Snakes Can They be a Concern in the Summer

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Despite being cold-blooded animals, snakes don’t like to get too hot in the summertime, and you may find a variety of reptiles seeking shelter from the hot summer sun.

If you aren’t seeing a snake every occasionally, then something isn’t right.

A lot of people always try to attribute seeing them this time of year to some kind of weather phenomenon, It’s so hot. It’s so wet. It’s so dry. Some people say they haven’t seen a snake in many years, but there’s must be snakes around. By some coincidence they see a couple in a short amount of time. Because they hadn’t seen any in a long time, they think they are suddenly overrun with snakes, which is not normally true.

If you have a healthy environment, you’re going to have snakes. If you have a field next to you and they’re doing construction work or something, they may run a few of them onto your property. That might be the phenomenon that accounts for you seeing a couple of them.

For some people, every snake they see is a venomous one, but in Alabama there are only six venomous snakes, they include the pit vipers: cottonmouth, copperhead and the three rattlesnakes — eastern diamondback, timber and pygmy. The sixth venomous one is the extremely rare coral snake.

The coral snake is so rare. They are usually limited to the southern half of the state, although we have records of them in the central part of state. A coral snake is so boldly colored people are not going to mistake it for one of the other snakes.

All of them are beneficial in their own ways, especially the king snake, which regularly dines on several of the venomous species.

The good thing about snakes is they eat only small animals and other critters. They don’t eat fruits or vegetables. The small snakes are going to eat insects or small invertebrates. The larger snakes like the black racer, garter snake and rat snake will eat what they can catch, which is mice, rats and other snakes.

Most snakes will seek an escape from the summer heat and will typically find shelter underground.

Snakes don’t like it too cold or too hot. You’re going to find them in shady areas in the summertime. If they get caught out in the sun for too long, they’ll get too hot and die. So, they’ll be seeking shelter during the hot times of the day.

We at Southern Pest Control hope that this information was helpful. If you have a snake problem or any other type of animals, please remember we do not only control your unwanted pests, we safely remove unwelcome animals as well. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz. to learn more about us and your services.

Mosquito Concerns in 2018

 

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It’s Summer time here along the Gulf Coast Region and the mosquito continue to increase as a health threat that we need to stay attuned as to what is happening throughout the country.

There has been an increased range of health hazards from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. There has been a 250 percent increase in diseases in 13 years.

The latest report from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta warns of a rising threat from emerging vector-borne diseases. A team studied more than 640,000 cases between 2004 and 2016, They concluded that mosquito borne disease epidemics happen more frequently

Local cases of dengue fever have been reported in Texas, Florida and Hawaii. Symptoms include high fever, muscle and joint pains, headaches, and nausea.

Florida and Texas have also reported outbreaks of the Zika virus that are carried by the mosquito. The symptoms are similar to dengue fever, including headaches and aching joints. While the disease is rarely life threatening, if pregnant women contract the virus it can be passed to the foetus and case microcephaly. This is where the baby’s brain is not fully developed.

Zika is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The reports say that the range of these insects has been expanding. They could possibly be in 38 US states.

Another disease Chikungunya has become a major global health problem. It has spread locally also in Texas and Florida. It is rarely fatal but causes fever, severe joint and muscle pains, headaches, and skin rash. There is currently no vaccine for this disease.

At Southern Pest Control, we take mosquito control as a main priority in the summer months here along the Gulf Coast Region. We offer an effective mosquito control program as well as all our other pest control services. We have been serving the Gulf Coast for over 37 years with well-trained pest control experts. If you need help please call us at 800 527-9832, a member of our expert staff will answer your call and address your pest problem. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team of professionals.

Bugs and Rain- Does Weather Impact Them

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Bugs and Rain- Spring has gone and Summer is definitely here. How does the weather impact how bugs come out and belong a problem?

Pests are always looking a warm, safe shelter and dependable food source. And your home may be the perfect alluring place for them.

Since pests are influenced by the seasons, the threats they pose shift as the weather changes. To keep pests out and protect your home from invasion it is important to be aware of spring and summer pest patterns and take the proper precautions during these seasonal weather shifts.

In the spring temperatures warm up and the flowers bloom. With this mix of warmth and moisture pests emerge from their winter nesting spots and activity starts to increase. Bees and wasps awaken from their dormant state, termites may swarm and excess rains might bring ants indoors in search of higher-ground.

