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Jacksonville Ants

Nestled just outside the city of Atlanta; Jacksonville, Georgia is home to some of the best weather year round. With the amazing weather, people will be found hanging out in their backyards. At times, there can be one problem with this… Jacksonville will have a host of ants.

What Ants Are found In Jacksonville? 

Jacksonville is home to the Carpenter ant, Little Black ants, Fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, and the Pharaoh ant. Each ant will look, eat, and act very differently.

What Does A Carpenter Ant Look Like & Eat? 

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Carpenter ants will vary in size, but they will usually be about ¼ inch to ½ inch long. Carpenter ants can be a variety of colors ranging from a tan to black. They will also be an orange or red color, and may also have a combination of black and red.  Carpenter ants will eat other bugs and will eat plant’s juices.

 What Does The Carpenter Ant In Jacksonville Do?

The Carpenter ant will be found in wood that has been buried, or in old rotten logs. By the home they can be found in porch stands, telephone poles, and any other place where wood comes in contact with the ground.  Inside the wood, the Carpenter ant will make tunnels for them to travel throughout, and build their colony up. The colony of a Carpenter ant can hold up to about 2000 workers. The 2000 workers will destroy your wood property. The Carpenter ants will need to be exterminated to save your property.

What Does A Little Black Ant Look Like & What Does It Eat?

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The Little Black ant is one of the smallest ants that Jacksonville will have. It will only grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. That is about the thickness of a dime. The Little Black ant gets it names from its size and how dark the body looks; it is a jet black color. The Little Black ant has a very powerful jaw and will chew its food.  They will eat anything a human leaves out.  When at the beach or the park, these ants will try to invade your picnic.

What Does The Little Black Ant Do With Its Time In Jacksonville? 

Like most of the people in Jacksonville, the Little Black ant will be out day and night. They will be working on the colony, which will be found in small craters in the soil. Inside the colony they will house about 2000 workers. When the workers are out of the colony, enjoying the weather, they will be looking for food to eat.  They are very annoying and will need to be looked at by a professional; to estimate how big of a problem you may have.

What Does The Pharaoh Ant Look Like & Eat In Jacksonville? 

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The Little Black ant has a competitor for being the smallest ant; the Pharaoh ant. The Pharaoh ant can grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. Pharaoh ants will be a reddish orange color, and are very hard to see.  The menu for the Pharaoh ant is a variety of foods: honey, sugar, fruit juices, dead bugs, and anything really sweet. They will also eat silk and rubber.

What Will The Pharaoh Ant’s Colony Look Like?

The tiny Pharaoh ant colony will be infested with several hundreds of thousands of worker ants. The colony will be inside walls of the home, in small cracks in the sidewalk, and where the grass and concrete meet. The Pharaoh ant colony will have a mound that sticks up a couple inches, and will be about 6 inches wide. The Pharaoh ant will infest your home and can become a huge problem. If the problem gets that bad, it is best to call a professional to come take a look at your home.

What Does The Caribbean Crazy Ant Look Like & Eat? 

The Caribbean crazy ant is golden brown to a reddish brown color.  It small body is about 1/16 – 1/8 of an inch long. When not drinking rum, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found eating seeds, live and dead bugs, fruits, and honeydew. You will see a lot of the Caribbean crazy ants after rainfalls because they will need to produce their food supplies.

Where Can The Caribbean Crazy Ant Colonies Be Found? 

Inside homes, the colony of the Caribbean crazy ant will be found underneath floors and carpeting. Outside, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found under objects like stepping stones, swing sets, and bird fountains. The colonies are very shallow and normally only have about 2000 worker ants.  The Caribbean crazy ant does don’t pose a health risk, but if they infested your home they will need to be exterminated.

Ant Control In The Atlanta Area

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com 

Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com

Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Ros...

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Roswell, Georgia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell, Georgia is a vibrant suburban community with a rich history, excellent home values and plenty of things to do—making it one of the most coveted cities in Georgia in which to live.

From a cozy downtown area to its proximity to the city of Atlanta, there’s plenty to love about the North Atlanta suburb. There are plenty of outdoor activities, thanks to the Chattahoochee River and other nature trails. There is also a plethora of shopping and other activities perfect for the entire family.

Roswell also offers some of the best schools in the metro area, making it an appealing destination to families.

If you’re looking for a place to call home in the Atlanta metro area, here are ten reasons why you should consider Roswell, Georgia.

