We are starting to get an increase in calls to our office concerning Ants, which include Carpenter Ants, Odorous House Ants and Pavement Ants. Now there are other ants out there that are affecting the home in Kansas City but the Three ants listed above are the ones we will get calls for the most. A brief description of the Carpenter ant is below.
Carpenter Ants: These are the big (large) black ants you see roaming around on the outside and inside of your home. You don't see the normal trailing with these ants that you do with some of the other ants. These ants like sweets and like to shred the wood in your home, creating Frass (saw dust like material). This is how they get their name, they leave frass around in piles, looks like someone has sawed a piece of wood. Carpenter ants in Kansas City can cause damage like termites do. Although Carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do, they shred the wood creating gallies with a smooth appearance. Treating around the trees in your yard and treating around the outside of the house and inside can cut down on the populations that affect your structure. If after you have done a treatment to your home and the Carpenter ants do not go away should you call our office to schedule an appointment to take care of the problem at 816-452-5960. Carpenter ants can also be a sign of excess moisture in and around your home, check for leaks, clogged gutters and piled up debris around your home.
Spiders have been extremely bad as well this year and the calls have been pouring in on what can be done to prevent spider in and around the home. I would say first if you are do-it-yourselfer then go to your favorite hardware store and purchase a product on the shelf that says will kill spiders. Maybe it will kill the spiders and maybe it wont. If after you have tried the do-it-yourself method and it was unsuccessful then call our office to schedule and appointment. We have specialized equipment and products that will work fast on your spider problem.
Brown Recluse Spiders: This is the spider we get most calls from and people have the most stories about. Most of the calls that come into our office are from people that say they have spiders and know it is a brown recluse spider. Most of the time it is NOT a brown recluse but some other species of spider. Although the brown recluse spider is the most common spider I see in peoples homes here in Kansas and Missouri it is generally not the one that is causing the problems. Due to their nature of being a recluse you don't always know you have this spider in your home. The Wolf spider, house spider and cellar spider is the most common spider we treat for when we are called out to a place that complains about spiders.
The brown recluse spider is a venomous spider endemic to Kansas and Missouri it is 6-20 mm long, has 6 eyes with a brown body, sometimes deep yellow and usually markings on dorsal side of cephalothorax. The pattern on the brown recluse spiders suggest nicknames like fiddleback spider, brown fiddler or violin spider.