Springtime is also mating season. Although pest activity increases in the spring, majority of pest movement and patterns tend to occur outside of the home as pests seek food and water and look to mate. Some pests, however, will be looking for protected places, such as your home, to build a nest. You should be mindful of any changes you notice inside your home, such as a pile of bug wings or ant invasion. If you remain aware of regular insect patterns around and in your home each spring you’ll be better poised to notice abnormal insect or pest behavior and note your observations to a pest control professional.

Outside of ant invasions during rainy times, summer typically offers a reprieve from insects and pests seeking shelter in your home. The outdoors offers plenty of food and shelter. But remember summer is however the perfect time for our unwelcome friends the mosquito and the gnat. And, increases in the number of mosquitos and gnats often result from heavy summer rains, as water sources are a common breeding site. Both these pests make it hard to enjoy a nice summer evening on your back porch or patio.

In addition to the mosquito and gnat there are other insects include ticks, bees and wasps that become a problem in the summer. Bees and wasps may build their homes in any opening of your house, beneath overhangs or in the ground near the foundation of your home. Bees and wasps are annoying and present health risks when they attack humans, just like mosquitos and ticks. Trying to make sure that you deter these insects from building their homes near you and establishing a presence in your yard requires you to make an effort. However, by doing so it can definitely increase your ability to enjoy your outdoor space this summer.

We at Southern Pest Control hope that this information was beneficial. Remember if you have an out of control pest problem in your home or outdoors, we are here to help. We have been in the Pest Control business for over 37 years serving the entire Gulf Coast Region. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team of experts and learn more about our services.

 

 

June Bugs – Are they bothering You

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Summer nights are about enjoying the great outdoors whether on your back porch, patio, or pool deck. But this pleasant time can turn out to be a hassle due to the legion of bugs to worry about.  One of the most troublesome bugs – at least for a few weeks each summer – is the so-called June bug. These large and clumsy beetles are attracted to nighttime light, so they can be a pest to any outdoor evening activity you have planned.

The term “June bug” isn’t a scientifically assigned name. Instead, it’s a common name applied regionally to a variety of different beetle species. The six most common are:

  • European Chafer Beetle
  • Green June Beetle
  • Japanese Beetle
  • Figeater Beetle 
  • Ten-Lined June Beetle
  • Phyllophaga

June bugs are generally nocturnal. They spend their nights feeding on plants and breeding. They are attracted to nighttime light. They however are not aggressive and do not bite. So, except for being annoying these beetles are harmless to you and your pets.

However, the most common sign that June Bugs have become a problem are large brown patches in your lawn. These dead spots are caused by June bug grubs, which live underground, feeding on the roots of your grass. To inspect for these pests, cut out a section of the dead grass, turn it over, and look for white, C-shaped grubs.

Once you see adult June bugs, there’s little you can do to control the infestation that season. Therefore, it’s important to act early to kill June bug grubs before they can develop. Female June bugs start laying eggs in the soil as fall approaches. These eggs hatch into grubs that burrow further down into the soil where they spend the winter. That makes late summer and early fall the perfect time to treat your lawn with insecticide.

We at Southern Pest Control hope that this information was beneficial. Remember if you have an out of control pest problem in your home or outdoors, we are here to help. We have been in the Pest Control business for over 37 years serving the entire Gulf Coast Region. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team of experts and learn more about our services.

 

Hurricanes 2018- Be Prepared

 

 

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The 2018 Hurricane Season officially kicked off June 1, 2018. The current prediction is 10 to 16 storms that reach wind speed of at least 39 miles per hour. Of those 5 to 9 are expected to reach hurricane strength winds of 74 miles per hour or more. Of these one to four may graduate to a major hurricane (category 3 to 5) with winds at least at 111 miles per hour.

With this said, it is always a good idea to be prepared for Hurricanes. Below are some tips to help you be ready if one comes your way.

  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • You should have a minimum of 3 days’ supply of non-perishable easy to prepare foods
  • Be prepared to protect your windows and doors. If you do not have shutters, have plywood ready to cover when the treat of a hurricane is presented.
  • Be prepared to turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible.
  • Turn off propane tanks and small appliances
  • Fill your car’s gas tank
  • Create an evacuation plan with your family members
  • Learn Your Community’s Hurricane Response Plan
  • Make sure you have sufficient batteries for all your needs
  • Have a First Aid Kit
  • Make sure you have a good cell phone charger
  • It may be a good idea to have some Cash in case the credit card lines are down.

 

We at Southern Pest Control hope that this information was beneficial in preparing for hurricanes in 2018. Remember if you have an out of control pest problem in your home or outdoors, we are here to help. We have been in the Pest Control business for over 37 years serving the entire Gulf Coast Region. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team of experts and learn more about our services.

