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Enter The New Year With An Ant Man Attitude

December 9, 2015

While it takes a few liberties with the science, the blockbuster movie Ant Man demonstrates that ants can be cooperative and communicative beneficial members of the human ecosystem, and overall forces of justice and the American way. Okay, okay, that last point may be a bit of an overstatement, but ants do eat flea larvae and food crumbs that could attract cockroaches, silverfish, or other nastier pests and it is important that we enter the New Year with this ‘Ant-Man’ like approach. A few ants in the home can be tolerated – so long as you don’t see an infantry column marching across your kitchen counter. In fact, many bug species do perform important tasks in and around our homes:

  • Ladybeetle larvae are aphid assassins, methodically disposing of those rose-ravaging pests.

  • Honeybees, in addition to supplying the stuff that makes Winnie the Pooh swoon and sweetens our tea and cornbread, are perhaps the most important pollinator of wildflowers, clover, and garden plants.

  • Silkworms, of course, produce the raw material for luxurious clothing and furnishings.

  • Ground beetles and praying mantises make the outdoors more enjoyable by rooting out pests that damage plant roots and feasting on mosquitoes.

While people may not consider all bugs pests, that doesn’t mean we want to find creepy crawlies scurrying under our refrigerators, eating our cereal, and setting up housekeeping in our closets. There are several tactics and actions we can adopt to rid our homes of insect vermin while keeping their impact on beneficial insects, pets, and the environment. Here are some of these tactics:

Maintain a closed-door policy. Do this by:

  • Caulking cracks and crevices in baseboards, sinks, and around pipes and vents.

  • Keep screens in good repair.

  • Inspect boxes and other items kept in basements, attics, and outbuildings pest hitchhikers before bringing them into living spaces.

Keep your home too clean for insects with the following steps:

  • Regularly vacuum carpets.

  • Dust furniture.

  • Launder clothes and pet blankets regularly.

  • Keep eaves and gutters clear of debris that can trap water and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other pests.

Don’t feed them by following these tips:

  • Wipe up spills.

  • Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use.

  • Dispose of spoiled food in outside garbage receptacles that have closed and locking lids.

Here at Nozzle Nolen, we offer a range of environmentally friendly Florida pest control measures. These services, Green Shield certified by the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America, use preventative measures, technology, and natural barriers whenever possible with only minimal, isolated use of pesticides. These solutions and precautions – above and beyond what regulations require – minimizes the impact on people, pets, property, and beneficial insects. To learn more about our environmentally and family friendly Florida pest control services, contact us today!


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