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How To Take Care of Your Lawn Tools

How To Take Care of Your Lawn Tools

With winter arriving and the growing season coming to an end, it’s time to put those lawn tools away until next year.

Lawn tools and equipment are an investment that, properly cared for, can last for decades. Here are some of the most common tools for lawn care and how to show them some love.

Lawn Mower

During the growing season, you might be pulling out the mower two or three times a week. After a full summer of trimming the grass, that number adds up! Keep this workhorse in great shape by doing a little postseason cleanup. Begin by disconnecting the spark plug wire, then brush off grass clippings, leaves, and mud, taking care to clean out the engine intake. Tip the mower gently on its side to remove any clippings or other grime from underneath the mower. Gasoline can deteriorate in as little as 30 days and cause the engine’s fuel system to clog. Adding a fuel storage stabilizer can help keep the fuel fresh for up to 24 months. After adding the stabilizer, fill the tank with fuel to the top, and let the mower run for a few minutes to work the treated fuel through the system. The full tank helps prevent moisture from getting into the tank and causing rust.

Garden Hose

Hoses are probably one of the most neglected lawn tools. They often get left out in the hot sun and haphazardly piled near the spigot. Particularly if you live in an area with freezing temperatures, it’s very important to disconnect the hose from the spigot. Leaving it connected could allow water to freeze in the pipes, causing leaks and damage to your plumbing. Instead, after removing the hose, be sure to properly drain it, working in sections if needed. Coil the hose in 18 to 24 inch loops, and connect the ends if you can–this helps keep dust and debris out of the hose during storage. Store the hose on a round surface, rather than a hook or nail, as these can cause kinks and cracks to form.

Pruners, Loppers, and Shears

Give these tools a proper cleaning by unscrewing the nut holding them together, and wash all the parts separately in soapy water. Remove any rust by soaking in vinegar and water and scrubbing with steel wool. Sanitize by soaking in a bleach and water solution, which helps prevent any spread of disease to your plants. Dry thoroughly, then rub with boiled linseed oil before reassembling. Use a multi-sharpener to keep the edges sharp and ready for next season.

All Green Pest Control Can Help

While you’re putting your lawn tools to rest for the season, make sure to properly care for your lawn as well. It’s a busy time of year, so take one thing off your list by contacting All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care to give your lawn the pampering it needs before winter. We serve Provo and the Wasatch Front in Utah and will help you achieve a lush, green lawn come spring.

How To Fix Gopher Holes?

How To Fix Gopher Holes

Ah, gopher holes—every homeowner’s worst nightmare. If you take lawn care seriously, you may notice these holes all over your yard.

You might first notice small mounds of dirt, shaped like a crescent, around your yard and garden. You might stumble, sinking to the ankle in a well-concealed hole. You may see little critters running through your yard or the edges of your garden. Or you may notice plants that show the telltale signs of being chewed by rodents. They all mean the same thing—gophers.

Many homeowners discover that gophers are damaging their landscaping and wreaking havoc on their carefully cultivated gardens. It’s a common problem, but one that needs to be solved before your garden deteriorates or someone gets hurt.

Today, we’re covering everything you need to know about gopher holes and how to fix them.

What are Gophers?

Gophers are medium-sized rodents that are known for burrowing. They are usually classified as pests because of the damage this burrowing (and the snacking they do after burrowing) can do to a yard, garden, or farm. Furthermore, they are often confused for squirrels, mice, moles, or other small rodents, especially in the dark or when in fast motion. Gophers aren’t harmful to humans directly, but their burrowing can cause problems.

Gopher Problems

Gophers are more than just a nuisance. They can cause issues that have detrimental effects.

  • Surface Blemishes: The first problem gophers cause is to damage the surface of the earth and whatever sits on it, whether that’s grass, flowers, vegetables, or other plants. Gophers burrow, which means they are coming up and punching down through the surface, resulting in broken soil. Unsightly holes in your grass or garden can also cause dead spots.
  • Dangerous Holes: These holes are roughly the size of a human foot, and they’ve been known to cause a sprained ankle—or worse. Running or playing on soil that has been damaged by holes can cause tripping, falling, and resulting injuries.
  • Plant Damage: Gopher holes can tear up soil and root systems that damage plants. Additionally gophers can chew on plants, so look for teeth marks or plants missing branches or fruit, because it may be a hungry gopher.

