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White-footed Ants

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (0)
The white-footed ants, also known as Asian Ants, has been a growing concern in recent months. So I thought that I would share some information about this ants so that everyone could better aware. 

The white-footed ant is native to tropical Asia and was inadvertently introduced to Florida by way of cargo ships around 1986. This ant was first reported in Homestead and has increased in population as well as spread from one county to another.

White-footed ants do not bite, sting, nor have they shown to do any structural damage to homes.Although heavy populations have been known to short circuit A/C units, computers, and kitchen appliances just to name a few. The nest inside the appliances and as the population grows within that colony they physically cause the short circuit.

White-footed ants are attracted to sweet foods. So it is common to find them foraging indoors and outside on hedges that are infested with honeydew producing insects such as aphids and scales.

Because of there ever increasing population, traditional perimeter treatments, both over the counter and professional, can only provide temporary relief . And the baits that are traditionally used for sugar ants (Ghost Ants) will only eliminate some of the workers. There are no retail treatments for this ant and only a handful of professional products that can offer any type of relief and these treatments can be expensive as well as take time.

So if you think that you may have this type of problem or any other pest issue please contact Peyton's Pest Prevention.

Just Say NO To Holiday Pantry Pests

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM Comments comments (6)
When the weather turns colder and the holiday season approaches, many opt to stay indoors and bake treats for friends and family. When digging through your cabinets and storage for baking necessities, like cookie cutters and containers of flour, make sure you are leaving unwanted “pantry pests” out of the mix. Peyton's Pest Prevention offers consumers tips for keeping these pesky pests from spoiling your holiday baking traditions.
“Pantry pests” are insects that tend to gather around food often stored in pantries and cabinets such as flour, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolate. Common pantry pests include Indian Meal Moths and Merchant Grain Beetles
Many families enjoy baking during the holiday season, and spotting a pest in your ingredients or supplies is a surefire way to ruin the fun. By following a few helpful tips, homeowners can feel comfortable in their kitchens and safe when enjoying their fresh baked treats.
Peyton's Pest Prevention suggests the following steps to avoid pantry pests:
  • Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage.
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains- their pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
If you suspect a pest infestation, contact Peyton's Pest Prevention to inspect, identify and treat the problem.


BUG PROOFING YOUR HOME

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (8)
BUG PROOFING TIPS
 
Here are a few tips to keep them at bay:

* Eliminate their food supply, including water.
- Clean up excess and spilled pet food daily.
- Remove crumbs from behind stove and between cabinets with a vacuum hose.
- Wash dishes immediately.
- Keep leftovers in tightly sealed containers.
- Take trash out nightly in tightly sealed receptacles.
- Fix leaking pipes.
- Drain sinks, since standing water will attract thirsty roaches.
- Keep all drains plugged when not in use.
 

* Seal all cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior.
- Caulk around cracks in water pipes.
- Screen vents in attics and crawlspaces.
- Use fine-mesh screening and duct tape to seal off holes around your home.

* Add weather stripping to doors, and clear caulk to seal the joint where the doorframe meets the wall.
* Install a sturdy aluminum threshold under your door. Add a door sweep to close the gap even tighter.
* Keep trees near your house well-trimmed. Branches and leaves make a perfect bridge to the inside of your home for bugs.

 
*Remove all natural pest and rodent habitats within 10 feet of your home, including tall grass, foliage, piles of straw and/or leaves, wooden crates and patio rugs.