ants and summer time

Ants are not generally considered dangerous pests, but they can pose significant health and cosmetic damage to turf grass. Controlling them in the lawn becomes important where their hill building causes root damage to grass and unsightly mounds. These colony insects settle in large numbers and build intricate labyrinths in grass root systems. Knowing how to control them in lawns begins with some information on these insect’s soil and location preferences and a concerted effort to destroy their nests.

The mounds and hills formed by ant colonies are not the only issue with
these insects. Many species also have an interest in ranching and will “farm” aphids and mealybugs, protecting them and assisting their daily needs to keep a local source of honeydew. Honeydew is the substance secreted by aphids and mealybugs and is something of a delicacy to ants.

Having a colony of farming ants can mean real trouble for your veggies and ornamental plants, the food of choice for mealybugs and aphids. Controlling ants in the lawn is a good way to minimize the population of these pest insects.

Ants
prefer dry, well-drained soil in an undisturbed, low traffic area. Lawn
dwelling ants are generally not an issue because these are not the stinging
sort but some species have a habit of undermining grass roots and can cause large dead patches in the lawn.

Spot control is the best method for killing ants. They tend to concentrate
in a small area and spot application isolates the chemical zone and minimizes damage to beneficial insects who also call the grass home.

They can be a blessing and a curse, so consider the severity of the problem
before determining what action you should take. Their activity is also a
natural pest control and can increase the tilth of soil, acting as wild
aerators to loosen the dirt around roots and enhance growth.

If ants are getting out of control in your yard, please call us, Southern
Pest Control
at 800 527-9832. We have been helping folks like yourself in the Gulf Coast area for over 40 years. Our trained professionals can solve your unwanted pest problems quickly and avoidably. Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our and learn more about our services.

mosquitoes

 

PLANTS HELP PREVENT MOSQUITOES -Summertime is time from fun in the sun, outdoor cooking and just relaxing next to the pool. But this hot time of the year also brings out that most hated insect in the South, the Mosquito.

In addition to spraying yourself down with whatever you can find to help,
for a greener approach, try installing some of these mosquito and
insect-repelling plants around your yard. These are some natural plants that can help greatly.

Here are 6 plants that can help repel mosquitoes.

Marigolds

Place potted marigolds near mosquito entry-points, such as doors and
windows, or on a deck or balcony where you spend a lot of time outdoors. They also deter insects that prey on tomato plants this is a bonus for gardeners.

Not only do they make your landscape more attractive, but marigolds
also have a distinct smell that repels mosquitoes.

Citronella

Citronella is one of the most common ingredients in insect repellents, due
to its strong smell, which masks mosquito attractants.

The perennial clumping grass grows 5 to 6 feet and can be planted in the
ground or kept in large pots.

Citronella plants thrive best in full sun and areas with good drainage.

Catnip

While Catnip does repel mosquitoes in proximity, some people apply
crushed leaves for more protection.

Lavender

In addition to smelling lovely, aiding in relaxation and promoting restful
sleep, lavender dissuades mosquitoes and gnats from invading your outdoor dinner party when planted in the garden or in pots placed by windows, doors and entertainment areas.

Basil

Enjoy delicious pesto dishes, and keep mosquitoes at bay, with this
insect-repelling herb. Basil is one of the few herbs in which you don’t have to crush the leaves to reap its benefits.

Lemon Balm

Also, known as horsemint, lemon balm’s aroma wards off mosquitoes, but
attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies.

It’s fast growing, drought resistant and reseeds itself, so consider
planting in a pot rather than in your yard to avoid a lemon balm takeover.

We at Southern Pest Control hope that you have found this
interesting. Remember when the unwanted pest problem gets out of control, we can quickly rid you of this problem. We have been helping folks like yourself along the Gulf Coast for over 40 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.

 

 

 

houseflies

Houseflies have been exceptionally bad this year. A lot may have to do with
the mild winter we had and the amount of rain we have experienced this spring. Looking at the stores it appears everything pertaining to eliminating flies is totally empty of the shelves. We at Southern Pest Control would like to share some information about houseflies that may be useful.

