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4 Reasons Why Argentine Ants Are in Your House

  • By Admin
  • 07 Nov, 2018

California is home to around 270 species of ants. Most of these ants don't enter homes or become serious household pests. However, the Argentine ant has spread throughout coastal and urban areas of California, and Argentine ants will enter homes.

The 1/8-inch long, dull brown Argentine ants can easily slip into cracks and crevices around your home. You may find trails and swarms of the pests in your kitchen, near pet-food bowls, and around trash storage areas. Here are four reasons why Argentine ants may be entering your home.

1. Argentine Ants Expand Their Colonies

Argentine ants are ranked as one of the world's top 100 invasive animals. The ants continually expand their range. Argentine ants displace native ants and disrupt local wildlife-based food chains with the same relentless vigor they use to invade human structures.

Argentine ants have the following advantages:

  • Multiple queens co-exist in each colony
  • Workers tend aphids and mealybugs for honeydew
  • Colonies reduce beneficial parasite populations
  • Ants exhibit low aggression between colonies
  • No specific enemies have been identified

Because Argentine ants form cooperative arrangements with other colonies of the same species, the ants can rapidly take over a backyard or garden patch. Once the ants come inside your home, the colonies can rapidly spread throughout the structure.

2. Argentine Ants Escape Dry Heat

Argentine ants need warmth and moisture to feel cozy. The species are native to northern Argentina, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. In their search for warm places to colonize, Argentine ants have now invaded most of the areas in the world that have mild winters and Mediterranean climates.

In California, virtually all of the Argentine ants along the state's coast are thought to be part of one massive super-colony of insects. While the ants appreciate the warm coastal temperatures, they also need lots of humidity to keep their mega-colonies going.

When California dries out along the coastal and urban areas, Argentine ants slip inside buildings to quench their thirst. If you have any leaks, drips, heavy condensation, or puddles full of water around your place, the ants will move in and take advantage of the free hydration.

3. Argentine Ants Exploit Easy Access

If Argentine ants have taken over your home, you've somehow provided them with easy access to your domain. Since the Argentine ant adores wet soil, rotting wood, and potted or wild plants, remove these temptations from around your foundation.

The following materials should be no less than one foot from direct contact with your home:

  • Wood chips
  • Bark mulch
  • Compost heap
  • Grass
  • Soil
  • Organic mulch

Install pea gravel, river rock, or a cement barrier next to your crawl space or foundation. The barrier will deter Argentine ants from burrowing under soil to reach your home's interior. Caulk all cracks and crevices where the ants could make their way inside. Your pest-control professional can show you where your home's vulnerable spots are located.

4. You Haven't Let the Pros Handle the Invaders

You won't have much luck spraying the inside of your home yourself with pesticides. Argentine ants can live under soil where the sprays don't reach. You may kill part of the colony, but more foragers will return to raid your pantry.

Spraying pesticides outdoors to control Argentine ants is not advised, either. The insecticides lose their potency after being exposed to the outdoors for a short time.

Bait stations are one of the most effective control methods used to eliminate Argentine ants from human structures. However, bait stations must be maintained to control Argentine ants. If the bait stations are allowed to dry up, the ants won't be attracted to them.

Your pest-control company will monitor and adjust bait stations to eliminate and control Argentine ants, so you don't have to maintain or touch the pesticides. Your pest-control technician can offer additional proven methods to control Argentine ants and other invasive ant species.

If Argentine or other ants are taking over your living spaces in Sacramento, contact Jones Bros. Pest Control, Inc., today for a complete inspection and home ant treatment that works.

By admin 10 Dec, 2018

While you welcome your pets into your home, you certainly do not want other animals, like rats and cockroaches, to take up residence in your abode. As a pet owner, however, you’ll have to adhere to some specific tips and guidelines if you want to keep pests at bay while also keeping your own pets safe and happy.

