Mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be diligent about controlling them during the hot, humid (and often wet) summer months. But what can you do to control the mosquito population around your home if you don’t want to rely on chemicals to treat the area? Here are 4 tips for getting rid of mosquitoes this summer the natural way.
Drain All Standing Water
It’s no secret that mosquitoes love standing water, but did you know how little it takes for mosquitoes to infiltrate your yard? These tenacious insects can lay eggs in just a thimble full of water, making virtually any standing water a threat. So, while it is important to drain large water sources like buckets, planters, furniture, boats, campers and overturned tires, don’t forget to watch out for even the smallest things that water can collect too like kids’ toys, watering cans, pet bowls and trays underneath plants. The key to controlling mosquitoes this summer is simply eliminating all standing water from your property. That way they will have nowhere to breed.
Use Natural Repellents
Not interested in using dangerous chemicals to control the mosquito population in your yard? Then try these all-natural solutions:
- Install an Outdoor Fan: mosquitoes aren’t very strong fliers and can be easily whisked away by using a fan. An easy and effective way to keep mosquitoes from ruining your time outdoors, simply installing a fan around your sitting area is one of the fastest, easiest and safest way to enjoy the outdoors without being bitten.
- Light some citronella candles/torches: while it does have some drawbacks (like the smell, smoke and its limited range), lighting a few citronella candles or torches while outdoors can help stave off a mosquito attack.
- Install yellow light: did you know that mosquitoes are only attracted to white light? Well, it’s true! Installing yellow light is an effective way to keep them away.
- Invite some bats to the party: installing just one bat house on your property can decrease your mosquito population by thousands.
Use the Power of Mosquito Repellent Plants
Nature does offer some good repellents right in your own backyard. Plants and herbs like marigolds, lavender, lemon balm and basil are all know to repel mosquitoes. The problem is that they dually are not found in high enough concentrations where you need them to do much good. That doesn’t mean they can’t work. Simply grow these anti-mosquito plants nearby, cut a few, bundle and throw them into your campfire when headed outdoors. The smoke will become a natural repellent.
Keep Your Garden Trimmed
Mosquitoes love the shade and the more plants and tall grasses you have in your yard, the more inviting it becomes. To keep mosquitoes away, be sure to trim bushes and plants regularly, and cut your grass at least once a week. The more sun in your yard, the fewer mosquitoes you will have.
Getting Help for Your Mosquito Problem
Tired of swatting at mosquitoes every time you step out your door? Make summer outings fun again but teaming up with the expert crew at Perfection Pest Control to get rid of those nasty insects once and for all. Call today for a free consultation and let Perfection Pest take care of all of your pest control needs.
You notice the telltale signs of termites, or maybe your kids are constantly squealing about wasps in the yard. It's time to take action, but that doesn’t mean you should turn pest control into a DIY project. There are plenty of problems that you can handle yourself, but getting rid of an unwanted pest in your home is not one of them.
Eliminating bugs and insects from your house and yard may seem simple enough, but the fact is that dealing with a real pest infiltration takes a professional. Otherwise, the problem could get worse and that can cost you even more money.
Still tempted to head to Home Depot for some traps and sprays? Here are a few reasons why it's important to pick up the phone and call the experts at Perfection Pest Control first:
Pest Control requires Specialized Knowledge and Resources
You wouldn’t try and fill your own cavity right? Of course not! You know you need a dentist and aren’t shy about making an appointment. The same is true for pest control. When bugs and insects have infiltrated your home, you need someone trained in getting rid of them quickly and safely. Sure, those DIY solutions may get rid of a few ants, wasps, or other pests, but when they've overtaken the area, you need someone who can diagnose the problem; identify and treat the cause; and has the right expertise and tools to get the job done right – the first time.
DIY Pest Control Wastes Time and Money
It may seem cheaper to head to your local home improvement store to stock up on pest control sprays and traps – until, they fail to work. After four trips and multiple purchases, many homeowners discover that their efforts were in vain; and it cost them more than simply calling in a pest control expert in the first place. And, after wasting all of that time, energy and money, they are forced to pay for a professional treatment anyway. Save yourself the hassle. Call Perfection Pest Control first!
Pesticides Can Be Dangerous
Pesticides are chemicals and if used improperly they can actually be a danger to your home, pets and family. Spraying the wrong amounts on your home can actually eat away at your paint or foundation, and some chemicals can become lethal if digested by your pets or when your kids come in contact with them. Don’t risk your family’s health and well-being. Never use caustic chemicals around your home without expert advice.
