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What Is Frass, and How Can I Identify It?

The actual term "frass" dates back to the mid-1800s and comes from a German root word that meant “devouring as a beast does.” Today, frass is a polite technical term for the waste that certain insects excrete. Key among these is the carpenter bee because its frass can serve as a handy indicator that a property has carpenter bees. More important, it can direct homeowners to the exact sites where carpenter bees are nesting. What is a Carpenter Bee? Unlike other members of the bee family like honeybees or bumblebees, carpenter bees tend to be solitary insects. Although they closely resemble a bumblebee, closer inspection will reveal that carpenter bees have yellow downy hairs on the thorax but have a smooth, shiny black abdomen. The other major difference is that while the social bumblebee tends to nest in the ground in a group, each solitary female carpenter bee drills a perfect...
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What Foods Attract Ants?

Ants can invade your property during any time of the year. These small insects often form large colonies after they discover a stable supply of food and water. They often send in a small scout to locate this food supply before reporting back to the colony. The early signs of an ant infestation might include small trails where they dropped some food or even corpses of scouts that might be consumed by other insects. To understand your ant control options, consider the following facts about ants and their food preferences. Take precautions to seal your food in containers that do not leak or allow a scent out into the air. Types of Ants Understanding the different preferences for each type of ant can help you when you are planning your ant-control system. Although there are some additional varieties, most ants will fall under the following three categories: Ants that prefer greasy...
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Fun Facts About Termites

Termites often perform their work on the structure of your home behind the scenes, but there are times when you can see them as they begin to swarm for the first time in the spring season. They usually don't begin to swarm until the weather turns warmer. Most of the termites that leave the nest have wings and will find other termites to mate with, increasing the size of the nest as the eggs hatch over the next few weeks. After termites mate, they leave behind their wings. Most of the time, termites will die once they mate and leave the nest for the first time in the spring. If there are termites underneath your home or in your walls, then you might see the wings of the insects or even the dead bodies that are left behind on the floor, on the washing machine or dryer or on windowsills. Sunlight...
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April Showers Can Lead to Water Damage

April is a month known for large amounts of rain. The grass gets greener, and the flowers begin to bloom because of the rain that falls. However, April showers can also lead to water damage in the yard and even mold in the home. Aside from rain that falls, ice and snow begin to melt as well, which can also result in changes that are seen around the exterior of the home as the gutter system, windows, and the roof experience changes in temperatures in a short time along with the abundance of water. Culverts in the yard can begin to flood and can become clogged if you haven't raked the leaves. Storm drains can also become clogged from too much rain falling at one time. If the culverts and drains have too much water, then the water can begin to flow back through your yard and into your basement or...
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3 Reasons to Take Action Against Termites

Termites won't go away on their own. Once termites infest your home, it takes more than persuasion to make them go away. You'll have to treat them immediately to prevent damage to your home's underlying structure. They will only leave if they no longer have a food source or if you've eliminated them with professional pest control methods. Termites create multiple colonies. A termite colony will start out in one central location. Once they're ready to breed, winged termites leave the nest and search for mates. After breeding, the termites land wherever they are, shed their wings and start new colonies somewhere else around your home. Termites cause billions in damages. Termite infestations cause more damage than natural disasters do in a single year. These pests are always eating away at wooden timbers, creating large tunnels and expanding their colony deep inside the structures. They attack at the foundation level and...
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