Well I hope that all survived the termite swarm we experienced in early to mid April. I know that in certain areas of the county it looked like it was snowing with billions of termites in flight. People ask me all the time as to why this occurs and the best answer I can come up with is it is a “natural thing”. A termite swarm is going to occur every year and it is always going to be after the winter season, following generally a period of rain, and when the heat and humidity begin to rise…Environmental Conditions. When all of these items occur, then the termites will swarm.

As I have mentioned in the past, all homes and businesses should have termite protection.

It is amazing the amount of damage that these little wood destroying insects can cause. The worst part is that they are so small property owners often do not know when the termites have entered the property and started using your wood for their buffet. I don’t know about your home, but at my home the sign “Buffet Closed” is hanging out front. (And, that’s not from my wife to the kids and me.) You too can hang the same sign by having a Licensed Termite Professional protect your property utilizing conventional termiticides or baiting systems. Secondly, I would suggest that you fully read the contract and understand all sections; especially the warranty and what would happen should termites be found in the home after the initial treatment and annual renewal. If you do not have an established relationship with a Pest Management Professional, interview several before making your decision and ask your friends in the area whom they would recommend. Termite protection is very important for the protection of one of your largest investments, don’t make a quick, uneducated decision. Your property will not be “ate up” in 48 hours.

Other insects beginning to swarm are the various ants we have in our region. This, too, is a common occurrence. Though the swarm cannot be stopped or prevented from entering your property, the ability for the insect to live on your property can be determined. If you are the do-it-yourself type, there are many products (liquid or granule) that you can apply to your lawn and shrub areas. However, you must read the label, mix and apply the product at the rate suggested and then re-apply the product at the proper intervals to obtain the ultimate level of control. For those of you that do not desire to do-it-yourself, contact a qualified Pest Management Professional and leave the mixing, application and warranty to us.

What’s that old saying we all know…April showers bring May flowers…and Mosquitoes, too. Here again, there are some over the counter products that you can apply to your property for short-term effectiveness. But, you must read the label and apply accordingly. Some of these products cannot be sprayed on certain plants and need to be sprayed at certain times of the day and sometimes several days prior to being outside so that protection can be obtained. Additionally, you will need to re-apply these products quite frequently. The ability to apply and utilize this area on the same day sometimes does not meet your expectations. Mosquito Misting Systems will meet and exceed all of your expectations. Furthermore, it eliminates your having to remember when you last treated; it eliminates bringing everyone back inside while you go spray and wait for the product to dry or dissipate; it eliminates candles, torches, and drenching the kids in repellants. Remember the thought you had when you finally decided to have a sprinkler system installed and stop dragging the hoses…”I wished I had done that years ago”…well, you will say the same thing when a properly installed Mosquito Misting System is installed on your property.

If you would like more information or a free proposal on these systems or any pest related service, please contact me at Chase Pest Control. Our office number is 936-441-2847 or by email at cary@chasepestcontrol.com. Until the next issue, have a great time outdoors. Drink plenty of Water and take many breaks.