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Connecticut Termite Exterminator – ‘Know the Difference Between Termites and Ants’

Termites – they cause millions of dollars of damage each year !

Here at Millette Pest Control, we feel it’s important to educate you about Termites – what to look for and the key differences between a flying Termite and a Flying Ant.

As the temperatures begin to warm over the next several weeks,  we will begin to see termite swarming activity.

Termite Swarmers are sometimes easily confused with Winged Ants.

Take a look at the picture below – Can you tell which one is a Termite and which one is an Ant?

The termite in the picture above is the top image. The ant is on the bottom. Connecticut  Termite Exterminator Tip – Here’s how to tell the difference:

INSECT BODY

Termites:  Termites have two distinct body segments with a waistline closer to the head than the tail.

Ants: An ant has 3 distinct body segments with two waistlines nearly equidistant from each other.

INSECT WINGS

Termites: Termite swarmer wings are very long and narrow, extending a body length beyond the back of the abdomen.  As you can see in the picture  above, the wings of termites lay back very straight and parallel with the body.

Ants: Ant wings extend just slightly past the end of the body.  Also, their wings lie at a slight angle to the body, away from the body at the bottom.

No matter what flying insect you see (especially inside or close to your home) it’s always good to get a second opinion. Our professional team of Termite Exterminators here at Millette Pest Control area ready to help. In fact, we have developed a Phone APP that makes it extremely easy for you to send us a picture for identification.  Download below:

 

Termite Damage in Connecticut Homes

Termites are considered a potential threat to the existence of any structure that can be found in a home. They mostly feed on wood, and that means that they can do a lot of damage to the roofing system, furniture, and many other wood-based items that may be present in a home. Besides, some termites may create tunnels in house’ structural foundation, and their slow but steady action may gradually weaken a house if the termites are many and their presence is not identified accordingly. Houses invaded by termites are unlivable, and that is a situation we would want to avoid. Homeowners should give utmost priority to guarantee that termite damage is brought at its minimum, and this aspect can ensure that a premise gets to maintain its aesthetic worth.

Identifying termites before they do considerable damage

Termites are often identified after they have done significant damage to wooden structures and housing foundations and this happens because their activities are mostly hidden from human view. The best way termite infestation can be identified at the right is if routine house inspections are regularly done. It is considered better if pest control professionals are called to address the inspections by ensuring that they spray pesticides that keep the termites from attacking a house. Termites are capable of residing in concrete spaces, floors, ceilings, and cabinets that may be present within a premise. That means that any inspection to determine the presence of termites shouldn’t solely focus on wooden structures, and following that approach can significantly save a premise from deterioration.

Signs that can tell you that your house is under termite attack

Termites damage wooden structures from the interior, and you cannot notice this effect until the damage may be full-blown. On structures such as ceilings, termite damage may share many similarities with water damage. Signs such as wood buckling, blackish discolorations, and minute holes eating their way into walls or furniture may give a strong indication that termites may be slowly but steadily invading a premise. The presence of termites can also be likened to a scent similar to mold or mildew, and this mostly applies to wood. Besides those signs, the presence of small to medium sized tunnels that have mud on their openings may show a strong indication of the presence of termite damage activity.

Termite damage control

Termite damage is estimated to cost American homeowners about $5 billion annually in damage to structures and crops. Repairing home structures that have been damaged by termites may force a homeowner to cough out a cool $3000 just to repair the damages. You shouldn’t wait for termites to damage your property and later resort to the costly repair procedures. Instead, you can invest on how termites can be controlled from entering your premise, and this approach surely cost less than waiting to do repairs. You can hire pest control professionals, and their work will involve spraying your compound and premise with pesticides that inhibit termite presence.

Connecticut Termite Prevention, Control with Baiting

Why Termite Baiting is Best

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Termite damage can cost homeowners thousands of dollars. Not only will these insects diminish the value of your home, but they’ll also undermine the overall integrity of the building. As a Connecticut Homeowner, investing in termite prevention and control is essential. If you’ve already spotted these bugs swarming on your property, Millette Pest Control can implement a fast-acting and wholly effective, termite prevention and control plan on your behalf using the proven Sentricon® System. Continue reading “Connecticut Termite Prevention, Control with Baiting”

Top 3 Benefits of Pest Management Services for Connecticut Homeowners

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Unfortunately, when a pest infestation is established, it can often be difficult to remove from your home without the help of a professional pest management company like Millette Pest Control.

Effective Pest management is a tough task – which requires expertise, experience and the right tools, treatment methods and equipment. If pests have attacked your home, here are the top 3 reasons why you should consider hiring the pro’s here at Millette Pest Control. Continue reading “Top 3 Benefits of Pest Management Services for Connecticut Homeowners”

Top Connecticut Pests to Watch out for this Fall

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It’s starting to feel like Fall! As the nights get cooler and the days get shorter, this is the time of year when we start to see fall pests invade our homes for food and shelter. Here in Connecticut, there are 4 pests we see each year that cause problems for homeowners.