Best Way to Fix Gopher Holes

Once you’ve safely eradicated the gophers (you can use traps or natural solutions like spicy or pungent foods), you need to get to work repairing the holes. The tunnels are usually a flattened U-shape, with the middle being the deepest part and curving upwards toward the surface.

Begin by digging a trench to uncover the tunnel, if possible. In a grass yard you’ll want to fill the bottom of the tunnel with gravel, then dump topsoil on top. For a garden, just use topsoil and no gravel so you can maintain drainage and growth. Pack down the soil as tight as you can, since loose soil is easier for burrowing. Cover with grass seed if it needs to match surrounding turf.

Contact All Green Pest Control for Gopher Control

If you’re facing a continuing nuisance of gophers, it’s time to call in the professionals at All Green Pest Control. We can help you get rid of these rodents and prevent any more from coming to dig up your yard and garden. We serve Salt Lake and Utah counties in Utah.

Winterizing Your Plants: A Step-By-Step Guide

Winterizing Your Plants: A Step-By-Step Guide

You’ve worked so hard to create a garden that you’re proud of, so it’s in your best interest to learn all about winterizing your plants.

After all, you don’t want them to freeze, wither, and die over the harsh upcoming winter. In Utah, we’re familiar with the blistering cold we get over the winter months, and the snow can start to fall during autumn. However, many gardeners don’t fully understand the process of winterizing to maximize their spring blooms.

All it takes is a few careful steps to help your plants survive and even thrive after a long and cold winter—no matter how much frozen snow is dumped on top. Today, we’re sharing how you can protect your garden and create one that can survive all 365 days you’ll experience in this beautiful state.

What is Winterizing?

Winterizing is the process of preparing your garden for colder weather, increased precipitation, and decreased sunlight. Depending on where you live and the types of plants you’ve selected for your garden, winterizing can look very different. For some places, you may need to bring trees inside (such as lemon and other citrus plants). In other places, you can get away with adding an extra layer of mulch. When in doubt about the type of winterizing that’s best for your garden and existing plants, stop by your local nursery. The nursery experts can help you understand your soil, climate, and the best ways to protect your plants through the winter.

Best Practices for Winterizing Your Plants:

  • Clear Away Weeds & Detritus. The first place to start is by carefully combing your garden and yard for weeds, overgrown plants, trash, and other detritus. You’d be surprised how much extra growth can accumulate in your garden despite weekly yard work. Perennials, in particular, need to be cut or pruned to allow for healthy growth next season.
  • Add Mulch. In many areas, gardens can fall prey to “frost heave,” which is when the soil freezes and thaws several times, pushing plants and bulbs out of the soil. You can combat this by adding several inches of mulch around the base of your plants. Another benefit of extra mulch is that it can insulate the plant and roots from the cold. Start with three inches of mulch, but increase based on how cold your area will become over the winter months.
  • Pull Annuals. Some annuals and perennials need to be pulled for the winter. Examples include marigolds, zinnias, and many vegetable plants.
  • Protect Evergreen. Plants with evergreen roots will stop taking water over the colder months. This doesn’t mean you should completely ignore them during the cold. Strong and cold winter winds can damage these plants and trees, so consider adding a burlap or other fabric shield to protect them. Secure with ties or stakes before the ground completely freezes.

All Green Pest Control Can Help All Year

As we slide into fall and get closer to the winter season, you need to start thinking about your garden’s survival and winterizing your plants. The professionals at All Green Pest Control can help you manage your yard, no matter the season. Whether you need pest control, yard care, or simply a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us now. We serve Salt Lake and Utah counties in Utah.

The Best Mosquito Control For Your Yard

The Best Mosquito Control For Your Yard

Mosquitos are some of nature’s most prolific pests. They can turn a pleasant afternoon outside into an itchy bloodbath. Even worse, mosquitos may be spreading threatening diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and West Nile virus. According to the CDC, “West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.” So controlling mosquitoes in your yard and living space isn’t just smart–it’s healthier too. What are the best methods, then, for mosquito control? 

