Backyard Bugs

Backyard Bugs -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 backyard bugs 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 when dealing with backyard bugs.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 38 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.

Hurricane Season 2019

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The 2019 Hurricane Season will officially kicked off June 1, 2019.  The current prediction is that 2019 will have 75% of the average season, whereas the 2018 season had 120% of the average season. Hopefully this year we will be luck and have little hurricane activity.

However, with this said, it is always a good idea to be prepared for Hurricane season. 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 hurricane season in 2019. 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 38 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.

Termites in the Month of May

Entomology departments often receive more calls about termites than any other household insect. Subterranean termites are serious pests; whose control is best left to professionals. Termites and termite management services can be confusing, however, and there are more options available today than ever before. Some of the most common termite questions raised by homeowners are answered below.

  • Why worry about termites?
  • Why are infestations often discovered during March – May?
  • How will I know if my home is infested?
  • Will the chemicals harm my family or pets?

Q: Why worry about termites?

A: They cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Besides the monetary impact, thousands of winged termites emerging inside one’s home are an emotionally trying experience — not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one’s largest investment.

Q: Why are infestations often discovered during March – May?

A: Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as “swarmers,” emerge inside homes. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged ones emerge from the colony and fly into the air.

The swarmers then drop to the ground, shed their wings, pair off with a mate, and attempt to begin new colonies in the soil. Few swarmers emerging outdoors survive to start new colonies. Swarmers emerging indoors are incapable of eating wood, seldom survive, and are best removed with a vacuum. They do, however, indicate that an infestation is present.

Q: How will I know if my home is infested?

A: Discovering winged ones indoors almost always indicates an infestation warranting treatment.

People often confuse winged termites with ants, which often swarm at the same time of year. They can be differentiated by their straight antennae, uniform waist and wings of equal size. (Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings.)

The swarmers are attracted to light and are often seen around windows and doors. The swarmers emerging from tree stumps, woodpiles, and other locations out in the yard are not necessarily cause for concern, and do not necessarily mean that the house is infested. On the other hand, if winged termites are seen emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios, there’s a good chance the house is infested also and treatment may be warranted.

Other signs of infestation are earthen (mud) tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, etc. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker.

They construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. To help determine if an infestation is active, the tubes may be broken open and checked for the presence of small, creamy-white worker termites.

If a tube happens to be vacant, it does not necessarily mean that the infestation is inactive; termites often abandon sections of tube while foraging elsewhere in the structure.

Termite-damaged wood is usually hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the feeding galleries. Wood damaged by moisture or other types of insects (e.g., carpenter ants) will not have this appearance. Occasionally termites bore tiny holes through plaster or drywall, accompanied by bits of soil around the margin. Rippled or sunken traces behind wall coverings can also be indicative of termites tunneling underneath.

Oftentimes there will be no visible indication that the home is infested. Termites are cryptic creatures and infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions. Termite feeding and damage can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed because the outer surface is usually left intact. 

Q: Will the chemicals harm my family or pets?

A: Termiticides are tested extensively for adverse effects on health. Before a product can be used, numerous studies are conducted by the manufacturer and independently evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the current body of knowledge, registered termiticides pose no significant hazard to humans, pets or the environment when applied according to label directions. Despite the negligible health risk from a properly performed termite treatment, people with lingering concerns should consult their physician. Most of the newer liquid products have essentially no odor. Clients who are still apprehensive may want to consider having their home treated with baits.

When termites become a concern to you, you should call a professional that is skilled in identifying termite problems in your home and how to protect your home from these unwanted pests.

We at Southern Pest Control have been providing termite protection for many families in the Gulf Coast area for over 38 years. Please give us a call at 800 527-9852 to have one of our skilled technicians come give you a Free Estimate to have your home protected from termites. You are also welcome to visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team of trained professionals.

Beneficial Pests -Who are They?

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Beneficial Pests – Not all insects are pests. There are several species we refer to as beneficial insects that could help eliminate and control pests that do a great deal of damage to our beautiful gardens and lawns. Beneficial insects could be considered a component of biological control, which refers to the method of controlling pests using other living organisms. If you are new to this method then here are some reasons why you should consider using it to combat garden pests.

Here are 7 Beneficial Pests for Garden Pest Control

  • LadyBugs
  • Ground Beetles
  • Minute Pirate Bugs
  • Green Lacewings
  • Aphid Midges
  • Damsel Bugs
  • Braconid wasps

Before You Introduce Beneficial Pests

There are many benefits to introducing the bug predators, but before you do anything, here are some important things to consider.

  • Regulations & permits – you may potentially need a permit if you are importing certain species of insects. For example, here is a list of insects that don’t require import permits for California.
  • Neighbors – have the courtesy to tell and educate your neighbors on introducing beneficial insects. The last thing you want is for your neighbors to be spraying chemical pesticide all over the place, which in turn, could easily have a knock-on effect on your garden. Who knows? Your neighbors may also be willing to share the cost of investing in these beneficial insects too.
  • Optimal environment – make sure the climate and vegetation provides a suitable habitat for the beneficial insects. What’s also important is to make sure there is a low to medium population of the targeted pest in your garden. Otherwise, the insects may leave for an area with a more reliable source of food.

We at Southern Pest Control hope you have enjoyed this article about beneficial pests. When you however have unwanted pests, you need removed and eliminated from your home or offices, please call us at Southern Pest Control. We have been in the pest control industry in the Entire Gulf Coast Region for over 38 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz.

Houseflies Why My House?

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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 38 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about our services

Springtime Pests are Here

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 bedangerous 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 38 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 www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us and all the services we offer.




Bugs and Rain in the Spring

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.

Termites – Swarming Soon

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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. 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 visit our team.

Spiders – Should I Worry?

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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 37 years, with a trained professional staff. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and the services we offer.

Springtime Pests Are Annoying

springtime pests

Springtime is right around the corner. It often 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 can be dangerous in terms of keeping your home sanitary and safety of your family’s health. These pests can carry diseases that can affect the overall health of you and your family. So, removing them is important.

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 unaware 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 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 harm you, your family, or your pets.

We at Southern Pest Control have been serving the entire Gulf Coast Region for over 37 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 www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us and all the services we offer.