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Do I Need Termite Protection? Termite Protection Plans Recommendations

Do you need termite protection? Well, who doesn’t? Termite infestations are a serious nuisance and a dangerous phenomenon in the world. These annoying insects invade a house and make sure they won’t leave until they ruin the entire structure.

From Drywood termites to Dampwood termites and also Formosan termites, the danger of termites is the same.

If you live near to a colony of termites, it presents a serious threat to your property. Especially if you are a homeowner, you would care for everything in your house ranging from the basement to the garden, and finding a termite colony would not satisfy you.

People nowadays think that modern buildings are resistant to termites. Well, they are wrong. As long as there is wood and humidity, nothing is resistant to termites.

Therefore you should beware and protect yourself from such nuisance.

Why should be concerned about termites?

Termites feed on cellulose-based substances such as wood, paper, dirt… And if you are living in North America, then your house is almost completely made by wood. Therefore, termites are a serious threat to your house.

There are many types of termites that could infest your property and we are citing them from the least to the most dangerous:

  • Dampwood termites: as it is called, this particular kind of termites likes to live in the “damp wood” as they have a necessary need of moisture and cool air. Damp wood is a wet material which allows to Dampwood termites to build their nests and form a massive colony.

This type of termites is considered the least dangerous because they don’t have a fast destructive behavior as others.

Dampwood termites are usually found in cold areas in U.S.A such as Northern U.S.A.

  • Subterranean termites: these termites like to live in the soil and build their nests, usually underneath wooded areas such as your basement or your garden plants.

Subterranean termites build mud tubes on the walls starting from the ground to reach their food source. These mud tubes are made of wet soil and fecal pellets.

This type of termites is more likely to live in hot weather as the soil provides all the necessary moisture and the perfect conditions they need.

Subterranean termites are found almost in the whole US but most spread in the south.

  • Drywood termites: when it comes to Drywood termites, everybody has a story to tell. This type of termites has infested almost all the houses of the US and still causing damage until now. It is probably the most commonly known species in North America and it is known by its ability to live in dry wood and in hot temperate areas. It always infests walls and house structures. Thanks to their ability to fit in the ambient conditions with no special need to high level of moistures, we can say they are the most expanded termites especially in the southern regions of U.S.A.

Drywood termites form several colonies and have a fast ability of reproduction, which is why their infestation is the worst pest that could happen to a property. And their treatment is hard.

  • Formosan termites: similar to subterranean termites, Formosan termites just have a more destructive behavior. That’s why this kind is considered as the most dangerous termites in the U.S.A and North America in general.

A single colony of Formosan termites can reach a million individuals in just 1 year and this colony has the ability to ingest 13 ounces of wood daily (400 grams) and, then they can ruin a whole house structure in few months.

Formosan termites are commonly found in the coastal southern regions of the U.S.A.

As the estimated cost of damage caused by these few species of termites is up to $5 billion for the U.S government, then you – as individual in the U.S society – you must worry about termites and fight against them.

Consequences of Termite Infestations

In order to make you worry about termites and know the damage they are able to cause, here we are providing you with some fatal consequences of termite infestations:

  • Wood damage: these insects have the ability to damage a large amount of wood in few days. They generally infest wood furniture, wooded walls, or wooded house structures causing cracks and holes in the exterior of wood. They can also be accompanied with a wet spot presenting the exact location of the colony.
  • Structure damage: as they can damage the structure of your house, some homeowners have admitted that their house fell due to termite infestations proving evidence how these termites can cause catastrophic damage to your property.
  • Plant damage: termites are also able to invade your backyard if there is any firewood or decayed wood. Subterranean termites are most likely to infest your garden because of the wet soil and they will mud tunnels that reach trees, then they will damage your trees and flowers as well as other types of termites which don’t have a problem with infesting any type of areas as long as there is enough cellulose to form a massive huge colony.

Termite Prevention

As termite infestations are dangerous and you are convinced with the danger they will put you in, you may be looking for some ways to prevent termites. Prevention is better than cure, and you need to protect your house before termites dare and gain entry to it.

