Monthly Archives: February 2016

Citronella Ants

A group that includes both larger and smaller yellow ant species, citronella ants’ common name comes from the lemon or citronella odor that is emitted when they feel threatened.  The distinct smell is most prominent when the ants are crushed.  Both species are found throughout a majority of the United States.  Often mistaken for termites […]

Harvester Ants

Colorado is home to two species of harvester ants, the western harvester and the rough harvester.  Their mounds are broad and flat with areas of vegetation cleared surrounding them.  These mounds are highly visible and cover a network of below ground tunnels which are utilized by the colony.  Small pieces of gravel are often incorporated […]

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh Ants, believed to be a possible native of Africa, nests outdoors only in southern latitudes.  In colder climates, they have adapted to living inside of heated buildings.  Nesting occurs in inaccessible, warm, moist areas near sources of food and/or water.  Colony sizes tend to be large when well established, with individuals reaching in numbers […]

Odorous House Ants

A native species of ant in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the odorous house ants’ common name is from the unusual coconut like odor that the ants release when disturbed.  Odorous house ants are monomorphic, meaning that the workers are all a single size, whereas some other ant species have workers of varying sizes.  […]

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants’ name is derived from the common location in which they live, in cracks and crevices of pavement and concrete.  The tell tail sign of pavement ant colonies are the characteristic small mounds of soil which surround the entrances to their nests. These ants are common invaders of structures and will eat a variety […]

Carpenter Ants

Termites are not the only insect that can damage the wood structures of your home.  Carpenter ant colonies may enter homes through gaps in the foundation, cracks around doors and windows or though gas or electrical penetrations into the home.  While subterranean termite infestations always start at ground level, carpenter ants are capable of entering […]

Carpenter Bees

Often mistaken for bumble bees based on their size, coloring and appearance, Carpenter Bees are classified as a wood destroying insect due to their nesting habits.  One significant difference is that carpenter bees have a shiny black abdomen whereas bumble bees have more of a fuzzy yellow abdomen. Carpenter Bees mate in the spring, the […]

Swarmers – Termite vs. Ants – Do you know how to tell the difference?

Every year, we receive dozens of calls regarding the sudden appearance of swarmers within and around customers’ homes.  The primary concern of many of our customers is that these swarmers being their first sign of a termite infestation.  However, many times swarmers are instead a sign of an ant infestation, which although still a problem […]

Subterranean Termite Treatment – What to expect at your home

Finding out that your home is infested with termites can be a scary diagnosis when you don’t know what to expect both physically and financially from a termite treatment.  Every home is unique and should be evaluated by a termite professional to provide an estimate and details for treatment to eliminate unexpected expenses or surprises […]

Preventative Measures for Termites

Protecting your home against the potential for termite infestation is a process that can begin during the construction of your home.  Soil treatments with termiticides are available for homes during the construction process.  These treatments create a chemical barrier at the point of contact between the structure and the ground, the level at which termite […]