1. Choose Your Dog Door Carefully

Having a dog door can make caring for your dog so much easier, but you don't want rats or raccoons to follow your dog in at night. Thankfully, you can easily prevent this.

Choose a dog door that seals tightly. This will prevent scents from leaking outside around the flap, so rodents won't be attracted to it. Also, choose a flap made from opaque material so the light does not shine through it. This will keep bugs, which are notorious for loving light, from entering through the dog door.

2. Keep Pet Food Cleaned Up

Especially in areas where cockroaches and rodents are common, make sure you feed your pet meals instead of just leaving food out all of the time. Left unattended, a bowl of uneaten dog food can be very appealing to pests. Pick up anything your pet does not eat within an hour. Also, make sure you sweep up any fallen food bits around the bowl.

3. Don't Feed Your Pets Outside

Avoid feeding cats and dogs outside, as any food left behind may attract pests. Once the pests have settled in your yard, they do not have to travel far to enter your actual home. If you notice strays around your home, contact your local shelter rather than feeding them — and potential pests — yourself.

4. Let Professionals Handle the Pesticides

Applying pesticides is tricky when you have a pet. You need to choose pesticides that are safe for your animals or make absolutely certain that the chemicals are not in areas your pet may come into contact with. The best way to handle this is to leave it to the professionals.

Knowledgeable pest control experts know how and where to apply pesticides without putting your pets at risk. They may request that you temporarily remove your pets from the home, and they'll tell you when it is safe to return.

4. Give Your Pet Regular Flea Treatments

Fleas are a nightmare to get rid of once they enter your home. Their eggs and larvae can linger in the carpet for months, hatching and re-infesting your animals. It's far easier to prevent a flea infestation in the first place.

Ask your vet to recommend a good flea-prevention treatment. These include both topical and oral options. Many repel ticks as well as fleas. Since fleas spread tapeworm, regular flea treatments will also protect your pets from worms.

6. Wash Pet Bedding Often

The odor of unwashed pet bedding may attract roaches and other insects. Pets may also hide pieces of food or treats in their bed, which is attractive to pests of all types.

You should launder your pet's bedding once a week. If your pet has sensitive skin, use a scent-free laundry detergent to reduce flare-ups. If you notice any bugs in or around the pet bed, clean the area well. If the problem persists, contact a pest control company — and also your vet if you suspect the bugs are fleas.

It is possible to keep your home pest-free when you have pets; you just have to pay attention to details. Contact Jones Bros. Pest Control, Inc. , for all of your pets control needs. We're experts at dealing with rats, ants, and other pests.

By Admin 07 Nov, 2018

California is home to around 270 species of ants. Most of these ants don't enter homes or become serious household pests. However, the Argentine ant has spread throughout coastal and urban areas of California, and Argentine ants will  enter homes.

The 1/8-inch long, dull brown Argentine ants can easily slip into cracks and crevices around your home. You may find trails and swarms of the pests in your kitchen, near pet-food bowls, and around trash storage areas. Here are four reasons why Argentine ants may be entering your home.

By Admin 10 Oct, 2018

A silverfish is surprisingly actually an insect rather than a fish. Their long and skinny bodies are silver or metallic in color with two antennas. They slither around and can infest your home in no time at all.

Silverfish will not harm a human, but they are still a nuisance. Silverfish feed on paper or cardboard, as well as clothing. They like moist areas in your home such as the bathroom or basement.

If you have spotted a silverfish in your home, there's a pretty good chance you have more than just that one. Get rid of these pests by following the tips below.

Decrease Humidity

Since these bugs like moist areas, try to get rid of the humidity in the air, especially in basements. Use a dehumidifier to dry up this portion of your home. If your entire house is humid, run your air conditioner to help dehumidify, or use a whole-house dehumidifier.

Repair Leaky Faucets

Moisture in the air is one thing, but if you have a leak creating a moist environment, you need to repair it. Whether it's a leaky faucet, tub, or drain pipe, make the necessary repair to prevent moisture that can attract not only silverfish, but other pests as well, such as rodents, roaches, and ants.

