Carpenter ants are fairly large, sometimes reaching sizes of up to an inch in length with wings. Most of the workers range from 1/4″ to 3/8″ (major and minor workers).
In nature, carpenter ants usually nest outside in hollow, wooden void areas suchs as trees, abandoned termite galleries, and fallen timber. When ants infest buildings, they tend to live in structural voids such as soffits, cinder blocks, wall voids, crawl spaces, and door frames.
In general, ants tend to prefer wood that has already been damaged by moisture.
Carpenter Ant Damage
Carpenter ants can cause significant damage when they excavate galleries in wood.
Carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood. They use their powerful mandibles to excavate galleries in which to lay eggs and raise their young. The smooth galleries are the way professional exterminators can tell the difference between carpenter ant damage and damage caused by other wood-destroying insects.
If a carpenter ant infestation is allowed to go untreated, severe damage can weaken a building’s wooden structure. Carpenter ant damage can result in repair bills in the thousands. These expenses can be avoided by preventative inspections and early treatments.
Control of Carpenter Ants
There is no single “best” way to control carpenter ants. At Sudbury Pest Solutions, we utilize a variety methods such as specialized baits, liquid treatments or dust injections depending on each individual situation.
Please contact us for a consultation and treatment plan designed for your particular ant problem.
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Bees and Wasps
Although many insects have the ability to sting, the most common stinging insects in our area are bees and wasps. Many people are allergic to bees and wasps, so even a single sting can be life-threatening.
Characteristics of Bees and Wasps
Yellow jacket wasps are about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in length. They usually build their nests in protected void areas such as hollow trees, structural voids of buildings, or even holes in the ground. They are minor pollinators, but not sufficiantly so as to be considered beneficial insects.
Yellow jackets are aggressive and will often attack when approached. They are a nuisance at barbecues and other outdoor events as they are attracted to food and beverages.
Baldfaced or Whitefaced hornets are extremely aggresive. If alarmed, they alert the other members, who will attack in massive numbers. This can result in someone receiving hundreds of painful, potentially life-threatening stings. These hornets are about an inch in length, stocky and black in color with prominent white or pale yellow markings.
Paper wasps refers to any of a number of wasp species who build nests of paper that they create themselves from wood and bodily fluids. They vary greatly in size, coloration, and degree of aggressiveness.
Typically, paper wasps build a nest under porch ceilings, attached to window frames, under the eaves of houses, and in other similar places. They also like to build nests in hollow fenceposts, PVC furniture, and similar protected places, as well as structural voids of buildings such as soffits and unoccupied attics.
Control of Stinging Insects
Stinging insect control can range from routine to very challenging. Because of the risk of being stung, it isn’t something most people can do themselves. You are better off leaving it to a profesional exterminator. For help with stinging insects or any other pest problem, please contact Sudbury Pest Solutions at 978-443-2000.
Mice, Voles, and Rats
There is a popular perception that mice, unlike their larger cousins the rats, are harmless or even cute. That they are commonly depicted as such in movies, cartoons, and comic strips just adds to their cuddly reputation.
The reality is that mice are filthy animals who transmit disease, and their gnawing causes millions of dollars in property damage—as well as some lost lives—every year. Mice do not belong in houses or other buildings occupied by humans. Period.
Let’s look at some stark realities about mice:
Mice have a 30 day breeding cycle. The babies will leave their mother and produce offsprings in 60 days. That’s approximately 150 baby mice in a year. This is the main reason why we don’t fool around with the New England mouse. Our service will protect your home and stop the breeding cycle so they will not take over your house.
Mice contaminate our stored foods with their shed hair, droppings, urine, and other filth.
Mice are known to transmit many serious diseases including: food poisoning, leptospirosis, lyme disease, murine typhus, and the arenaviruses.
Mice gnawing on electrical wiring cause numerous fires every year, as well as numerous outages; destroying computer and other communications networks.
Deer mice have been identified as occasional vectors of Lyme Disease and Hanta Virus, making their control and management especially important near human habitation where these diseases are prevalent.
Maybe they’re not so cute and harmless, after all.
