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Black Knight Termite and Pest Control owners have been residing in and serving the Temecula and Murrieta area for over 20 years.  Their goal is to provide customers with the best quality service through their expertise and professionalism.  They are committed to providing on-time service, competitive rates and thorough inspection

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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.

House VS. Mouse

Megan Pinneo

Types of Rodents

There are three common types of Rodents that can be identified by a Professional through a Pest Inspection.

House Mouse

  • Dusty Gray in color.
  • Range from 2.5 -4 inches in length.
  • Dwell in cluttered areas, such as closets.
  • Feeds on cereal, nuts, and seeds.
House Mouse

House Mouse

Norway Rat

  • Aka Brown Rat is grayish/ brown in color.
  • Range from 7- 10 inches in length.
  • Borrow in soil, found in sewers, basements and lower portions of homes.
  • Feed on cockroaches, seeds, fruits, meats, grains and shrimp.
Norway Rat

Norway Rat

Roof Rats

  • Black to brownish/ gray in color.
  • Range from 7- 10 inches in length.
  • Found in upper portions of homes such as attics and ceilings.
  • Consume fruits, meats, seeds and eggs.
Roof Rat

Roof Rat

Rodent Damage

Rodents harbor and transport parasites such as Salmonella, Lyme Disease and Hantavirus, none of which you want a loved one or yourself to contract.  In addition to the harboring of diseases Mice also can cause costly damage to your home.  Mice can chew through electrical wiring, wood work and insulation.  There are three most common types of Mice that can be identified through a Pest Inspection.

Rodent Runway

The Runway is not just for Models they are used by Rats as well. Runways are repeated pathways used by Rats.  When looking for these Runways things you may look for are; grease marks along the walls from the Rodent's hair, fecal matter or urine may also be along the pathway. In addition use your ears and listen for the constant squeaks, chewing, and digging of these damage causing Pests.

At Black Knight Pest Control there are several options that are available in Rodent Control. Ask about Tree Wraps and Rodent Exclusions today!