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Invasion Of Fire Ants In Charlotte Due To Weather

Fire AntsCharlotte area residents have been under attack the last few weeks, under attack from fierce stinging fire ants. In fact, the fire ant control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating in Charlotte have been taking numerous phone calls a day from desperate Charlotte homeowners needing answers and protection from these malevolent ant pests.

Charlotte Weather Causing Fire Ants To Invade

The increase of rain in the greater Charlotte area, combined with a delay in the extremely high temperatures, has created an ideal environment for Fire ants to invade our homes. The Fire ants are looking to escape the excessive water, and head for higher ground away from the moisture and puddles. That is why we are seeing so many of these ants in our homes as of late.

Once the heavy summer rains subside, the Fire ants will return to their mounds and repair any damage the moisture may have likely caused. If their huge nests are beyond repair, they’ll simply move on to another part of your yard and build a completely new nest. This whole process will take about 48 hours.

Fire Ants In Charlotte

One of the most common and most feared pests in Charlotte, NC is the Red Imported Fire ant. They are reddish-brown in color, with darker abdomens. The worker ants range in size from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. These ants are well known for their very painful stings, and the massive mounds these destructive ants build in your yards. To top it all off, Fire ants reproduce very quickly. One Fire Ant queen can lay almost one million eggs in her lifetime.

In addition to reproducing rapidly, Fire ants also spread very quickly. This is very evident to most of us in Charlotte who are seeing these stinging ants in our homes, schools, churches, libraries, and stores. Fire ants are excellent hitchhikers, grabbing onto anything that moves. If you start seeing these ants in one place, it won’t be long before they’ll be within a mile radius.

Charlotte Fire Ant Control

If you are seeing an invasion of Fire ants in and around your Charlotte, NC home or property, do not wait until it’s too late before you get some help. Waiting can cause the ants to completely take over your property; stinging you, your children, and your pets. Call a Charlotte Fire Ant Control professional 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
 
 

Fire Ant Stings

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fire_ant_worker1 (Photo credit: bart_drees)

North Carolina Fire Ants

 

One of the most diabolical pests found in the Charlotte, North Carolina area is the Red Imported Fire ant. While these ants bite, they are notorious for very painful stings. You want more bad news? Fire ant season is just around the corner. Fire ants are most active, building their mounds and stinging their victims, from April-September.

Red Imported Fire ants prefer to build their mounds in open, sunny yards that are mowed and watered regularly. That is the majority of yards in North Carolina. Chances are you’ve come across the malevolent ants once or twice; and that means you can be stung.

Fire Ant Stings

 

A human leg three days after coming in brief c...

A human leg three days after coming in brief contact with a fire ant colony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are stung by a fire ant, you will know it immediately. Stings begin as little red marks, and are accompanied by moderate pain. The sting will eventually turn into white pustules or blisters. Fire ant stings will go away after several days, unless the area becomes infected.

There are no other stinging ants in North America. So if you get stung by an ant, you can pretty much assume it’s a fire ant.

Reactions To Fire Ant Stings

 

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Blistering
  • Swelling & Inflammation
  • Wooziness
  • Itchiness
  • Wheezing
  • Confusion & Disorientation
  • Vomiting

Treating Fire Ant Stings

 

If you have been stung by a fire ant, and are experiencing some of the more severe reactions (vomiting, light-headed, etc.), seek medical attention immediately. If you know you are allergic to bees, wasps, or other insects; you need to be very cautious of fire ant stings. There will likely be an allergic connection, and you will need medical attention.

If you’ve been stung by a fire ant, and are not experiencing allergic reactions, stay calm. You will be in pain for awhile. Take a pain reliever. Clean the infected sting area out with watered down bleach, ammonia, or meat tenderizer. This will help denature the fire ant’s venom.

Preventing Fire Ant Stings

 

Preventing Fire Ant stings is about taking extreme precautions. If you see a fire ant mound, keep your distance. Point them out to your children, and teach them to keep their distance. If you disturb their mounds in any way, the worker ants will spill out of the nest and aggressively attack the intruder. If you step on a fire ant mound on accident, multiple ants can crawl up you leg and sting repeatedly.