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Signs of a Mouse Problem & Getting Rid of Mice
Because mice are small, timid, and secretive, quite often we see evidence of a mouse problem before we see the mice themselves. Most commonly, mouse droppings, nesting materials, or evidence of their gnawing are the first visible signs of a mouse infestation.
Like rodents in general, mice have extraordinary reproductive capabilities. If you don’t take care of a mouse problem while it’s still small, chances are you’ll have a big mouse problem not very far in the future.
We at Sudbury Pest Solutions solve each mouse problem individually. Depending on the situation, our methods include consultation about sanitation and exclusion, trapping, baiting, or other types of rodenticide procedures. We will locate the openings and seal them.
If your having problems with mice or have seen evidence please contact Sudbury Pest Solutions to speak with a professional to determine a resolution. 978-443-2000.
Squirrels & Flying Squirrels
Two breeding squirrels per year bring many, many problem squirrels. Before mating, several males will chase the female through tree tops and attics. After a 44 day gestation period, 3 to 6 young are born (blind and hairless). Young squirrels rely on their mother for up to 12 weeks. If you suspect squirrels in your attic, call Sudbury Pest Solutions to remove the problem squirrels, before they chew on the wiring and the siding of your home.
Flying squirrels are nocturnal and most customers have never seen one. They also have two breeding seasons and between 5 and 10 young twice a year. They may enter your home through a hole one inch square. Sudbury Pest Solutions and our trained eye will find their entry points and resolve the problem.
Solutions for Excluding Squirrels
The correct process for removing your squirrel problem:
- Inspection and location of all entry points
- Removal of all squirrels
- Monitor the openings and then make all final seals so others won’t gain access into your structure
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Chipmunks are rodents belonging to the squirrel family, distinguishable by the stripes that run along their back. They are generally less harmful than other rodents, but if you find them burrowing into the ground along walkways, driveways, stonewalls and foundations, consider having them trapped and removed since damage will occur by collapsing of the above. Call Sudbury Pest Solutions to schedule an appointment. 978-443-2000
The raccoon with its white face and dark fur around its eyes resembles a thief, and it comes into your yard to steal, mostly food. Eliminating the attraction is a great first step, but getting rid of raccoons takes an integrated approach. Some signs that a raccoon may be invading your space include the following:
- pilfered trash receptacles
- pilfered bird feeders
- stolen crops or even compost
- droppings inside attics and sheds
- ripped ductwork or insulation
Call Sudbury Pest Solutions to schedule an appointment if you spot any of these tell-tale signs. 978-443-2000
Opossums are scavanging marsupials about the size of a household cat. They have grey fur and a distinctive white face with a long, pointy snout. They also have round dark eyes and a long skinny tail.
Like raccoons, opossums are resourceful creatures who will eat whatever they can find and seek shelter wherever they see fit, which just may be inside your home. Opossum tracks look a little like human hands. The front paw has five visible toes with claws fairly evenly spaced; the rear paw has four clawed toes and one unclawed toe off to the side which resembles a thumb. Signs that an opossum may be around are nearly identical to those of a raccoon. If you suspect either of these creatures may be lurking where they don’t belong, call Sudbury Pest Solutions to schedule an appointment. 978-443-2000
Skunks are nocturnal animals who are easily distinguished by their black and white colors and by the pungent spray they carry as a deterrent to predators. Although mostly interested in grubs and other insects, skunks have been known to pilfer through garbage cans.
Skunks should be removed if they take up residence under sheds, decks, porches or crawlspaces. Call Sudbury Pest Solutions to trap and remove the animals. During the removal process we can discuss exclusion and sealing. 978-443-2000
Little Brown Bats
Contrary to popular belief, bats are not rodents. Nor are they filthy creatures as rodents are. But the feces and guano which accumulate around the areas where they roost do emit a highly unpleasant odor. The little brown bat seeks out dark areas such as hollow trees in which to live, but may take up residence in your barn or attic. Due to their diet of insects, most notably mosquitoes, the brown bat should be welcome in your neighborhood, but not inside your home. Call Sudbury Pest Solutions to have these creatures relocated. 978-443-2000