Clear Out Clutter

If you have old magazines laying around, junk mail piles, boxes of newspaper, or boxes of clothing sitting around, it's time to clear this clutter out. This type of clutter can be housing other pests (roaches, ants, rodents, and spiders) in addition to silverfish.

Clear this clutter from your home and stop feeding (or housing) silverfish and these other pests as well. If you want to hold onto some of these belongings, be sure to keep them in a plastic container that can be sealed tightly.

Seal Your Home

Silverfish enter your home from outside. To protect your home against pests you need to do a thorough check and seal up entry points where pests may be getting inside.

Foundation cracks or tiny gaps around your windows or doors can be an entrance for these pests. Seal these areas using caulk or silicone. Replace door and window seals to further seal these areas as well.

Do an inspection of your home each season to ensure your home is protected against pest infestations. Preventing infestations is easier than eliminating pests once they’ve infested your home.

Kill the Pests 

Kill any silverfish you spot by smashing them with a paper towel (or a shoe). You probably aren't going to spot the entire colony of silverfish, so you'll have to get a little tricky. Try these tips to get rid of the silverfish infestation.

  • Spray the perimeter. Using a pesticide in your home may not be something you want to do, but it is effective. Spray the inside perimeter and the dark, damp spaces of your home with a pesticide. You can also spray the exterior of your home with the pesticide.
  • Sprinkle natural pesticides. A natural alternative to a commercial pesticide is to use diatomaceous earth around your home. It will get rid of silverfish and other insects as well.
  • Set traps. Check your local hardware store for traps you can use to kill silverfish and set them wherever you've spotted them.

Silverfish are a lot like roaches, in that they do most of their work at night or in the dark. They scatter in the light, so it may be difficult to spot a large portion of these pests.

If you think you have a silverfish infestation, or you have any type of pest problem, call Jones Bros. Pest Control, Inc.  for help.

By Admin 15 Aug, 2018

As summer temperatures begin to dip into cooler fall weather and the days get shorter, instinct drives rodents to start the hunt for a warm place to spend the winter — even in areas that don't regularly experience hard freezes.

The bad news is that, sometimes, rodents decide that your home is the coziest place to wait out the cold and food-scarce winter months. With a cupboard full of food and consistent heat, your house looks like a four-star hotel to these pests.

Luckily, you don't have to roll out the welcome mat for rodents. With a little preparation in late summer or early fall, you can seal your home against furry intruders and drive them to seek shelter elsewhere.

Assess the Perimeter

When you have some spare time, take a walk around your house. Check for cracks in your foundation, missing bricks, open utility pipes, cracks in the dryer vent hose, and windows and doors that don't quite seal. If you find cracks, call a professional to fix them or seal them yourself with caulk made from silicone.

Larger openings can be filled with steel wool because the rough texture repels rodents — they don't like the way it feels as they try to slide by it. Replace leaky windows and seal openings in the side or bottom of your door. Make this an annual practice that not only will seal your house from cold winter drafts that can increase your energy costs, but will seal your home off from rodents looking for a nest.

Don't leave any crack unsealed. Remember that a small rodent can squeeze through a hole as small as the diameter of a quarter.

Include a roof check in your perimeter assessment. Look for missing shingles or broken attic vents. If a rodent makes its way into your attic, you might end up with a tenant for life. Rodents love attics because they're warm and relatively free of human intruders.

Check Your Wood Pile

If you're one of the lucky ones who has a fireplace, fight the urge to keep your woodpile conveniently close to the backdoor. You may not want to leave your cozy living room and walk across the yard to grab another log for the fire, but if you keep a wood pile nearby, you might be playing host to a family of rodents.

Rodents regularly make their homes in wood piles, and if you leave your door open while you lean outside to grab a log off the pile, a rodent could scurry right in. Keep your woodpile far away from your door, making it less likely that a rodent living in it would move inside your house.