Houseflies are scavengers and land on us because they like us: The human body, like some of their favorite food sources — feces, food and rotting flesh radiates a sense of warmth and nourishment. And while not interested in biting, the common housefly, or musca domestica, does want to suck up the salt, dead skin, oil and whatever they find edible on the exposed epidermis with their straw-like tongues.

Thanks to hearty appetites aided by an excellent sense of smell and a pair of complex eyes that cover half of their heads, houseflies also land on us and everything else in sight because they’re constantly on the hunt for a nice warm place to poop, vomit and lay eggs. This charming land-and-defecate-everywhere routine has made flies vectors of communicable diseases, ranging from typhoid to tuberculosis. The pathogens transmitted by houseflies, picked up after feasting on things like dung heaps and dead animals, are carried on their legs and around their mouths. Think
about it: Each time a fly lands on your arm or takes a stroll around the rim of your mug of morning coffee, it could be shaking a whole lot of germs off of its hairy little legs.

The easiest, most inexpensive way to make the area in and around your home a “no fly” zone as you put it is to take basic preventative measures. If you have a dog and aren’t quick to pick up and dispose of its poop you should start making this your number one priority. There’s a reason why the filthy, winged critters love dog poop: It serves as both an all-you-can-eat buffet and an ideal egg depository. Also, don’t leave food out for too long, maintain a clean  and tidy house (pay special attention to kitchen surfaces), empty your garbage cans regularly and keep an eye out for organic rotting matter. It’s about keeping a spic-and-span, sanitary home.

If houseflies keep on inviting themselves into your home, you should obviously shut windows and doors but also check for cracks and holes (particularly around window screens).

We your friends at Southern Pest Control hope this information was helpful. Please remember when you have unwanted pests or animal problems our expert technicians are there to help. Just call our office at 800 527-9832 to set up a free estimate inspection. We have been serving the Gulf Coast for over 40 years. Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our team and learn more about our services.

 

ants

Ants are not generally considered dangerous pests, but they can pose significant health and cosmetic damage to turf grass. Controlling them in the lawn becomes important where their hill building causes root damage to grass and unsightly mounds. These colony insects settle in large numbers and build intricate labyrinths in grass root systems. Knowing how to control them in lawns begins with some information on these insect’s soil and location preferences and a concerted effort to destroy their nests.

The mounds and hills formed by ant colonies are not the only issue with
these insects. Many species also have an interest in ranching and will “farm” aphids and mealybugs, protecting them and assisting their daily needs to keep a local source of honeydew. Honeydew is the substance secreted by aphids and mealybugs and is something of a delicacy to ants.  Having a colony of farming ants can mean real trouble for your veggies and ornamental plants, the food of choice for mealybugs and aphids. Controlling ants in the lawn is a good way to minimize the population of these pest insects.

Ants
prefer dry, well-drained soil in an undisturbed, low traffic area. Lawn
dwelling ants are generally not an issue because these are not the stinging
sort but some species have a habit of undermining grass roots and can cause large dead patches in the lawn.

Spot control is the best method for killing ants. They tend to concentrate
in a small area and spot application isolates the chemical zone and minimizes damage to beneficial insects who also call the grass home.

They can be a blessing and a curse, so consider the severity of the problem
before determining what action you should take. Their activity is also a
natural pest control and can increase the tilth of soil, acting as wild
aerators to loosen the dirt around roots and enhance growth.

If ants are getting out of control in your yard, please call us, Southern
Pest Control
at 800 527-9832. We have been helping folks like yourself in the Gulf Coast area for over 40 years. Our
trained professionals can solve your unwanted pest problems quickly and
avoidably. Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/
to meet our and learn more about our services.

