Dandridge, TN Pest Control
The climate in Dandridge, Tennessee, is attractive to not just people. Insects such as termites, ants, cockroaches and bed bugs thrive in the temperate climate. Warm summers provide suitable temperatures for breeding and nesting. Winter temperatures are often below freezing, driving rodents and insects indoors. There are several common-sense ways to keep unwanted critters from invading your home. However, when infestations occur no matter how diligent you are, it may be time to call a professional pest control and extermination service. Dayton's Pest Control serves communities around Knoxville, including Jefferson County and the town of Dandridge.
Termites cause more than $5 billion in damage to property each year in the U.S. These small insects live in colonies and build extensive subterranean tunnels that link nests with food. You may not know that you have termites until damage has occurred. A homeowner with termite damage spends an average of $3,000 for repairs. Dandridge lies in a moderate to heavy subterranean termite probability zone as defined by the U.S. Forest Service.
Termites need several environmental conditions to thrive including access to food and water. Although wooden homes in Dandridge are attractive food for termites, these insects can penetrate metal siding, plaster and brick mortar. Once inside, they consume wooden elements of a home including rafters and beams, joists, flooring and furniture. You can look for tell-tale signs of termites such as insect parts or wings near windows and doors, visible mud tunnels or wooden elements that appear to have water damage. Both subterranean and Formosan termites are present in Dandridge.
Of the more than 12,000 ant species in the world, Tennessee is home to four main types of ants: fire ants, carpenter ants, little black ants and odorous ants. Although ants do not generally carry or spread disease, some types such as the carpenter ant can damage property. Others, like the fire ant, are aggressive and sting. People allergic to the venom may require medical treatment. Both fire ants and carpenter ants are difficult to control.
Fire ants breed in large colonies in the ground. A typical nest can contain up to 500,000 insects. Carpenter ants live in old tree stumps or other sources of decayed wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood. Instead, they tunnel through wood from their nests to find food. Although carpenter ants are not aggressive, they can bite if threatened.
Bed bugs are a nuisance throughout the world and easily travel with unsuspecting hosts in luggage, clothing and bedding. Once established, bed bugs are difficult to get rid of. They burrow down into upholstery and bedding, surfacing to feed on warm-blooded animals such as humans and pets.
When to Call a Professional Pest Control Service
Infestation of any pest requires specific knowledge about the pest to get rid of them. Dayton's Pest Control goes through a multi-step process of identifying the pest, finding the nesting place, identifying sources of food and points of entry into your building and eradicating the unwanted critters. Technicians do a thorough evaluation of the entire property and make recommendations for treatment that will get rid of your pest problem. If you think you have ants, bed bugs, termites or other pests, call 865-622-8001 for a free estimate today.