Farragut is a flourishing suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee, with a beautiful hilly landscape. However, with the Tennessee River to the south and Blackoak Ridge to the north, pests are all around. Making the pest situation worse is above-average humidity throughout the day. Dayton’s Pest Control can help residents exterminate and prevent ants, bed bugs and termites from disrupting their lives.
Ants are mainly active in warm weather. Their small, segmented bodies allow them to enter homes under doors and windowsills. They usually invade kitchens in search of food. When they find a good food source, they like to build their colonies nearby.
Odorous house ants are more annoying than harmful. Although, the waste that they leave behind can contaminate food. They can measure from one-sixteenth to one-eighth of an inch, and they’re usually black or brown. A colony of odorous house ants can have up to 100,000 members.
With a larger size of up to five-eighths of an inch, carpenter ants are more of a concern. Ranging from black to red in color, these ants build their nests in wood. When they decide to colonize in homes, they can cause massive amounts of damage as they tunnel their way through the wood structures. Contrary to popular belief, however, they don’t actually eat the wood. Instead, their diet consists of fats, meats, sugary items, and dead or living insects. A carpenter ant colony can have more than 2,000 worker ants.
These insects are named bed bugs because they tend to live in beds. However, they can hide in any small crevices near humans, such as couches, wall molding, carpets and picture frames. Bed bugs have flat, oval bodies that are rusty to mahogany brown in color. They can swell up to one-fourth of an inch and turn red after feeding.
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, so they stay tucked away during the day. They emerge at night to feed on humans or other warm-blooded animals. Humans are the most common target, however, because there’s more exposed skin to bite. The biggest problem with this is that their bites can leave behind itchy, red welts.
Termites are considered silent destroyers because they eat plant-based fabrics and wood. In fact, they cause billions of dollars in property damage every year. Formosan and subterranean termites are the most destructive species. Formosan colonies can extend for up to 300 feet and consist of tens of thousands of members. However, subterranean colonies can be larger, consisting of up to 2 million members.
Although similar in appearance to ants, termites have some identifiers that make them easy to tell apart. They have straight antennae and non-segmented bodies that are long and narrow. Formosan termites are yellowish brown, and subterranean termites are creamy brown. Before they find a place to colonize, they have two sets of wings that are equal in length. They shed these wings when they begin to build a nest.
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