Whoa…Can you say HOT!!! Can’t imagine what August will be like? Rain, sure would be welcomed, for few days.

Ok, so it’s hot outside and you don’t like being out there, so while you are inside drinking ice cold tea in the A/C, you’re thinking there is no way the bugs are busy…it’s just to HOT! Wrong…Wasp, Bees, Flies, Mosquitoes, Ants, Spiders…they are all busy. Trust Me!

If you are the do-it-yourselfer, wasps and bees entering your home around the facia can be controlled by filling the gaps they are entering. You can use caulk, expanding foam, or some type of mesh product. Caulk is generally the best product for small to medium size entry points. Should spiders be the issue, the best mechanical control is a broom. Once or twice a week take the broom and knock down or remove the webbing. Additionally, you can change the exterior bulbs to a yellow bulb and this will deter the flying insects that attract the spiders. Good luck and be careful on those ladders.

Ants are extremely active. But, be on the look out for Carpenter Ants trailing on or around your home. Carpenter Ants are up to ¾ of inch long and generally all black. They are a BIG ant and easy to spot. Carpenter Ants are nocturnal…active at night. Should you notice these ants on your home or in your landscaping, I would suggest having a professional pest management company solve this problem. Fire ant control for a property can now be done with a single application for a full years protection. We use a product called Top Choice and every property that we have treated has been elated with the control. It’s not an inexpensive product…but it works and works well. Sugar ants will continue to be a pain. Should you suspect you have sugar ants, generally found in the pantry, counter tops, and cabinets, the worst thing you can do is grab the “Raid”. Do not spray these guys!! Baits and non-repellant insecticides are the only way to effectively rid your home of these ants.

Fleas are becoming more active. First and foremost is to protect your pets by utilizing a treatment program for the pet. Consult with your Veterinarian. To control fleas in your lawn you will need to locate a hose end product that is labeled for fleas and then treat your lawn on the prescribed time frame. Interior flea activity is best left to the professionals.

Mosquito control for outside enjoyment is a hot topic. We have installed many misting systems and so far not one homeowner has been dissatisfied with the level of control. In fact most have truly enjoyed not having to spray themselves down or light torches before going outside. If you have a system, please make certain all components are working properly. Should you need repairs or adjustments just give us a call.

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.