  • Keep inspecting your property regularly; maybe you can stop a termite infestation before it expands.
  • Keep termite attractors such as firewood, mulch, debris… out of sight and away from the house.
  • Check your water tubes and pipes, there might be a leak which provides a wet environment for subterranean termites.
  • Keep dead trees or tree stumps away from the house.
  • Remove all climbing plants against walls as they can present perfect nests to some termites which will infest walls.
  • Keep your trees and plants well-trimmed.
  • Reduce humidity and moisture by ventilating closed wet areas such as the basement or the attic.
  • Use chemical barriers if necessary. These barriers contain chemical substances which are repellent for termites. Some physical barriers could also be useful.

Woodchucks

Homeowners in North America suffer from various kinds of pests. We have always talked about the danger of insects for homeowners but we've never mentioned the serious problems caused by animals. Some big animals are also considered as pests in North America. One of these annoying destructive pests is the woodchuck.
Woodchucks are cute but only when they are out in the wild. When these pests invade houses and properties, it becomes a serious problem that needs an immediate solving.

Therefore, British settlers tried to combine between their language and the Algonquian language so this groundhog became “woodchuck”. Woodchucks are commonly found in the wild, especially in Pennsylvania, this state is well-known by its woodchucks. But the problems begin when a woodchuck invades a property. This animal has the ability to ruin the entire backyard in a few weeks. Woodchuks are also known for their gluttonous eating. This specie can eat 3 pounds (around 1.4kg) of potatoes in 30 minutes. Groundhogs have a destructive habit and they feed on vegetables, therefore they have to be kept away from house gardens or backyards.

Physical or biological characteristics of woodchucks:

As the woodchuck looks a lot like its cousin the squirrel, it has some different biological points. The woodchuck is more likely to contact humans than a squirrel. And for that, the groundhog needs special abilities to protect itself, avoid danger and guarantee its survival.


  1. Besides the bulky structure, the woodchuck is very flexible and moves very quickly.
  2. Woodchuck’s chunky body is supported by 4 little and solid legs that are barely visible. These 4 legs carry off pointed claws in order to make the digging of underground halls easier.
  3. The body of a woodchuck contains a bushy tail. The fur is usually, brownish gray, but there are also albino woodchucks which are white, and melanistic woodchucks which are black.
  4. A woodchuck’s body weight ranges from 5 to 10 pounds (around 2.2 to 4.5 kg) and some wild woodchucks can reach 14 pounds (6.3 kg).
  5. The groundhog's length is usually, between 16 and 20 inches (40 to 50 cm), including the tail which is 4 to 7 inches long, while some wild woodchucks can reach up to 31 inches (80 cm).
  6. Woodchucks’ eyes and ears are well-adapted on the top of a flat head so they can easily check for danger before getting out of the burrows. That’s why woodchucks are identified in cartoons by small eyes and ears looking out of a burrow edge.
  7. The woodchuck has 4 front long incisors used for cutting and eating fruits.
  8. A woodchuck can live from 3 to 6 years, while wild groundhogs sometimes reach 10 years.

Important things you need to know about woodchucks:

The woodchuck may be a wild animal that is destructive for properties, but it turns out to be that it is also a cute pet that has many special things to tell.

Behavior

Woodchucks are smart and flexible wild animals, which allows them to fit in the wilderness and co-exist with other species. There are many woodchuck predators, such as coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, wolves, bears, cougars, eagles… That’s why groundhogs face frequent danger in the wild, and are most likely to live in closed areas; that’s why they invade properties. When a woodchuck is facing danger, it makes a sound like a whistle to alert other groundhogs. It's how it got the name “whistle pig”. This innocent animal may squeal when fighting or being injured to ask for help. Woodchucks have a very special ability: they are very good swimmers and spectacular climbers. Despite their chunky bodies, they swim really good, in order to avoid less skilled predators, or they climb to surveil their nests and check for food sources.

Diet

Woodchucks are herbivores that like to eat in the early morning or in the evening hours. This voracious animal eats 1/3 his weight daily. It has many favorite greens such as: carrot tops, beans and peas, flowers, apples, dandelions, clovers, barks, alfalfas. Sometimes they also eat insects such as: grasshoppers, termites, grabs... etc. Woodchucks don’t drink water, they replace their liquid need with the juice supplied by fruits. They can make their own juice with ice or rain water, and they don’t need to drink water.

