If you’re in Mankato or surrounding areas and dealing with the peskiness of bugs we’ve got some good news. Bug Busters is servicing your area, and we have over 30 years of bug busting experience. We’ve sure seen all sorts of wildlife and bugs in our time, so give us a call if you’re having some trouble with the following bugs.
While our cold winters help keep these critters from being a year-round struggle, as soon as that snow melts and the weather warms up, the ants come to play, and boy are they hungry. It’s helpful to know which kind you’re dealing with so talk about their differences.
Carpenter Ants are black with a hint of red sometimes and love making moist wood their home. This wood doesn’t have to be a pile outside, but the wood in your home that has too much moisture in it from poor ventilation or water in the bathroom. You’ll be able to tell it’s a carpenter ant because of the sawdust piles they leave around since they don’t eat the wood but make tunnels with it.
Now pavement ants live under, you guessed it, pavement or any other concrete structure. However, these ants are also resourceful and will move into your home if it provides needed warmth.
Both ants enjoy finding scraps or crumbs of food, or, foraging for food. Any meats, bread, or anything sweet (fake or natural) will draw their attention. Both ants do have wings and huge colonies. Should you need to remove colonies from your home, call us at Bug Busters first and make sure not to use at home remedies- we want to see the evidence so we can get to that colony.
You know those long critters with what looks to be hundreds of legs? Well, those are either Millipedes or Centipedes.
Millipedes have a lot of short legs and seem to move in a wave-like motion. Centipedes can grow about an inch long and has only 30 legs. However, they both move incredibly fast. The reason you don’t want these bugs in your home, aside from it just being annoying, is that they pose a significant threat to us humans.
Millipedes aren’t as dangerous, but they do burrow in soil and eat all the roots of your in-house plants or garden plants. And if you and the family, like many, rely on that garden for food it can be a big headache. And if provoked millipedes do have venom, they emit that can cause some serious skin and eye irritation. Centipedes, on the other hand, will bite and inject the paralyzing venom that can irritate.
So though they might look cute, it’s a good idea to give us a call if you start seeing more than a few here and there.
Rats and mice, no matter what type of home you’re in or where will always find a way in when needed. These pests go where it’s warm and live there as long as they can. As most know, they build their nests using whatever they find around the home. And while they do gnaw at the wood of the house, it’s to help grind down their incisors, not for food. Because they are smart little buggers, most rodents will go to the kitchen or near the kitchen, and then find a place to nest in there.
Mice and rats host a myriad of diseases and bacteria, so it’s best to call Bug Busters if you seem to notice droppings or even a nest. These critters procreate at lightning speeds, and an infestation can happen incredibly fast.
We’ve been around since 1986, and know this area and its bugs well. If you’re worried about these bugs, or any others you see, give us a call to schedule a free assessment and, if we find anything, a free estimate. Call today!