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Flying Ants or Flying Termites?

Megan Pinneo

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Flying ants are often confused for flying termites. It's an easy mistake to make if you are unsure of what to look for. It can also be helpful in knowing how to treat the problem since nobody wants flying, breeding bugs around the house! Both bug species grow wings in order to breed and are referred to as a "swarmer" but thankfully their anatomy differs quite a bit from each other allowing the distinction easier to identify.

For starters, ant antennae are bent as opposed to termite antennae, which is straight. An ant swarmer's body has a pinched, defined waist as opposed to the thick, straight waist of a termite swarmer. The wings of the ant are often uneven in length, white in color and stacked when spread open. A termite's wings, however, are typically even in length, yellowish in color and separated when spread open. 

If ever you find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of your type of swarmer, give us a call and we will do a complimentary evaluation for you. Make sure to keep a few swarmers or fallen wings in a small, lunch baggy so the inspector can see what your seeing to allow him to make further recommendations.

For additional questions about knowing the difference between flying ants and flying termites, feel free to give us a call at (951) 694-8100.

Here comes the rain

Megan Pinneo

Bringing in the rain.. And the bugs

Ant in the rain

The rain is finally here and with the rain comes the bugs. Ever wonder why after a day of rain you see more worms, slugs, snails, ants, and other pests, it's because they are seeking higher ground. With the rain filling the places where they dwell they evacuate and do not return until the rain has stopped and their dwellings have dried. This is also why you may be seeing them in or around your home more as well. Insects see your home as the perfect spot to hold out till the rain has stopped. Watch out when you open that garage door, you may not be just pulling your car in for the night.

There are some things that you can do to keep them away.

  • Trim back any plants or foliage that may be close to or touching your home.
  • Seal any cracks or openings leading into your home.
  • Clear out any heavy storage in your garage.
  • Call a Pest Control Professional.

Don't be left out in the rain, take a few extra steps to help keep the pests out. Always remember that if you need some help with these creepy crawlers call Black Knight Pest Control 951.694.8100 and we will battle the rain and the bugs so you don't have to.

Stay dry and pest free.

The Brown Widow

Megan Pinneo

Brown Widow Spider

We all know about the black widow spider but did you know that there is also a brown widow spiderBrown widow spiders can be found in Southern California  and actually out number the black widow spider. They are brown, tan and gray covered in a spotted pattern. Like the black widow spider they have a yellowish or bright orange hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. There are dark bands that wrap around their legs, with their front legs longer than the others. Black widows are usually a little larger than the brown widow, and the brown widow spider's bite is also less venomous. You can find brown widows hiding in and around our home in places such as; solid / plastic patio furniture, wood fences and plastic playground equipment. They are not limited to these areas so be sure to keep an eye out.

Think you have a brown widow spider problem? Send Black Knight Termite and Pest Control to help you out with the problem. 951.694.8100. A Pest Control Service may be just what you need. Some one to take care of them and the webs they leave behind, not to mention their eggs!

Scorpions

Megan Pinneo

Scorpion

Beware of Scorpions

During periods of hot weather scorpions are known to enter the home through any cracks or openings that there may be in and around the home. They tend to favor crawl spaces and attics once inside the home. Scorpions are nocturnal therefor can mostly be seen at night. Their diet mostly consists of insects such as crickets, cockroaches and spiders and can survive for months without food as long as they have a water source.

The Sting

As a defense mechanism scorpions are known to sting. If a human is stung by a scorpion they most likely would experience mild symptoms similar to a bee sting. There are some species of scorpions that carry a dangerous venom which can be fatal to humans.

Prevention

If you are concerned about scorpions being a threat to your home you may want to take some precautions to help keep them away. Start by eliminating places around your home where these pests can harbor such as wood piles, trash and debris. If you are storing any firewood on the property make sure that is at least 20ft away from your home. Also, sealing any cracks in and around your home is a must, this will not only keep scorpions out but any other pests that may be wanting to enter your home as well. Be sure that all screens on windows and doors are secure and without and any tears. Last, check that the garage door closes to the ground and there is not an opening for them to crawl in.

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Summer Pests

Megan Pinneo

Summer Pests and Prevention

With the sun and fun summer also brings pests. Pests can be a burden to your family picnic and can over run your home, IF you allow them to. There are things that you can do to help prevent them from taking over. I have put together a list of the 5 most common summer pests and ways to keep them at bay.

Mosquitoes

Mosquito
  • Eliminate standing water sources such as; pet water dishes, bird baths, fountains and any toys that may collect water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

Ants

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  • Eliminate food sources
  • Seal any crack in and around your home
  • Do not leave pet food out
  • Frequently take out trash

Fleas

Flea
  • Keep pets up to date on preventative flea medication
  • Give pets baths frequently
  • Vacuum often

Roaches

Roach
  • Keep a clean home
  • Check boxes and newspapers before bringing them into your home

Flies

Fly
  • Keep doors and windows closed or install a screen
  • Take out trash frequently
  • Seal any open food items

These all seem to be simple enough tasks to do but no matter what tactics you take to try to keep the summer pests at bay it doesn't always work. For the ones that just wont leave you and your home alone give Black Knight Pest Control a call. A Black Knight Professional can come to your home and answer any questions you may have, offer you a free quote and if you would like to start up service that day, he can do that for you too. Don't wait for the summer pest population to grow stop them in there tracks.