5 Options for Mosquito Control for Your Yard

  1. Personal Repellant Spray. Utilizing a personal repellant spray containing DEET is proven to be effective at reducing bug bites of many varieties, including from mosquitoes. It’s recommended that you spray exposed skin anytime you plan to spend time outdoors when mosquitoes have been observed. Drawbacks to bug spray include the smell and consistency, and remembering to use your bug spray every time you are in your yard. Beware of bracelets or patches, as they aren’t as effective as a spray or lotion. 
  2. Fans. Did you know there’s a chemical-free way to repel mosquitoes in your yard? Mosquitoes are very weak fliers, which means a strong breeze is usually enough to blow them off course. An outdoor fan can not only cool you off–it can also blow mosquitoes away from you. Try parking a box fan at ankle-to-knee level when you’re enjoying an evening outside, and you’ll prevent pesky mosquito bites 
  3. Aromatics. Certain scents are proven to repel mosquitoes. Citronella candles, tiki torches, and any fire generating smoke will usually repel mosquitos in a small radius. You can also plant aromatics in your yard and garden to deter mosquitoes from the area for natural mosquito control. Plants you can try are basil, lavender, peppermint, lemon balm, sage, or rosemary. Burn the leaves for an even more effective mosquito repellant. 
  4. Butane Devices. There are various lanterns and handheld devices which use fuel and battery power to warm and diffuse repellant. The radius of protection varies, and you will have to continually refill or recharge to maintain mosquito control, which can be tedious and expensive, but this can be a great passive or mobile option. Try to avoid bug “zappers” or attractive lights, since they can kill or repel good insects necessary for pollination. 
  5. Suppressant Spray. A professional pest control treatment is the most effective way to control mosquitoes in your yard. Suppressant mosquito spray is a more potent combination of repellent chemicals than you use in bug spray, and can even kill mosquitoes on contact and future prevention. Depending on the pest control service, you can see up to 12 weeks of mosquito control (your whole summer!). 

If mosquitoes are already threatening to ruin your summer, don’t waste any more money on candles or grocery store yard sprays. It’s time to enlist professional pest control to keep your family comfortable and safe all summer long. Call today to talk to one of our experts and to get a free quote for our pest control services

Lawn Care & Gardening: What Not To Grow in Utah?

What Not To Grow in Utah

Growing a garden is a labor of love. It takes careful planning, daily dedication, and even investigative problem-solving. The results are rewarding–and delicious. But after all the time and attention you invest in your garden, it can be incredibly disheartening to find that your plants aren’t growing. You may need to adjust your watering schedule or find soil additives that can boost your plant growth. Some plants, though, simply aren’t going to flourish in our beautiful desert mountain climate. 

We can help you manage your lawn and weed control, but today we’re going to share what we’ve learned about successful yards and gardens so that you can plan mindfully and avoid problems before they start. 

What Not to Grow in Utah

Utah has a unique climate that is dry and hot but with the threat of cold and even snow in the early spring. Depending on your area of the state, your soil may feature differing pH levels, but most of Utah features alkaline soils. There is a wide range of plants, fruits, and vegetables that thrive in Utah gardens and yards. 

Unfortunately, not everything is going to grow successfully here. Of course, Utah isn’t known for citrus fruits, since we simply don’t have the warm and humid climate necessary for year-round growth. If your heart is set on a lemon or orange tree, you may be able to keep it alive with indoor/outdoor gardening and careful maintenance, but understand the burden you’ll be undertaking. Avoid planting new trees and vegetable plants in an area with deer and local wildlife unless you have a sturdy, impenetrable fence as these animals can rapidly destroy a well-cultivated garden. 

Invasive Spreading Plants

Some plants may be desirable due to their appearance, or that they’re a low maintenance option in our dry climate. However, you need to be careful about the plants you introduce to your garden or yard. Invasive plants will proliferate, filling the designated space and then some. Invasive plants can completely take over your garden and even steal the necessary resources (sunlight, water, and soil nutrients) from other plants. Sometimes these plants are marketed as “fast-growing,” which can seem appealing to those looking for shade and luscious foliage quickly, but the plants can crowd out other plant life and even threaten fragile ecosystems. Examples of invasive plants Utahns experience are: 

  • English Ivy
  • Chinese wisteria
  • Bamboo
  • Scotch broom shrubs
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Princess trees
  • Russian olive trees

A Good Rule of Green Thumb

If you are unsure of what to plant in your Utah yard or garden, head to your local nursery. Generally, a nursery will only sell plants that can succeed in the local area. Talk to a gardening expert about your yard, hours of sunlight, wind protection, soil, drainage, and desired level of effort. Your local nursery will have the best guidance for planning, planting, and nurturing a garden that meets your needs and desires. 

A healthy yard and garden free from destructive pests and choking weeds is a critical foundation for any home gardener. All Green Pest Control can help you manage your lawn fertilization and weed control to strengthen your yard and garden this summer. 

