Friday, April 20, 2012

Exploring America's #1 Nuisance Pest

At Servall Pest Control we deal with all types of pests on a daily basis. It's always nice to read something that lets us know what's going on in the pest control world. This article from talks about a recent study done called "Exploring America's #1 Nuisance Pest".

"Exploring America's #1 Nuisance Pest," conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Laurel Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, has found that ant infestations are on the rise across the country. The study, which surveyed U.S. pest professionals, found that 100 percent of respondents treated ant infestations in 2011, and that the most prevalent species found were carpenter ants, odorous house ants and pavement ants.

"Ants have long been a nuisance pest, but the prevalence of carpenter ants is especially concerning. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood and nest inside homes, which can compromise a property's structural stability," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "Fortunately, our survey also shows that pest professionals have great success in treating infestations through Integrated Pest Management, which utilizes a process of inspection, identification and treatment."

Here are several key highlights from "Exploring America's #1 Nuisance Pest":

-- Every participating professional treated ant infestations in 2011. Most treated several hundred infestations, while some treated many more. Carpenter ants (66%), odorous house ants (62%) and pavement ants (59%) were treated most often. Infestations were most common in office buildings (88%), restaurants (83%), apartments and condos (82%), and single-family homes (80%).

-- Ant infestations are on the rise. More than 5 out of 10 (54%) of pest professionals report infestations are rising. Reasons include increased moisture (27%), changing pest control practices (22%) and new species (44%).

-- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) works. While one out of three pest professionals (33%) considers ants the most difficult pest to control, nine out of ten agree IPM is an effective method of controlling ants. IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions. The most popular include clearing shrubs and vegetation from the base of structures (82%) and cleaning up crumbs and spills (81%).

For a full summary of findings and tips for how to prevent ant infestations, visit .

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.

What is your personal #1 nuisance pest? Is it ants or something different? If you find you have a pest problem visit or call us at one of our four convenient locations today!


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  2. Carpenter ants are the most annoying insect. They are also very dangerous. They destroy wood for making nest, not for eating like termites. Getting rid of them is really very difficult. Carpenter ants extermination is the job for expert people. By the way thanks for describing those important facts so clearly.

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