 

biting flies

When vacationing this summer along the coast you may all of a sudden be
attacked by biting flies. Many biting flies persistently attack man and animals to obtain a blood meal. The feeding activity of these insects is often very annoying and can result in injury or disease transmission. Biting flies of medical and veterinary importance include no-see’ums, black flies, stable flies, horseflies, and deer flies.

No-see’ums biting flies

No-see’ums are members of the insect order Diptera that undergo complete
metamorphosis including the egg, larva, pupa, and adult forms. The adults are less than 1/16-inch-long, dark gray to black, and have one pair of spotted wings. Although no-see’ums breed predominantly in salt marshes, some inland species breed in tree holes and other freshwater areas.

The larvae of this pest are often found in mud, sand, and other moist debris
surrounding the edges of ponds, springs, lakes, creeks, tree holes, or on
slime-covered bark. In the water, larvae occur as free-living swimmers that are commonly found on floating twigs or leaf debris.

Black Flies

Black flies (Simuliidae) are small, dark, stout-bodied insects with a
hump-backed appearance that can be biting flies. Adult females are not host
specific and feed on blood primarily during daylight hours. It hovers about the eyes, ears, and nostrils of man and animals, often alighting and puncturing the skin causing severe irritation.

The black fly life cycle begins when eggs are deposited on logs, rocks, or
solid surfaces in swiftly flowing, oxygenated streams. Larvae attach themselves to underwater rocks or vegetation with a posterior sucker. The length of the larval period varies depending on the species and conditions within the larval environment. Adult black flies emerge after pupation and begin searching for new hosts. These pests are strong fliers and are known to travel seven to 10 miles from their breeding sites.

Stable Fly

The stable fly, also known as the dog fly, is a blood-sucking pest that
closely resembles the house fly. It is similar to the house fly in size and
color, but is easily recognized by its large, piercing mouth parts, which project forward from the head. Unlike many blood-feeding insects, such as mosquitoes, both sexes of the stable fly feed on blood.

The stable fly is a common pest of man and animals throughout the world.
Stable flies are strong fliers that can travel up to two miles in search of a
blood meal. Because they are persistent and easily interrupted during feeding, they often attack more than one host, increasing the potential for disease transmission. Although stable flies may be mechanical vectors of several animal diseases, they are not known to play a significant role in spreading human pathogens.

Horse Flies and Deer Flies

Horse flies and deer flies are closely related insects with similar life
cycles. Both pests are strong fliers and only the adult female bites. They are
daytime feeders that use large piercing mouth parts to lacerate host skin for a blood meal. While feeding, an anticoagulant is injected into the wound,
increasing blood flow. These wounds can often serve as sites for secondary
infections and many people are allergic to the feeding activities of these
pests. In addition, horse flies and deer flies are important agents of disease
transmission due to their intermittent feeding activity.

Most species of horse flies and deer flies have aquatic or semi-aquatic
immature stages. Some will also develop in moist soil, leaf debris, or rotting
logs. The eggs are generally deposited in layers of vegetation, objects over
water, or other moist areas favorable to larval development. Five to seven days after hatching, the larvae travel to the water surface or other moist areas and begin to feed on organic matter.

We at Southern Pest Control hope that this information was helpful. Please call us at 800 927-527-9832 if we can help rid you of any unwanted pests. Our team of professionals are standing by ready to help. We have been servicing the Gulf Coast Region for over 40 years. Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our team and learn about all the services we offer.

springtime pests

Springtime brings new unwanted Springtime Pests to deal with in your home or offices. Is there anything worse than not knowing how to get rid of the bugs you find when you’re spring cleaning? Be it roaches or spiders or even ladybugs, springtime is when they all seem to come out of hiding. This isn’t just an annoying discovery, it’s super-gross and can be dangerous in terms of keeping your home sanitary.

Here are 8 of the most infamous household Springtime pests. Some are dangerous, others are gross, and some, you might argue, aren’t pests at all!

