Tired Of Swatting Mosquitoes, Flies, Wasps, etc….?
It is that time of the year when pests are making our outdoor functions more and more difficult to enjoy. From barbequing, pool time, baseball games, or just relaxing outside with a cocktail or to see the sun set, don’t let these blood sucking or stinging insects keep you from your sacred outdoor events! So I just wanted to let you know that there are options to control these insects and keep these times more enjoyable. Below are things to consider when these pest become too much and you need some relief.
Insects are similar to people where as they need food, water, and shelter to survive. Outdoor insects can generally be kept at reasonable numbers by addressing the “hot spots” for pests and implementing the following procedures:
- Rinsing out your garbage cans every month, to as needed, can greatly keep fly populations to a minimum.
- Any food, such as dog or cat food, needs to be in a sealed plastic container to keep any insects from having easy access to it.
- Always remove clutter outside the home that provides shelter for insects. Keep leaves from piling up over an extended period of time. Keep sticks or branches from providing shelter as well. Inspect under or around any decks or porch areas where insects can find moisture, food, or shade. This is a perfect environment for outdoor pests.
- Always make sure excess water is not easily available for pests. Water bowls for pets and leaky faucets are areas that will certainly attract these unwanted insects.
If these practical solutions do not take care of pest infestations, then insecticide applications may be necessary for their control. The following are things to consider when choosing the appropriate pesticide:
- Identify the pest and read the label to make sure it will give you the control you are looking for. There are strict guidelines to follow when applying most insecticides around bodies of water, etc…. Read the label.
- Be sure your spray tanks are clean and calibrated correctly. Clean your spray tanks in case you plan to spray any landscaped areas, such as trees or shrubs. This is generally a great place for these insects to harbor. Herbicides that were used in the tank prior to the application of the appropriate insecticide could harm or even kill the ornamentals that get sprayed. Also calibrate your sprayer to ensure the insecticide is properly applied to ensure control and not harmful to the environment.
These were, and still are, legitimate ways for me to reduce pest populations at my own house and other properties we have treated for insects. For more information, please feel free to call our office at 731-264-0088 or 731-736-4201 or send us an email at [email protected].
Thanks for your time and hope this information is helpful. Enjoy your summer being outside!
4-EverGreen/Okeena Termite and Pest Control