Facts, Identification & Control
Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home:
• Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
• Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
• Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
• Colony size: Colonies can number up to 300,000 to 500,000, and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
• Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
• Do it yourself effectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches kill only the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.
Snails and Slugs
How ANZ treats for Snails and Slugs:
Usually snails and slugs are of little concern to homeowners and pest management professionals. However, when they do get inside homes, they tend to congregate in basements and other moist areas within the structure. Slugs and snails feeding on plants may damage or destroy gardens and ornamental landscaping plants. Slugs and snails are slow moving, so they tend to feed on vegetation that is close to their preferred habitats, which include under logs, old boards, leaves, cardboard, rocks and refuse that is conducive to moisture. In general, anything done to reduce moisture will help manage these critters.
While there are some effective chemical snail and slug bait formulations, using non-chemical treatments such as debris removal and other habitat eliminations activities are better long-term treatment methods. In addition, sealing and closing any cracks, gaps or holes that snails and slugs may use to enter a structure are also excellent long-term treatment solutions.
Carpenter Ant Control
What to Expect From Your ANZ Man
We can march carpenter ants out of your home.
There are more than 12,000 ant species in the world. Of those, the carpenter ant is one of the most difficult to control. Any home is vulnerable because they sneak in through tiny cracks and leave a chemical trail so the colony can follow.
Carpenter ants can nest anywhere around your house — in the walls and under the floor. Once ants march into your home, they hollow out the wood and can cause extreme damage if they go undetected or untreated for a long period of time. We offer advanced protection with a three-step process that helps address carpenter ant issues in your home:
Step One – A Free Ant Inspection (Assess)
Home remedies rarely eliminate ant problems. If you spot an infestation or want to be sure your house is protected, The ANZ Man will perform a free home inspection. He’ll check for moisture and soft wood in areas like windows, chimneys, sinks, and doorframes, where ants like to nest. And, he’ll help identify entry points that allow ants to sneak inside. If he finds any carpenter ants, he can also search for the colony’s nest so it can be targeted.
Step Two – Getting the Job Done (Implement)
Once the ANZ Man finishes his assessment, he will document his findings and work with you to make a plan to address the issues related to your infestation. He will treat any infestation areas and we will provide recommendations and work with the customer to identify ways to help reduce moisture or other conditions that may attract ants to your home.
Step Three – A Year-Round Solution (Monitor)
The ANZ Man will continue to monitor your house year round to help prevent ants from returning.
How ANZ treats for centipedes
Centipedes are a diverse group of Arthropods with a range of behavioral characteristics. Therefore, when centipedes become a problem, the first thing to do is contact your pest management professional and request an inspection. Once the inspection is complete, your pest management professional will prepare a centipede treatment plan designed to control the centipede species causing problems. Centipede treatment usually involves both non-chemical and chemical control methods, but the treatment plan will emphasize finding where centipedes are located and how they are getting inside the home.
Some non-chemical treatments that may be included in the treatment plan include:
• Reducing moisture problems by repairing water leaks or using dehumidifiers
• Reducing clutter that provides centipedes with protection and a place to hide. Your pest management professional will likely point out these places and recommend not allowing stored items to be stacked right up against the wall or rest directly on the floor.
• Reducing the number of insects and spiders that provide a food source for centipedes
• Sealing holes, cracks and gaps that enable outdoor centipedes, insects and spiders to get inside a home
• Removing indoor centipedes with a vacuum
Generally, chemical control methods are used for temporary centipede control. If needed, your pest management professional will use insecticides in cracks, crevices and other centipede harborage areas. If the centipede population is especially heavy outdoors, the plan may include chemical applications to the cracks or gaps in the foundation, in the crawl space or the mulch around the house.
How ANZ treats for Fruit Flies
It is extremely difficult to rid a home of the common fruit fly. Fruit flies are attracted to sugary, organic materials. As their name suggests, they are commonly found infesting fruit. However, fruit flies are also capable of breeding in decaying meat, trash bins and large spills of soda or alcohol. Any fruit brought home following that should be stored in the refrigerator if appropriate. Regularly wipe counters, clean spills and empty your trash cans to help prevent fruit fly infestations.
The first step in addressing a fruit fly infestation is the destruction of their feeding and breeding grounds. Fruit flies often lay their eggs in rotten fruit and other soft, sweet, organic materials. If you identify a fruit fly infestation in your kitchen, dispose of all over-ripe or damaged fruit. Any subsequently purchased fruit or vegetables should be kept in the refrigerator until the fruit fly infestation dissipates.
If there is no fruit or vegetable matter in your kitchen, check your garbage and recycling bins. Fruit flies may also use unclean drains as breeding grounds. Outdoor drains are likely sources of yard-based fruit flies, as are overripe fruits beneath the trees from which they have fallen.
