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Why A Carpenter Ant Colony In Your Wentzville, O’Fallon, or Troy MO. Home Should Be Left Up To Pros.

Nicole’s Weekly Pest Control Tip

A Carpenter ant colony can damage wood in or near your home. While carpenter ants do not eat wood they damage it as they create tunnels to build a nest site. They primarily attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mold, but will also nest inside dry, undamaged wood. There are nine types of carpenter ants throughout the U.S., usually measuring ¼ to ½ inch in length and are red, black or red and black in color.

What To Find A Carpenter Ant Colony?

Carpenter ant damage caused from the worker ants is typically found in tree stumps or within wall voids where moisture problems have softened the wood. In the video above, Nicole shows in her weekly pest control tip a carpenter ant nesting location along with the difference between worker ants and eggs.

Ant colonies must be constructed out of direct sunlight so when exposed to sunlight you will see how quickly the worker ants gather up the eggs in an effort to take them deeper into the ground protecting them from the light. 

Satellite nests (or satellite colonies) from black carpenter ants are commonly found in and around areas such as window and door-frames, chimneys, and behind the walls near sinks and bathtubs. More often than not there are no visible signs or damage present in your Missouri home, so homeowners spray the ants they see in one area. This is task commonly completed with retail products is not effective and will not eliminate your carpenter ant infestation – it’s a bandaid approach.

After a few days or perhaps a week, more ants come back.

The reason calling a pest management professional like Around The Clock Pest  is the right choice because a carpenter ant colony has more than one nesting site. These types of ants build two types of nests. Most satellite nests are built in or closer to your their main food sources while the parent colony is constructed further away with ants found in a larger number.

Constructing more than one nest helps ensure their survival. Another interesting fact about all ants is that the more you try controlling by spraying, the more eggs a queen or multiple queen ants will lay making retail sprays a RISK.

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7 Tips For Camping Pest Free In Missouri- The 2020 Guide

When you go camping this year you don’t need unwanted pests creating frustrations or fears during your outdoor experience. We put together some tips for camping pest free in Missouri. This camping guide from Around The Clock Pest Control will give you the top five professional tips on camping pest free this year.

2-Part Missouri Camping Guide For Living Pest Free 

You get outside camping for many reasons and bugs are not one of them. Some outdoor pests may wind up making your camping trip more stressful than need be. If getting stung wasn’t bad enough, what about other insects that bite like midges, ticks, fleas, and mosquitos. Some of these insects (like mosquitos and ticks) may end up leaving you with harmful, if not, life-long effects. So, is it possible to protect your and your family? Yes it is.

By following the following 7 tips for camping pest free, you will have fun and enjoy your time outdoors. Learn how to enjoy the outdoors in Missouri without mosquitos and other bugs like ants  putting a damper on things.

So, before packing up all that camping gear, be prepared to prevent and reduce your worry with the following 

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How To Identify A Centipede?

You may see one in your crawl space or basement. You might have seen one quickly running up a wall or across your floor. Perhaps you caught a glimpse out of the corner of your eye of a centipede hiding in a dark corner. Pest management professional, Nicole with Around The Clock Pest Control shows you in her weekly pest control tip what a centipede looks like.

What Does A Centipede Look Like?

Centipedes are certainly considered one of the most frightening of household pests. With their long reddish brown bodies and numerous legs (15 pairs of legs to be exact) house centipedes suddenly appear quickly out of nowhere. Centipedes live in the ground and can move quickly while most of them try staying out of your way, if threatened, they may deliver a painful bite or sting in defense? They are beneficial creatures that deserve our respect but a regular pest control spray will go a long way for keeping centipedes around and inside of your home in check.


Centipedes are actually less threatening than some spider species and hornets along with other stinging pests like yellow jackets. While emerging from the ground, they are typically spotted under leaf litter and along foundation walls and it is more than likely they will quickly run away if they notice you.

How To Identify A Centipede From Millipedes?

Centipedes have one set of legs per each body segment, and millipedes have two.

Centipedes have long antennae while millipedes have shorter.

Along with antennae, centipedes have long legs allowing them to move quickly than millipedes.

Why You Should Get Pest Control For Centipedes?

What Are The Symptoms of a Centipede Bite?

According to the United States Library of Health Medicine, the 3 most common symptoms of a centipede pinch are:

  • Pain in the area of the bite or pinch
  • Swelling in the area of the bite or pinch
  • Redness in the area of the bite or pinch

For more information about centipedes or how to control them in your home or business give us a call 800-318-2775

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Learn The Haunting Truth About Pest Control

In 2008, I was making my way through a dark, dingy attic in search of what Mrs. Gollen said she heard. She was terrified. Night after night, the creature haunted her. She could never feel safe in her home again, she thought. As I crawled the entire length of her unkept storage area,  my mind reflected back to when I was eight years old – to when I too lived in fear of something misunderstood. Something terrifying and, something with more fiction than anything considered fact.

With no mind on the creature I was searching for and, as Mrs. Gollen made her way out of the house, I thought about the many sleepless nights my young mind pictured horrifying images of the malevolent beings that turned my childhood dreams into nightmares. I remembered the sound of that evil coming. I could still hear the sound of its claws scratching up and down the wall. 

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How Dangerous Can Spiders Be To Your Pet?

With thousands of spiders crawling around this time of year, it’s important to know which ones you should be concerned about, especially if you’re a dog lover.


Most spiders wander inside your home to hide or seek shelter from the elements. Common house spiders, cellar spiders, jumping spiders, and yellowish to orange spiders are harmless and are typically seen crawling up a wall or scurrying across your floor. It’s not uncommon to find your adult dog or puppy getting excited over a spider. As curious as they are, dogs (puppies especially) tend to paw at spiders as they try getting away. Some dogs, for whatever reason, love to eat spiders and there is no harm in some added protein my vet said. But, there are a few species of spider you do want to avoid in your home.

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Why Are Yellow Jackets More Aggressive In Fall.


Once the young yellow jackets reach maturity, they begin foraging for food. During late summer into early autumn yellow jackets begin building nests and will defend them in anticipation for winter. Yellow jackets can be spotted flying around dumpsters, trash cans, flowers, and other plant life frantically in search of a food source. 

While yellow jackets try avoiding people, they will sting if threatened (or just feel threatened.)

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Here are 5 steps for preventing ants in your home this year.

5-Steps For Preventing Ants

With more than 20 types of ants in the country known to get inside homes, it shouldn’t be a shock to know ants are the number one household pest in the nation. However, there are 5 steps for preventing ants from getting inside your home or business.

1.Get Rid Of Harborages For Ants

Ants typically find their way into kitchens more often than other rooms of your home. Because kitchens contain food and a water, everything ants (as all pests) need to survive is readily available to them. 5-Steps For Preventing Ants, bathrooms are another area ants gather in since there is moisture present. Areas near and around air conditioning units may also be attractive to ants when they are foraging. Once an ant discovers a source of food or water, it will signal for the other worker ants to come.

When preventing ants, do not be tempted to spray ants with a retail product because it’s only temporary. While you do eliminate the ants you spray, you haven’t touched the entire colony and more often than not they will be back. Ants forage hundreds of feet away from their colony in search of food and when threatened ant colonies begin “Budding.” This term is used when a queen ant feels threatened, and leaves her current colony to start a new one. In other words, once you spray what’s inside your house, the problem begins to multiply!

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