Trimmers and Edgers: Are They Worth the Investment?

Trimmers and Edgers: Are They Worth the Investment?

It’s essential to keep your lawn mowed and trimmed so that your home looks well taken care of. Keeping your grass mowed and the edges trimmed also keeps it lush, leaving you with a green lawn year-round. When it comes to doing edge work, you’ll have to pick between a trimmer or an edger. 

The following information can help you determine which is best for your lawn. 

The Right Tools for the Right Job

Some people by a trimmer and try to use it as an edger in hopes of creating a clean edge where their lawn meets a sidewalk, path, or driveway. Depending on your tool, you can even reposition your trimmer’s head to make it easier to edge. However, these tools serve separate purposes; although a trimmer is good for maintaining edges, a dedicated edger does an excellent job at creating edges. 

Find out more about the differences between trimmers and edgers in today’s blog. 

When Should I Use a Trimmer?

Trimmers are perfect for cutting around obstacles, such as walls, light posts, and other areas your lawnmower can’t squeeze into. If your tool’s head is repositionable, you can use it to maintain your lawn’s edges. Use a trimmer every time you mow your lawn to finish off areas your mower can’t reach and to trim the grass around your edges for a clean-cut look. 

Although there are different types of trimmers, we recommend you use a classic, string one. String trimmers use a string to cut grass, and you should only use them to maintain your lawn because they are more of a hassle to use when it comes to creating fresh edges. 

It’s important to note that some string trimmers run on electricity, so you’ll need to buy an extension cord if you choose to go this route. 

When Should I Use an Edger?

Most edgers come with a vertical spinning, metal blade that can cut through thick grass and roots. Since these tools are more heavy-duty than trimmers, they’re bigger and designed to be more stable on the ground. 

We recommend you go with a light-weight stick edger, which is the same size as a string trimmer; however, it’s more powerful. Using this tool will give you a straighter line, and you’ll get the job done faster. This tool works best for creating new edges on your lawn. 

If you select an edger, you should edge your lawn once a month, as long as the soil is dry. This tool digs deeper than a trimmer, which can create a separation between your lawn and concrete. 

Need to Upkeep Your Lawn? All Green Pest Control Can Help

Now that you know which tools to use to maintain your lawn, you can keep it looking luscious. But what if you don’t have the time to upkeep it? All Green Pest Control specializes in lawn care and pest control so that we can take care of your lawn. 

We’re a licensed, professional company that is dedicated to providing a positive experience for our customers. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties. Reach out to us for a free quote

   
Best Vegetables to Plant

Best Vegetables to Plant

Growing your own vegetable garden is an exercise that balances indulgence and practicality. Not only will you have the fixings for a salad right outside your door when you grow your own vegetables, but you’ll also be getting the most nutritional bang for your buck. 

Stay tuned to learn more about the benefits of growing your own vegetable garden. 

Why Should I Grow a Vegetable Garden?

For starters, it’s much healthier to grow your own food because you’ll be fully aware of what has gone into your crop. Sadly, many people are intimidated to take on this project, but starting a garden is easy if you select the right crops. Best of all, many crops yield a delicious product and don’t require too much work. 

We compiled a list of the easiest vegetables to grow to motivate you to begin your gardening journey. Consider planting the following three vegetables.

1. Lettuce

Lettuce is a cool weather plant that’s perfect for growing in the early spring or fall. You can grow several lettuce types, including leaf lettuce or head lettuce, such as Romaine and Iceberg. If you live in a colder region, you’ll be pleased to learn that lettuce seedlings can handle frost, and they do well as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. 

Not only is lettuce a staple vegetable, but it’s also accessible. You can buy lettuce seeds at your local grocery store, or you can pick up lettuce plants at your local nursery. 

2. Green Beans

Green beans are an easy plant to grow with an abundant harvest. There are various types of green beans, such as half runners and bush beans. Half runners are tender beans that pair well with most meals, but they run along a vine, so you’ll need a spacious backyard to accommodate them. Furthermore, these beans have strings, so you’ll need to string them before you can enjoy them. 

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance green bean plant, then bush beans may be right for you. You can just walk along your row of green beans and pull them directly off the bush, no strings attached! You’ll need to plant your bush beans in well-drained soil and ensure they receive direct sunlight. Remember to place a thick layer of compost over your rows. Once you go over your rows with a rake and cover your seeds with compost, you’ll have tiny green bean plants sprouting in your garden in weeks. 