Be Inhospitable

If a rodent does make its way into your home, give it a reason to move right out again by taking away food sources. Wipe your counter of crumbs every night. Clean under appliances where crumbs can hide. Tightly seal open containers of food in plastic or glass containers in your cupboard. Store your snack supply from the big box store in a plastic tub.

Often, people overlook their pet's food bowl as a rodent food source. Be sure to keep your pet's food in a sealed container rather than storing it in an open bag. Consider purchasing a food bowl that's slightly elevated so that pests can't easily access it, and never leave a full bowl of pet food out overnight.

Even with all of these tips, a rodent could still take up residence in your home. But you don't have to live with that unwanted roommate! Contact  Jones Bros Pest Control, Inc., for a free quote, and we'll quickly deal with your furry winter guest.

By admin 02 Jul, 2018

When most people think about pests, they think about indoor pests such as roaches, ants, and silverfish. However, there are many insects that cause damage to your landscape and yard, too. These exterior pests may not contaminate your food or leave odors in your basement, but they are every bit as annoying. Below, you will learn the basics about five common outdoor pests.

1. Oakworms

Oak trees are gorgeous and majestic, but they may also attract a pest known as the oakworm. These small, yellow-green caterpillars turn black as they grow older. They appear on the tree in the spring, feeding on its leaves and causing defoliation.

If you want your oak tree to remain lush and leafy, you must catch an oakworm infestation early. Have a pest control company inject your oak tree's trunk with pesticides. The tree will circulate the pesticides through the leaves, killing caterpillars as they feed.

2. Fruit Tree Leaf Rollers

Several varieties of moths lay their eggs on fruit tree leaves. When these eggs hatch, they develop into caterpillars that feed on the leaves. Like oakworms, the moth larvae can cause extensive defoliation if allowed to feed unchecked. A fruit tree that loses its leaves is unlikely to produce a good fruit crop.

Fighting fruit tree leaf rollers requires a comprehensive approach. Have the tree sprayed with insecticides as soon as you notice the caterpillars. The next spring, check the tree early for egg masses, removing any that you find before they have a chance to hatch.

3. Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees don’t sting and they are important pollinators for a number of plants, so they might seem harmless. Unfortunately, they can cause a lot of damage to a fence or deck when they burrow into the wood to build a nest.

A carpenter bee's tunnel may look small because the opening is small, but given enough time, the bee will build an extensive tunnel stretching through the length of a wood beam. This weakens the wood, making it increasingly prone to cracking and decay.

To get rid of wood bees, you must treat each tunnel with insecticide. Dust-type insecticides are generally the easiest to apply. Once the bees are dead, you must fill the tunnels with wood paste or caulk to prevent other bees from taking up residence inside of them.

4. Gall Mites

Gall mites are tiny insects that feed on a plant's leaves. You may not see the mites themselves, but you will see the galls, or raised bumps, that they cause. These bumps appear as the plant reacts to the presence of the mites' saliva.

The damage caused by gall mites is mostly cosmetic, so control of the mites is not required. However, if you are bothered by the appearance of the galls, you can have the most affected leaves removed, which will help keep the mites from spreading.

5. Aphids

Aphids are small, barely visible insects with pear-shaped bodies. Some species are black, while others are brown, yellow, or green. They live on and feed on the leaves of plants such as cabbage, potatoes, melons, apples, and tomatoes. Aphid damage often causes leaves to curl up and turn yellow.

The best way to remove aphids is often to spray the plant with water, which knocks the insects off the leaves and leaves them unable to find their way back. For more serious infestations, insecticide sprays are effective. Planting garlic and chives in your garden helps keep aphids away.

All of these pests have one thing in common: the sooner you take action, the easier they are to get rid of. If you notice any of these pests invading your garden or yard, give the experts at Jones Bros. Pest Control, Inc.  a call. We offer a wide range of pest control services to keep your home and land in great shape.

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