Burrows

With their curved pointed claws, woodchucks dig their own burrows to assure a safe place for sleeping and hibernating. A single burrow can reach 5 feet in depth (1.5 meters) and 30 feet in lenght (9 meters). Woodchucks are so smart that they dig complex burrow systems underground, containing many chambers such as: a chamber for sleeping, a chamber for food reserve and a toilet. There can be 2 to 4 entrances to a single burrow. A main entrance is dug from above, so there are always soil mounds around main entrances. The second entrances are dug from below so they are hidden and hard to find. Woodchucks use secondary tunnels for protection; they can escape the burrow through them when it gets invaded. Inactive old burrows can be used by other wild animals such as rabbits, red foxes, opossums…

Hibernation

Groundhogs are some of the few mammals that truly hibernate in winter. To overcome the hard conditions of winter (cold temperature and fickle weather) especially the woodchucks that occupy cold areas such as Alaska, Canada and the northern United States, these wild animals use their burrows to go through a long hibernation. The process starts in October and ends in March or April. In some temperate places, hibernation can take only 3 months until the coldness of winter is gone. As a preparation for hibernation, woodchucks eat a lot during fall (mid-September, October). They do this in order to achieve a maximum weight, which will idealy assure a safe, and long a hibernation. Some woodchucks use secondary burrows for hibernation as the original one can be invaded, or because it's not warm enough to overcome the coldness of winter. Hibernation burrows are so deep that they are usually dug below the frost line. This way the burrows can provide a stable warm temperature for the woodchucks. Exactly after hibernation, the reproduction season of woodchucks takes place, as they leave their nests (hibernation burrows) seeking for mates to reproduce.Female woodchucks breed in mid- or late April. The gestation period of woodchucks is 31 days in which the mated male and female occupy the same burrow. The cycle ends by breedinga cub of 2 to 6 baby woodchucks. The usual number of newborns is 4. In a few months, the young woodchucks fit in the wilderness, and begin their own journey, digging their own burrows and seeking for food by themselves.

Relationship with animals

the groundhog is considered as the most solitary animal in the wild, it likes to live alone in its own burrow and seek for its food by itself, but some exceptions can be made such as for mating period, the mated pair has to occupy the same burrow but in general, these animals are always alone. In case of predator invasion, woodchucks reunite to fight together or to make their whistle sound to alert other woodchucks. This defensive system is found mostly in every species in the world, they protect each other to guarantee the survival of the species.

Relationship with humans

When it comes to human-woodchuck relationships, it is more complicated. Woodchucks consider humans as predators and they fear them, while humans also consider woodchucks as pests and do their best to avoid or exterminate them. It is known that woodchucks have destructive behavior and they ruin backyards very quickly, but they also like to live in closed protected areas and they dig their burrows near to structures or wire fences. The conflict happens because humans care for their gardens, and farmers do not want to lose their crops as a result of the woodchucks' gluttony.

Why are woodchucks considered as a pest in U.S.A?

With their herbivore diet and deep burrows, woodchucks can represent serious problems to homeowners or farmers. In the U.S.A, the government has considered them as pests and there are many laws that organize the treatment of woodchucks.

For Farmers

Woodchuck burrow systems cause a variety of agriculture problems. Mounds left beside burrow holes can harm farm machines. Also, woodchucks would ruin a whole yearly crop of fruits in a field that is invaded. Horse owners have something to say about woodchucks too, many horses get injuredby tripping over burrow holes.

For Homeowners

If you are a homeowner and you have a beautiful garden in your backyard, you should protect it from woodchucks as much as you protect it from insects and termites. Woodchucks love garden plants as there's a variety of them and can damage an entire garden in a few weeks. Another problem are the burrows which can become a home for other animal that will munch on your beautifil flowers. Furthermore, groundhogs like to dig their burrows in wooden areas such as house basement walls and they might end up destroying them. Woodchucks also might ruin electricity cables that run underground, as a direct result of their burrow digging. While woodchucks carry out this destructive behavior and the government considers them as pests, you need to find out how to prevent these animals from ruinning your garden.

Prevention of woodchucks

Woodchucks are smart animals that escape the wild life and inhabit suburban properties, so they can gain some safety and protection to guarantee the survival of their species. They use some smart ways to get into your property and start ruining it. However you can avoid a woodchuck invasion before it happens with the right means of prevention.

