Carpenter Ants – Part 3: Evolution

The evolution of carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) is a captivating journey that spans millions of years. Ants, including carpenter ants, belong to the order Hymenoptera, a group that includes bees and wasps. This order has an ancient lineage, with fossil evidence suggesting their existence dating back to the Cretaceous period, over 100 million years ago.…

Vinyl Siding: The Homeowner’s Guide to a Modern Facade

Although vinyl siding isn’t very common for central coast homes, vinyl siding may be something to consider. Vinyl siding is a low-maintenance, durable, and stylish solution that wraps your home securely and practically. Intrigued? Let’s unwrap all there’s to know about vinyl siding. Table of Contents Why Choose Vinyl? Drawbacks to Vinyl Siding Rogall +…

Carpenter Ants – Part 4: Entomology

Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) can be both fascinating and concerning for homeowners. Understanding their distinct characteristics, potential impact, and differences from termites is essential for homeowners to protect their properties. Carpenter ants can cause structural damage by tunneling through wood to create nests and passageways. While they don’t consume wood like termites, their activity can…

Carpenter Ants – Part 2: Larvae

Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) exhibit a fascinating life cycle that spans several stages. Understanding their life cycle is crucial in managing infestations and preventing long-term damage to wooden structures, such as your home. Carpenter ants undergo complete metamorphosis, consisting of four primary stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Carpenter ants practice a caste system. The…

Carpenter Ants – Part 1: Habitat

Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are intriguing insects that have carved their niche in California’s diverse ecosystems. While they may appear inconspicuous, their habitat preferences, dietary needs, and ideal living conditions have allowed them to thrive across the state. But even worse – it has also allowed them to thrive inside your home. Table of Contents…

It’s Crucial for Your Contractor to Be Insured

Did you hear about the homeowner who hired a guy in a truck to do some work on his siding? It was wintertime and the handyman had a propane heater burning to keep himself warm.   In a moment of inattention the heater tipped over and the open flame set the house ablaze! Luckily the entire…

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