Summertime Pests

Hot and Bothered: Keep an Eye Out for These Summertime Pests

If it isn’t one season, it’s another. After spending all winter trying to keep insects and rodents from invading your house, along comes summer with its own set of invasive and stinging troublemakers.

Summertime Pests: Ants

You just can’t catch a break with ants. During the winter, they try to get into the house in search of moisture, food and heat. But summer is no better, as they’re once again looking to get in for food and even scarcer moisture, but now they want a little air conditioning as well.

summertime Pest ants

Mainly, however, it’s mostly the moisture that ants are after, which means it’s fairly common to find them congregating near moisture sources in the home such as kitchen sinks (the proximity to food here is a bonus), damp areas behind bathroom tiles or under sinks, or near water heaters and air conditioning units (especially leaky ones).

But ants are pervasive little pests; once they come in looking for moisture, they have a tendency to spread to plenty of other areas as well, including living rooms, bedrooms, basements and the insides of walls. To keep them from getting in and making themselves at home, take care to:

  • Stay on top of food waste
  • Wipe down your well-sealed containers of sweet staples like sugar and honey
  • Keep an eye out for leaks around all faucets and pipes

Summertime Pests: Stinging Insects

Ants are certainly annoying, but nothing breaks up a picnic faster than an uninvited stinging pest. Hives have been building all spring and into the summer, often in well-protected areas around the house such as soffits, eaves, porches and trees, and now they’re brimming with:

  • Paper wasps
  • Hornets
  • Bees/yellowjackets

Stinging Insects 101


Because the warm summer months are a busy period of gathering and storing food, you’re likely to see an uptick in these pests, many of whom carry a sting that’s not only painful, but can be serious for those with allergies. To avoid an unpleasant encounter, take a few basic steps:

  • Keep food covered while outdoors, and dispose of trash immediately
  • Try to avoid aggravating a wasp or hornet – panicky flailing is more likely to incite a sting
  • Steer clear of hives and nests

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Most importantly, if you do find a hive or nest, do not try to deal with it on your own. Not only will you expose yourself to multiple potential stings, treating a hive or nest without properly removing and sealing up the entrance is just an invitation to other bees and insects to simply move in.

Instead, if you have a problem with ants, wasps, bees or any other summertime pests, contact Erdye’s Pest Control today for a FREE comprehensive inspection. You’ve waited long enough for summer to arrive – let us help you enjoy it pest-free!

Ants in the Home

How to Prevent Ants in the Home

No homeowner who has had to confront the problem of ants in the home needs to be reminded of how big of a nuisance these little pests can be, and winter is often a prime time for ants to try and make their move indoors.

But as this short video demonstrates, there are a number of simple steps you can take to not only prevent ants in the home, but also stop a potential ant infestation.

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Ants Marching: How To Keep Ants Out Of Your House

Nothing ruins a good picnic like ants. Unfortunately, when the picnics move indoors come wintertime, so do these unwelcome guests. Perhaps it is this persistence that has helped make ants America’s #1 nuisance pest, according to the National Pest Management Association.

Two things are certain – homeowners have plenty of opportunities to find ants in and around their living spaces, and there are plenty of ant varieties to be found. But ants aren’t just annoying. From food contamination to property damage, ants can also pose a significant health risk to your home and family.

Where are Ants during Winter?

Winter is, of course, a less active time for ants, but just because they’re less obvious doesn’t mean they’re not around. They’re likely just riding out the cold season deep underground, waiting for the warmth of spring. But in the meantime, if they see your home as a potential food source, they’re going to try and find a way in – through small cracks and crevices in the siding, foundation or weather-stripping – and chances are, once they’re in they’re going to bring a lot of their friends along in due time, laying down a pheromone trail that the colony is sure to follow.
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Springtime Pest Prevention

Spring House

Spring is an exciting time, especially when you live in a region where the winters are long and can seem to last forever. It’s a time for birth, regrowth and renewal. The sun emerges, the rain comes, and all is washed new in preparation for the warm weather ahead, and that welcomed time outdoors. Many of us are cleaning our homes, ridding of things we no longer need, and making small repairs. Along with the clearing and renewal, we also see the re-appearance of some “not so invited” things too. The spring is prime time for the re-emergence of ants and beetles, and we often times see them in our homes at this time. While professional treatments done in the fall will easily prevent us from having to deal with these issues, those of us who have forgotten are feeling the need to take action now.

