Snakes in Your Home

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Snakes wander into homes in search of prey and nesting sites or find themselves inside purely by accident. Since they cannot chew or dig, they must gain entrance through small holes and cracks at ground level. Depending on their size, snakes may even be able to slither under gaps in doors. They most often enter a home through cracks in the foundation, though some snakes are good climbers. Once inside, the pests travel throughout houses inside walls, pipes, and around trusses.

If they are able to secure consistent access to food, the pests establish long-term nests. They also flock inside homes when the weather wreaks havoc with their cold-blooded bodies. For example, during periods of extreme heat, the pests seek out leaky water pipes and other cool, damp areas. Additionally, snakes in houses are commonly found in walls, crawl spaces, basements, attics, and drop ceilings.

In addition to the threat of their painful and sometimes deadly bites, snakes are capable of transmitting diseases. Therefore, it is essential to eliminate infestations before their numbers become rampant. Homeowners can seal gaps in building foundations with caulk, store woodpiles off the ground, clear debris out of yards regularly. If infestations of snakes in the house  exists, it would be best if you should contact a professional animal removal company. They can catch and remove the snake(s) and take other actions necessary to solve the snake problem.

We at Southern Pest Control not only take care of ridding you on the common household pests like cockroaches and ants, but also can handle any animal removal needs. We can remove snakes, squirrels, raccoons, etc. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. We have been removing pest problems in the Gulf Coast region for over 37 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.

Fall – Mice Rats Squirrels a Problem

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Mice Rats Squirrels -Pests like cockroaches, ants, mice, and mosquitoes are annoying pests, but usually only during certain months of the year. Our heat wave and heavy rainfall, keeps a lot of pests that usually go away come fall and winter still hanging around. But in the colder months these 2 pests are always a possible problem to deal with- Mice Rats Squirrels

  • Mice and Rats

Mice and rats will seek shelter and warmth during the cold winter months. They can fit through very small openings so eliminating entry points is an effective way at preventing them from coming into your home. Here are some helpful tips.

Eliminating food and water sources is also effective.

Replace damaged roof tiles and fill any cracks in the roofing cement.

Keep your attics and garages tidy and clutter free.

Store your items in plastic containers versus cardboard.

Store food in airtight containers and don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink. Empty your trash regularly and make sure trash can lids are secure. Don’t leave trash bags out in the open.

Clean countertops, stoves, and behind the fridge regularly and sweep and vacuum often.

Don’t leave pet food out overnight and seal unused pet food in airtight containers. Replace weather-stripping on windows and doors.

  • Squirrels

They like to frequent attics and chimneys to make their nests. Cover chimneys with chimney caps. Keep shrubbery trimmed away from the house and cut down overhanging limbs. Replace rotting wood and seal any entry points including where pipes and utilities come into the home and overhanging eaves. You may need to have a professional check for all the possible entry spots because once they come in for the winter, it becomes a duel problem. One getting them out safely and two repairing any damage they may do to wires, etc. in your attic.

We at Southern Pest Control can eliminate either of these pests before an infestation occurs in your home. We have been serving the Gulf Coast for over 37 years with well trained professionals. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn about all the services we offer. We are proud to be a member of many local community organizations in the Gulf Coast Region.

Why Professional Pest Control Not Do It Yourself

Professional Pest Control

Why Professional Pest Control not Do It Yourself?  Many people ask themselves this question when bugs and insects invade their homes.

Below are areas you need to consider before deciding to DIY (Do It Yourself)

Expense

The obvious statements is that you will save money when you do it yourself versus professional pest control. Although the initial investment is more expensive with a professional, it may end up being the cheaper alternative.  If the in-store pesticides are not effective they may result in the growth of your pest control problem.  Continuing to buy in store products can get expensive.  Not to mention the potential damage to your home that pests can cause.

Knowledge

Even though you can read the instructions thoroughly, with an experienced and knowledgeable exterminator will be able to quickly identify and treat your problem.  They are also able to answer any questions that you have about prevention or other issues that you are experiencing.  Their experience and expertise can keep your home and family healthier than just reading the instructions on a label.

Risk

Chemicals of any kind can carry a risk.  Applying chemicals that you are not knowledgeable about could potentially cause harm to humans, pets, or plants in the area.  By hiring an experienced and knowledgeable pest control company, most risk is removed from the homeowner.  Be sure to read all contracts and get reviews from past customers before hiring a pest control company.

Effectiveness

For small pest problems, store bought exterminating products can oftentimes be effective.  For a bigger infestation, it can be more difficult with store bought products.  Pests are adaptable creatures and can get become immune to certain chemicals after a certain amount of time. A reliable pest control company will have up to date information and products to treat your infestation.

