Plants Repel Mosquitoes in Ocean Springs

Plants repel mosquitoes in ocean springs

 

PLANTS REPEL MOSQUITOES IN OCEAN SPRINGS-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 in Ocean Springs.

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 — an added 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 close 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 about plants repel mosquitoes in Ocean Springs. 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 37 years. Please visit our website at www.soyhernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.

 

 

Biting Flies when on Vacation

 

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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, horse flies, 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 fresh water 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 mouthparts, 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 mouthparts 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 37 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn about all the services we offer.

 

 

Ants are a Summer Problem

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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 37 years. Our trained professionals can solve your unwanted pest problems quickly and avoidably. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our and learn more about our services.

Pests Hurricanes can be a Problem

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Well Summer is almost over. But the Hurricane season is just about to hit its peak time of the year. For us in the Southeast Hurricanes are a major concern. Hurricanes bring rain, flooding and dangerously high winds.

In the event of a hurricane, your first concern is the safety of your family and the protection of your property. Did you know, however, that hurricane damage can trigger serious pest concerns? Here are the conditions and types of pests commonly found after a hurricane.

The severity of the hurricane damage to your home is a huge factor in determining which pests will make an appearance. It also determines the severity of the pest infestation.

  • Structural damage, like roof damage, broken windows and weakened structures, could cause birds, rodents, and other wife life to find a way to get into your home.
  • Standing water and leaking pipes can cause mosquitoes to find a damp moist place to breed.
  • Piles of debris can cause insects and rodents to burrow their way into piles of clutter.

 Here are the most common pests found after a hurricane

  • Mice & rats
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Birds
  • Mosquitoes

You should know what to do to minimize pest problems after the storm has passed and your family is safe.

  • Make sure all entry ways are sealed and closed properly, that all windows close well. This will help to keep creatures out.
  • Get rid of all debris and don’t allow it to pile up creating a pest friendly environment.
  • Dry out or remove any furniture that has been soaked by the rain or flooding as a result of the storm. Pests like to hide in damp places. You need to check for the dampness on all furnishings in your home.
  • Remove all tree branches or broken trees and stumps as far from your home as possible to keep pests from utilizing them to gain entrance into your home.

The key is outsmarting pests by removing pest friendly environments.

We at Southern Pest Control hope and pray that none of us have to face a major hurricane here at the end of the season. Whether it be due to a storm or just a typical pest problem, please remember we have been serving the Gulf Coast Region for over 37 years. Our team of trained professionals can insure you that we can rid your home or office of any unwanted pests safely. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and review all the services we offer.

 

Fall Insects and Pests are a Problem

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Yes, it is still very hot in the Gulf Coast Region, but don’t forget fall is just around the corner. We at Southern Pest Control want to make you aware of Fall insects and pest concerns so that you can be prepared.

Many insects spend the winter as an egg or larva or pupa, but a certain group of insects overwinter as adults. They must find a location to sleep the winter away that stays comfortably between 40.50 degrees Fahrenheit. If this can happen, they are alive in the spring to go back to dancing on the leaves and flowers and to scamper around and reproduce. That magic location for overwintering is often the wall void of a home, which is the space between the outside and inside walls. Once they are in, the only decision to make is on which side of the insulation to hibernate.

When any insects are indoors, they do not eat or cause damage. The damage occurs when the human that finds them crushes, smashes or creams them into the upholstery or lamp shades. These are stains that do not come out in most cases.

The key to not having unwanted guests is to do some late summer home inspection right about now. You are looking for cracks and crevices that an insect could slip through. That crack does not have to be any wider than the thickness of a credit card. If time is limited, start with the two sides of the house that are the warmest: the south and west sides where many insects hang out. Caulk cracks around windows and doors. Check around anything that is cut into the exterior of the house like a dryer vent, gas line or light fixtures that do not have a bead of caulk surrounding them. Check or repair door sweeps. Vinyl and aluminum siding offer many places for insects to slip under and this is not easy to fix.

We at Southern Pest Control hope this information was helpful. We are here to help you with any fall insect or pest problems that may arise. We have been serving the Gulf Coast Region for over 37 years with trained pest control experts. Please visit our website at ww.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.

Mosquito – This Summer are Bad?

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Summer means it’s time for outdoor fun in the sun, but it’s also prime time for several pests. All that extra time outdoors can bring everything from poison ivy rashes to exposure to Lyme disease from tick bites. And of course, there’s that ubiquitous summer menace, the mosquito.

In the South with the rising temperatures brought about by global warming, the risks posed by these pernicious pests the mosquito could also be increasing. A warmer climate can mean expanded habitats for many pest species, as well as increases in their numbers.

