Those large black ants roaming around your yard are probably carpenter ants. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but the will excavate it for nesting and occasionally can cause structural damage. They will also nest in insulation. In most instances they are mostly nuisances. Many home infestations are satellite colonies from a nearby stump or log. The best way to prevent damage is to avoid soil or wood contact with wooden portions of your house. This would include branches touching eaves, firewood piled against the house, and bark touching wooden portions of the house.

March 6, 2015

Carpenter Ants

Those large black ants roaming around your yard are probably carpenter ants. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but the will excavate it for nesting and […]
March 6, 2015

Safe Organic Pest Control

There are two wonderful organic pesticides which are completely safe to use on food crops and around children, pets and wildlife. Spinosad is a compound derived […]
March 6, 2015

Dormant lnsect Control

Many insects overwinter as eggs or pupae on the bark of dormant branches. Dormant Oil (a natural organic pesticide) will kill most overwintering insects including scale […]
March 6, 2015

Leaf and Fruit Disease Control

Our rainy, high humidity spring weather is ideal for the development of a number of leaf and fruit diseases. Most of these diseases can be reduced […]
March 6, 2015

Organic Pest Control

Nowadays we have several organic pesticides which can be used safely on our fruits and vegetables without leaving harmful residues and with complete safety to our […]
March 6, 2015

Lace bug control on azaleas and rhododendrons

Lace Bug Damage to Azaleas and Rhodendrons Azalea lace bug (Stephanitis pyrioides) is a relatively new insect pest in the Pacific Northwest. According to Washington State […]
March 6, 2015

Summer Insect Control

Insects multiply much faster in warm weather. Aphids and mites are two pests to watch for. Aphids (often called plant lice) are small soft bodied sucking […]