Fall Prepare for Pests

Fall Pests Be Prepared

Fall Pests -We at Southern Pest Control want to help you prepare for The Fall. The change in weather creates new possibilities to be on the out look for when staying pest free. Many pests are preparing for the possible harsh weather that may occur. Therefore, many will use your home as a haven to protect themselves. Among the most common are lady bugs and spiders. Fall is a good time to protect home from overwintering pests seeking shelter like cockroaches and rodents.

Below are some steps you can take to make your home and property Fall ready.

  • Keep your grass mowed and shrubbery trimmed. Always keep them away from the sides of your home.
  • Clear all debris and make sure there is no standing water.
  • Always store firewood away from the home and keep it elevated off the ground so that pests and termites cannot get into it
  • Inspect the outside of your home for cracks and holes that pests can use as entry points and seal them. If you have a brick home check to ensure that the stuffing used in your weep holes is still in good shape
  • Use weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Insure that your screens are in good shape
  • Make sure your chimney is pest protected
  • Keep your gutters clear of debris.
  • Insure that your crawlspace has no possible cracks or holes that pests can enter your home through
  • Keep food and pet food stored in airtight containers.
  • Don’t leave pet food and water bowls out overnight
  • Repair any leaky faucets

We hope these tips were helpful to you as you prepare for this Fall. We at Southern Pest Control are here to help if needed. We have been serving the Entire Gulf Coast Region for over 39 years, helping folks like you stay pest free. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. One of our trained staff is ready to take your call and help solve your pest problem. Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our team and learn more about us and the services we offer.

Pest Control Company

Pest Control Company

A professional pest control company can provide quicker and more effective results than if you tried to handle the infestation issue 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, which means your home and family are pest free much sooner than if you attempted to complete these services yourself.

Most companies can complete pest control treatment services within one to six hours, while larger problems that require fumigation can take up to a week.

The cost to hire a pest control company may even save you money over time. Finding and buying the right chemicals could cost you a great deal in expense and time. Also, the quantity sizes you may be forced to buy may be more than you would ever use.

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. Also remember that a licensed professional Pest Control Company will always use environmentally safe products.

The exact price of pest control treatment depends on the type of pest, size of your property, severity of the problem and the professional you hire.

You can also contract with exterminators to proactively treat your property at periodic intervals during the year to ensure your home remains pest-free all year long.We at Southern Pest Control have been serving the Gulf Coast region for over 39 years. Our team of professionals have all been through extensive training to ensure that we rid your home of the pest problem in a safe and professional manner.

Please visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our team and learn more about the services we offer. Please call us at 800 527-9832 to set up an appointment for a free estimate.

Houseflies are a Problem

Houseflies

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

Mosquitoes in Ocean Springs


mosquitoes in Ocean Springs

Summer Time Mosquitoes in Ocean Springs- Summer means its 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 Entire Gulf Coast Region for over 39 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.



Houseflies in Biloxi

houseflies

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

Pest Control and COVID-19

Pest Control

Are you as a Homeowner still asking questions Pest Control Services & the Pandemic? Pest management professionals are critical to protecting public health. Arthropod and vertebrate pests do not decrease because we have a human crisis. They can actually become a more serious problem. The warmer hot seasons of Spring and Summer came all at once due to the mild winter he experienced again this year. We are experiencing an increase in rodents in major cities across the nation with restaurants closed and as we all are work through social distancing, wearing masks and staying at home.

While it is true that most healthy people infected with the virus will have mild symptoms, some may be asymptomatic for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and unknowingly transmit it to others. A person is considered asymptomatic if he or she is a carrier for a disease pathogen but experiences no symptoms. It is important for the customer and the pest control technician to practice social distancing and wear masks to help protect each other and their families.

All pest control employee and customer safety should be a top priority with pest control companies. Since Pest Control Operators are considered an essential service, each operator can decide what services they will offer and how they will offer them. It is each operator’s responsibility to move forward under the new conditions safely. The only way to do this is for you to analyze as much credible information as possible, then adjust their business’ current standard operating procedure.

We at Southern Pest Control take Customer and Employee Safety as our number one priority. We want to assure our customers that we are taking all necessary pre-cautions to protect you and your family when preforming our services at your home or offices. All of our technicians have appropriate protective gear when preforming pest control services.

We have been serving the Entire Gulf Coast region for over 39 years with trained professionals prepared to ensure that your home or offices are safe and free from any unwanted pests. We will continue to do so safely in our current environment. Please visit our website at https://southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and all the services we offer. Please do not hesitate to call us at 800 527-9832 if you need our help, our knowledge staff is ready to answer your questions and schedule a technician to handle your pest problems.

We will all continue to get through these trying times together and become a stronger community when this is over.

February Pests

February Pests

 There are a few pests you need to be on the outlook for in February. February’s normal cold weather drives rodents and insects indoors, invading your home and offices to find a warm place for shelter and food to eat. Some of these February pests can cause serious damage to your home as well s be bothersome to you and your family.

Here are some pests to be on the outlook for in the month of February.

Mice and Rat

These February pests don’t hibernate, posing a year-round threat to your property, pets, and family members. They can get in through tiny, hard-to-spot holes and will gnaw through anything they can get their teeth around. Mice and rats can damage the insulation, drywall, support beams, wiring, and pipes in your home, and will contaminate food areas with their droppings. They also carry many diseases. You don’t want to come in contact with rats or mice to be infected. They also spread their diseases through their droppings, urine, and saliva.

Roaches

Your home is a roach’s ideal habitat, because they seek out food and like the moisture your house will possess. They’re often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, or near water sources such as drains, refrigerators, sinks, and washing machines. They spread bacteria and contaminate any food that they come in contact with.