We at Southern Pest Control have been in the Pest Control Business over 37 years in The Gulf Coast Area. Our trained professions can help you from your initial phone call, to the technicians first visit, to a final resolution to eliminate your pest problem. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. You are also welcomed to visit our website, www.southernpestcontrol.biz  to learn more about us and all the services we offer.

Autumn Animals and Insects

 

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Autumn Animals and Insects- Many types of mammals, invertebrates and amphibians sleep through the coldest months. Some species, like hedgehogs, truly hibernate. Others, such as frogs, enter a state of torpor from which they rouse easily to look for food or stretch.

Gardeners can help by ensuring garden wildlife has somewhere cool and dry to rest undisturbed until spring – here are tips you can do to help get wildlife through the winter.

For your Pond

Male frogs often spend winter in the muddy depths of ponds, breathing through their skin. But if the pond freezes over, gases caused by decaying plant material can get trapped and poison them. Remove debris from ponds now, and float a tennis or golf ball on the surface to prevent ice from sealing it.

Use Twigs

Put bundles of twigs at the back of borders, or in a plant pot on its side, where invertebrates and small mammals can shelter.

Use Plant Pots

Leave stacks of plant pots in a sheltered spot to offer shelter for bees and other insects needing a cool, dry place.

Remove Leaves

Remove leaves from paths or lawns but transfer them to a corner or beneath a hedge, where hedgehogs and other animals can crawl for shelter.

Inside Your Home

Like butterflies, ladybirds may choose to overwinter in your home and will be disturbed by the heating coming on. As they hibernate in large groups, it may be best to leave them alone and if you can, leave the room unheated. If not, using a dustpan and brush, tip them gently into an empty box and move them to the shed.

Nest Boxes

Birds don’t hibernate, and they require a lot of energy to keep themselves warm at night. Clear out nest boxes now so that birds can take shelter in them on cold nights.

 

We, at Southern Pest Control, hope that this information about autumn animals and insects is helpful as we enter the Fall Season. Please remember when any pest control problem arises, our trained team of experts is ready to help. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.

Termites – There are Several Types

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There are three major types of termites 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.

They 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.

Each type has its own dietary preferences. Subterraneans prefer softwoods, but may invade most species of wood. Dampwoods generally stay close to the ground, but will choose moist, decaying wood anywhere it is found. Drywoods 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. Subterraneans 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.

Subterraneans 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. Subterraneans 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 37 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 www.southernpestcontrol.biz to learn more about us and meet our team.

 

CrawlSpace – Is Your a Problem?

 

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Many customers want to know, very basically, what the purpose of a crawlspace is. In essence, as its name implies, is a variation of basement in which one crawls around. It may be as small as a foot tall, and the surface is often bare earth. Traditionally, crawlspaces are built on homes lacking either a basement or that are not built on a slab. Many buildings, especially commercial buildings, have a crawlspace between some walls. The primary purpose of a crawl space is to promote air circulation through the home and allow easy access to plumbing, electrical and other such maintenance, repair and installation needs. Crawlspaces offer an expedient and efficient way to access pipes, substructures and a variety of other areas that may be difficult or expensive to reach otherwise. Older homes in areas where basements are rare have high foundations with crawl spaces that allow cooling air to circulate throughout the home.

Though a crawlspace cannot be utilized as a living space, it can be used for storage of infrequently used items. One should be cautious in doing so, however, as moisture from the damp soil, along with humidity from crawl space vents and water seeping through permeable concrete, can and will create a breeding ground for mold and mildew to form on any organic surface, including cardboard boxes, wood floors and even some types of insulation. Overall, a crawlspace can serve a variety of purposes, not the least of which is the actual foundation of a home. And, as such, it should be treated like the rest of the home.

Mold issues are not uncommon in a crawlspace. We at Southern Pest Control have the expertise to ensure that your crawlspace is mold free. With our CrawlSpace Care, natural ground moisture vapors and hot humid air entering through the foundation vents will be a thing of the past.

CrawlSpace Care is a system that was developed for closing and protecting your home’s crawl space. Using innovative technology, the CrawlSpace Care system reduces moisture underneath your home, which can lead to low energy bills and improved indoor air quality.

Please call us at 800 527-9832 to set up a free inspection and an explanation of how our service works. We have been serving the Gulf Coast region for over 37 years helping customer with not only their pest control issues but also helping with these potential mold issues.

Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team of professionals.

 

Ants in Your Yard A 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.

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

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 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.