Summer 2017 update
We're at the height of summer with the longest days of the year. Let's take a look at pest control related issues in the past six months and the future six months.
We recently talked about our two most common service calls so far this season; red imported fire ants and brown banded roaches. Last summer we actually witnessed a lull in fire ant activity. We had a much drier summer with no rain during the month of July which was a sign of a drought to come. The last rain we saw before the winter season of 2016 was Hurricane Mathew. This led us into a short La Niña event throughout winter which led to a moderate drought by the early summer 2017. Now forecasters are predicting an El Nino event which is supposed to arrive by mid to late autumn. I question it's arrival since it seems it's already here. This is due to the heavy rain we received along with the quick dissipation of a recent tropical depression. This kind of weather event often results in a wetter winter for us.
A mud dauber during the wet season of summer 2017; a busy year for bugs.
So what does this mean for the upcoming six months and into 2018? It depends heavily on how cold it gets this winter along with rainfall amounts. It seems safe to say we'll see a continued rise in pest activity with a possibly above active termite season.
Mosquito season is off to a busy start although the news media hasn't been covering the diseases related to them during recent weeks and months. We still recommend diligence when it comes to mosquito control and prevention.
Here's a reminder of tips and actions you can take to help prevent mosquitoes:
– Don’t allow standing water to gather, however, we also can safely treat bird feeders that kills the mosquito larvae which will help reduce the mosquitoes on your property.
– Trim excessive weeds, grass, and shrubs.
– Remove piles of leaves and wood piles, check clogged gutters and flat roofs that may have poor drainage and keep gutters clear.
– Keep grass and hedges cut/trimmed.
– Covers barrels and trash containers tightly with a lid.
– Do not let rain water in barrels. Remove standing water in old tires, buckets, drums, flower pots, tarps or any containers.
– Store boats covered or upside down. Use soil to fill in low areas in lawns and landscaped areas where rainwater may collect and stand for more than seven days.
To help reduce the population of mosquitoes on a property in our mosquito control program, we come out every three weeks usually through the months of April through October. We are able to treat areas around homes, offices, barns, and most other structures. Our mosquito misting machine deeply penetrates harborage areas around the structure being treated. Sheltered areas where the mosquitoes live including plants, shrubs, trees, and other tight areas are easily reached with our product. We also offer one-time treatments to outdoor areas that will be used for events such as parties, weddings, picnics, or any other social meeting. So don’t let mosquitoes put a damper on your outdoors activities. Call Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control today and get on out mosquito control reduction program!