Bug and My Backyard – How to Stop

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Bug season increases in our backyards as the hot Summer months move in. We at Southern Pest Control would like to share some tips that may help you reduce the bug problem in your backyard this summer.

These Plants have been proven to help the bug situation.

Basil

Repels house flies and mosquitoes. Plant basil in containers by your house doors and in outdoor areas where you like to relax or entertain.

Lavender

Repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Lavender has been used for centuries to add a pleasantly sweet fragrance to homes and clothes drawers. Although people love the smell of lavender, mosquitoes, flies and other unwanted insects hate it. Place tied bouquets in your home to help keep flies outdoors. Plant it in sunny areas of the garden or near entryways to your house to help keep those areas pest free.

Lemongrass

Repels mosquitoes. You’ve no doubt seen citronella candles in stores during the summer and read how citronella will keep mosquitoes away. Citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass, an ornamental that can grow up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide in one season. (It’s worth noting that lemongrass isn’t just the name of one plant; it’s the umbrella name for plants in the Cymbopogon family, which also includes citronella grass.)

Lemon Thyme

This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil and will thrive in your herb garden, a rock garden or a front border as long as these are in sunny locations. The plant itself will not repel pesky mosquitoes. To release its chemicals, you must first bruise the leaves. To do this, simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands. Before you do that, though, it’s advisable to make sure the plant’s natural properties will not adversely affect you. Determine your tolerance by rubbing crushed leaves on a small area on your forearm for several days.

Mint

With a little work, the plant’s aromatic oils can be extracted and combined with apple cider vinegar to make a mosquito repellent. Containers of mint strategically placed in the garden or on the patio will help keep nearby plants insect free.

Rosemary

The plant itself and its cuttings are effective repellents. You can make a simple repellent spray by boiling 1 quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 20 to 30 minutes and then straining the liquid into a container at least a half-gallon in size that contains a quart of cool water. Put a cap on the combined liquid and store it in the refrigerator. Add the repellent to small squirt bottles as needed when going outdoors.

We at Southern Pest Control hope that this information was beneficial. Remember if you have an out of control pest problem in your home or outdoors, we are here to help. We have been in the Pest Control business for over 37 years serving the entire Gulf Coast Region. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team of experts and learn more about our services

Gnats How to Control in the Summer

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The gnats that we are normally referring to are the fungus gnats are small non biting insects that are drawn to wet, rotten organic matter where they lay their eggs and soon hatch into larvae. They are relatively harmless creatures, but their incessant swarming is annoying enough to drive even the toughest of gardeners out of their backyards.

Like mosquitoes, gnats can be difficult to control, because the problem may go beyond your property line. It’s hard to deal with any insect in your own yard if they’re flying in from a nearby lake or farm, where we live we seem to be overrun by them in the hottest part of the summer.

Here are some steps you can take to minimize this problem this Summer.

  • Keep your garden free of mold, fungus, and rotting plant debris. Pay attention to shady areas with poor air circulation. Put your compost pile as far from the house as you can, cover your trash cans, and keep fallen debris cleaned up.
  • Rake or turn your mulch to allow sodden, moldy layers to dry out.
  • Avoid overwatering, and allow enough time between waterings for the top layer of soil to dry out.
  • Water in the morning to avoid overnight fungal growth.
  • Make sure you have no standing water in gutters, drainage areas, or low spots.
  • Keep birdbaths and water features clean.
  • Use sodium light bulbs in outdoor areas to reduce attraction at night

We at Southern Pest Control hope this information was helpful. We offer an affordable gnat reduction service for anyone in the Gulf Coast Region that is having gnat problems. We have been serving our region for over 37 years with quality affordable pest control. Please call us at 800 527-9832 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable pest control experts. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to learn more about us and the services we offer.

Bed Bugs Increase in the Summer

 

Bed Bugs

 

Bed bug infestations always increase in the summer. Here are some of the ways summer will increase your chances of getting these unwanted pests.

  • Your college age children may have brought them home from school. Bed bugs love dormitories. The more people living in the same place, the better. And this is a bug that thrives in dirty environments.
  • Did anyone in your family return from camp recently. They could have brought bed bugs or their eggs home with you. Baby bed bugs are quite small and can easily be missed if they crawl into a seam of your luggage. It is always important to wash and dry your clothes and bedding on the hottest temperatures when you return from a trip.
  • Have you stayed at a hotel recently? You could have brought bed bugs home. These bugs like filth, but they can be found infesting even the nicest luxury hotels and resorts.
  • Have you used any public transit lately, like city buses? Bed bugs can live inside the seats of trains, planes, buses and taxi cabs.
  • Did you visit a friend or family member or have family or family members spend the night at your home? Your friends and family can have bed bugs and not even know it.
  • Have you checked for bed bugs recently? If you don’t do routine bed bug inspections, you are at more risk of having these bugs.  Inspect bed creases and corners for black sticky residue. Inspect the seams and stitching of upholstered furniture for the same black residue. This could be bed bug feces. Check your sheets and pillowcases for dried, brown blood stains.

