“Oh what a difference a day makes, da-ta-da-da-da-da-da”…doesn’t this weather just make you want to sing? All is great! Not to hot…not to cold…the lake is full…the Holidays are nearing…and you probably think the bugs are through for a while. Well, while most of those are something to celebrate don’t relax too much on the bug front. Until it gets REALLY cold…count on the bugs to still be around. (FYI…really cold in Montgomery County is determined by your own personal thermostat…not the Weather Channel.)

In previous issues, I discussed in great detail of the need for you, or your pest control company, to perform an exclusion inspection. This is especially important now that the “cooler” weather will bring on 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 these intruders can be quite costly and in some cases a complete loss.

If there were one insect I would choose to discuss at this time of the year, it would be the Silverfish. 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. Many infestations are very 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.

The other insect being noticed is the Fire Ant. After periods of rain it seems that mounds just pop up everywhere. This is due to the water table rising, causing the ant to “relocate” its nest higher. While their nest in our lawns are an eye sore and pain to maneuver around, it’s their nest next to our homes and businesses that are of concern. Though the fire ant does not eat wood, when they nest in our walls it can be quite a mess and dangerous. Dangerous because of their ability to sting and even short out electrical outlets. For short-term control of active mounds you can use most any insecticide labeled for fire ants or approved bait. Should you prefer long-term control, ask your pest control company or call us for an application of Top Choice. This product will provide 12 months of control, guaranteed.

I am quite certain that mosquitoes were a common complaint around your home, after the late October rains and 80 degree temps, causing you to cut short your time outside. If this was true at your home, then take charge of the problem now. Give your spouse and kids the relief they need to enjoy the outdoors. Mosquito Misting Systems are 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. 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 cary@chasepestcontrol.com. Until the next issue, Happy Holidays and have very Merry Christmas.