Termites and pressure treated wood

Termites and pressure treated wood are generally two things you don’t hear in the same sentence.  This is mainly because we’ve been led to believe that pressure treated wood will prevent all instances of termites.  Contractors use treated wood for ground contact installs, new sill plates and finally even to repair termite damage.  I have […]

Are there termites in CT?

Are there termites in CT? The short answer is yes, but which type?  There all different types of termites in the world, but the only one in Connecticut is the eastern subterranean termite.  The eastern subterranean termite is small, but what they lack in size they more than compensate for in numbers.  Is Connecticut infested? […]

Sawdust from carpenter ants?

Sawdust from carpenter ants in Connecticut is a common thing to see, especially in the spring and summer.  However, did you know that other pests create frass as well? Some of those pests are from our area while others are not.  Knowing what frass looks like is the key to identification of the pest you […]

Why is there sawdust falling from the roof?

Why is there sawdust falling from your roof?  Well, the simple answer is that you likely have bugs.  The problem is which kind. Not all insects create sawdust, but depending on the time of the year it’s likely one of the following. How many times have you been looking out the kitchen window in May […]

Do carpenter ants eat wood?

Do carpenter ants eat wood? The simple answer is no, but there’s more to it than that.  For instance is what you’re looking at really a carpenter ant?  In the months of April-August our phones are kept busy with what I think is the number one pest in CT.  The carpenter ant. In order to […]

Termite control problems

Termite control problems can happen at any job.  Fortunately though manufacturers have provided better pesticides that combat these issues.  However, sometimes a situation occurs that is so rare it will take a lot of investigation to solve the issue at hand.  The following is one such occasion. A big termite problem: Solving the mystery of […]

Where to find termites in your home

Where to find termites in your home is an easy task for someone with experience.  However, doing your own termite inspection as a homeowner is like diagnosing yourself for a disease.  You may know a little bit because you read it on the internet, but real world experience is invaluable. If you live in CT […]

Can termites eat drywall?

Can termites eat drywall?  It’s a fair question to ask considering that the damage caused by termites costs consumers about 30 billion dollars per year.  Termites are also known to be voracious eaters and studies have estimated that 50K termites can devour one foot of 2×4 in about 6 months.  Taking all that into account […]

Where do carpenter ants nest?

Where do carpenter ants nest? Do you know? Not many people do.  The reason is that like it or not if you have carpenter ants you also likely have moisture damage. Carpenter ants are a common issue in Connecticut.  In fact its the call we most often get for service, so when I get a […]

Termites and foam insulation a losing combo

Termites and foam insulation don’t mix, period! The question is why? I’ve been around the pest control block a few times and most moderately experienced builders will tell you that foam board insulation is a problem.  The reason is that termites can eat foam when buried in the soil against the foundation.  This was/is an […]