Well, the holidays are over; the Christmas lights are down (hopefully); everyone has signed up for some exercise/weight loss program in preparation for the Spring/Summer; beginning to work in our yards; playing catch up already to that New Year’s resolution list; and the kids are already thinking about Spring Break. Oh the cycles of life, aren’t they fun!?

Ok readers, as I prepare this article it’s mid-January and we just left a new home that has termite activity on an inside bath wall…termites and other insects do forage all year long in our region and they don’t care if your home is one month or fifty years old. First statement made by the homeowner was “I thought my builder took care of that.” My response was (and is) that many builders do not require or have termite treatments performed before the slab is poured. So my next question is…does your home or business have termite protection? And, have the conducive conditions around your home/business been corrected? The home mentioned above had soil and mulch higher than the slab (most common issue) and the termites were entering through this area, unnoticed. Had the soil been lower the homeowner may have noticed the shelter tubes while working in the flowerbeds. Therefore, conducive condition corrections are extremely important as well as some form of termite protection. If you are wondering what the conducive conditions are on your home, ask your pest technician to perform an evaluation or give us a call.

Believe it or not, the spring and summer months are quickly approaching. This only means the insect world will be approaching us quickly, too. If you perform your own pest control services then you know it’s time to start making your control methods and applications. This is especially true for fire ants, spiders, and mosquitoes. If your property is plagued with constant fire ants and you are tired of chasing the mounds around your yard, we have a product called Top Choice that can provide a full year of control, with only one application. Should the fire ants show back up before the end of your 52-week warranty, we come back and retreat the activity, at no additional cost.

Mosquitoes on the other hand have to be dealt with constantly. You know that many afternoons and early evenings you have gone inside only because the mosquitoes were driving you crazy, even after lighting your citronella candles and spraying on the Off. Well let me inform you about some other options. For the DIYer’s, there are hose end spray mixtures that can be applied to your lawn and shrubs that will give you a couple of days control. Or, prior to you or the family going outside, use a fogger type machine that will void the area of adult mosquitoes for a short period of time. Timing of either of these applications is critical to your outside enjoyment…can’t do it real early and can’t do it right before you go out.

If taking the time element and hassle out of this equation is of value to you and your family, then I would suggest a mosquito misting system. These systems are professionally designed and installed to kill mosquitoes within a defined area…the protection zone. Generally, the system is programmed to come on two to four times per day, for 20-45 seconds each time, early in the morning and late at night. This flushes and kills the adult mosquitoes in the protection zone and makes the area less desirable for a mosquito breeding site. Many of the systems come equipped with a remote control that will allow you, at the push of the button, to perform an immediate application prior to going outside, just for that added protection. The product we use in these systems is a water-based pyrethrum. Pyrethrum is made from the chrysanthemum flowers and is utilized in food processing plants, around livestock, and is labeled for these misting systems. Other insects such as spiders, fleas, flies, and roaches are also controlled with this product, especially in the protection zone.

The whole purpose of these systems is to enable you to spend more quality time outside, away from the television and video games, with your family and friends without having to take a bath in some mosquito repellant. Not to mention reducing the mosquito population and their associated diseases. I installed the system in my backyard several years ago and since then we have not put on any repellants or lit any candles or torches, and have spent many more hours outside enjoying our kids and the fresh air.

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, have a great time outdoors…the heat will soon return (as well as the BUGS!).