You can’t say that I didn’t warn you…just 30 days ago I wrote “Summer is just around the corner! Don’t let those crisp/cool May evenings fool you. Those were teasers. Don’t believe me… just hang on cause 100 degrees and 98% humidity is almost here… yeeha!!”…it’s HERE!!! UGH!!! And to make matters worse, being true to the tropical nature of South Texas, we get an afternoon rain shower just to take the “ugh factor” up a notch or 50.
So with all of this heat, humidity and additional moisture…those thirsty blood suckers are going to be partying!!! Mosquitoes!! You can’t make it cooler, you can’t make it dryer, but you can assist in solving your mosquito problem. Automated misting systems are truly effective at controlling the mosquito population in your targeted zone. Just ask the many clients that we have installed a system. Not one client has called us back to tell us to come remove the system. In fact, most have said they wished they had invested in a system many years ago. If a complete misting system is not in your budget, then consider fogging. We fog many backyards for parties and just plain relief. Depending on the environmental conditions, this application can last up to 4 weeks. But, don’t wait until the day of your event. It’s best to perform this service 2-3 days prior to your gathering.
Ok, what about all of these ants? Well, the first question is what type of ant? Proper identification is the first step in preparing to treat. The easiest ant to get rid of in your home (remember, I said IN your home, not in the lawn) is the fire ant. Locating the entry point and treating that particular area can stop their activity. However, be prepared to treat the entire exterior perimeter or they will simply move a couple of feet down and re-enter. The Little Black Ant or Rover Ant is becoming a true problem for property owners. Though they do not destroy the property, they are hard to eliminate and I would not suggest doing-it-yourself. You can try liquid Terro, but keep it fresh. Another ant that is difficult to control yourself is the carpenter ant and, unlike the Little Black Ant, they do damage our properties. We have two types of Carpenter Ants. One is all black and 3/8 to 5/8 inch long and the other is red and black and about ½ inch long. Either ant, if seen on or in your home, should be treated by a licensed pest control operator. These ants will often build satellite colonies in our homes. This means that their main colony is located somewhere outside in the landscaping or trees and they are establishing a secondary location in our homes. The first step when carpenter ants are seen in or on the home are to remove ALL limbs, branches, shrubs and/or vines that are in contact with the structure. You have to minimize the access points or they will simply find and alternative entry point, making total control almost impossible. Additionally, should the activity be inside the house, attic dusting with an approved product is highly recommended. So that you are not caught off guard, expect to pay $175 and up for a professional carpenter ant treatment.
For some reason, the fleas have been absolutely “hopping” this year. Should you have pets, you really need to consider having them dipped and then utilizing an approved flea/tick control product. Should you experience a flea problem on the inside of your home you can attempt to resolve yourself, but try to find a product that has Precor. Additionally, do not forget about the exterior lawn and shrub areas. These areas also need to be treated at the same time. For the best results you need to coordinate the interior, exterior, and pet bath to occur at the same time and before you allow your pet to re-enter the home, you should aggressively vacuum. If you elect to perform this service yourself, please read all product labels and adhere to the retreatment time frame. The flea cycle is every 14-21 days, so it is very important to be consistent with your product applications in order to break this cycle. If you do not have a pet and you are experiencing a flea problem, then you probably have an unwanted rodent or varmit taking up shop in your home. If this is the case, you have to have the animal removed and the entry point sealed prior to treating for the fleas.
Until next time, if you’re tired of ”swatin, stompin and throwin” things at bugs…give us a call…we’ll Chase’em away …to your neighbors. Should you have a particular insect question or problem email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer any question.