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Fire Ants, Carpenter Ants, and Flying Ants, OH MY!

Fire Ants, Carpenter Ants, and Flying Ants, OH MY!

Have you been outside recently?  I know the calendar still says “Spring,” but 95° and humid is as summer as you can get here in New England. With the arrival of these high temperatures, several other life forms tend to follow soon after. ANTS As movie studios would have you believe, ants can either be… Read more »

Swarmer Ants: What are they?

Swarmer Ants: What are they?

Ants teeming on the ground is a pretty common sight during the spring and summer months, as are a large variety of buzzing flying insects.  What you may not see all that often are “flying ants.”  Flying ants might seem a little creepy or even startling to come across buzzing through the air. So let’s… Read more »

Powderpost Beetles:  What are they and why should I care?

Powderpost Beetles: What are they and why should I care?

The name “powderpost” doesn’t sound so intimidating, but what if you heard “wood-boring” or “termite“? The reaction would be much different, and that is the response that the powderpost beetle should receive as well.  Powderpost beetles are the second most destructive insect for wood in buildings and furniture –  second only behind termites. What are… Read more »

Prevent Carpenter Ants Naturally

Prevent Carpenter Ants Naturally

Carpenter ants.  Believe it or not, you have probably seen them before, whether in your home or out foraging in nature.  They are commonly referred to as those “big black ants.”  And as long as they choose to stay out there in nature and not move into your home; you will probably not think too… Read more »

Will Snow Stop Ant Activity?

Will Snow Stop Ant Activity?

In the summertime, it is not uncommon to see a trail of ants marching one by one toward a food source. Once the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall ants, like most insects, tend to disappear. But have they actually ceased working, and what does it mean if you find them inside your… Read more »

Is that a Termite or a Flying Ant?

Is that a Termite or a Flying Ant?

Now that we are finally experiencing  all of the glory of spring, with warmer weather, buds and blossoms blooming and flying insects swarming…wait, what?  That’s right, spring also brings swarming insects like termites and flying ants.   Termites, though, will silently eat their way through your home, undetected for years, causing serious damage that is… Read more »

Secret Destroyers: Carpenter Ant Damage – 5 Facts

Secret Destroyers: Carpenter Ant Damage – 5 Facts

Carpenter Ants are in fact a very important part of the ecosystem, helping to breakdown rotten and decaying wood in the natural environment – making Carpenter Ants one of the most common wood destroying insects in the northeast. However, they can cause serious property damage if left unchecked in your home.  This damage is caused… Read more »

The Swarms are Coming

The Swarms are Coming

You see it coming from a distance, a swarm that grows larger the closer it gets. You can see the tiny winged beasts approaching like a black cloud, forcing you indoors to take shelter from the coming storm. Though you may have seen this happen each year in Boston, you might not understand what you’re… Read more »

Quick Facts to Help You Identify Carpenter Ants

Quick Facts to Help You Identify Carpenter Ants

Finding a few ants crawling around your home can be concerning, especially when you’re not sure whether they’re harmless summer pests or carpenter ants that could cause serious problems. Wood-boring insects cause thousands of dollars in damages to a home before the owner even suspects their presence. Knowing how to identify carpenter ants can help… Read more »

Three Reasons to Avoid Do-It-Yourself Termite Removal

Three Reasons to Avoid Do-It-Yourself Termite Removal

Termite infestation costs Americans more than $5 billion in property damages every year. When you discover termites munching on the wood structures of your Ellsworth, MA home, your first reaction may be to tackle the problem yourself instead of paying exterminators. Unfortunately, termite control isn’t as simple as you might think. A can of bug… Read more »