  • Fencing the property boundaries: the thing that woodchucks are most afraid of are “fences”. Therefore, you should fence your property boundaries before you get invaded by a woodchuck. Use a wire fence dug 3 feet underground to assure that no woodchuck could dig underneath it, and keep it as high as 3 feet so no woodchuck could climb it.
  • Getting a dog: if you really care about your backyard and you don’t want any plants ruined, get yourself a dog and be sure that no wild animal will get to your backyard. Woodchucks hate and fear dogs so they will never dare digging your backyard, while there's a dog around.
  • Eliminating attractive material: woodchucks get attracted to fruits as they love to eat garden vegetables and also love nesting in wooden areas. Keeping firewood piles in your backyard will attract woodchucks for sure. Reap your fruit trees on time in order to have more for yourself, and less for your garden invader.
  • Plant Repellent Plants: Some plants like spearmint, lavender, oregano, garlic, and other repel not only woodchucks but other types of insects and animals as well. Also, pepper or curry powder can help repel woodchucks because they do do not enjoy the smell of these either.

Inspecting your property

It is important to regularly inspect your property and seek for burrow entrances that could be accompanied with soil mounds. Maintaining frequent human activity in an area will cause a potential danger to woodchucks, and they won’t occupy that particular area.

How to get rid of woodchucks

As woodchucks are considered as pests, getting rid of them is necessary and should be done very carefully and professionally. If an invasion happened and the prevention didn’t work, you cannot stay away and watch your garden get eaten by a voracious woodchuck. You have to do something to protect your plants and kick out these annoying wild animals. The identification of woodchucks may be hard, as they are smart animals and they get out of their burrows only in the early morning and in evening hours.

Signs of identification

  1. Claw Markings: woodchucks leave easily identifiable foot tracks, 5 toes on the front foot and 4 toes on the back foot, with a total length of 4 to 5 inches both. These tracks are usually deep in the ground, as the woodchuck claws are pointed.
  2. Feeding Damage: seeing the feeding damage caused by woodchucks on a garden plant is easy. A ¼ inch tooth marks on a fruit or a vegetable and sometimes the lower area of a tree trunk, doesn’t need a hard work to be recognized. This is a clear sing of a woodchuck invasion.
  3. Soil Mounds: when woodchucks dig their burrows, they leave soil mounds beside the entrances and these mounds are easily recognizable.

Several ways to get rid of or repel woodchucks

  • Bait traps: Woodchucks could safely be exterminated by bait traps. It is so easy; you just buy a groundhog trap such as Havahart® X-Large 1-Door Trap for only $75, Havahart® Large 1-Door Easy Set® Trap for only $57 and then place the bait inside it. The best baits used to trap woodchucks are cantaloupes, which get cut to cubic small pieces. You first put some pieces around the burrow entrance and a trap 3 feet away from it and the trap will automatically close on the woodchuck so it can be exterminated.
  • ​Chemical repellents: some chemical repellents with shrill odor could be used to repel woodchucks. Products like Critter Ridder® Animal Repellent Granular which is a granular chemical substance costs only $10 or Critter Ridder® Animal Repellent Ready To Use Spray- 32 Oz which is liquid for the price of $24. When put in the burrow entrance these substances will make the woodchuck leave immediately because of the strong repulsive scent.
  • Electronic repellents: some electronic repellents which send ultrasonic magnetic waves could be put near the woodchuck burrows. These materials could drive the animal crazy and force him to leave their nest. This way is not as efficient as others but it is the safest. It protects your property and even the woodchuck, so the treatment may remain humane. As cited above, the repellents used to get rid of woodchucks in this article are for humane use, some other ways could be followed to exterminate woodchucks forever, such as shooting them, sealing their burrows with fumigants or toxicants… etc.









Additional Resources:

  1. Preserve Landscapes and Gardens by Discouraging Deer, Woodchucks and Rabbits – Michigan State University
  2. Ground Hog Management – NeverPest
  3. Problem Wildlife in the Garden and Yard – National Pesticide Information Center
  4. Woodchuck Droppings Identification Guide – NeverPest
  5. Non-Chemical Control of Woodchucks – Montana State University
  6. Managing Woodchuck Problems in Missouri – University of Missouri 
  7. Dealing with Woodchuck Damage – University of New Hampshire

Squirrel Poop Identification – Health Risks, Diseases & Dangers of Squirrel Feces

Squirrels are unique animals in that they eat their own poop for nutrients. Therefore, they only poop at night and in isolation, since they do not want anyone to know about the position of their food. In fact, squirrels are so good at hiding their poop that it gave birth to a myth that they do not poop at all. Urban Dictionary describes it as ‘something which does not exist. As the waste travels down the large intestine, it comes to its end where magic causes it to disappear.’ As much as the latter statement can be laughed off, the reality is that most of us have not seen, stepped on or smelled any squirrel poop. This makes finding and knowing about squirrel poop extremely rare for the general public. However, squirrels do poop and we are going to discuss about it in this article.

