How to Tell the Difference Between Flying Ants vs Termites

Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet, TN  Question: What Is The Difference Between Flying Ants and Winged Termites? Answer: Both flying ants and winged termites are small, black household pests that can give homeowners the creeps, and not without good reason. These four-winged pests are notorious for their disastrous effects on the sanitation of indoor spaces and on the health of family members. Both pests nest in indoor spaces (now you know what they’re doing in your home or garage) and then swarm to form new colonies. Swarming is the mating and breeding phase of winged ants and termites. Flying ants, in fact, develop wings specifically for swarming and shed their …

Insects vs. Bugs?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Question: Can you settle an argument? My wife told me that a spider is not an insect. Is she pulling my leg?  Answer: The bug world is tricky; all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects. So, technically, your wife is correct. According to the Big Bug Book, here are the facts. Insects (Hexapoda or Insecta) have six legs. Spiders (Arachnida) have eight. Insects eat lots of things, even plastic, paper and lint. Spiders eat mostly insects. Insects have antennae in order to smell. Spiders don’t, they sense through bristles on their legs. Insects usually have wings. Spiders do not. Insects have …

Mold Inspection and Clean Up

Help I have mold in my crawl space! Cookeville | Bowling Green | Franklin | Jackson Question:  Our home is for sale; the buyer paid for a Home Inspection, and his report said we had mold or a mold like substance in the crawl space. What are they talking about, and what should we have done? Answer:  You are not alone; we get calls every day with the same question. Many homes built in the middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky suffer from poor moisture management in the crawl space. The mold is most likely aspergillus or penicillium, both very common types of mold found in crawl spaces. Crawl Space Mold, …