There are many species of the annoying pest called the mosquito found in different areas around the country. While some are merely an itchy nuisance, others come with the risk of spreading diseases like West Nile virus and the Zika virus , including the invasive Asian Tiger mosquito, which first appeared in the U.S. in 1985.

As temperatures around the country rise, the areas that are conducive to such mosquitoes could expand, and the insects could start to emerge earlier in the year, meaning more opportunities for bites that could spread disease. After an unseasonably warm late spring, summer, and early winter in 2012, the U.S. experienced a West Nile Virus outbreak linked to the Asian Tiger mosquito, with some 5,600-people becoming infected. As you know our winter in South Alabama and the Mississippi Gulf Coast was extremely mind this year which could create the similar effect as in 2012.

Asian Tiger mosquitoes tend to die off when temperatures venture outside a range from 50°F to 95°F and when relative humidity dips below 42 percent. A Climate Central analysis examined how warming would affect this range for cities around the country, showing how many more “mosquito suitable” days there were now compared to 1980. In the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, there were 8 fewer days and in South Alabama where were 8 fewer days than in 1980.

So, we at Southern Pest Control ask you to be careful when enjoying the great outdoors this summer. If you need help ridding your home of these unwanted pests, please call us at 800 527-9832. One of our well-trained experts will come out and inspect your property and give you solutions to help keep mosquitos away as well as a free estimate on how we can help.

We have been in the pest control business in the Gulf Coast area for over 37 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.

Hurricane Season – Is it Over?

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Hurricane season is not over yet. Remember some of our worst hurricanes happen in August, September and October. Are you prepared?

Naturally, there are many things you can do to prepare for hurricane season. Let’s review the below items.

Step 1: Have a Plan

Start by having a plan in place for you and your family. If you are evacuated, you should already have a plan regarding where to go. Also, get together a disaster supply kit that contains critical information and supplies if you do need to evacuate. Another great part of the planning process is to make a communication plan with your family.

Step 2: Review your Insurance Policy

You should also take time each year to examine your insurance policy. This can help you determine if there are areas that require adjustment or if you need additional coverage. You may even want to talk with your insurance company to help you determine whether you have the right amount of insurance.

Step 3: Take Care of your Health

When a hurricane is looming, make sure you take the time to ensure you have enough of any prescriptions you normally take. Remember, when a hurricane hits, it could be weeks before you can refill your prescriptions, so having several weeks-worth in advance of a hurricane is important.

Step 4: Check on Your Neighbors

Check in with your neighbors to see how you can help each other before and after the storm. If you are running to the store to grab a couple of last minute items check to see if your neighbors need anything.

These are things that can help prepare you for a hurricane. To learn more about protecting your home during this season from unwanted pests, contact us at Southern Pest Control Service today, our professional and experienced staff is always ready to help. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to learn more about us. We at Southern Pest Control have been in the pest control business for over 37 years serving the Gulf Coast Region.

 

 

 

 

Pest Control Company- do I need one

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You may be asking yourself why do I need a pest control company when I can just go to one of the DO IT Yourself Pest Control stores and buy all the insecticide I need. Well this may not be a wise decision and let me explain why.

Your Health

Beyond being creepy, pests can carry harmful diseases and hazardous bacteria that can expose your family members to illness. For instance, cockroaches carry E coli and salmonella on their bodies and can also cause or intensify health problems related to allergies and asthma.

Tick bites can cause Lyme disease, which is a dangerous condition often associated with symptoms such as rashes, severe fatigue and extreme illness.

Ants can contaminate your food, and bees or wasps can cause injuries and trigger dangerous allergic reactions.

With a professional Pest Control Company, you are assured that the problem is eliminated quickly and safely.

Identifying and Eliminating Pest

Most pest control companies can eliminate many different types of pests, including spiders, rodents and all sorts of insects — ants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, termites and wasps.

If you eliminate the pests but don’t find the source attracting them to your home, more infestations are likely. Pest control companies can determine the cause of your problem, find the specific source and eliminate it to prevent future infestation

Time

A professional pest control company can provide quicker and more effective results than if you tried to fix the infestation yourself. Because of their experience and chemicals that may not be readily available to consumers, they can quickly implement extermination plans and efficiently eliminate all pests in a relatively short amount of time.

Avoiding Damage

The cost to hire a pest control company may even save you money over time.

Many pests and rodents can damage your home — destroying carpets, clothes, foundations, floors, furniture, rugs or walls. This can eventually force you to repair the damage or pay to have it fixed.

Paying a licensed professional to eradicate the pest infiltration quickly and effectively can protect your property and help you save on additional damages to your home.

Treatment Cost

The exact price of pest control treatment depends on the type of pest, size of your property, severity of the problem. But rest assured that the cost of a professional pest control service is well worth it when you

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.