Squirrel Feces Identification

• Squirrel poop is usually very small in size (approximately 5 millimeter)
• It is elongated in shape and has rounded edges, giving it the appearance of raisin.
• The poop is red or brown in color and does not vary, since the diet of the squirrels is quite consistent. The poop gets lighter in shade with the age of the squirrel.
• Squirrel poop can easily be confused with rat poop, if a person does not know the difference between them. Squirrel poop is generally larger in size and found near the edges of the room / house, while rat poop is usually smaller in size and found randomly.

Why Is Squirrel Poop So Hard To Find?

As aforementioned, the fact that squirrels poop in isolation plays an important part in its lack of appearance. They usually dump in hard to reach places like a hole in the tree or an attic (if it is in house). Another major factor is that squirrels are mobile animals and rarely stay at one position. They are able to relieve themselves while on the run, which scatters their droppings and prevents any substantial accumulation of poop to alert us. Lastly, the color of the squirrel poop makes it a very effective camouflage in the soil and will ensure that it is never spotted.
If you have in fact spotted squirrel poop before, consider yourself as lucky as spotting the lottery ticket correctly.

What Can You Learn From Squirrel Poop?

Squirrel poop can give you certain information regarding the infestation in your house, if you come across it, such as:
• The amount of poop reflect on the severity of the infestation. More poop is a sign of many squirrels in the house.
• The age of poop is also a sign of the infestation. If the poop looks fresh and soft, then chances are that the squirrel is still in the house and you should search for it. You can block the squirrel’s exits by covering any holes or passage ways and then trap the squirrel once it shows up. If the poop is old and dry, then the squirrel is probably not in that area any more, but you should search for any opening, through which the squirrel can enter the area again, and close it.

How To Get Rid Of The Poop And The Urine?

If your house has been the victim of a squirrel infestation, you are going to find yourself in a very bothersome situation. Squirrels are notorious for causing severe damage to household items and furniture, which can prove very expensive. There are two steps in getting rid of a squirrel infestation, unlike other pests, and these include:
1. Getting rid of the squirrels
2. Getting rid of the poop and the urine
Remember that you cannot successfully get rid of the squirrel droppings, unless you complete banish the squirrels from your house. Once you have managed to exterminate the infestation complete from your home and have taken action to prevent any squirrels from coming again, you can start paying heed to the second step mentioned above. You may utilize the services of a professional pest cleaner for removal of the infestation and the poop, or may do it yourself, but beware that it can be a very strenuous and tiring process.
Upon investigation, you would have probably discovered that there is a large amount of squirrel poop and urine in hard to reach places of the house. Since the squirrels scatter their  poop and urinate as they run around, they create a mess in the whole area. If you thought that was wicked and unpleasant, squirrel urine is considered to contain pheromones. These pheromones act like natural signals for other squirrels and attract them towards the sources. Therefore, you should double check that there is no way any squirrels can enter your property. In extreme cases, you may have to completely dismantle and reinstall your loft insulation to make sure that there are no remains of the squirrel droppings in the area.
Note: Please take precaution while cleaning the squirrel pool and urine. You should wear protective attire, including gloves and mask, to withstand any smell and avoid direct contact with the waste.

Potential Threats From Squirrel Waste For Humans

It is common sense to understand that like any other organism’s waste, the squirrel’s waste can also contain dangerous microbes and diseases. These can possibly be detrimental for the health of humans, especially the very young and aged ones. However in most cases, if you dispose the waste in a hygienic and organized way, you are safe from any of these threats. The diseases that can affect you include: salmonella infection, typhus, tularemia, leptospirosis, rabies (although more evidence is required and the researchers are not on the same page regarding the transition of rabies via squirrels.) and other zoonotic diseases.
If they effect, most diseases will cause flu, diarrhea and vomiting but disease like leptospirosis can cause respiratory problems and even death.
Unlike the diseases which are rarely a problem for most humans, squirrels are transmitters of pests. These pests include fleas and ticks. Even when the squirrel infestation has been successful exterminated, there can be chances of having ticks or fleas in your home. These pests require a totally different extermination process to remove them and are generally very hard to kill independently.

