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What Pests Can Reduce the Value of Your Property?

Pests that Can Cause Issues
Pests that Can Cause Issues

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, you may not realize there are certain pests that can impact your property’s value. While the exterior of your home may look fine, the structure itself may be damaged by a variety of insects.

Problem Pests

Honey bees are busy creating their hives and honey which is a good thing when being managed by a beekeeper. When thousands of bees choose to build their colony inside a wall, it becomes a sticky hive of honey, glue and wax.

Drywood and subterranean termites destroy wood and cause billions in property damage every year.

German cockroaches carry disease and require a strong extermination treatment plan to eradicate them from your home.

Fire ants are problematic as the bugs create ant hills or mounds where the colony, along with the queen, set up housekeeping. The ants can penetrate air conditioning, transformer boxes and electrical switches which can result in a power outage.

Carpenter ants are adept at creating structural damage. They are considered wood destroyers due to their ability to bore out areas in wood for living space. They’re also known for living in hollow areas and insulation panels.

Powderpost beetles have a penchant for hardwood. If your home has hardwood furniture, hardwood flooring, wood cabinets, solid wood doors and molding, these areas are vulnerable to beetles.

For help with infestations in your home, contact Stern Environmental today.

Cockroaches to Termites What’s Next?

The Trouble With Cockroaches
Termites From Cockroaches?

Two of the most hated insects on the planet likely share a common origin, according to the National University of Singapore’s sciences department. Researchers believe the voracious termite evolved from the highly prolific and resilient coach roach about 170 million years ago. This means termites were around long before the dinosaurs and are likely to continue thriving for many years ahead. What does this all mean to you?

They are getting tougher and smarter

Cockroaches have learned to avoid sweet-tasting traps. The termites and coach roaches know you do not want them in your home. Roaches are highly evasive and typically on move about at night. If you see them during the day, it is probably due to overcrowding, and the problems is bigger than you realize. Termites are active year-round. They eat non-stop and virtually unnoticed. They move from the ground to the wood of your home in areas you don’t go or look. These little pest and their disease-carrying ancestors can cause serious illness in your home and thousands of dollars in repair cost.

Trust the experts

While you spend very little of your time thinking about them, cockroaches and termites are constantly striving for survival of themselves and their eggs. Over-the-counter insecticides never fully get rid of them. For a thorough eradication and to keep all manner of pests from coming back, trust the pest control experts at Stern Environmental Group.

Do Carpenter Ants Have a Queen?

Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter Ant Control

Carpenter ants are an unwelcome sight in any home due to their propensity for causing significant structural damage in moist or rotting wood. Though comprised of thousands of workers, a typically colony houses only one queen, capable of surviving up to 25 years and laying thousands of eggs.

Identifying the queen:
The largest ant in the colony at up to 1 inch, the queen may be dark brown, yellow, red or black in color. Responsible for laying eggs, she sheds her wings after mating, seeking out a nesting site of moist or rotting wood for her young to establish a new colony. She seals herself into the wood, laying an initial brood of 9-16 eggs that will develop into workers and future queens.

The carpenter ant family:

• Winged female swarmers
Born in the spring for mating purposes, these ¾ inch females lose their wings after mating. Each wingless female then attempts to become the queen of a new colony.

• Winged male swarmers
These exist for the sole purpose of mating with female swarmers, dying shortly after accomplishing the task.

• Workers
¼-½ inch long, female workers are sterile and responsible for all activities except egg laying, including caring for the queen and developing ants.

Carpenter ants rapidly deconstructing your home or business? Contact Stern Environmental Group today. Our professionals have the skills and technology to solve your pest problems fast!