  • Grain Moths
  • Cockroaches
  • Silverfish
  • Houseflies
  • Ladybugs
  • Spiders
  • Ants
  • Stink Bugs

If you are unware of how these pests get in your home, your trained professional pest control expert will explain how and help you utilize some simple tips to avoid these pest problems in the future.

You should always enlist the help of a professional pest control company when it comes to getting rid of household pests safely. They not only insure that your home is kept pest free but they also only use federal approved chemicals that will not hurt you, your family, or your pets.

We at Southern Pest Control have been serving the Gulf Coast area for over 40 years. Every member of our staff is certified to complete a free thorough inspection of your home or offices before giving you a quote to eliminate safely any pests from your premises. We can offer a one-time service or set you up with year round treatment at an affordable price.

Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our team and learn more about us and all the services we offer.

termites

Termites range from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in length. The queens and kings are larger,capable of reaching over one inch long. The workers are typically soft-bodied and pale-colored. Flying termites, also called reproductives, have two pairs of prominent wings.

There are three major types found in the United States: subterranean,
drywood, and dampwood. Formosans are considered a type of subterranean. There are over 2,000 different species, which all have distinct scientific name.

Each type has its own dietary preferences. Subterranean prefer softwoods but may invade most species of wood. Damp woods generally stay close to  the ground, but will choose moist, decaying wood anywhere it is found. Dry woods are often found in attics and require little moisture in the wood they eat.

They are detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and
trees. They get nutrients from cellulose, an organic fiber found
in wood and plant matter. Wood makes up the majority of the pests’
diet, although termites also eat other materials such as paper, plastic, and
drywall. Most species prefer dead wood, but some termites feed on living trees.

Commonly, they live in wooden structures, decayed trees, fallen timber, and
soil. Habitats vary among species as some require different amounts of
moisture. The pests are found in greater numbers in tropical regions where
living conditions for termites is optimal. Subterranean are the most abundant variety and can be found throughout the United States. Both dampwood and drywood species are generally more localized in the Southern states.

Subterranean homes are usually formed in soil. Within these mounds, they
build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnels through which they access
above-ground food sources. Drywood termites live within the wood they
consume and oftentimes infest walls and furniture. Subterranean are
constantly forging tunnels under your ground around your home.

When a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can
be seen around windows and doors. Winged ones are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations in the case of drywood termites. The swarming season in the Southern states is normally in May.

We at Southern Pest Control have been controlling termites
in South Mississippi for over 40 years. Our technicians are well trained to
handle all your termite problems. Please call us at 800 527-9832
to give you a Free Estimate to control termites around your home. Also, you can visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to learn more about us and visit our team.

 

houseflies

Houseflies are scavengers and land on us because they like us: The human body, like some of their favorite food sources — feces, food and rotting flesh radiates a sense of warmth and nourishment. And while not interested in biting, the common housefly, or musca domestica, does want to suck
up the salt, dead skin, oil and whatever they find edible on the exposed
epidermis with their straw-like tongues.

Thanks to hearty appetites aided by an excellent sense of smell and a pair
of complex eyes that cover half of their heads, houseflies also land on us and everything else in sight because they’re constantly on the hunt for a nice warm place to poop, vomit and lay eggs. This charming land-and-defecate-everywhere routine has made flies vectors of communicable diseases, ranging from typhoid to tuberculosis. The pathogens transmitted by houseflies, picked up after feasting on things like dung heaps and dead animals, are carried on their legs and around their mouths. Think about it: Each time a fly lands on your arm or takes a stroll around the rim of your mug of morning coffee, it could be shaking a whole lot of germs off of its hairy little legs.

The easiest, most inexpensive way to make the area in and around your home a “no fly” zone as you put it is to take basic preventative measures. If you have a dog and aren’t quick to pick up and dispose of its poop you should start making this your number one priority. There’s a reason why the filthy, winged critters love dog poop: It serves as both an all-you-can-eat buffet and an ideal egg depository. Also, don’t leave food out for too long, maintain a clean  and tidy house (pay special attention to kitchen surfaces), empty your garbage cans regularly and keep an eye out for organic rotting matter. It’s about keeping a spic-and-span, sanitary home.

