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Top 3 Pests In Charlotte

It has been a long summer in Charlotte, and common pests like termites, spiders, roaches, and ants have shown no sign of slowing down. In fact, some pest control professionals have reported seeing a 30 percent increase in the number of pest control related phones calls. There seems to be a common theme for these phone calls… Some pests seem to be more prevalent than others.

We asked the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating what are the most common insect pests they have taken phone calls on this summer. Here are the top three most common Charlotte pests:

3. House Spiders

Common House Spider

Residents of Charlotte may not know the name of the big, ugly, brown spiders that they find building gigantic webs throughout their attics, basements, and garages; they just know they want them out of their homes. There actual name is the Common House spider or the American House spider, and they are the third most common called about pest in the Charlotte area.

Measuring over an inch in length, the American House spider looks a lot like the Black Widow spider… In shape anyways. The house spider is actually a dull brown and far less venomous than the Black Widow. The house spider actually rarely bites, and will do so only if provoked. Their webs and their intimidating size freak out homeowners, and that’s primarily the reason so many phone calls are taken regarding this spider pest. Charlotte spider control methods are needed to combat severe house spider infestations.

2. Ants

3 Ants

One of the most successful groups of insects in the world, and in Charlotte is the ant. There are 25 different species of ants that infest homes in the United States, but in North Carolina there are three usual culprits: the fire ant, the Argentine ant, ant the Black Carpenter ant. These ants enter Charlotte homes, foraging for sweets and foods that contain protein.

The Black Carpenter ant is notorious for chewing through the wood in your home and on your property, while the fire ant is infamous for building big mounds and aggressively stinging anybody who disturbs them. If you have problems with any of these ants on your property, continual and persistent Charlotte ant control is needed to exterminate ants and control their colonies.

1. Roaches

American Cockroach

It’s no secret that cockroaches are a nationwide problem, and according to Bulwark Pest Control they are the biggest problem pest in the Charlotte area. More calls are taken regarding roach infestations than any other insect pest. Cockroaches are hardy pests to say the least, able to survive over four months without water or food. They have been around for millions of years and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, cockroaches are becoming more and more resistant to common pesticides, making them more difficult to control.

If your home has a serious infestation of German cockroaches or American cockroaches, Charlotte roach control professionals who are up to date on the most effective roach control strategies are your best option to exterminate them.

Charlotte Pest Control

House spiders, ants, and roaches are the most frequently called about pests into Bulwark’s Charlotte branch. If you’re feed up with dealing with these pests, or any other pest for that manner, call a Charlotte exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com   
                         
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net 
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

 

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) (Photo credit: Futureman1)

One of the most common and most destructive ant pests in the Charlotte, NC area is the Carpenter ant. In North Carolina, the Carpenter ant that is most frequently pestering homeowners is the Black Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). This species of Carpenter ant is also referred to as the Pennsylvania Carpenter ant. Whatever you want to call it, this ant species can be very destructive.

Carpenter Ants

 

One of the largest groupings of ant species is the Carpenter ant. They are most well known for their ability to tunnel through wood; and this is one of the primary reasons confuse Carpenter ants for termites. Carpenter ants do differ from termites, in that they do not eat the wood in which they tunnel. North Carolina Carpenter ants reach lengths of about 1/4 inch long, but a few ½ long ants have been spotted.

Normal Carpenter ants have black heads and abdomens, but have a dark red thorax. The Black Carpenter that North Carolina homeowners see is very similar in appearance, but is black all over. It’s important to note, that sometimes these ants can also have wings.

Carpenter Ant Destruction

 

Like I mentioned before, Carpenter ants build their nests in wooden structures in your home and on your property. Unused, rotten, or decaying wood seem to be the ant’s favorite nesting choices; but old, cracking furniture is also susceptible. This nesting behavior can be destructive.

Carpenter ant nesting habits destroy the integrity of wooden structures, including that of your house or furniture. These ants vigorously chew through wood, building tunnels for their nests. If you see piles of sawdust near a wooden structure on your property, it’s a good sign you have a pest problem… And that pest could be a Carpenter ant. It’s about this time you should have your home inspected by a licensed pest control professional.

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers (Photo credit: cotinis)

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

 

  • Get rid of vacant wood. Whether it’s an old decaying tree stump, abandoned construction materials, or a wood pile; get rid of it! Carpenter ants love to build their nest in this wood.
  • Fix leaks and eliminate standing water. Just like you and I, Carpenter ants need water to survive. Do not make it readily available.
  • Eradicate sources of food. Carpenter ants love to eat proteins, starches, and sweets. Clean up crumbs and food debris from around your home, and tightly seal food containers.
  • Close up wooden cracks with sealant. Cracks in tree stumps, wooden furniture, etc. are an open invitation for Carpenter ants to build a nest. Put up a closed sign by sealing up those cracks with a wood sealant or epoxy.
  • Get professional ant control. One sure-fire solution to keep those destructive Carpenter ants away is to hire an ant control professional who specializes in pest control for Carpenter ants.

North Carolina Pest Control For Carpenter Ants

 

If you suspect you may have Carpenter ants around your Charlotte, NC property, do not wait until it’s too late before you get some help. Waiting will only further damage the integrity of anything that’s made of wood which is located on your property. Get professional ant control!

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 
 

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