Nothing like living in the Tropics…it’s just awesome! Especially if you are an insect. August gave us 15 days of rain. September continues to give us the threat of daily storms. All as we anxiously wait to see 80 degrees as the weekly high. 10-15 Degree drop in temps will put an extra hop in our steps!! This is definitely the time of year to be outside taking care of those special needs around the home or office. Distractions and procrastinations need to take a back seat and allow you to get things done this month. If not, you’ll be putting your Christmas lights up in January…again.

With the cooler weather, our minds begin to think of the Holidays and less about mechanical alterations and pest control. But let me remind you that the insects could care less about the Holidays. Every day that goes by that they are not “persuaded” or forced to leave your property is their Holiday. Cooler weather will bring on other uninvited guest such as rodents and other critters. You truly want to take this time to cut back tree limbs from your home and seal up openings to prevent easy access. If you are not certain as to what needs to be completed, call us. The damages caused by the intruders can be quite costly and in some cases a complete loss.

I can honestly say that this has been the most challenging summer with insects and the ability to get work completed with rain conflicts. Usually we have 1 or 2 bugs that lead in the “complaint list”, but this year it’s been the entire Insect Encyclopedia. Rover, Ghost and Crazy Ants win the prize. Fleas have been horrible. Termites have continued to invade.

Silverfish have been recent concern. These insects hide during the day and prefer to rest in tight cracks or crevices and can be found almost anywhere in a home or business. They tend to concentrate in the bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms and attics. This is because they need a temperature range of 72-90 degrees and at least 50-75% humidity in order to reproduce. It will take 3-4 months before a silverfish becomes an adult, under favorable conditions and can live up to 3 years. Silverfish are commonly referred to as a paper pest. This is because they prefer to forage on paper products but are particularly drawn to wallpaper and wallpaper paste, glazed papers and papers with sizing. Certain species of silverfish prefer linen, rayon, and cotton, but not wools or true silks.

The key to control of silverfish is the proper identification of the infested areas and available food sources. Most infestations are localized and environmental modifications can reduce the population. In most cases a crack and crevice application with a properly labeled insecticide is needed as well as a wall void treatment.

If mosquitoes have become the debate around your home, then take charge of the problem. Give your spouse and kids the relief they need to enjoy the outdoors with routine professional fogging or the installation of a misting system. Either service is extremely effective at regaining your backyard. Our clients have expressed their gratitude ten times over and say they wished that they had installed the system many years ago or signed up for routine fogging. What a great Christmas present for the family!!

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.