With holiday preparations underway like decorating, baking, and making plans with loved ones, other important to-dos can fall to the wayside, such as pest-proofing the home. Yet, many classic fall and winter pests, like rodents, spiders and cockroaches are moving indoors, causing contamination, diseases, property damage and allergies.
To avoid infestations, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to pest proof their homes against these uninvited house guests.
“Fall pests can create serious problems for our family once inside the home, so it is crucial to prevent them from finding their way inside in the first place. Rodents can inflict property damage by chewing through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires, and they can contaminate food and spread diseases like salmonella,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Most spiders we find in the home pose little risk to our health, with the exception of Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders, but no one wants their home overrun by these arachnids, and cockroaches can aggravate allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children.”
The NPMA recommends these pest-proofing tips to keep bugs, spiders and rodents out:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the structure
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes, clogged drains and clear leaves from gutters
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and brush it off before bringing it indoors
- After pulling decorations from storage, unpack them outdoors to check for signs of pests. Look inside boxes for droppings, gnaw marks or live bugs. Examine string lights to ensure wiring is fully intact.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest control professional to properly inspect, identify and treat the problem.
Barrier Applications are Key for Aedes Mosquito Management –
These Mosquitos can carry the Zika virus
Aedes mosquitoes readily feed on humans and are closely associated with human habitats, often laying their eggs in containers that are manmade (such as tires and rain gutters) or natural (such as tree holes). When not feeding, adult mosquitoes rest in protected places, usually dark and damp areas with little air movement, such as vegetation, which provides them with cover from the elements. Unlike male mosquitoes, which feed exclusively on plant nectar, female mosquitoes are blood feeders. They are able to quickly locate humans and other warm-blooded animals as a result of their ability to perceive movement, sense heat, and detect chemicals such as the CO2 given off by humans and other animals.
Traditional mosquito control methods of truck mounted and aerial sprays have proven ineffective in controlling Aedes mosquitoes. Barrier treatments, however, are an effective method of managing these pests.
- A barrier treatment consists of treating all vegetation, including but not limited to trees, bushes and shrubbery from ground level up to a height of about 10 feet with a residual insecticide labeled for mosquitoes.
- Backpack misters are ideal for these applications, as they disperse fine droplets into dense vegetation and underneath leaves
- Other common mosquito resting sites, including under decks, near drainage spouts and other shady, moist areas, should be included in the barrier treatment area.
Reduce Mosquitoes’ Breeding Sites
- Ensure there is no standing water around your home for mosquitoes to breed in.
- Change the water in bird baths & wading pools at least once a week.
- Aerate ornamental ponds or pools to prevent mosquitoes from breading in still water
- Check your yard, underneath decks, in gutters & along rooflines, keeping these areas clean helps to eliminate major breeding areas.
- Mosquitoes prefer to rest on humid, well shaded & low-wind areas such as dense vegetation.
- Mosquitoes tend to rest on walls of buildings & foundation plants.
Call Adams Pest Control Today for Mosquito Control 772-878-3828.
Good landscaping practices are needed to maintain a healthy lawn. This involves employing the following methods when mowing, irrigating and fertilizing your lawn properly.
- Maintain a consistent height
- Augustine & Bahia turf grass – keep at a minimum height of 3-4 inches
- Lawn Irrigation Guidelines
- Fall: 1 to 2 times a week – total of 1 to 1 ½ inches per week
- Winter: 1 time a week – total of ½ to 1 inch per week
- Spring: 1 to 2 times a week – total of 1 to 1 ½ inches per week
- Summer: 2 to 3 times a week – total of 2 inches per week
Set your sprinkler system to turn on in the early morning so the grass will dry quickly. Evening watering often leaves the grass wet for too long and invites fungus to take root. Always take rainfall into consideration.
- Contact Adam’s Pest Control to inquire about our Lawn Care Programs.
- Our lawn care programs include:
- Application of insecticide for the prevention of insects such as fire ants and chinch bugs
- Weed control as needed
- Fertilizer to keep turf healthy and green.
At Adam’s Pest Control, we offer ongoing lawn care. Maintaining the health of your landscape is a lot like maintaining your own health. If you practice good habits like proper diet and exercise, you are going to look and feel good. The same holds true for your landscape. Good landscape practices are a must. We follow the Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries (GDEP), whose goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution and promote the efficient use of water by:
- Reducing the off-site transport of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides through surface water or groundwater.
- Using appropriate site design and plant selection.
- Using appropriate rates and methods of applying fertilizer and irrigation.
- Using integrated pest management (IPM) to minimize pests and apply chemicals only when appropriate.