Summer is definitely here! You know it’s hot when it takes you two hours just to cool down from being outside. (Please keep that in mind when your service people are spending time on your property…it may take them just a little longer to complete the task at hand.) I know that as I become “older” this heat is really slowing me down. (My wife says it’s because I’m out of shape and “older”…what does she know…I know…everything! Yes, dear!)

Ok, here’s what is happening in the bug world; spiders, scorpions, wasp/bees, mosquitoes, fire ants and termites. (Just to mention a few) Spider control requires several steps. First is the constant removal of the webs, reducing their food sources and harborage sites, and chemical control, if needed. Spiders are very smart insects…if their food source (other insects) is reduced and you continually remove their webbing, they will move on or die. You can reduce the other insect population by utilizing yellow lights (for the flying insects) and/or chemical control measures. Additionally, you can fill those cracks and gaps with caulk or expanding foam.

Scorpions? In Montgomery County? Yes, in certain areas of the county we do have scorpion issues. These guys are not fun to encounter and not easy to eliminate. The control of scorpions requires a combination of several actions and, more importantly, consistency. First, we suggest that all shrubs and limbs not be in contact with the structure. (This is a good practice for the control of all insects.) Secondly, a good interior application of an appropriately labeled product, followed up with an insecticide dust to all openings, including the attic, should be performed. Then on the exterior you should have the eaves, foundation, and shrub/lawn area around the home sprayed with an approved product. Additionally, all weep holes, cracks, openings should be dusted and a general insecticide granule distributed 8-10 feet around the foundation.

Once these items have been completed, every other month or quarterly exterior service should be performed to insure the “barrier” is fresh and maintained. In severe scorpion situations it is extremely possible that monthly exterior service may be required. For planning and continual control, you should plan to have the interior/exterior dusting performed each year.

The mosquito population continues to survive and annoy those of us that like to spend time out doors. You can perform some simple tasks to assist in the control by removing all sources of standing/stagnant water. This includes changing the water in your birdbaths. If you have thick ground cover and shrubs, minimize over watering these areas. If you would like to spend more time outdoors without lighting candles and spraying on the “Off”, you truly should consider a Misting System. To date…of the systems we have installed, none of our clients have expressed any disappointment in their system or the investment. Many have told us that they now spend more time outdoors and less time in front of the television, because the mosquitoes are not running them inside.

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 Until the next issue, have a great time outdoors. Drink plenty of Water and take many breaks.