Since 1979, Gibson Pest Control has been providing pest control across Mills River and the surrounding areas. With warm temperatures year-round and plenty of rainfall, the region attracts more than its fair share of pests, so it’s important to keep an eye out for them. Below, we describe three common pests and the various warning signs they might leave behind; that way, you can hopefully call us in before the infestation becomes serious.
When it comes to outdoor ants, one of the worst is the Argentine ants, since they will kill off ants that eat garden pests. Fire ants are also common, and they can quickly spread from the outdoors to indoors, especially if the ground around your foundation is heavily mulched. Carpenter ants will find their way into the wood structures of your home and nest inside. They don’t eat wood. All ants go for the same kind of food: meat, pet food, honey, and sweets, to name a few.
Apart from the ants themselves, there are few signs to go by during an inspection; carpenter ants, however, will deposit sawdust under the entrance to their nest. They also shed their wings after mating. Let us conduct the inspection, trace any ants back to their nest, and eliminate them.
There are venomous spiders out there, including the black widow and the brown recluse, that one should always watch out for. The brown recluse has a dark violin shape on its upper back and either a tan or brown abdomen, while the black widow has the distinct red hourglass on the underside of its lower abdomen. Both spiders tend to prefer dark, moist places where they’re not disturbed, such as boxes, basements, and closets. They bite when provoked.
Sometimes, spiders may be a sign that there are other insects in your property. While they’re beneficial in that they’ll eat the insects, they may still become a nuisance. There are various ways our team can get rid of spiders, including liquid insecticides and glue traps.
Subterranean termites eat moist or decayed wood, starting off at the foundation and moving up by way of tunnels made from saliva and feces. Every year, they’re responsible for over $5 billion worth of structural damage in the U.S., so be on the lookout for them. Besides their tunnels, which are about the width of a pencil, they leave behind wings and a distinct pattern in the wood they feed on (they feed along the grain and leave the hard spots alone). You have two treatment options: we can spray the perimeter of your property with a termiticide, or we can install a baiting system to slowly but surely kill off the underground colony.
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At Gibson Pest Control, we can serve home and business owners across the Mills River area. We’ll discuss your options for treatment, and if a one-time treatment won’t suffice, we’ll set up service on a quarterly, monthly, or another basis. Give us a call today; after we inspect your property, we’ll present you with a free quote.