So many people inquire about the best ways to rid of the spring pests that begin to plague our homes, and want to know the most effective ways of taking care of them. It’s a popular desire to want to take care of ants or beetles on your own…hoping for a simple solution to the annoying issue. The most popular questions are typically regarding what type of baits or chemicals are best to rid of these critters. The simple answer is this:

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The Ants Go Marching


Ants are for certain a social insect, which belongs to the same order as wasps and bees. Each ant is a member of a highly organized colony or nest, which can sometimes consist of millions of individual ants. Within a single nest, there can be hundreds of workers, soldiers, drones and queens and colonies can occupy and use a wide area of land to support them.

There are about 11,880 known ant species, most of which are tropical, but in the Mid West, and throughout most of the US, the Odorous House Ant is the most common ant that is found inside of our homes. Ants are extremely social creatures and their ability to adapt to almost any environment has enabled them to colonize almost every landmass on Earth, which would explain why we so commonly see them around. Typically seeing ants isn’t very bothersome, because we realize that they are fairly harmless, however seeing them in our homes is a different story. Because their colonies can be so large, when we find them in our homes, it can be overwhelming!

Most people tend to make sure their food is well sealed up, and head to the store for the typical ant bait traps to take care of the problem. What isn’t realized is that those bait traps that are found in stores and readily available to mainstream society, are actually likely to do much more harm than good. The bait traps found in most stores, have such a small amount of poison in them, typically mixed with a bit of sugar water, and they are ineffective in staving off the problem. The ants that visit them, will create a trail leading back to their colony, which will lead many other ants out to seek what they find in the trail…which becomes a problem, because when there isn’t enough poison to kill the subsequent ants, they are led to seek additional food sources, and will venture into other areas of your home to do so. This increases the problem, rather than killing it off. Effective ant management will usually be a combination of control methods that involve inspection, sanitation and exclusion, habitat modification, and often some type(s) of insecticides. Because of this, it’s most often best to seek out a professional pest control service.

At this time of year, in the very late winter, or early spring, is when we typically begin to encounter the issues with ants. Ants do not hibernate as it may seem (because we tend not to see them during winter), but instead, they go into hiding from the cold, often migrating underneath pavement or concrete slabs until they feel the warmth of the sun heating up the place where they have chosen to migrate to. Once that happens, they will begin to come out, and seek a new home, which is often times in the comfort of your home. Ants are quite often seeking food, water and shelter, and our homes provide all of these things for them, in abundance. Being attracted to water is something to consider when attempting to prevent ants from entering your home. Check around sliding patio doors to see if there is moisture built up in the wood frame, or surrounding track. It will typically collect there, and provides an excellent source of water, and point of attraction for ants. Another place to check is in your windowsills, also for a buildup of moisture. These are both very common attraction and entry points for ants entering your home. If you are suddenly seeing ants in your home, you very well may have a moisture issue, or even some rotting wood or trim in your home. Checking for this each year in the spring, and replacing any rotting wood, or wood that has absorbed moisture will likely prevent any issues with ants.

Carpenter Ants are particularly bothersome when discovered in the home. Due to their life cycle, and massive hatching, carpenter ants can seem quite overwhelming. Upon hatching, hundreds or even thousands of ants will emerge at once, making it seem as if there are enough to just carry your house away. They appear in such great numbers, and what seems like all at the same time, that it seems to exacerbate the problem. You can easily identify carpenter ants by their wings, but this also scares many people into thinking that they have discovered termites in their home. Despite the common misunderstanding, carpenter ants do not actually eat any wood in your home in the way that termites do. They actually use their mandibles to chew out decaying, moist or rotting wood, and push around the chewed up wood, creating hollow cavities, by which they use to travel through your home. They can cause structural damage, but not in the same aggressive manner that termites do. These ants are also extremely attracted to moisture, and the same prevention and awareness will help to keep the carpenter ants away as well. As with any ant or insect, a professional pest control service will be most effective in ridding of the problem, and preventing future issues with treatment and prevention education.