KEEP YOUR FOOD SAFE
Ants and roaches are one of the most common pest problems reported. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source.
Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the variety. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Pharaoh ants may transmit serious diseases. A fire ant’s sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals, and all ants contaminate the food they infest.
Ants are one of the most common pest problems reported. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source. Moisture, sweets, and ideal nesting sites attract these pests.
Facts, Identification & Control
Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home:
- Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
- Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
- Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
- Colony size: Colonies can number up to 300,000 to 500,000, and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
- Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
- Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches kill only the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies
A few common ant species
Odorous house ant: These small ants are dark brown to black in color and range from 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch in length. Odorous house ants (also known as sugar ants) are easy to identify. When crushed they emit a distinctive odor that is often described as the smell of rotten coconuts.
Pavement ants: These small ants are brown to black in color and typically 1/8th of an inch in length. Entrances to their underground nests often resemble volcano-like mounds. You can find them between the cracks and crevices of pavement and landscape pavers. In some incidences they will also infest buildings, especially foundations built upon concrete slabs.
Carpenter ants: Carpenter ants are our largest, native ant species. The winged queen ants mature to almost 1 inch in length. This type of ant prefers to make its home in wood that has been previously damaged by water, potentially paving the way to structural damage. Carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not consume wood. Rather they excavate wood to create passageways and chambers for which they build their colonies. Most of the activity from carpenter ants will take place under the cover of darkness. In some cases the only visible indicator of a carpenter ant problem is frass. This is debris discarded from the small exit holes carpenter ants make.
Is the treatment safe?
We put your health and safety first: Every product used by Integrity Pest Solutions LLC has been EPA registered for pest control use. We then follow a strict set of guidelines in every application of product to ensure that no harm will come to your family or pets. Furthermore, our state-accredited training and continuing education programs set us above the rest. All our pest control professionals are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service.
What Types Of Cockroaches Are A Problem in Virginia
Human habitation is associated with 30 of the 4000 species of cockroach in the world, three species in are most prevalent in Virginia. They are the:
- American cockroach (Periplaneta Americana)
- German cockroach (Blattella Germanica)
- Oriental cockroach (Blatta Orientalis)
Integrity Pest Solutions LLC has had great success with the elimination American cockroach, German cockroach and Oriental Asian cockroach. These species differ in the following ways:
- Color: Reddish-Brown
- Distinguishing Marks: Light colored edges to body; wings appear longer than the body
- Length: Quite large at 1 to 1 ½ inches
- Habitat: Prefers warm, moist areas. When located inside homes they are often found in basements, around sewers and around other areas of moisture.
- Color: Light Brown/Tan
- Distinguishing Marks: Dark lengthwise stripes on the head
- Length: Rather small at 1/4 to 5/8 inch
- Habitat: Prefers to live in small cracks and crevices inside kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where moisture is present. When infestations are very bad, they can be found throughout an entire home.
- Color: Dark/Oily Black
- Distinguishing Marks: At first glance appears to be wingless
- Length: Rather large at 1 inch
- Habitat: Prefers dark, moist areas. When they become a problem in homes they are often found near sewer drains, pipes, and wet basements. Under porches, or inside crawl spaces are other places where you might find this type of roach.
The German cockroach is thought to be one of the most invasive species of cockroach known to man. They are the most common species of cockroach found in homes, apartments and food service establishments. They are one of the most challenging pests known to the pest control industry. Found in virtually every type of structure or building where people live or work, they have become quite adept at adapting to ever changing environments. They are skillful hitchhikers, extremely prolific breeders and may tolerate many pest control treatments.
The female German cockroach can carry as many as 40 eggs at a time, producing up to three or four generations in a single year. Singlehandedly, the German cockroach can produce infestations of towering proportions in as little as 3 months.
Why do I have cockroaches?
Both the German cockroach and American cockroach seek similar environments in which to breed. A suitable site will consist very simply of food, water, humidity, warmth and a secure breeding place. The American cockroach prefers to breed in and around underground sewer facilities. They also seek out utility networks from which they may venture out into other buildings. Areas of high humidity are preferred, such as in basements and crawl spaces. German cockroaches are much more likely found moving from place to place in bags, boxes and even on clothing. With both species, it only takes one pregnant female to create an infestation. Cockroach numbers can increase almost exponentially if conditions are favorable.
Cockroaches can carry a range of serious illnesses including:
Cockroach droppings may also lead to some cases of childhood asthma. Cockroaches are rapid breeders and are very resilient. Therefore, it is very important to act quickly to get rid of cockroaches in your home and to prevent them from spreading to your neighbors.
Getting rid of cockroaches in your home can be very difficult and often requires professional treatment.
If you have a recurring problem or a more serious infestation, call Integrity Pest Solutions LLC to get rid of the ants or roaches for you. At Integrity Pest Solutions LLC, our State-licensed technicians understand the habits of each insect species and use that knowledge to develop ELIMINATION program that is best suited for your home and your particular pest problem.
Have an ant problem? Schedule a free estimate. Or Call 804-704-0574
For further advice on how to get rid of ants or to arrange a free inspection by an Integrity Pest Solutions LLC technician, call 804-704-0574.