control service. A subterranean termite colony can eat about a pound of wood a day, and they never stop eating. Termite damage adds up fast.
  3. Ants. In summertime, the ants go marching by the thousands. And while black ants are merely a nuisance, fire ants pack a serious sting. Bid adieu to all varieties by calling our team for ant control in Acworth.
  4. pest control AcworthMoles. You know that old saying, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill”? Well if you ignore a molehill, it can turn into a mountain of a problem! Moles help out in the garden by eating underground pests, but they also tunnel through the yard, which causes more harm than good. Luckily for your garden, Protect All Pest Control is on the job.
  5. Snakes. Atlantans are sharing snake sightings across social media, but we prefer to nip this problem in the bud before you find snakes slithering through your yard. Call us to install a snake barrier around your home.

Acworth Pest Control’s Buzz on Carpenter Bees

Spring has arrived. The birds are singing, honey bees are buzzing, and . . . why is there sawdust on the porch? Termites aren’t the only pests who burrow into wooden rafters, railings, and trim. Carpenter bees damage wood by burrowing in to lay their eggs. Even worse? Woodpeckers love snacking on these bugs, and they’ll peck apart your home to get to them.

5 Signs of a Carpenter Bee Problem

  1. pest control companies AcworthYou see large bees that are mostly black. Carpenter bees look like bumblebees, but they don’t have the yellow markings on their abdomens.
  2. Bees buzz around looking ready to attack. Male carpenter bees act aggressive if you get too close (don’t worry, they don’t have a stinger). Female carpenter bees are less aggressive, but may sting if you touch them.
  3. You find piles of sawdust and see bees. You can breathe a sigh of relief: those piles of sawdust might not indicate a termite problem. Carpenter bees burrow into wood, although they don’t eat the pulp.
  4. You see wood with perfectly round holes. Female carpenter bees may destroy your property, but they’ll make sure they look good doing it. Carpenter bee holes appear in unpainted wood, often high up in the eaves, and are smooth and deep so the bees can lay their eggs and rear their young. Look for holes with a half inch diameter.
  5. The wood makes noise. If you listen closely, you can usually hear carpenter bees at work inside the wood.

You can deter carpenter bees from taking up residence by painting or staining wooden surfaces. Does your home already have a carpenter bee infestation? Call Protect All Pest Control.

Not Your Favorite Carpenter

When most people thinking about insects damaging the wood in their home, they only think about termites, but who’s looking out for black carpenter ants?

Black Carpenter Antspest control Acworth GA

All species of carpenter ants attack wood has been or is we and damaged by mold. Black carpenter ants first invade wet, decayed wood then often begin building paths through dry, undamaged wood. They usually enter buildings through cracks around windows and doors or through wire holes. Don’t put it past them to get creative either. They’ll also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs or even tree limbs that touch the building above the ground.

Their Habitat

While your home’s wood might be their meal choice, they prefer to build their nest outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a constant water source to survive. They enter the home through wet damaged wood. If they gain entry to a structure with suitable and tasty wood, they will expand their nest and become a property threat.

If you notice black carpenter ants in your home, contact the professional immediately to discuss a proper course of control.