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most sought-after vegetables year-round. Nothing compares to the rich, juicy taste of a homegrown tomato! Tomatoes come in all varieties, from beefsteak tomatoes to yellow tomatoes, to purple Cherokee—the list goes on, and you’re sure to find one that thrills your taste buds. These vegetables love the heat and hate the cold, so it’s best to grow them in the summer. We recommend you grow yours indoors for the first 4-6 weeks before transporting them outdoors. 

Contact All Green Pest Control

These are just a few vegetable garden ideas, and there are many more you can choose from. Once you start or expand your garden, you’ll need to stay on top of lawn fertilization and pest control so that you can grow the healthiest vegetables possible.

All Green Pest Control can handle those garden pests and provide you with quality lawn fertilization, so you won’t have to spend your days off tending to your garden.

We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties. Contact us for a free quote. 

   
Plants That Can Handle Hot Temperatures

Plants That Can Handle Hot Temperatures

Summer is around the corner, and you’ll probably want to spend your time outdoors to enjoy Utah’s hot temperatures. Fortunately, you can make your garden as colorful, vibrant, and lush as your springtime landscape.

Find out which plants can beat the heat. 

Not All Plants Are Heat Tolerant

Most plants depend on transpiration (water loss due to evaporation) to remain cool; this is why it’s essential to water your plants multiple times a day when it’s hot. If your plants can’t cool down, most of their cellular membranes and proteins may die out. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have time to water your plants frequently, so we recommend you stick to heat-tolerant ones.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss four different plants that can handle scorching weather and make your garden stand out.

1. Lantanas

Lantanas are native to the tropics, so they love hot and humid weather. These plants grow best in well-drained, moist soil, but they can withstand a drought. Not only do they thrive in the sun, but they bloom year-round in clusters of red, pink, yellow, orange, and white. These flowers are perfect for plating around the perimeters of vegetable gardens because hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies won’t damage them. We recommend you place them next to plants that need pollination, such as melons and squash. 

2. Cosmos

Cosmos are tall, beautiful annuals native to Mexico, so they’re familiar with excessive heat and drought. If you want to add more color to your space and not have to worry about maintenance, you can’t go wrong with cosmos. Consider planting them if you have a desert garden with low soil levels. You may be surprised to learn this, but fertile soil can weaken these plants, making them floppy. We recommend you plant these in flower beds you haven’t used in a while. 

3. Marigolds

Marigolds are usually at the top of every ideal warm-weather flower list, and for a good reason: they’re a classic container and bedding plant. These plants are popular because they’re easy to grow, come in cheerful orange and yellow tones, and flourish in the summer. Be sure to plant them in well-drained soil and in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. Remember to water them at the root and allow the soil to dry out in between waterings.

4. Salvias

Salvias, also known as sages, are long-blooming plants that are simple to grow and are low-maintenance. These plants hail from Mediterranean countries, so they’re heat-tolerant and fine with minimal summer watering. You’ll also be pleased to learn they’re deer-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about hungry fawn approaching them. The most radiant salvias contain masses of blue or purple flowers that can bloom all summer long and attract pollinators. 

All Green Pest Control Can Help

Now that you know some of the plants that love the sun, you can start preparing your garden for the summer. You’ll need to practice lawn care and pest control to get the most out of your garden. All Green Pest Control can do the work for you, as we’re experts at weeding, fertilizing, seeding, trimming, pest control, and more. We serve Provo and all areas along the Wasatch Front. Request a quote today

Can You Make Fertilizer For Your Lawn?

Can You Make Fertilizer?

Organic gardening plays a critical role in both our physical wellbeing and the environment’s health. There’s a variety of all-natural fertilizers you can use in your garden or with potting soil. Best of all, you can make some of these fertilizers at home with everyday household items from your backyard or pantry. 

Stay tuned to learn more about the benefits of DIY fertilizer.

Healthy Plants Sprout from Healthy Soil

Well-fed plants blossom faster and healthier than those without fertilizer. Since most people don’t make fertilizer, they resort to buying it at the store. Although this is convenient, store-bought ones typically contain chemicals that are harmful to your crops, and they’re not environmentally friendly. 

Furthermore, fertilizer can be pricey, and you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money when you can make your own. In today’s blog, we’ll teach you five ways to make fertilizer that won’t break the bank.