How To Remove Squirrel Waste

After the removal of squirrels from your property, you need to make sure that there are no remains of the infestation. Otherwise, other squirrels will naturally be attracted towards your house and will try to come inside. Moreover, you should also get rid of any pests which might take the shape of an infestation. The cleaning involves getting rid of the waste itself and any smell of it. If you are thinking about going with the removal manually, you are in for a long and hard job as the feces are everywhere and in a large quantity: basically small pieces scattered all over the premise.
It is much better to use a vacuum to remove the squirrel poop. You should use a filter vacuum in this process. This will allow you to complete the job at a faster rate and also not come in any contact with the poop itself, making the process more hygienic overall. If the infestation is very severe, home vacuum may not work efficiently and you may require an industrial vaccum cleaner instead. However, instead of buying a new industrial vacuum, you can just call upon professional exterminators, who will make a spotless finish and charge much less than the cost of a new machine.

Squirrels Are Not Always Cute – Keep Them Out of Your Home Before the Problem Grows Worse

Everybody whose house has ever been affected by a squirrel infestation will be exceptionally acquainted with squirrel poop, and the scope of various issues that can be brought on by this little and generally harmless looking waste. There are an array of various sicknesses and conditions that squirrels are known to transmit as mentioned above, and a large portion of the most problematic ailments that are found in the squirrel populace are transmitted through poop and waste.
In the event that you are considering to get rid of a squirrel infestation, or you are wanting to go up into a loft since you think there might be squirrels present, it is essential that you have a solid plan of actions regarding the different circumstances that might occur.
To know more about squirrels, their behavior and methods of getting rid of them, you can visit the relevant section on our website by clicking here: http://neverpest.com/squirrels/

Further Squirrel Dropping Resources:

  1. Wildlife Diseases and Humans – Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
  2. Ultimate Guide to Animal Droppings – NeverPest.com
  3. How to Identify the Wildlife Species Responsible for Damage in Your Yard – University of Florida

Carpenter Bee Traps – DIY Bee Traps & Bee Butter Bait

Carpenter bees are large bees that can be found all over the world. There are more than five hundred species and their name comes from the way they construct their nests in dead wood, structural timber, and bamboo. These insects build nests by tunneling through wood with their mandibles. While there are many cases in which carpenter bees are beneficial for homeowners, in most cases they become a nuisance. When this happens, homeowners are looking for methods or getting rid of the insects and one of these methods is trapping.

Why should carpenter bees be trapped?

There are a lot of reasons to trap these creatures. They can drill hundreds of holes and tunnels in the wooden parts of your house. These insects can be ironically compared with cordless drills, as the damage that they can do is quite similar. Every year, these creatures can drill further into the wood to deploy their eggs, causing significant damage to your property. The wooden support of various house components can eventually fail. While the carpenter bees that live in the forests find rotting wood to do their drilling, in houses they use any wood that they find. The following problems can be created by carpenter bees in general: noise, erratic flying, stains, stinging and damaged wood.

How can carpenter bees be trapped?

Trapping carpenter bees can be tricky and even dangerous, because these insects are not very cooperative or easy to fool. It is said that the best defense is to attack first, so you have to build a trap yourself of buy one from the stores. Carpenter bees drill holes and tunnels in wood and you can use this to your advantage. The simplest idea of a trap can be to drill holes in a piece of wood with tunnels that will lead to an empty jar.

Things to do before using a trap

Before you actually use a trap to catch these insects, you need to be prepared. You will have to observe the bees and their tracks and identify them so you are sure they are carpenter bees. You should try to identify their nests as well. Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees a lot, but you must know how to differentiate these two types of insects. While bumblebees are hairy and build their nests in the ground, carpenter bees are bald and build their nests in wood. A first measure that people may take to attract the bees out of their homes is to plant flowers in the garden. This may work for other types of bees, but carpenter bees are clever. Prior to beginning a trapping operation, you should also ask yourself if the carpenter bees on your property really have to be caught. Many times these insects can prove to be useful.

How to make a basic trap for carpenter bees?

The basic type of carpenter bee trap exploits the idea that carpenter bees not only drill their own holes and tunnels to lay eggs but their also use already existing holes in wood as starting points for their tunnels. You can use a drill to make holes in a wooden box that you can hang near the places where the insects have been spotted. The holes have to be drilled on each side of the box, at an upward angle. At the base of the box, you will have to attach an empty plastic bottle. The bees will enter the already drilled holes and then they will see the light from the hole made in the base of the wooden box. They will go to it thinking it leads outside, but they will fall into the plastic bottle, becoming trapped.