To best ensure your home and property are not infested by stinging fire ants, you need professional ant control.

Fire Ant Extermination In North Carolina

 

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 

 

Mosquito Terminators of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
(704) 770-8215
mosquito-terminators.com

 

 

How To Have a Pest Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Are you ready?

Whether you have house guests coming for Thanksgiving, or you will be traveling, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your Thanksgiving is pest free.

7 Steps To a Pest Free Thanksgiving

 

1. Eliminate clutter. Pests like cockroaches, mice, and spiders, love to make their homes in clutter. It gives them a place to hide, and often time’s offers easy access to a quick meal. Get rid of anything unwanted, pick things up, and get organized to keep the pests at bay.

2. Clean, clean, clean. Pests will look for any food they can, and that includes any morsels of food left in your home. Thoroughly clean your kitchen and dining area, removing all evidence of food. Promptly wash dishes and sweep the floor after each and every meal. If insects and other pests cannot find food inside your home, they will leave.

3. Fix leaky plumbing. Just like you and I, pests need water to survive. Water sources frequently draw pests in. Eliminate these water sources near your property, and pests will stay away.

4. Eliminate pest entrances. During the cool Charlotte fall weather, we love to have our doors and windows open. Check the screens on your doors and windows, and the weather-stripping, and make sure everything is sealed properly. If the garage door doesn’t completely touch the driveway, replace the rubber gasket.

5. Tightly seal food and trash. Like I mentioned before, eliminate a pest’s food source (inside and out) and they will not come to your home looking for a quick meal. Keep your trashcans away from your house, and make sure all your food is covered and sealed.

6. Move/remove foliage or wood piles. This is a big problem during the fall months. Eliminate piles of leaves; as ants and roaches dwell underneath. Anything touching your house, like wood piles, will make for a pest highway.

7. Get pest control. If you are frequently seeing pests in or around your property, call a professional. If you’re continually seeing bugs and pests, they’re likely under the foundation of your home or living in your wall voids.

Beware of Bed Bugs When Traveling This Thanksgiving

 

Many Charlotte, NC residents will be traveling all over the country this Thanksgiving. With the rise of bed bugs, it’s imperative to take a few precautions so you don’t bring them back home with you.

If you travel this Thanksgiving, keep your luggage off the floor. Opt for a luggage rack, a counter, or any other shelf you can find. Do not leave piles of clothing on the floor. Before you get into a hotel bed, or any other bed that’s not your own, pull back the sheets and carefully inspect the piping along the mattress. Look for live bugs. They’ll look like tiny smashed ticks, and there will likely be dried blood stains.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

No matter what your plans are for the Thanksgiving holiday, I wish you all the best. May your Thanksgiving be filled with loved ones, good food, and gratitude. Of course, may your Thanksgiving be pest free. Happy Thanksgiving from Bulwark Exterminating!

Charlotte Pest 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

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

Can Ants Cause a House Fire?

According to a fireman in Florida they can. A home in Florida caught fire, killed a few cats, and caused 80,000 in damages and the culprit was a little black carpenter ant. The colony nested in the wall near an electrical outlet. When one of the ants got grounded it burst into flames and the fire quickly spread. So you can certainly add that to your list of why not to have carpenter ants in your walls.

Get more of the Ant Fire story.

Got Ants? Get Ant Control!

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If you want a guaranteed ant control service then just pick up the phone and call Bulwark.

Bulwark Exterminating, Pest Control Charlotte NC
www.bulwarkpestcontrol.com

2300 Stevens Mill Rd
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 321-1532

Charlotte Ant Control – Recommended and Guaranteed.

Get rid of ants

Ant Season is really heating up.  Ants are now one of the most common requests we receive.  Ant control is all about getting rid of ant queens.  Its kinda like chess, except its the queen that you want to kill instead of king.  Once she is out, game over!

Of course, that’s assuming that there is only one queen. Some colonies actually have more the one queen.  This is mostly dependent on the ant species.  For more info on ant colonies check out this ant video:

WOW – Queen Ants can live for up to 20 years!

Call today for ant control – 1-800-610-7576

What’s a group of ants called?
-A group of ants is called a colony.

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