We at Southern Pest Control offer affordable bed bug protection service for any of our present customers as well as anyone in the Gulf Coast Region that is having bed bug concerns or any other pest issues. We have been serving our region for over 37 years with quality affordable pest control. Please call us at 800 527-9832 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable pest control experts.

Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to learn more about us and the services we offer.

Mosquito Season Is Here!!

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Mosquito season is well underway. We at Southern Pest Control want to keep you informed about the concerns involving these unwanted pests.

Mosquitoes are insects belonging to the order Diptera, the True Flies. Like all True Flies, they have two wings, but unlike other flies, their wings have scales. Female mosquitoes’ mouth parts form a long piercing-sucking proboscis. Males differ from females by having feathery antennae and mouth parts not suitable for piercing skin. A mosquito’s principal food is nectar or similar sugar source.

There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world; currently 176 species are recognized in the United States. The use of the word “mosquito” is apparently of North American origin and dates back to about 1583.

Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism — over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to. These include dog heartworm, West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis . In addition, their bites can cause severe skin irritation through an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva – this is what causes the red bump and itching. Mosquito vectored diseases include protozoan diseases, i.e., malaria, filarial diseases such as dog heartworm, and viruses such as dengue, encephalitis and yellow fever.

 

Diseases associated with Mosquitos

Malaria

Chikungunya

Dog heartworm

Dengue

Yellow Fever

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

St. Louis Encephalitis

LaCrosse Encephalitis

Western Equine Encephalitis

West Nile Virus

Zika Virus.

West Nile & Zika Viruses are 2 of the main concerns in our region.

Keeping your surrounding areas of your home clean and remove any objects, which may contain water, can help avoid a breeding ground for mosquitos.

There are many companies that now offer a mosquito control service. The technician visits your property to provide barrier sprays, delivering effective mosquito control treatments to rid your yard of these unwanted pests.

We at Southern Pest Control offer our own unique affordable mosquito protection service for any of our present customers as well as anyone in the Gulf Coast Region that is having mosquito problems or any other pest issues. We have been serving our region for over 37 years with quality affordable pest control. Please call us at 800 527-9832 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable pest control experts.

Mold/Crawlspace -Moisture Concerns

 

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Mold/Crawlspace – What can be done to limit moisture buildup and crawl space mold? You may be have asked this question to yourself or asked others. We at Southern Pest Control would like to offer some tips that may can help you with your concerns.

  • Check the foundation walls and make sure there are no cracks where water can enter. Along these lines, check that there are no holes or cracks in the ceiling of your crawl space. These holes can be a gateway for mold and water transport from the crawl space to your living area.
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts channel away from the house. Otherwise, water can accumulate near the house and eventually find its way inside your crawl space.
  • Check for adequate ventilation. At a minimum, there should be 1 square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of crawl space area. Many building professionals now advocate closing vents and controlling moisture through other means.
  • In vented crawl spaces, insulate tightly against the sub floor. Secure the insulation snugly with mechanical fasteners. Do not just stuff the insulation up in the sub floor between the joists and hope it stays put. It will likely fall out eventually without fasteners. The vapor barrier portion of the insulation should face the heated source, which typically means upward against the subfloor.
  • Make sure existing insulation is not missing or sagging.
  • Make sure plastic sheeting covers the entire dirt crawl space and goes up a few inches alongside the foundation walls. There should be plenty of overlap between the layers of sheeting and the sheeting should be absent of any standing water.
  • Look for leaks around HVAC ducts and plumbing components.
  • Dryer vents should also terminate to the outside of the house and NOT into the crawl space.

When you feel that you need some help dealing with these issues, we at Southern Pest Control offer state of the art crawlspace care technology and help with moisture issues. Please visit our mold/crawlspace page on our website to learn more about the services we offer. Your safety is very important. The crawl space and attic present a number of potential safety hazards that can cause serious bodily harm and even death. Potential dangers are real, especially if you do not know what you are doing!

If you lack experience working in attics or crawl spaces or are hesitant to do so for any reason, call us at Southern Pest Control at 800 527-9832 to help.