  1. Small-town flair with big-city access. Roswell is only about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, yet far enough outside the Perimeter that it retains its small-town feel. This gives you the best of both worlds: a quiet, suburban lifestyle while remaining close to the best that Atlanta has to offer like its sports teams and nightlife.
  2. Miles of outdoor trails. Roswell boasts sixteen-plus miles of scenic walking/biking trails, including the Vickery Creek Trail in the Chattahoochee National Recreation area and the Chattahoochee River Walk passing through the heart of town. These trails are open year-round and are perfect for an afternoon getaway.
  3. Rich history. Roswell blends the best of the present with the richness of the past, with plenty of historic dwellings, Civil War landmarks and even ghost tours.
  4. Rich in culture and art. Roswell offers a remarkable amount of art and culture for a city its size, including the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which serves as home to the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and whose 600-seat theatre hosts numerous musical, theatrical and cultural events throughout the year.
  5. Great shopping and dining. The historic district of Roswell is home to a great selection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries and specialty shops—and with a wide range of fabulous restaurants, Roswell is considered a foodie destination.
  6. Excellent school system. Roswell’s public schools are part of the Fulton County School System, which scores well above the state average with test scores.
  7. Great range of home styles and prices. Roswell’s growing population means a continuing number of new builds, along with spacious, well-established homes. While overall home prices are above the state average, home values range from the low $100,000s to the upper $300,000s and up.
  8. High appreciation rates. Home values in Roswell currently have some of the highest appreciation rates in the state, making them an excellent investment.
  9. Low crime rates. Roswell boasts one of the lower crime rates in the state of Georgia, making it a popular place to raise children.
  10. Nationally recognized quality of life. Roswell regularly places on “best place to live” polls, including CNN’s 2010 list of Top 100 Best Places to Live In the US.

Dac Carver is the Vice President and Managing Broker of Atlanta Real Estate firm Beacham & Company. A 17-year veteran of residential real estate, Dac graduated from Christ School, a college preparatory school near Asheville, NC and earned a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1991. He and his wife, Shannon, have two school-age sons.

Three Common Plumbing Problems Atlanta Citizens Encounter

Woman In Need Of Plumber It’s estimated that there are roughly 432,427 citizens living in Atlanta and if you count the surrounding suburbs, that number can easily go into the millions. These numbers are not at all surprising once you look at the benefits that come with living in Atlanta.  You get to live in a city that has an interesting and romantic history, you get to eat at some of the best restuarants and eat food prepared by famous chefs, and you get to live in a large metropolitian area that has all of the features of an urban setting, but still retains its southern charms.

The only downside to living in an urban area like Atlanta can be the plumbing problems that can occur.  Since Atlanta is an old city, a lot of city residents are running water from old and decaying pipes that are in need of serious repair.  Along with that, you also have to deal with annoying plumbing problems that can take days to fix or cost hundreds to repair.  Leaky faucets and discolored water are something that nearly every person has to deal with, but if you know how to identify common plumbing problems you can save yourself from a lot of headaches.

Clogged Showerhead

When you start to notice a change of water pressure the problem may not be with your pipes.  Even though our water is filtered it contains a lot of minerals and water that’s running through old pipes with substancial mineral build up.  All of that running mineraled water can cause a build up of minerals in your showerhead, and that build up could cause your shower head to clog.  Luckily, most home owners won’t have to worry about calling a plumber to fix this problem.  If you can remove your shower head, take time to carefully clean out the mineral deposits.  If it isn’t removable, look into purchasing a CLR solution and let the head sit in there overnight.  In the morning, your showerhead should be clean and good to go!

Running Toilet

Do you sometimes hear your toilet running water long after you’ve flushed it?  If so, it’s very likely that your toilet has a running problem.  A running toilet can cause more problems than just noise.  If your toilet is running longer than it should you could be loosing up to 200 gallons of water in a 24-hour time span.  When a toilet is running too much a defective flapper could be the cause of your problem.  Most plumbing companies in Atlanta can fix it relatively quickly and for a reasonable price.

Unheated Water

If you’re finding that it takes forever for your bath or shower water to heat up, don’t run out and find a new water heater just yet.  Mineral deposits can build up in your water heater just like they build up in your shower and if your water is being heated inconsistently it’s probably the cause of mineral deposits in your water heater.  If the build up isn’t too thick you may be able to drain your heater and clean it out on your own. However, if it’s too much you should call a plumber to handle the job.

By Randy Harris, a retired plumber who likes to write guest blogs as a hobby on the weekends.