Ants are one of the most common and numerous pests that can infiltrate not only your lawn, but your trees, your outdoors supplies and every room in your home or business. With over 12,000 species of ants worldwide, they are known for burrowing into any type of dark, dense area (lumber, floorboards, walls and insulation), where they create colonies that can easily number in the thousands.
Termites distribute new colonies much the same way as ants do: by releasing flying “swarmers” that distribute across the land, mate in pairs and create colonies within such platforms as tree stumps, lumber and the walls of buildings. Their colonization causes the destruction of their surroundings and the weakening of foundations and structures.
While spiders may not destroy your property’s structures, they are another pest that should not be taken lightly. They are constantly searching for the best places to weave their webs, which could lead to contamination if they were to walk across food or other personable items. If they are walking across a person and feel they have met a threat, they will bite.
However, not all spiders will bite, and not all spiders that do bite produce venom that could prove lethal. Nevertheless, it is best to be safe during any situation. If you feel that you have been bitten by a spider (bite marks can be as large as several inches across), don’t hesitate to contact your physician or a medical facility immediately.
Fleas are among the leading disease carriers and travel by house pets, especially dogs and cats, that are let outdoors for relief. A single female flea can lay up to 18 eggs a day. Fleas may originally seem unaffected by house treatments; however, once the pupae emerge from their cocoons into their adult form, they will be susceptible to the products. Regular vacuuming can increase the speed of this process.
Though wasps do not traditionally invade the inside of a home, they will create their nests, paper combs, near openings and access points. The most preferred areas to secure a nest are from horizontal platforms, including porches, window sills, awnings, crawlspaces and even outdoor grills. Wasp nests can have up to 100 workers in a single location. It is best to treat the wasps first before knocking down their nests.
Hornets behave much like wasps and will create paper nests made from wooden materials from surrounding lumber and even parts of nearby buildings. However, they are much more aggressive and will sting anyone they believe might attack their colony. These attacks are often triggered by loud noises from such machinery as lawnmowers and leaf blowers.
Wood bees, more commonly known as carpenter bees, are named for the fact that they make their homes in wooden structures: trees, dead logs and even lumber. They are docile and will not sting unless grabbed or severely threatened. Their digging into wood, creating nests that can be over 12 inches in width, can cause a poor appearance in the building.
Wood bees are often confused with bumblebees. One way to tell the difference is that wood bees have a shiny, metallic thorax, while bumblebees are covered in dense hair.