Its another rainy day here in Atlanta. It brings to mind a simple yet not commonly asked question; Where do bugs go when it rains? Well, that depends on the bug.
Each insect has a unique way of dealing with inclement weather. Obviously there is a different survival tactic between the ground nesting insects and those that can fly. Take for example the Fire Ant. Would you believe these industrious critters actually make floating rafts comprised of thousands of individual ants? Its true. In fact, a news crew in Coastal North Carolina reported on this very thing as floods followed the most recent tropical storm. If you ever run across a raft of floating fire ants, beware! The ant raft could break apart quickly and cover you in angry Fire Ants. This can be quite dangerous.
For the bugs that can fly they simply wait out the storm…when possible. A recent study conducted by Scientific American considered what happens when mosquitoes collide with rain drops. Surprisingly they are consumed by the droplet and, with the help of their water shedding hairs, actually escape the rain drop before it hits the ground. Fascinating.
Of course I couldn’t write a blog on this topic with out stating the obvious…your home is warm and dry. If a bug gets the opportunity to gain access its the perfect environment to wait out the storm. Pest proofing your home is a good idea for this very reason. Check exterior window screens, door sweeps, plumbing penetrations for a tight seal, trim back your landscaping, limit excessive layers of mulch and please clean your gutters. These are a few measures that will help reduce the pest friendly environments and make your home less likely to be a refuge for unwanted pests. If you still need a pro to get the bugs out….I know somebody.
Corey Arnold ~ President
Got Squirrels in your attic? Maybe you have a Gap? You know, a Builder’s Gap. Maybe you’ve heard it called a Construction Gap or even a Roof Gap. Whatever term you use they’re all referring to the same condition. You see, when the builder constructed the roof your home they started with plywood roof decking. This material should have extended all the way to the bottom ends of the rafter joists where the roof deck meets the fascia board…basically the area where the gutters are hung. Unfortunately in most homes, this is not the case. The roof decking is left slightly shorter than the rafter ends creating a gap between the roof and the gutter. Although covered by a layer of shingles this gap extends the full roof line of your home and is an ideal place for wildlife, specifically squirrels, to enter.
During an inspection for wildlife control it is critical this condition be identified. Generally this requires the use of a ladder. Although in some cases it is possible to identify from within the attic. As a longtime inspector myself I’ve often entered the attic, turned off the lights and looked for daylight around the gutter area. If there is a serious builders gap issue it’ll likely be obvious.
I’d like to point out that the described condition is not a faulty construction, does not effect the integrity of the home, and to my knowledge, does not violate any building code. Its simply common practice that years later may allow squirrels and other wildlife inside you home.
So Atlanta, let me ask you. Do you have a gap? If you’re not sure call me and lets find out together. Maybe we can figure this out before the squirrels do!
Many thanks and enjoy our beautiful fall weather Atlanta.
Corey Arnold, President
Termite Control is a big topic in Metro Atlanta. The southeast experiences some of the highest termite pressure levels than any other region. For this reason most folks in our area have witnessed a termite mating swarm. For those who have I’ll bet this was associated with the spring months. But spring not the only time termites can swarm. It can and does happen in the fall.
Termites swarm as a means to continue their species. It is the act of mating and forming new colonies. This process requires a few basic things. Initially the colony must be mature. Generally this means it is at least 3 years old and is fully developed. The environmental conditions must also be correct. Termites prefer to swarm when ambient temperature reaches the mid 70’s with a high relative humidity. These ideal conditions happen every year in the spring. However, these conditions also occur during the fall.
So…keep an eye out this fall. You might be witness to one of mother natures spectacles, a termite swarm. If you suspect you have a termite problem call the experts at Peachtree Pest Control. We look forward to hearing from you!
Corey Arnold, President