DIY Pest Control Can Damage Your Home
Ignoring a health problem only results in making you sicker. The same is true when it comes to pests and your home. Allowing pests to infiltrate the ground, foundation and walls of your property is only going to make your home sicker. Tackle the problem early. Get the help you need to rid your home those pests before they cause real damage to your property.
Getting the Right Help
Getting rid of pests takes an expert hand. Don’t face this attack alone. Call Perfection Pests Control today to schedule your inspection.
Termites cause costly and serious structural damage to homes across the nation. These wood hungry pests cause billions of dollars in damages annually, and infestations most often require the expertise of a professional exterminator.
Often, termite infestations come to light during the sale of a property. Typically, this is part of due diligence.
Understanding the movements of termites as well as the chemicals needed to eliminate them can prove extremely confusing. Termite extermination methods vary by location and with each scenario. Furthermore, different municipalities enforce varying regulations concerning the handling and application of pesticides.
All About Bait
One common method to eradicate termites, baiting, is slow but works with time. Bait is effective for eliminating termites from a specific area.
It doesn’t attract termites, however, making it essential to know exactly where to place the stations. While termites can’t tell that bait is poisonous, they learn to stay away from that area.
After baiting, however, they’ll look for other ways to compromise the structure. Some homeowners successfully use baiting to prevent termites before they invade a dwelling.
The Lowdown on Liquid
The proper application of liquid treatments varies depending on the chemical. In addition, the process involves digging a trench around the entire structure, filling the trench with termiticide, replacing the dirt and applying more solution.
Depending on the scenario, extermination specialists also drill holes through brick or cinder blocks in appropriate areas to treat the internal recesses of the structure. The liquid creates a barrier, preventing termites from entering and damaging the building. Termites that are exposed to termiticide die nearly instantaneously, but others will learn to avoid the treatment if it’s not applied correctly.
So, Which One's Better?
Liquid and bait treatments work and are deployed very differently. It’s difficult to objectively compare the effectiveness of the two methods. Liquid treatment barriers immediately kill existing and invading termites. However, it’s difficult to tell when termites will find and feed on a bait station. This is why it’s so important to fully protect the structure. This is where the expertise of exterminators comes into play.
Exterminators are well-versed about the common areas of termite activity. They use this knowledge to understand how termites nest in different structures. In fact, a thorough pretreatment inspection is one of the most important aspects of eliminating an infestation.
Termite extermination methods also vary seasonally. Temperature, climate and soil conditions can change the way that termites behave. An experienced pest control technician understands the movements of termites and can target them accordingly.
Perfection Pest Control specialists are experts in finding and eliminating termites. Our technicians are committed to continual learning. They’re knowledgeable about the latest extermination practices, regulations and EPA guidelines.
When it comes to termite extermination, you want a service provider that you can trust. Property owners across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky know that they can rely on us. Our licensed technicians are your answer for quality service! Call us today to take the first step toward ridding your home of a costly termite infestation.
Two common treatments exist when termites infest a house: baits and liquids. These aren't just two methods for delivering insecticide, either – they represent two important stages of response and protection. Let's talk about how they work, and what circumstances they really shine in.
What to Know About Bait
Termite bait is delivered in stations that are typically inserted into the ground or near damaged materials.
Sometimes baits are a type of alert; stations can be used to monitor areas for termite presence and track where the termite nest is and where termites have spread to. However, bait stations are also used to deliver termiticides particularly designed to kill termites. Many baits are slow-acting or made to build up in the system. Termites will carry the bait to their colony and feed it to the queen. Once termite queens are dead, the colony will start to collapse.
As a result, baits are best used early on in the process to see where they can pick up termites, and as a core treatment to target termites fast when they are in the house and already doing damage. Different products also give baits different advantages depending on the goals of the treatment, so they are a particularly adaptable solution. However, the bait stations depend on termites coming to them. If termites find a way around the bait station before it does its work, then the damage may continue. That's why professional placement of bait stations is important!
What to Know About Liquid
Liquid treatments are designed to form treatment zones around a house or building. Typically, a small trench is dug into the ground, the liquid is applied to the trench, and then it is filled back up again (although sometimes different liquids and sprays are applied in different ways). These liquids can be very potent — often, termites will die just from crossing over or will avoid drawing closer at all. When liquids are well-applied, they can prevent termites from reaching a house.
Obviously, this makes liquid treatments a good option for preventing infestations if you are worried about termites. Liquid treatments can be applied one time and guaranteed with a 1,5, or 10-year service agreement.
Do you have a pest problem or signs of damage that you would like inspected? Schedule your service with us today at Perfection Pest Control and find the right treatment for your issue!