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Ants, Spiders, Termites & More

We use eco-friendly products to protect home owners from ongoing infestations by ants, cockroaches, wasps and more. Ants can create hiding and nesting locations in and around your home. Read More…

They nest in and around landscaping barriers and even under concrete slabs. Ants will enter the home through doors, windows and cracks in the slab. Spiders are one of earth’s creepiest creatures. Although most spiders are simply a nuisance, some can poison a person who is unlucky enough to suffer a spider bite. We treat where spiders live and breed to protect you and your home.

 

 

 

Ants

Ants like other house pest become active, as the weather gets warmer. There are as many as 20 varieties of ants that can attack your house. They not only attack your food but the woodwork in your house as well. Ants are the toughest house pests.

Carpenter ants are the ones that cause the most damage. They come in different colors- black, reddish, brownish and sometimes a combination of these colors. These ants flock inside the house. If you find lines of ants inside your house, be sure that there is a nest in your house too. Ants do not eat wood but make their nests in the woodwork. If you tap the woodwork that the ants are entering it will sound hollow, as they have eaten into it. The normally enter the woodwork from where it is damp. Ensure that there are no leaks in the house that can dampen the woodwork. If you have trees around your house, see to it that the branches do not touch the house, as carpenter ants can gain access to the house from these branches.

The other variety of ant, that commonly infest the house, are the smaller variety often called sugar ants. These ants eat sweets and oil and normally infest the kitchen. To prevent them from attacking your kitchen keep all the food in containers, clean the countertop at regular intervals and empty the garbage can regularly. Keep you pet’s food dishes clean as well as they will infest it too. The best way to eliminate these ants is to eliminate any source of their food.

Roaches

Though the cockroach is the hardiest of all the house pests, cleanliness and good sanitation in homes, has reduced their menace. Roaches are active in the night. If you spot any in the daytime, in your kitchen, it means the kitchen is infested with roaches. Cockroaches damage the health of the family member by spreading germs.

To prevent cockroaches from entering your house, seal all the gaps that can allow them access, to your home from outside. Do not leave anything that it can feed on in the open. Though this is a difficult task as they eat almost anything and everything.

Bees

These insects have a nasty sting that can land you in hospital if you are attacked by a whole swarm of them. These insects can damage your woodwork as well. Carpenter bees are the ones that will tunnel into the unfinished woodwork in your house. They build their nest in spring; the female has the sting and drills the hole for the nest. If you find a hole with a diameter of about a finger, with sawdust beneath it, then you have found the nest. To prevent these bees from nesting in your woodwork apply a coat of paint on the wood.

All the home pest insects listed above, except for the cockroach, cause damage to the structure of your house. As warmer weather approaches inspect your house carefully and look for telltale signs of infestation. Take precautionary measures anyway. If there is an infestation and you cannot deal with yourself engage a professional pest controller.

Spiders

  1. Types
    • New Mexico is home to the pillbug spider, a scary-looking spider that is quite harmless if left alone, as are all spiders. The pillbug spider is interested only in catching and eating the small pillbugs that it follows around. They can be found under lumber and wood where it is moist. The cellar spider is responsible for most of the cobwebs that are in the basement and around the house. They are long-legged and pose no threat.

    Function

    • A spider found throughout New Mexico and the rest of the U.S. is the funnel-weaver, which hangs out in garages, yards, fences and other spots. These spiders construct a flat web with a funnel shaped “house” on one end. Once prey makes it way into the web, the funnel-weaver comes out and attacks. They are most active during the nighttime hours.

    Benefits

    • Most New Mexican spiders are skilled hunters. The wolf spider is one such species. They can grow to be very large, and they feast on flies and crickets. Several species of ground spiders houses in search of a meal. Flies are the main food source of jumping spiders, which live on porches and the sides of houses. All of these species, as well as many more, are beneficial in that they help enormously in keeping the insect population under control.

    Misconceptions

    • Tarantulas are a common sight in New Mexico; it’s not unusual to see them crossing the road. They are large and hairy spiders, but they do not possess a deadly bite as many people believe. They can surely inflict a painful bite if disturbed, but their venom is not powerful enough to kill a human being. Allergic reactions to tarantula bites do occur, and it is not wise to mess with one. They do not like to be startled, and some species found in New Mexico are more aggressive than others.

    Warning

    • Brown recluse spiders are found in New Mexico, and great care should be taken to avoid them. They are shy and retiring and will normally bite only if they somehow wind up in your clothes and are pressed against your skin. They possess venom that can produce dangerous symptoms and are sometimes even fatal, mostly in small children. The black widow is also a resident of New Mexico, and there are probably more of them than there are people. They have a worldwide distribution, and their venom is very toxic; this means that they are the number one cause of death from spider bites in the world. However, they do not have the capability of injecting large amounts of the venom, and even though the bite is painful and unpleasant, fewer than 5 percent of those bitten by one will actually die.

 Termites

Pest Defense Solutions is committed to protecting your home from termites. We use industry-guaranteed products to get rid of termite colonies, and keep them from coming back

Pre-construction service: Before you build, we help defend your investment by treating the pad against termites.

Post-construction treatments: 
We provide free termite inspections, and termite eradication treatments to take care of the problem with minimal disturbance to your structure.

Baiting and monitoring systems:
To help protect your home at a low regular cost, we use only the most superior products available.

Termites can cause severe damage to human homes

Although termites are ecologically beneficial in that they break down detritus to add nutrients to soil, the same feeding behaviors that prove helpful to the ecosystem can cause severe damage to human homes. Because termites feed primarily on wood, they are capable of compromising the strength and safety of an infested structure. Termite damage can render structures unlivable until expensive repairs are conducted.

Structural property damage

Homes constructed primarily of wood are not the only structures threatened by termite activity. Homes made from other materials may also host termite infestations, as these insects are capable of traversing through plaster, metal siding and more. Termites then feed on cabinets, floors, ceilings and wooden furniture within these homes.

Because termites are often not identified before considerable damage has occurred, it is advised that homeowners experiencing a termite infestation contact a pest control professional before attempting to address the problem on their own. Professionals will conduct an inspection in order to correctly identify the problem and will then discuss possible avenues of treatment with homeowners.

Signs of subterranean termite damage

Subterranean termites dwell underground in loose, damp soil. Although subterranean termite species in Africa are famously aggressive and known for the obvious mounds above their colonies, signs of subterranean termite damage within the United States are much less obvious.

Interior damage may not become apparent until infestations are full-blown. Termite damage sometimes appears similar to water damage. Outward signs of termite damage include buckling wood, swollen floors and ceilings, areas that appear to be suffering from slight water damage and visible mazes within walls or furniture. Termite infestations also can exude a scent similar to mildew or mold.

Subterranean termites also access aboveground food sources through mud tunnels they create from saliva, mud and feces. These tunnels are located near the foundation of infested homes.

Signs of drywood termite damage

Drywood termites build their colonies within wooden structures on which they feed. They can be found inside of walls or furniture. Drywood termite infestations may only become apparent after a colony has burrowed so deeply into an infested item that the veneer cracks and the maze-like tunnels beneath become visible. Such damage is common in antique furniture pieces. Should this occur on new furniture or the floors or walls of your home, contact a pest control professional to discuss the severity of your infestation, as well as extermination options.