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May 2014

Lawn and Tree Care

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Christies Lawn

Is your lawn full of moss and weeds? Do you wish you didn’t have bugs crawling all over you while you relaxed on the lawn in the summer? Call us today for a free evaluation of your lawn! Our service is all-inclusive features fertilization, insect and disease control, weed control, moss control, and more!

The Truth About Carpenter Ant Swarms

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Reproductive CAThe Pacific Northwest climate is well suited for carpenter ants.  It is not surprising that these wood nesting ants are the number one structural wood destroying insect pest in Washington State. 

So how concerned should home owners be when they see these large winged creatures each spring invading their property?

Mature carpenter ant colonies have a main nest and one or more associated satellite nests. Main nests can be found in living conifer trees, stumps, landscape timbers, firewood, and most any sizable wood debris in contact with the soil. Main nests need wood with a high moisture content to survive.  In contrast, Satellite nests can utilize dry wood such as the timbers of a structure. Most homes damaged by carpenter ants are a result of infestation by satellite nests.

Each spring, mature colonies send out thousands of new queen ants in swarms to establish new main nests.  These black swarming ants, sometimes one inch in length, are called reproductives; they fly short distances before losing their wings and begin wandering for new homes.  Only a small fraction of these winged reproductive ants survive to create new colonies. 

Since these budding queens need wood with high moisture content, most well-maintained homes due not fulfill the moisture needs and are therefore not capable of being a main nesting site.  In April and May, homeowners should not be overly alarmed when observing these large ants crawling in the landscape or occasionally in the house, especially if your home is routinely serviced for pest prevention.


In contrast, if you observe large numbers of winged ants clustering together inside your home or smaller, wingless black ants trailing in regular patterns inside or outside of your home, this may indicate an established carpenter ant satellite nest in the home, requiring an inspection by a qualified licensed pest management professional.

For those without regular pest control service, the month of May is an excellent time for an annual

Let’s Go Paperless!

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After years of deliberation and deferred action, Pratt Pest Management will begin integrating new technologies to embrace the modern age, advance our position to meet future needs and goals, and provide greater convenience and enhanced reporting to our customers.  We are currently testing the use of electronic tablets by our pest management professionals for recording service event data, essentially eliminating paper service reports and invoices.  This change will eliminate hours of daily data entry tasks, provide real time production tracking, and improve our efforts in being environmentally cautious. It is our goal to have this new system fully implemented this summer.

This will affect our customers in that we will no longer be leaving behind a copy of your work order and invoice at your door step.  Instead we will be leaving behind a door hanger informing you that your home has been serviced. A detailed service report and invoice will automatically be sent to your e-mail address that we have on file.  If we do not have your e-mail we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in providing one to us. As with all of your personal data, we will remain trustworthy. Our customer’s information is private, used exclusively for administering business between Pratt Pest Management and individual clients.

In addition, we are happy to announce that beginning May 12, 2014; our customers will be able to conveniently pay for services through the PRATTPEST.COM website using a secure electronic bill paying system. We have contracted with a leading virtual merchant provider used by a variety of government agencies and major corporations. You will now be able to submit your payment quickly using a credit card, debit card, or electronic check.

We realize that changing business practices can sometimes take a little getting used to; however we feel the change will be progressive allowing us to continue to provide a high quality service at an affordable price. We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to many more years of building positive relationships with our valued customers and the community.