Raccoons

Raccoons have been known to enter homes through attics or chimneys on their search for a place to create their den and can be very difficult to remove once they get inside your home. They’re strong and will destroy your attic if they get inside by ripping through insulation, pipes, and ducts. Raccoons are a major host of rabies, so you should never try to remove a raccoon on your own. Contact a Pest Control or Animal Removal Professional to handle this situation.

Centipedes

Centipedes are February pests as well. They are often found in dark, moist, and secluded areas, such as basements, closets, bathrooms, and garages. You may also see them inside around doorways and windows or crawling along your baseboards. Their bite is similar to a bee sting, which may cause numbness, inflammation, and discoloration. Centipedes seek out other pests for their food source, so if you see them in your home, there may be other pests already inside.

We at Southern Pest Control have been handling pest and unwanted animal issues in the Gulf Coast Region for over 38 years. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Also visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/  to meet our team of professionals and review all the services we offer.

Rabbits – Friends or Foe

rabbits

Damage from rabbits is almost always the result of their appetite for our plants. They eat flower and vegetable plants in spring and summer and the bark of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs in the fall and winter.

There are several species of wild rabbits—most are called cottontail —who, between them, live across most of North America. Cottontails like to live at the edges of open areas. In fact, they are rarely found in dense forests or open grassland.

This love of edges means they love our suburbs. Yards, parks, playgrounds, and office parks, often with small natural buffers in between, have lots of edges between small areas of different habitats that rabbits love.

Here today, gone tomorrow is one way to describe rabbits in suburbia. Given the many predators who make meals of them, their populations can rise and fall dramatically over the course of a year. Sometimes, by doing nothing and letting nature take its own course, the homeowner sees the same result as they might from trying to “control” rabbits.

Here are some are some tips when dealing with rabbits.

  • Make sure it is a rabbit. A deer will eat many of the same things rabbits eat. Twigs browsed by rabbits look neatly clipped but plants browsed by deer appear ragged and torn.
  • A well-built fence is probably the most effective way to protect your plants from rabbits. Two-foot high chicken wire supported by posts every six to eight feet is strong enough to keep rabbits out. Stake the bottom securely to the ground to prevent rabbits from pushing underneath it.
  • Movable fence panels can protect the garden right after the first planting, when damage is likely to be most severe, and go in the shed, barn, or garage the rest of the year.
  • Commercial tree wraps or plastic tree guards can keep rabbits from nibbling bark. Cylinders of hardware cloth or poultry wire can work as well. These barriers should be as high as usual snow depth plus eighteen inches. Young trees and saplings are more vulnerable so focus on protecting them.
  • If necessary, chemical repellents can be used. Chemical repellents can protect small plots and individual plants. Just be careful not to use this on plants that people will eat.

We at Southern Pest Control hope you found this information helpful. Whether it be pest control or animal removal, we at Southern Pest Control can help. We have been in the business for over 38 years serving the Gulf Coast Region. Please call us at 800 527-9832 or visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz/ to meet our team and review all the services we offer.

Why Professional Pest Control Service

pest control service

Pest control service forms an integral part of responsible housekeeping. It is essentially required for living safely in homes for a long time. Householders are often faced with recurring pest control problems despite their best efforts in keeping the house tidy and free of clutter.

It is not unusual for homeowners to keep making efforts to eliminate the problem of pests on their own. Unfortunately, the only means available to them are ready-to-use sprays that seem to drive away the pests, but these unwanted guests simply reappear after a short gap, and in much larger numbers. That is because pests get used to the same spray, which gradually proves ineffective for eliminating them. Whether you are living in a mansion, an apartment or a condo, you always stand the risk of getting your place infested with pests of some kind or the other.

Well, that doesn’t imply that you should learn to live with these creatures, allowing them to take over your house. Nowadays, there are many ways to control pests and you don’t need to use harmful chemicals in all cases. At the same time, you should understand that certain types of pests can’t be eliminated totally for good, but it is possible to manage them and have the situation under your control. However, you should know the options available to you for a successful control over pests.

This is where pest control services come into picture. Professional pest control companies have trained and experienced staff and, when inspecting your property and its neighborhoods, they can identify the kind of pests, plus their point of entry on your property. Once the cause and type of pests is identified, the company knows the best way of eliminating those pests. Other than offering you the most effective plan for eliminating the pests from your home, companies providing professional services will also give you helpful tips and suggestions to keep pests away from your house in the future. These companies have the required equipment and materials for liberating your property of pests.

You should know that pests get multiplied very fast. So their total removal will take some time. The pest removing companies know what they are handling, and they will come back after a definite period and offer re-treatment, if needed. Their personnel are trained to handle special equipment and, at times, harmful chemicals, without exposing you or your family and pets to any risks whatsoever.

Competent companies offering to undertake pest control measures for your property have specific plans that take into consideration not only the kind of pests infesting your property, but also the size of your property. This means using the optimum measures while charging you accordingly, as well as the delivery of results as expected by you. That helps saving your money, as you won’t have to incur expenses for repairs that might become necessary in case you decide to handle the problem yourself, or if your home were not inspected.

When looking for the services of a pest control company, you need to search for one that will precisely inform you of the treatment that will be offered and its charges, the products that they are going to employ, and the risks to which the occupants of the house may be exposed. A good company will also offer a guarantee and their employees will return in case pests continue to persist.

Before finalizing a contract with any pest control company, you should check their credentials, how long they have been in the same business, the prices to be paid and the treatment plan, plus its guarantee.

We at Southern Pest Control have been serving the Entire Gulf Coast region for over 38 years. Our staff are true professionals that know what it takes to rid you of any pest problem. Please call us at 800 527-9832 if we can help. Also you can visit our website at https://www.southernpestcontrol.biz to learn more about us and meet our staff.

Mice Rats Squirrels a Problem

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 38 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.