Spiders – While spiders are around in the Spring and Summer, we really start to see evidence in the fall as they spin webs and are much larger this time of they year.

Rodents – Especially House Mice – which may be one of the most common mammals in Connecticut – so it’s no surprise many homeowners are dealing with infestations at one time or another. During the fall Mice and Rodents begin to move indoors as the weather cools and they begin to search for food.

Stink Bugs – The cool seasonal changes in the fall trigger stink bugs to go in search of shelter for the winter. While stink bugs don’t bite – they can overwinter in larger populations inside a home and emerge in the spring.

Cluster Flies – Like Sting Bugs, Cluster flies are on the move in the fall searching for a place to stay during the winter. Cluster Flies resemble big houseflies and are found in groups on a sunny outside wall or indoors.

We protect what matters most! Millette Pest Control will help reduce fall pest problems. Whether it’s cleaning cobwebs or creating a protective barrier surrounding your home – you can rely on the experts here at Millette Pest Control.

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Connecticut Termite Swarms

Frequently Asked Questions about Connecticut Termite Swarms

What is a Termite Swarm?

Connecticut Termite Swarms

Throughout specific times of the year (typically Spring), termite colonies produce “swarmers” – these are really just winged adult termites that fly away to form their own colonies. The process of Swarming usually occurs during the daytime. Connecticut termite swarms are often seen on warm days in the spring just after rain.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Connecticut Termite Swarms:

Where did the swarmers come from?

The swarming termites likely came from an underground nest, possibly somewhere in your yard, near an old tree stump or close to landscape timbers. WARNING – If you find swarmers indoors, then you quite likely have an infestation under/in your home or business.

Connecticut Termite Swarms

Will killing the swarmers fix the problem?

No. Termite swarmers are a nuisance particularly when swarms occur inside. However, they do not cause structural damage. Protecting your home or business from termites requires a proper soil treatment with a liquid insecticide or the installation of a baiting system (see video below).

What should I do if I find termites swarming?

The first thing you need to do is confirm that you indeed have termites. Here at Millette Pest Control we offer FREE estimates with inspections. We are also Certified Sentricon Specialists. (Watch the video below to learn more about the Sentricon System).

 

Connecticut Termite Exterminator – Millette Pest Control Talks ‘Termite Awareness Week’

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National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has designated this week (March 13-19, 2016) as Termite Awareness Week to inform homeowners and the public about this destructive pest.

Some alarming facts and stats about Termites:

  • Termites cost homeowners more than $5 billion dollars in damage every year!
  • Termites can invade your home through a 1/16th inch gap
  • A Termite Colony can contain 1 million termites
  • It’s common for 2 or more colonies to invade a home
  • Termite Damage is rarely covered by Homeowners Insurance
  • Winged Termites (known as swarmers) are often mistaken for winged ants

Termites are hard to detect. Swarmers, mud tubes and damaged wood are three signs you may have a termite problem. Here at Millette Pest Control, we offer a Termite Inspection. If you suspect you have a termite infestation – don’t wait – call Millette Pest Control – your local Connecticut Termite Exterminator professional today.

860.274.9503

Connecticut Pest Control – Service Plans & Pest Free Living

Connecticut Pest Control Service Plans Allow you to enjoy Pest Free Living – All Year Long

Here at Millette Pest Control, our mission is to keep you and your family pest free. That’s why we’ve developed our Residential Service Plans for homeowners and businesses looking for Connecticut Pest Control. The ultimate in pest protection, these affordable plans come with FREE Emergency Service and include an initial inspection and service followed by scheduled treatments. We offer a Gold and Silver Plan.

Here’s what’s included:

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Download our complete service plan brochure below

Connecticut Pest Control - Service Plans

Some of the pests covered in these programs are: Small ants, bee and wasp nests, carpenter bees, centipedes, clover mites, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, fleas, ground beetles, mice, millipedes, pantry pests, rats, silverfish, spiders, and sow or pill bugs.

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For Connecticut Homeowners Concerned about Zika Virus

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The news of Zika virus, a disease causing pathogen spread to humans through mosquito bites, being found in the U.S. is quickly gaining momentum and receiving national attention from the media as human cases are being confirmed in states across the country, including FL, TX, NY, NJ and more. In addition to the illness associated with the virus, there is great concern about the virus’ potential effect in pregnant women as there is mounting evidence of a link to microcephaly, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development in infants.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued  travel alerts for people planning to travel to countries and territories (in the Americas) with active Zika virus transmission. The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have come out in force to promote public attention to this matter and in a statement from the White House, “The President emphasized the need to accelerate research efforts to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines and therapeutics, and to ensure that all Americans have information about the Zika virus.”

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Connecticut Winter Pest Control

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Pest Control has become a year long challenge for many homeowners and businesses in Connecticut. During colder months pests like mice, rats, and squirrels will often enter your home in search of food and shelter. So, the risk of pest infestations really never go away. If you have a problem and need help, call the experts at Millette Pest Control for a FREE Estimate.

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