Well the summer rains have sure made the bug world happy and made the exterminators frustrated trying to schedule services. That’s what is so wonderful about our Texas; one-minute nice…next minute sweltering heat…gotta love it!

Ok, so we are heading into “Fall” (for those of you not from here, this is when it goes from 95 degrees and 99% humidity to 85 degrees and 99% humidity…and we appreciate this change) and you want to know what you need to prepare for on the pest side. Well it’s like this…the roaches, ants, and critters you have been seeing will continue to be seen, but the bigger issue will be the squirrels, rats, mice, and other varmints looking for harborage areas for the winter. Now is the time for you to have your pest control professional or yourself inspect/evaluate the exterior of your home and office to identify entry areas. Keep in mind while performing this inspection that you are looking for openings the size of a quarter and larger. Once the areas have been identified the proper exclusion materials should be utilized that will last for several years and not deface the appearance of your property. In addition to performing the exclusion work, the avenues utilized by the critters to access those areas must also be altered. Should you have limbs in contact with the structure, they should be trimmed back at least 6 feet from the structure. Vines growing on the structure should truly be removed. Identifying and correcting these areas now will greatly reduce the potential for more expensive problems later.

We are really headed into the time of year when you should consider the total protection of your property from all pests. A complete evaluation of general pest control, termite protection, exclusion work, fire ant control and over all exterior enjoyment or suffering you have experienced. Professional Pest Management is strongly recommended in our area and can minimize costly repairs and embarrassing situations.

This is also a great time of year to consider a Mosquito Misting System. If the time you have spent in your back yard has been reduced due to the mosquito population, you can take control of this area and spend more time out doors. You may be thinking lets wait until spring, but wouldn’t you rather enjoy the first day of Spring instead of mid-Spring?

I promise you, if the mosquitoes were a problem for you this year…they will be a problem for you next year, unless you give them a reason to leave your area.

Until next time, if you’re tired of ”swatin, stompin and throwin” things at bugs…give us a call…we’ll Chase’em away …to your neighbors. Should you have a particular insect question or problem email me at chasepestcontrol@consolidated.net and I will do my best to answer any question.