After isolating the fly breeding ground, control methods may be utilized. Although eradication may require several treatments, the lack of food available to fly populations will eventually cause them to die out.
The bee pollinates fruit trees, flowers, and plants to make honey to feed the colony. Bees can create a hive or swam (sometimes as many as 50,000 bees) in a rafter, shed, tree, or bush. Bee stings can be deadly to infants, the elderly, and persons allergic to bee venom.
Bees are beneficial insects, however if their nest is located in or close to an occupied structure, then control is warranted. Live removal of honeybees is desirable. If honeybees must be killed in a wall void or attic, pesticide application should be made at night using only background light.
House Flies:House Fly Control
House flies can be a real nuisance when they are flying around. But they can also transmit diseases, so it is important to get rid of them. House fly control is not always as easy as it sounds. There is often more involved than a fly swatter. House fly control involves several steps, and The ANZ can help.
The first step is identification. It is easy to confuse house flies with several other fly species, including cluster flies. The different types of flies may look similar, but they require different control methods. The ANZ can help with the identification.
It is very important to identify the places where the flies have been depositing their eggs. It may be something simple like an uncovered trash can or a bowl of pet food on the patio. However the house fly breeding site could be something that is not obvious. The breeding site must be cleaned up or removed. If the breeding site is not removed, the flies will continue to be a problem.
The ANZ Man is trained to spot these breeding sites during the inspection. He or she will also point out any structural issues, like torn screens or damaged weather stripping that the flies could use to get inside your home.
The next step is to eliminate the adult flies. Depending on the situation, it may be necessary to use fly bait, traps or an insecticide application. The ANZ Man will have all of these tools available. He or she is trained to make the application correctly.
Most homeowners find that it saves time and energy to call the local ANZ branch office for help with house fly control. Scheduling a home inspection may help you get rid of house flies.
How ANZ treats for millipedes
The ANZ Man is trained to manage millipedes. Using ANZ’s exclusive system of Assess, Implement and Monitor (A.I.M.), he can design a solution for your home’s unique situation. For more information or to schedule an inspection, please call your local ANZ branch office.
A millipede treatment plan usually begins with an inspection by your pest management professional to locate the source of the millipedes and how they are getting inside the home. Once the inspection is completed, your pest management professional will prepare a millipede treatment plan that may involve both non-chemical and chemical treatment methods.
Non-chemical components of the millipede treatment plan will emphasize preventing millipedes from getting inside the home and taking actions outside to reduce the suitable harborage sites that favor millipede populations. Some of the specific things in the treatment plan may include sealing around doors, windows, cracks, gaps and crevices, plus reducing moist places that favor millipede survival outside the home. For example, the plan may recommend limiting the amount of mulch, rocks or debris that are likely to create moist areas favoring large numbers of millipedes.
If millipedes do gain entrance, using vacuums to remove millipedes is often an effective alternative to using chemical products. However, if chemical products are the more effective and efficient approach, your millipede treatment plan might include exterior and interior applications of products to potential entry points and harborage sites where millipedes accumulate.
Scheduling a home inspection may help you get rid of millipedes.
Although bird mites rarely cause more than slight skin irritation in humans, they pose great danger to a variety of birds, including pet birds and poultry. Those wishing to remove bird mites from a home or farm often attempt methods such as the application of insecticides. While this method may temporarily prove successful, infestations will resurface after surviving specimens begin to breed again.
Proper identification of the pest is crucial to the success of our custom pest control solutions—the process goes beyond just an extermination procedure. Improper identification can render all control efforts useless.
It is also necessary to locate and discard all nests of pest birds in the affected area. Nests are commonly found in eaves, chimneys, roof spaces, window ledges and small cracks or cavities in walls. However, all state and other governmental regulations must be followed, since certain species of birds are protected and specific actions may be limited. On poultry farms, all nesting materials need to be replaced.
Nesting areas may also require application of appropriate pesticides, applied according to laws and labels, to ensure removal of bird mite populations. Repair of creases in walls, eaves and ledges may discourage further nest building. These procedures should be undertaken on a regular basis to ensure effectiveness. For best results, contact your local pest control professionals. They know how to deal with bird mite infestations in the safest, most effective manner.
Contact your local pest control professionals to deal with cockroach infestations in the safest, most effective manner.
Nocturnal & Secretive
Silverfish are nocturnal and move very quickly. They are secretive, and the severity of an infestation may go unnoticed for long periods of time, allowing for exponential growth. Silverfishreproduce quickly.
Silverfish can survive in almost any environment, but they prefer areas with high humidity. Nymphs develop faster in areas that are humid. Therefore, one of the best ways to prevent an infestation is to control humidity.
• Open vents in crawl spaces
• In basements, use baseboards with caulking
• Silverfish consume a variety of foods, and stringent housekeeping practices may help prevent an infestation by limiting potential feeding sites