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Summer Pests

May 11, 2017

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As summer time quickly approaches, we are reminded of all the wonderful things that come with summer. Pool parties, beach days, the Fourth of July and endless fun. With such happenings on the horizon, there are some things that can ruin a summer if you’re not properly prepared. Summer time is also a pest’s best friend. They will soon descend upon us in swarms and I'm not talking about the kids getting out of school for summer break. Insects can truly ruin a wonderful summer day and that’s why you need to be prepared. Make the most of your Summer by learning to avoid and protect yourself and your loved ones against these summer insects.

The first pest up to bat is the dreaded fire ant. Fire ants can turn any family outing into a haunting experience. Fire ants colonize by building large mounds or hills out of dirt from the ground. This makes it very easy to spot their nests and avoid them. Fire ants will attack when someone gets near their nests so make sure to avoid them. Fire ants will crawl on to you and latch on while stinging you. For most people, the result is just a painful sting and some itchiness afterward. However, if you have an allergic reaction, seek medical attention right away. Though there are a lot of “easy fixes” out there on the internet for treating fire ants (i.e. pouring boiling water on a mound), these remedies will only leave you with a worse, long-term problem. Placing baits on your lawn is the best treatment for fire ants.

The next pest on deck is the mosquito. We all know mosquitoes are incredibly annoying, but they're also dangerous. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus and Zika. Mosquitoes are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide, both of which humans emit. The best way to protect yourself is to use an effective mosquito repellant. We recommend using a repellant that contains at least 30% DEET.

The last Summer pest we’d like to focus on is the tick. Ticks are nasty little insects that can do some real damage. Ticks can be found anywhere, from the woods in your backyard to your front lawn. Ticks can also spread many types of disease. The best way to avoid exposure to a tick is to wear pants, long socks, and long sleeves. This inhibits ticks from gaining direct access to your skin. You can avoid ticks in your lawn by treating it and keeping it cut short. The best policy is to check yourself and your kids for ticks after going outside. Ticks can be anywhere and love to hide in hair, so make sure you check yourself and your kids thoroughly before letting them inside!

Summer should be a time to enjoy spending time with your family and friends, not worrying about insects. So before you head outside, make sure you know how to prepare for any insect problem you may face. A few extra minutes of preparation could be the difference between a great summer day and a bad one.

If you have any questions about termites or if you are interested in our pest control services, please call one of our Nozzle Nolen representatives at (800) 226-6536.



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