Wow, It’s been incredibly hot & humid…come on “Winter”!!! It’s hard to believe that the summer break is over and “Fall” is upon us…my daughter, Kylie, is actually “ready” for her 6th grade year, or at least that’s what she says…I think she’s just ready for the Hunting Season to open, Holiday “specials”, and Christmas decorating…fun, fun, fun! (Surely it’s not to see the “boys”!?…better not be!!!) For our “transplanted” Texans we are entering a very special time of the year…High School and College Football, Holidays, Hunting and the thought of “cooler” weather. (remember, I said “thought”)

Speaking of deep thought…the “bookworms” should be diligently back at work in your house.

You can recognize these wonderful creatures by their sounds of moaning, complaining, procrastinating cries, accumulations of new books and papers. You can minimize their non-productive time by removing the TV, relocating the Texting machine (cell phone), and hiding the electronic games. However, these “bookworms” are very beneficial and need to be frequently comforted…hug away and be thankful… the time between putting them in diapers and sending them off to College, is very fast!

Summer is a very challenging time in the pest control industry and especially for the owner, when you have an inquisitive daughter that thinks I should know the name of every insect. I can’t tell you how many times Kylie has asked me, “What kind of bug is this?”… I’ve finally learned to give her a magnifying glass and my “bug book”…hmm, I wonder if I could “write off” some of her expenses as job training??

I know this will come as a shock to you, but I found a bug under my sink…. a silverfish. My first thought was “how dare that bug be in MY house”. My second thought was “dang it, this is a difficult insect to truly eliminate”. Silverfish generally hide during the day and prefer to rest in tight cracks or crevices and can be found almost anywhere in a home or business. However, 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 the control of silverfish is the proper identification of the infested areas and available food sources. Many infestations are very localized and environmental modifications (reducing the humidity and moisture) 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 and placement of bait packets, is needed to minimize the pest population. Total elimination of this insect is very difficult and is generally not obtained unless the property is tented and fumigated.

Should you experience a silverfish infestation, please be prepared to empty all cabinets in the active areas, as treatment to all drawers and seams will greatly enhance the control.

The other insect being noticed is the Fire Ant. Especially, 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.

If you would like more information or a free proposal on these services 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; get ready for the holidays; and bring on “Winter”.