1. Grass Clippings

If you boast an organic lawn, you can collect your grass clippings to use as fertilizer. All you need is an inch of clippings to reap the benefits of a quality weed-blocking mulch. Moreover, it’s rich in nitrogen, which is an essential plant nutrient. 

2. Kitchen Scraps

Give your kitchen and garden scraps a second life and use them as compost. Because compost releases nutrients slowly, your garden will be able to go approximately two years without fertilizer reapplication. Additionally, it helps soil retain moisture, which is crucial for vegetables to thrive during dry summers. 

3. Tree Leaves

Instead of bagging your fall leaves and putting them out on your curb, you can collect them for your garden. Leaves contain trace minerals, so they attract earthworms, retain moisture, and make heavy soils lighter. 

You can mix leaves into your potting soil, or use them as a mulch to keep weeds at bay and fertilize your plants. 

4. Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds make an excellent fertilizer because several types of plants, such as tomatoes, blueberries, and roses, thrive in acidic soil. You can sprinkle the used grounds over the surface of the soil, or you can pour a few tablespoons of coffee onto your plants. Soak up to five cups of used coffee grounds for up to a week to make garden coffee. 

5. Eggshells

If you’ve ever used lime on your plants, you’re probably aware of its benefits. Lime can lower your soil’s acidity, which is ideal for plants that don’t need much acid. Furthermore, it provides them with calcium, which is an essential nutrient. 

You can buy lime as an all-natural fertilizer at your local garden center, but if you’d rather save money, consider using eggshells as an alternative. Simply wash out your eggshells and crush them over your plants. It turns out; they’re 93% calcium carbonate, which is the scientific name for lime. 

All Green Pest Control Can Help

Do you need a break from caring for your lawn? Although making fertilizer is feasible, you may not have the time to tend to your plants. All Green Pest Control specializes in lawn fertilization, and we’d love to help your lawn reach peak growth and performance. Contact us today for a free quote.

   
Termite Removal: What Does It Entail?

Termite Removal: What Does It Entail?

Termites are as small as ants, but when they work together, they’re responsible for over $1 billion in structural damage each year in the United States alone. Not only do these pests cause cosmetic damage to your home’s interior, but they also feast on its structure. Termites love to dine on floor joints, support beams, and ceiling joints. Though your home’s structure is nourishing for termites, the damage termites leave your home with isn’t healthy. 

Because termites do all their dirty work in the dark, it’s difficult to stop them in their tracks. Keep reading to find out how you can remove termites from your home.

Identifying Termites

Termites and flying ants look nearly identical, and without close inspection, you might mix the two up. To effectively treat your home’s infestation, you must identify which pest you’re dealing with because a poison that debilitates flying ants won’t have the same effect on termites. Some differences between ants and termites are: 

Termites:

  • Have a ribbed abdomen that’s continuous with no visible waist
  • Have four vein-filled wings, which are equal in length and twice the length of their abdomen
  • Antennas point straight and are short. 
  • Don’t have eyes. 

Ants:

  • Have a clearly defined thorax and a constricted abdomen
  • Also, have four wings, but their front pair of wings are larger than their rear pair
  • Antennas are slanted

As you can see, there are some differences between ants and termites; however, spotting termites is challenging. A better way to identify termites is to inspect your home’s damage. Termites are infamous for building mud tubes, which are underground mud structures that connect the ground to your house, garage, or other wooden structure. 

Signs of Termite Infestation

You’ll know termites have invited themselves into your home if you begin to notice discarded termite wings scattered around. Discarded wings are a significant sign of termite invasion, as female termites shed their wings once they find the perfect place to build a new colony. Routinely inspect your wood structures for signs of decay. Solid beams that sound hollow are another indicator of termite infestation. Don’t forget to examine the fuse boxes outside of your home, as termite populations might be hiding there. 

Removing Termites

You shouldn’t attempt DIY termite removal, even if you’re only dealing with a small colony; leave termite removal to the professionals. A professional will treat the soil around your house with an insecticide that works exclusively on termites. An exterminator will also treat your wood directly if termites are populating inside your wooden structures. 

Taking preventative measures against a termite invasion will save you money in the long run. Colonies thrive in a moist atmosphere, so eliminate any damp areas in your home before they become a problem. 

Stop letting termites live in your home rent-free. If you suspect you have a termite invasion, call All Green Pest Control today. Our termite exterminators will handle those pesky termites for you.