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Signs You Have Termites | Louisiana termite Control Experts

Do you have termites? Louisiana termite Control Experts

Louisiana termite Control

Termites are known as “silent destroyers” due to their constant gnawing and ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Termites can feed 24-hours a day, seven days a week and according to the NPMA, cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year – an expense typically not covered by homeowners insurance.

J&J Exterminating offers the following signs that termites may be present in a home:

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home.
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped.
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint.
  5. Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home or swarmers themselves, which are often mistaken for flying ants.

Homeowners who notice signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan

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Spider Control Tips from J&J Exterminating

Spider Control Tips from J&J Exterminating

  • Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
  • Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.
  • Store clothing inside plastic containers and check shoes before putting them on, as spiders often hide in these items.
  • If you suspect that a spider has bitten you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice.
  • If you have a spider infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional.

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An Invasive Ant Species Is Spreading In The US Where It Infests Homes And Buildings

An invasive ant species known as Brachymyrmex patagonicus, commonly known as the dark rover ant, was first found within sawdust from a recently removed oak tree in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana back in 1976. Since then this species has established colonies along the Gulf Coast region. These ants have become abundant within the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, but smaller populations exist within other nearby states. These ants are known for infesting structures in large numbers. Common structures where these ants are found include homes, businesses and hospitals. The dark rover ant is a pest to both natural and man made environments. Natural environments where these ants can be found include pine forests, beaches, prairies, and mixed forests. These ants are often found within landscaping mulch, which has enabled their spread into new regions and has allowed them to gain quick access into homes, where their pest activity is particular significant.

Most rover ant colonies in the US are found within or near human populated areas, especially recreational sites. Infestations have been found within state parks, restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations. Like all invasive habitats, rover ant habitats are quickly repopulated after being cleared by pest control professionals. These ants have also been found sharing habitats with red imported fire ants. In many cases, red imported fire ant colonies are situated next to rover ant colonies within the US. When it comes to home infestations of rover ants, colonies are found within kitchens, behind walls, bathrooms, light sockets and electrical outlets and beneath shingles. For the past few years, the Mississippi extension office has received more calls in reference to rover ants than all other ants combined. Luckily, rover ants do not cause structural damage and they do not inflict bites to humans, but infestations are difficult to remove from structures, and they gravitate toward sweet foods stored within kitchen cupboards.

Have you ever experienced an ant infestation within your home?

Why Is An Invasive Cockroach Species In The US Displacing Native Cockroach Species At An Unusually Rapid Rate?

Back in 1978, an invasive cockroach species was discovered at the Sharpe army depot in California. This species is known as the Turkestan cockroach, and since its discovery in the US in 1978, these cockroaches have been slowly displacing oriental cockroach populations in the southwest. Lately, Turkestan cockroach populations have been growing at an unprecedented rate within the southwest US, and many people are blaming the internet.

The Turkestan cockroach is often purchased online by people who keep a pet snake, as this cockroach species has become popular as a go-to form of food for pet snakes. The rapid spread of the Turkestan cockroach has been blamed on people who buy the insects online, as it is widely believed that the high Turkestan roach population in the southwest is due to specimens being sent to the region through the mail by snake food vendors. However, this is not the reason for the cockroaches’ spread across the southwest; instead, researchers with the University of California in Riverside believe that frequent military campaigns in the middle east and Asia have brought this cockroach species to the United States. This scenario seems likely considering that the first specimen found in the US was taken from a military base. After this initial discovery, more Turkestan roaches were discovered at other military bases, such as Ft. Bliss in El Paso. Since then, this cockroach has spread rapidly, displacing established populations of oriental cockroaches. Entomologist Michael K. Rust claims that the Turkestan cockroach is outcompeting oriental cockroaches within their own habitat. But the primary factor behind this cockroaches’ spread is its ability to reproduce at rapid rates. However, Rust claimed to be surprised upon finding that Turkestan roaches are widely available for purchase online, and he believes that the sale of these cockroaches could accelerate their spread if the specimens are not handled correctly. These cockroaches are common pests in homes and buildings in the southwest US.

Have you ever heard of a Turkestan cockroach?

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