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Carpenter ants

Carpenter AntsCarpenter ants are most active in the summer months.  Many people mistake them for swarming termites.  All Seasons Pest Control owners Terry & Wayne Levesque say there are 2 ways to identify if you have carpenter ants or termites.

1.  An ant has segmented body parts or also known as a pinched waist.  A termite has one  solid body part.

2.  The wings of an ant are usually about the same length of the body with the 1st set of wings being much longer than the 2nd set of wings..  The wings of a termite are 2 to 3 times longer than the body with both sets of wings the same length.

Carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do.  They like to move into already damaged wood – dead, damp, moist, decaying or hollow wood.   You can find them in thick mulch, piles of leaves, oak trees, palm trees, hedges, clogged rain gutters, piles of firewood & lumber, under potted plants, trashcans & stepping stones, in pump housing, hollow porch columns or just about anywhere outside that accumulates moisture.  They can also build a nest indoors.  All Seasons Pest Control says they’ve found indoor nests in all kinds of places including attic insulation, wall voids, light fixtures, around dishwasher and even in refrigerator and coffee pot motors.

There are over 1,000 species of carpenter ants varying in color – tannish brown, reddish orange, black or a mixture of these.  They also vary in size from ¼” to ¾” long.  It can be a little difficult to control carpenter ants.  Unless you locate the nests, you will always be battling them.  Carpenter ants will travel up to 300’ away from any given nest.  The main colony, with the queen, is outside and they build satellite nests that are connected to the main colony.  Any nest that is inside is usually just a satellite nest.  It is best to keep your landscaping well groomed, pruned, trimmed, cut or raked to eliminate possible nesting sites.

All Seasons Pest Control offers a One-Time Pest Control Service guaranteed for 30 days or a Once-A-Year+1 Pest Control Service that guarantees against carpenter ants for one full year.  It also covers against all other types of ants, all types of roaches, silverfish, earwigs and ants.  Or you can purchase Do-It-Yourself Products at their store located at 435 W. Main St. in Apopka.  After properly identifying your problem, a product will be chosen (either sprays or baits) and instructions for proper treatment will be given.

Stop by All Seasons Pest Control today or call 407-886-0204.  Here you can identify your insect problem and make an order to be shipped directly to you.  And don’t forget – All Seasons Pest Control is “Home of the Biggest Roach in Apopka”.

Chinch Bug

Give a chinch an inch & they will take your yard!

Don't let your grass look like this.

Chinch Bug damageAs the weather gets warmer, so starts the problems with your lawn.  We are getting into Chinch Bug season, says Wayne Levesque, owner of All Seasons Pest Control, and now is the time to treat your lawn for these lawn damaging insects.

The adult Blissus Insularis Barber, more commonly known as chinch bugs, are one-fifth of an inch long and are black with white wings that are folded over their backs.  The insects mate early in the season when the temperature reaches 70 degrees.  The female lays eggs on roots, stems, leaf sheaths, leaves or other protected places.  Eggs are laid over a 2 to 3 week period, with one female laying as many as 500 eggs.  The young chinch bugs (called nymphs) develop into adults in four to six weeks.  Nymphs are yellow upon hatching but soon turn red and have a light colored band across their abdomens.  Chinch bugs do their damage by inserting their slender beaks into the grass and sucking the juices, releasing a toxin which eventually causes the grass to die.

All Seasons Pest Control advises to inspect your lawn on a regular basis during the summer months.  They thrive in “sunny spots”.  To inspect, slowly run your shoe across the edge of the suspicious area.  If chinch bugs are there, they will crawl across your shoe.  Or you can cut the top and bottom off of a coffee can, insert the can about 2 inches into the soil along the edge of the effected area and fill half way with soapy water.  Wait at least 5 minutes.  If chinch bugs are there, they will come up in the water (along with any other insect that may be in your lawn.)

Last year the entire pest control industry saw a major resistance to insecticide treatments, says All Seasons Pest Control. By the time the problem was discovered it was almost too late, the chinch bugs were in the adult stage and were very difficult to control.  By then, the damage was done. We recommend treating early (later spring, early summer) before or while chinch bugs are in the nymph stage and use a systemic long residual insecticide. We have different products to choose from.

The appearance of your lawn affects the appearance of your home and your home is one of the biggest investments you make. All Seasons Pest Control offers a one time lawn treatment to treat your lawn.  They will use a residual insecticide and give you a 30 Day Guarantee.

If you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer, you can stop by their store. All Seasons Pest Control is located at 435 W. Main St. in Apopka.  You will receive professional advice on which product to use and proper mixing and application techniques. Or you can just call 407-886-0204 if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.

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