What other solutions besides basic traps exist?

There are more complex traps as well. You can find various plans for building these traps on the Internet and some of them don’t even cost a thing. Besides basic traps that are easy to make but that may not be the most efficient, there are complex traps that you can find in the form of trap plans in hardware stores. Not all of these plans are complex, as some may be simple but ingenious. In fact, when people see them, they may wonder how these simple traps could be as effective as manufacturers may claim that they are.

Store Bought Carpenter Bee Traps

There are quite a few different Carpenter Bee Traps on the market that actually work great.  One of them that works pretty well is the Chrisman Mill Farms Wood Bee Gone Carpenter Bee Trap.  You can actually pick up the Wood Bee Gone Bee Trap here for around 20 bucks, although the price does vary.

Benefits of using traps for carpenter bee removal

Some plans are made specifically to be environmentally toxin-free and effective in eliminating the insects. The main idea behind each plan is to make the tunnels in the wood smooth enough so that bees will fall into the trap without any chance to get out. These plans try to imitate the natural habitat of the bees and they are easy to install. You can also visit hardware stores to see exactly how such plans look and work. Different trap plans are available for different types of infestations, like small or large.

How to choose the right trap plan for carpenter bees?

From the multitude of bee traps and trap plans that you can find on the market, homeowners can find it difficult to choose. You can find items at any complexity on the market, from simple plans that use a plastic recipient to catch the insects to plans that can be able to help you catch hundreds of bees in a short period of time. Once you have the right trap plan for your needs, you will see how easy it can be to deal with the infestation.

What are the benefits of using a carpenter bee trap?

By using a bee trap, you avoid the use of poisons and sprays, which can be detrimental to the health of your children and pets if they are not used with care. A trap can help you to catch the insects in a convenient way. All you have to do to catch them is to place the trap in position and wait. Carpenter bee traps will protect your home, in combination with preventive measures to stop new bees from drilling in to the wood of your house.

Using professional services to trap the bees

Companies who are specialized in the control and elimination of carpenter bees can have the experience and equipment to find all the holes and choose the most suitable method of trapping the insects. A pest control company is the best way to deal with a carpenter bee infestation. The staff of such a company can perform an inspection and choose the best method of trapping. Professionals in the field can have all the state licensing, skills and expertise to trap the bees in the best ways.

Carpenter Bee Prevention

While trapping carpenter bees can be a good way to control them no matter how you do it, there are things that you can do before an infestation occurs and also after it has been eliminated. There are preventive measures that you can take, such as treating the wood and maintaining it in the best shape. After you have dealt with an infestation, you need to make sure that the insects will not come back again. The damaged wood should be removed in order to stop attracting new bees to the already made tunnels.

Carpenter Bee Trap Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do you kill carpenter bees?

  2. How can I build a homemade carpenter bee trap?

  3. What is the best way to trap carpenter bees?

  4. Are carpenter bee stings dangerous and do they hurt?

  5. Where can I buy carpenter bee traps?

  6. What is good bait for carpenter bees?

  7. How can I get rid of carpenter bees for good?

  8. How big should the hole be in a carpenter bee trap?

  9. How do carpenter bee traps work?

  10. Can you make a carpenter bee trap from mason jars?

  11. How can I keep wood bees away from my deck?

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What Does Finding a Baby Cockroach Mean? Don’t Panic, but…

What’s scarier than 13 cockroaches scurrying across the wall?  Answer: Finding a single baby cockroach.  If you are ever unlucky enough to set your eyes on a white cockroach nymph (often confused with albino cockroaches) then you can safely assume that the presence of this one immature roach baby means a hundred more hidden roaches you cannot see are creeping around somewhere. You quickly realize cockroaches have become comfortable enough to breed freely in your home. Baby cockroaches are really bad news for home owners!

Why?  Keep reading to find out all the details, but it basically, finding baby roaches in your home or apartment means several cockroaches (likely 10 or possibly much more!) are planning on staying and spreading in your house or apartment unless you do something about it quickly!

How do cockroaches reproduce so fast?

