Ten Home Remedies to Get Rid of Ants

Ok, you have seen an ant, another one and there, just in the kitchen you have spotted a whole lot of them. What should you do? Call the exterminators, right? Hold your horses; you might be able to deal with this issue yourself.
You can use the following home remedies to get rid of ants; however, you must target the ants’ nests. These can be found in the crevices of your home, if you have a garden then there is a big possibility you will find one there. If you are not sure, then bait the ants. Put some food in a warm area, and wait for them to follow the scent; it will do the trick. Once you have found their nest, you are ready to deal with them.
1. Vinegar
Just mix equal parts water and vinegar in a nozzle spray can and spray this solution on the nest for two weeks. You can also mop various surfaces, such as kitchen counters and floors using this combination for an ant-free zone.
2. Lemon
Lemons and their peels can be just as effective if not more in getting rid of these bugs. Spray or rub lemon juice directly on to all the entrances (doors and windows) and onto the nest and voila, your space will be bug free and smelling great at the same time.
3. Black Peppers and Cloves
Scatter a few black peppers and cloves in your kitchen cabinets, near your entrance and wherever you notice ants crawling around. This remedy works best as a preventive measure after you have cleared the nest.
4. Chalk
Draw lines around your doorways and around your garden paths with a chalk and you will see that ants will stay away from your home. You can also crush a few pieces of chalk and spread them around, especially near garbage areas.
5. Talcum Powder
Sprinkle some talcum powder around key entry points till you have found and dealt with the infestation. Sweep the talc away after the nest is destroyed.
6. Salt
Use it the same way as the talcum powder and you won’t be bothered with ants for a long time.
7. Essential Oil (Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lemon or Clove)
Dab a cotton ball with one of these oils and wipe away all key entrances to make your home ant proof. Do this every second or third day for two weeks at least.
8. Flour
You are out of chalk then flour will do the trick. Just draw lines by sprinkling flour inside your cabinets and your main entrance.
9. Orange Peels
You can scatter the peels around your kitchen or puree the orange peels in a blender and pour this mixture onto the infestation to wipe them out.
10. Baking Soda and Sugar
You can’t go wrong with this remedy; sugar attracts ants while the baking powder kills them. Put this mixture on small containers around your home for a week or two to see visible results.
If you don’t have time to go around looking for nests and making combos to get rid of them, then call in the exterminators and let them handle this for you. Save yourself the hassle and let these pros take care of the bug problem for you.

Have you ever been stung by a hornet?

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Have you ever been stung by a hornet?
Hornet stings are more painful than typical wasp stings because hornet has stronger venom and can sting multiple times. People who are allergic to wasp venom are also allergic to hornet stings. If you have someone in your family that is allergic to bees, wasps or hornet stings give us a call and we’ll come out an inspect your property. Let’s stay safe this summer.

Mosquito larva grow

10956400_744104769039108_6314473576429659256_nI hope you don’t have any mosquitoes this summer. They can ruin a great time enjoying your backyard.
I wanted to let you know that mosquito larva grow in standing water. So, look around your property to see if you have any standing water in a bucket, a puddle, a barrel or on top of a surface that holds water for a long period of time, mosquitoes can grow there.

Be aware of TICKS

1897870_744111522371766_8701226566527651321_nHere’s a tick compared to the size of a penny. If you’ve had ticks before you know they are very hard to locate. They like to crawl and find a spot where the skin is tender and then feast on you. They can spread disease and if you don’t remove them properly the wound could get infected. If you find ticks or just want to make sure you don’t have any in your yard, give us a call and we’ll treat your yard.

How to Spot Termites

Termites are the uninvited guests that come to your house and damage your beloved property without you knowing about it in time. These tiny parasites feed off of the walls, furniture and the roof of your house and leave behind a nasty trail of feces and other dead termites. What’s worse is that they are very sneaky, they start working from the inside, so you never know what you are cohabiting. These nasty housemates will slowly eat away your home, and you will not even notice until it’s too late.
These sneaky pests live in large colonies that have a caste system of their own. So, an entire culture of termites is accompanying you without you even noticing it. Termites usually feed on the cellulose found in trees and wooden objects, but they also like to include papers, the insulation between walls, swimming pool liners, and filtration systems, in their feasts.

There are different ways you can spot these silent destroyers, but since they do not live out in the open, you may need a specialist to find these little critters. The first step would be to know what termites look like because many people mistake them for ants. Some termites can even fly around and may even look just like flying ants to the layman.
The difference between these two is apparent when you look at their wings. Ants have larger wings in the front and smaller ones in the back, while termites have two uniform wings on each side. They also have different antennas–ants have slightly elbowed antennas and termites have straight ones. Moreover, in ants, you can easily see the segments in their body because of their thin waist, but termites have a uniform width.
Not only do termites harm your house, but they can also wreak havoc in your yard, slowly. They even survive on living trees and shrubs and harm woody plants that are already on the downward spiral. Termites can be found anywhere, from the foundations of your house to bookshelves and the books on them. If you suspect that these bugs are actively consuming your house, you should inspect your house immediately.

Although it may not be easy to identify an infestation in its early stages, you can always look for signs. The biggest telltale sign of termite infestation is hollowed out walls with fine dust like substance in the place where your wood was supposed to be.
After feasting in one place, termites move to another part of the house and leave behind a trail of feces along with other dead termites. For closer inspection, take a flashlight and check the corners of your house. Take a screwdriver and lightly prod the wall with it. Use the backend of the screwdriver and use a gentle hand, so that you don’t harm your walls. Listen to sounds the wooden parts make. Look out for hollowed sounds. If you feel like the inside of your wooden object is hollow you may have to call in the professionals. For a complete inspection call Gary at Absolute Pest Control at (804) 598-8193 or request an inspection at www.absolutepestcontrolinc.com

Most of the times, it is not easy to identify termite infestation your own. Therefore, if you are buying a new house or renovating your current one, it is always a good idea to call Absolute Pest Control for a complete inspection.