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Understanding Ant Colonies and How They Spread

Midwestern Termite and Pest Control, with service areas in the greater St. Louis, Missouri and Franklin County, Illinois areas, knows that in our areas, ants are a big problem. While these small pests might seem like little more than an annoyance, they can really hamper your ability to enjoy your home both inside and out. To understand why ants are one of the hardest pests to remove from your property, you have to understand how an ant colony works. Unlike other pests, ants are highly social creatures and work together-even from colony to colony. That’s not to say that they aren’t territorial, because some ants have been documented to fight for space. The issue is their small size makes numerous ‘beds’ feasible for coexisting on one area of land, or home. The Social Structure of Ants Ants showcase a highly evolved social hierarchy. The queen of the colony stays hidden deep in the ......
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How to Seal Your Home From Pests

No matter how secure your house is from burglars and natural disasters, the one thing that may still be able to break through its defenses is a tiny ant or mouse. You may be surprised to learn how many openings your seemingly airtight house may have for pests to sneak through, and once they’re inside, the problems they can make for you are innumerable. Fortunately, with just a little ingenuity, they are ways to make your house as pest-proof as possible. Here are some ways to seal your home off from pests. Getting Prepared Before you start, there are a few things you are going to need. First, get into some old clothes and put on gloves. Because you’re going to be crawling around in the dirt, around bushes and atop of ladders, old clothes (preferably long jeans and a long sleeve shirt) and gloves are going to be very useful. Als......
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Types of Ants in St. Louis

Ants are one of the most common insects you’ll have to battle in the home. They can be lured in by anything from easy access to food to just the availability of a pre-built shelter from the elements. Having replaced cockroaches as the #1 pest in the United States, ants can cause a variety of issues including biting pets and humans and causing damage to the home. In the St. Louis area, the most common types of ants are Carpenter and Pavement Ants. Carpenter Ants- Typically found in dead or hollow trees, carpenter ants make their homes by chewing up wood for nesting materials. If they wander into a house, they may decide to make a nest among the wood they find there because it is better protection from the weather. These ants can cause damage to the structure of a home. Pavement Ants- The most common ant in the Metro A......
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Emerald Ash Borer Reaches St. Louis

The St. Louis area has some new residents. Unfortunately, these new residents are not wanted. The Emerald Ash Borer is not native to the St. Louis area. These little beetles are native to Asia and are wreaking havoc wherever they go. Just like their name, this little pest bores into the ash tree’s trunk, and over time, it kills the tree. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is metallic green in color and has also been called the “Green Menace.” After the female EAB lays her eggs in or on the ash tree, the larvae then feed off the tree by burrowing deep into the trunk, and after two years, they emerge as grown adults. Signs of the Invasive Pest EAB The possible signs that your ash tree contains the EAB bugs include: Yellow leaves Wilting and thin foliage Dead branches The increased presence of woodpeckers or pecking holes Exit holes in the s......
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What is Pest Prevention?

Pest prevention simply refers to all of the actions that you can take to keep pests from building nests or colonies on your property. There are many methods used in prevention, and they should all be considered carefully in order to keep the infestation from getting out of control. Insect and pest control begins with accurate information that you can use to take action. Preventing an Infestation Preventing pest infestations on your property will help you to save money and time. This is the first line of defense against a variety of pests, which may include insects, rodents, birds and wild animals. Once the infestation begins, it can quickly spread. This can potentially cause damage to your home or business, so you will need to take immediate action at the first sign of a pest infestation. There are many ways to prevent a pest infestation, and here are the top three:......
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