It all starts with an adult female cockroach releasing pheromones to attract males. They mate and the female stores the sperm for egg production. About a week after initially mating, she will produce her first ootheca or egg pouch. These pouches can hold about 16 eggs each and a female in her prime will produce one or two per week, averaging one per month throughout her life cycle. American cockroaches have a life expectancy of a year up to a year and a half. You can see how this is a very efficient way of bringing hundreds of roaches into the world with minimal effort on the mother’s part. One adult female is responsible for adding a couple of hundred baby roaches to the population of which roughly half again will be female and thus the cycle continues.

American cockroach females deposit the egg pouches rather quickly, while female German cockroaches carry the pouch around attached to their abdomen for a few days before finding a suitable hiding place to deposit it. The numbers of offspring they can produce also varies largely. Where a German cockroach and her line can produce a staggering 300,000 new roaches, the American cockroach only brings up about 800 in one year. It is, therefore, no surprise the German cockroach is one of the most prolific pests in the world today.

What happens after the babies hatch?

The baby roaches, or nymphs remain in the egg pouch for about three weeks but can take up to two months to hatch, depending on species and environmental conditions. They emerge as white nymphs, and it takes a few minutes for them to gain use of their limbs. They darken into the brown roach color after a few hours.

Freshly hatched cockroaches and each molting stage thereafter are called instar nymphs until they reach adulthood. The nymphs move around soon after hatching looking for their first meal. Since cockroaches are insects, they cannot grow without shedding their skin. A cockroach nymph has to molt several times during the growth process and it takes about a year for a cockroach to be fully grown into adulthood.

 

Each molt means the cockroach has to grow a new skin underneath the old one, which then splits open and the newly formed roach in its next growth stage emerges. Cockroaches are white and soft immediately upon molting, just like the babies that just hatched from their egg pouch. It’s not uncommon to find a white roach in a home that’s heavily infested but due to the fact that nymphs are most vulnerable right after molting, they usually tend to molt deep within their harborage area.

Adult cockroaches have wings and depending on the species; they will sometimes fly or glide. Nymphs don’t have this luxury. Cockroaches don’t develop their wings until the final molting stage into adulthood.

What to do if you see a baby cockroach

Spotting a cockroach nymph is a good indicator that you have a well established colony inhabiting your home.

The nymphs are comfortable enough, and the population is prolific enough for the juveniles to not feel threatened by leaving the safety of the nest.  This is obviously not a good sign for your home. The best way to deal with a prolific roach infestation like this is to kill them right at the heart of their harborage. The simple act of trapping and killing roaches that may wander through your home is not enough to stem the flow of newborn babies and eggs that are still hatching at the nesting area.

 

Different types of bait are designed to not instantly kill the roaches on contact but to be carried back into their hiding places where they are intended to be ingested by other individuals in the colony.

The simple act of killing roaches that may wander through your home is not enough to stem the flow of new baby roaches that come from their harborage.

It’s important to take advantage of the roaches propensity to eat dead or dying individuals in an attempt to keep the safe haven clear of carcasses and debris. This just results in the pesticide getting spread further around the colony. If left alone at this stage, a mature colony may quickly rebound because eggs may hatch on a delayed schedule after bait is distributed and dissipates through the colony.

The types of roach bait available over the counter are often times not strong enough to eliminate a full blown infestation and more aggressive pest control is necessary. A trained professional has access to a much larger arsenal and can combine different methods, such as fumigation, bait and trap, to eliminate an overwhelming roach problem once and for all. A multi-prong attack strategy is usually the only way to ensure success.

Baby Cockroach Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do cockroach mothers take care of their cockroach babies?

  2. Why are baby cockroaches called “nymphs”?

  3. What do roach nymphs look like?

  4. My house is very clean but I found a baby cockroach in my kitchen yesterday… how did this happen?

  5. I found a baby cockroach in my house, does this mean I have a roach infestation?

  6. How small can baby cockroaches be?

  7. What do cockroach eggs look like?  Can you see them with the naked eye?

  8. Is this a Silverfish or a baby cockroach?

  9. How many baby cockroaches does a female cockroach usually have?

  10. How long does it take cockroach nymphs to reach maturity?

  11. How can baby cockroaches get inside a human ear?

  12. Can cockroaches hurt my baby?

  13. Is this a baby cockroach on my bed?  I think I found one crawling on my mattress!

  14. Can baby cockroaches jump or hop or could this be a springtail?

  15. What does it mean if I found baby cockroaches in my bathroom?

Additional Resources About Cockroach Nymphs