Ok, so it’s getting 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 too HOT! Wrong…Wasp, Bees, Flies, Mosquitoes, Ants, Spiders…they are all busy. Trust Me!

It’s already a very busy bug season!!! The fleas have just exploded everywhere; the mosquitoes have wasted no time catching up; the termites continue to eat; the ants are “marching on” and now the little rover ant appears to like our homes more than we do.

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! Especially the fire ant, carpenter ant and rover ant. (I thought my neighbor was teaching her husband a new dance the other day in the front yard, but it turned out to be just an ant stomping party….a video camera and You Tube might earn me a real good living…) Be on the lookout 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 mostly 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. As for Fire ant control on a property, this can now be done with a single application and a full year’s 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. An ever increasing nuisance ant is the rover ant. This is a very tiny black ant that we are seeing practically anywhere in the home. The rover ant and sugar ant will continue to be a pain and very difficult to eradicate. Should you suspect you have these ants, 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 more active than I have ever seen. 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 and application rates. Keep in mind, proper application and 21 days is required to know if control of the flea is obtained. Interior flea activity is best left to the professionals or be prepared to read and follow your product label “to the T”.

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 or would like to explore the installation of a new system, please 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 chasepestcontrol@consolidated.net. Until the next issue, have a great time outdoors. Drink plenty of Water and take many breaks.