Termite and Mosquito Season Officially Has Begun

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pest control companiesApril means mosquito and termite season is here. According to Terminix, Termites are going to wreak havoc across the U.S., but certain states and cities are at much higher risk levels and should be on high alert during the next few months.

“We consistently see higher levels of termite activity in the southern United States,” said Paul Curtis, Terminix’s manager of technical services. “Particularly in and around coastal cities where the weather is damp and humid — the perfect environment for a growing termite colony.”

Terminix identified 15 cities across the U.S. that should be on the highest alert and focus on termite control. Of the 15 cities, three were in Texas, four were in Florida, and the most at-risk city is Mobile, Alabama.

Homeowners, no matter their location, should be aware of the pest control companies in their area in the event of an infestation. If someone waits too long to rectify a termite infestation, the repair costs could end up being much higher than they’re going to want to pay. A homeowner who discovered late termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 on structural repairs.

In order to protect a home or building from these damaging pests, homeowners should consistently inspect every inch of their property, keep shrubberies trimmed to allow airflow, immediately dry damp structural areas, and focus on proper ventilation to ensure that small spaces are free from moisture.

Mosquitoes can be a major nuisance, too, and can even carry deadly diseases, which is why it’s essential to contact professional pest control companies that have experience in mosquito reduction techniques. Although mosquitoes begin swarming in April, the hotter summer months are when these bugs really do the most damage. This should give homeowners enough time to prepare for the middle of the summer, when mosquito season is in full force.

Remove any objects on your property that can collect water and subsequently attract mosquitoes. Tires, wheelbarrows, buckets, and items like flower pots should be removed or concealed. Installing bug lights around your property won’t completely get rid of a mosquito problem, but it’ll certainly help.

Your best bet to prevent these bugs from causing damage to you and your property, however, is to work with experienced pest control companies. Contact Dixon Pest Services today if you need professional assistance.

Natural Ways to Keep Termites Away

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hire an exterminatorWhen it comes to pest control and prevention, you can never be too safe. Each year, termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to crops and man-made structures in the U.S. Once termites make their way into the foundation of your home, they can be extremely difficult to remove. The best option is to hire an exterminator, but if you’re looking for natural ways to prevent termites, here are some ideas.

If you see signs of termite damage in your home, you can try using a cardboard trap to get rid of them. Cardboard is an effective alternative to chemicals because it contains cellulose, which attracts termites. Just lightly spray some water on the cardboard to enhance the smell, and place the piece near where you think the termites are. The termites will congregate on top of it and become easy to remove.

Another natural way to remove termites is through heat or cold treatment. This may be something to hire an exterminator for, but heat and cold treatments require the entire house be adjusted to specific temperatures where termites can’t sustain life. With heat, your home will have to be heated to 120-140 degrees for 35 minutes, and with cold, your house will have to be cooled to 15 degrees for four days. This method isn’t easy, but it’s certainly effective.

An easier method for natural termite removal is to expose the affected areas to sunlight. Termites are very susceptible to sunlight and can’t survive in heavily lighted areas. It also helps to clear any vegetation that could be beneficial to their survival. For furniture that may be infested, try leaving it outside during the hottest part of the day to kill termites.

Finally, if you have a particularly stubborn termite infestation that isn’t responding to traditional extermination methods you can change the ecosystem of your yard or home by buying parasitic nematodes. These are small worms that feed on microscopic creatures such as termites. This form of biological control is natural and can be extremely effective in termite control efforts.

Overall, dealing with a termite infestation is never fun. But by taking the right steps, you can eliminate termites quickly and easily. While these ideas are all-natural, you should always hire an exterminator for the best pest control treatments.

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