If houseflies keep on inviting themselves into your home, you should
obviously shut windows and doors but also check for cracks and holes
(particularly around window screens).

We your friends at Southern Pest Control hope this information was helpful. Please remember when you have unwanted pests or
animal problems our expert technicians are there to help. Just call our office at 800 527-9832 to set up a free estimate inspection. We have been serving the Gulf Coast for over 39 years. Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Spiders

There are 21 unique species of spiders found in Mississippi. Most of these are unable to puncture human skin, and if they do, their venom is not generally harmful to humans. There are three main species in Mississippi that health officials worry about — the Black Widow, Brown Recluse and now the Brown Widow.

For lots of people, encountering one of these eight-legged creatures can be
a fearful experience. Many people hate the thought of having spiders in their homes, but indoor and outdoor they can provide value. Spiders primarily feast on other insects and are actually quite helpful in controlling insect populations, as well as potential infestations of other types of more harmful pests.

There is also the misconception that all should exist outside of the home,
and that it is unnatural for them to be inside. In actuality, there are both
indoor and outdoor types of spiders. Almost every type of indoor spider species lives exclusively indoors, as they do not have the ability to survive in an outdoor setting. Likewise, many outdoor spider species live exclusively outdoors for similar reasons. Most indoor spider species are carried into the home through egg sacks that are attached to items that are brought in from one space to another. Most spiders are quite harmless; spiders are more interested in eating other bugs than in causing harm to humans.

One of the most common questions that people ask is whether or not they are poisonous. The majority are indeed poisonous, in the sense that they contain venom, which they use to paralyze and kill their prey. Even though most spiders contain poisonous venom, it is a small threat to humans, as their fangs are often not long enough to break through average human skin. As stated previously of all of the species of spiders commonly found in Mississippi, there are only three that you should ever have to really worry about: the infamous Black Widow spider, the Brown Recluse , the Brown Widow.

We at Southern Pest Control are here when spiders become a
concern at your home or office. We have been ridding people in the Gulf Coast Region for over 39 years, with a trained professional staff. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and the services we offer.

 

insects in cold weather

Insects in Cold Weather – All insects have some ability to withstand cold weather. One of the most common strategies is to bury themselves underground, beneath leaf litter, or to burrow under tree bark for protection and hibernate for the season. These protective maneuvers work well most winters, allowing insect populations to remain relatively stable.

Warmer than average winters over the last few decades, however, has allowed the populations of some types of creepy crawlies to explode. When winter temperatures never reach a truly deep freeze, bugs make it through to spring unscathed and ready to multiply.

For instance, Lyme-disease-carrying deer ticks — which are not actually insects, but eight-legged arachnids, like spiders — are now seen in larger quantities and have spread farther to the north than they once roamed.

When temperatures drop well below 0° F, though, many individual insects die. The colder the temperature becomes, the fewer survive.

Fleas, however, are a year-round nuisance, but they can die off outside when outside temperatures dip below freezing. In fact, once the temperatures fall to 37 degrees F, it’s cold enough to kill mature fleas as well as eggs, larvae and pupae.  But those temps need to be sustained for 10 days or longer outside.

Inside the home, however, where it’s nice and toasty warm, fleas survive all winter long no matter what the temperature is outdoors. Often the pupae can go dormant in cool areas like basements or crevices in the home, then re-infest once the temperatures warm up again. You may need to treat pets year-round.
Temperature has a strong influence on termite activity–both on a daily and seasonal basis. Termites exposed to freezing temperatures without shelter are usually killed within a short period of time.

Well whether Winter or Summer, we at Southern Pest Control are here to help protect your home and offices from unwanted pests year-round. We have been in the pest control business for over 40 years with trained professionals ready to identify your pest problem and insure that your home is protected. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Also visit our website, www.southernpestcontrol.biz  to meet our team and learn more about us.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
Valid CSS!