Destructive Pests

All About Wood-Boring Bees: Carpenter Bees in AL

We talk a lot about getting rid of termites because they are so destructive and can devastate a home. But there’s another wood-boring insect that can also wreak havoc inside your walls. We’re talking about carpenter bees. August is Honeybee Awareness Month, but homeowners should really be on the lookout for carpenter bees that are making a…

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Treating Wood to Prevent Termites

Termite control keeps us very busy during the spring and summer months. The warm, humid climate of the southeast is the perfect weather for termites to thrive. Of the termite species that are found in the U.S., the eastern subterranean termite is the most common here in Alabama. Every year termites cause billions of dollars…

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What Types of Termites Live in Alabama?

Many homeowners don’t think about termites until they start swarming in spring, but here at Vulcan Termite and Pest Control Inc. we’re on the look out all year long. The southeast region of the U.S. is a hotbed for termite activity, even in the fall and winter. Controlling and eliminating termites in Alabama is so serious…

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Top Trees That Attract Termites

Controlling termites starts with knowing what attracts this destructive pest and how they survive. Everybody knows that they chew through basically any kind of wood. But the big landscaping question is whether or not they feed on specific tree species. Homeowners will be happy to know that most termites don’t typically attack living, healthy trees. But…

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Controlling Moles & Voles With Pest Control

Many people mistakenly think that moles and voles hibernate during the winter. In actuality, these furry little critters are active during the cold months in underground tunnels. They may be soft and even a little cute…but moles and voles are a big nuisance for Alabama homeowners. All it takes is one mole burrowing through the winter…

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Signs There’s a Big Pest in Your Attic

When we were kids attics often seemed like creepy places where things hide out in dark corners. As adults we realize that isn’t entirely untrue. Except instead of ghosts and ghoulies, there’s something much more scary that lives in the attic – large, destructive pests. During the cold months it’s not uncommon for larger pests…

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Does Home Insurance Cover Termite Damage?

Termites alone cause an estimated $5 million in property damage in the U.S. each year. A recent study found that non-native forest insects cost taxpayers another $1.7 billion and cause $830 million in lost property value for homeowners every year. Many homeowners may not be aware that insect damage isn’t usually covered by home insurance.…

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Keep Wood Bore Bees Away with Home Improvements

Wood bore bees, also known as carpenter bees, can be a serious problem for homeowners. They look similar to plain old bumblebees until you realize they are boring into the wood of your house. That’s right, there’s another wood-destroying insect that’s moved into the neighborhood. But before you start swatting, let’s first take a look…

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Stung? There’s a Cure for That

The kid’s out back. Barefooted. Innocent. A monster walking through the grass. Stomp, stomp, stomp like his favorite dinosaur. A loud, high-pitched scream is heard. You see the boy fall to the ground, holding his foot. You run to the scene. Once you get there, it’s apparent that he’s stepped on a bumble bee. Yelling…

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How to Get Kudzu Bugs Under Control When They’re Out of Control

They’re back. We’re not referencing the iconic scene from Poltergeist, though the problem could be just as frightening. The kudzu bugs are everywhere in Alabama again this year. The pests are hitching rides on vehicles, clothing and anything else they can land on. If you live in the Heart of Dixie you’ve probably started to…

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