Mosquito season is here, but it’s not too late to get prepared! Besides being annoying, mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases to both humans and pets. Here are some quick and simple DIY tips to get prepared for mosquito season.
Clean your Gutters
With all this rain and wind happening lately, it’s probably safe to say you have accumulated some leaves and sticks in your gutters. Even those with guards in place can accumulate debris. It’s important to get all debris removed from gutters as it can cause the drainage to slow leaving enough standing water for mosquitoes to breed.
Remove Standing Water
You’ve handled the standing water in your gutters, but have you checked throughout your yard for any other potential trouble spots? Here are some common areas and items standing water can be found in your yard:
- Pet bowls
- Old tires
- Low-lying ground
- Plastic sheeting
- Trashcan lids
- AC drip pans
Use Mosquito-Repelling Plants
There are certain plants and flowers that can help deter mosquitoes. You may already have some in your garden, but if not, here are some that you can add:
Fighting mosquitoes can seem like a never-ending battle, even after you’ve placed preventative measures around your home. Consider reaching out to your local pest control company for more information on professional mosquito control services.
Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests found in homes. They are known for their hardiness and ability to survive in a variety of environments, making them difficult to get rid of once they’ve invaded your home. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of cockroaches found in our area.
Types of Cockroaches Found in North Carolina Homes:
- American Cockroach: These are the largest of the common household roaches, measuring up to two inches in length. They are reddish-brown and have wings that enable them to fly short distances.
- German Cockroach: These are the most common household roaches, measuring up to half an inch in length. They are light brown with two stripes on their backs.
- Oriental Cockroach: These are also known as water bugs and are typically found in damp environments. They are black and measure up to one inch in length.
- Brownbanded Cockroach: These are smaller than German roaches, measuring up to a half-inch in length. They are light brown and have distinctive brown bands across their wings.
Prevention and Treatment:
- Keep a Clean Home: Roaches are attracted to food sources and moisture, so keeping your home clean and dry is key to preventing infestations. This means regularly cleaning your kitchen, wiping down counters, and keeping food in sealed containers.
- Seal Entry Points: Cockroaches can enter your home through small cracks and gaps. Seal these entry points with caulk or weather stripping.
- Eliminate Moisture: Fix leaky pipes and faucets and use a dehumidifier to keep your home dry.
- Use Bait Traps: Place roach bait traps in areas where you have seen roaches. The bait attracts the roaches, which then take the poison back to their nest.
- Call a Professional: If you have a severe infestation, it’s best to call your local professional pest control company. They can help identify the types of cockroaches you have and provide targeted treatment to eliminate the infestation.
Once the cold weather begins to creep away is when we should begin to see swarming termites. Especially after a big rainfall, mature winged adults will swarm from their original nesting site in hopes of forming new colonies. The most common termite you will see swarming is the Eastern subterranean termite, which is native to North Carolina. Here are some fast facts about these termites:
- They live below ground
- Their main source of food is woody materials, like tree stumps
- They appear long, narrow, and oval with a creamy white to dark brown color
Why do Termites Swarm?
Swarming is beneficial when creating new colonies. Termites swarm after a colony has reached a certain capacity and is ready to expand. This normally happens once per year for most colonies. Hundreds or even thousands of swarmers, also known as alates, are produced with the sole purpose of reproduction and expansion.
Where does it Usually Occur?
Swarming can occur indoors or outdoors. They cannot survive indoors because of the lack of soil to colonize. If found indoors, they are usually found near windows and light fixtures as they are attracted to light. Whether indoors or outdoors, they usually can’t cause damage. As swarmers, they can’t bite, sting, or chew. The presence of swarms indicates that a colony is nearby, though; so, although the swarmers can’t cause damage, the nearby colony can.
How to Prevent Termites:
- Getting rid of water sources by eliminating or reducing standing water around your home.
- Repairing any leaky faucets, pipes, and air conditioners.
- Removing any tree stumps from your property.
- Keeping firewood stored at least 20 feet away from your home and elevated off the ground.
- Scheduling an annual termite inspection of your home and property to help detect termite problems early before they can cause significant damage.
If you begin to see swarming termites and aren’t sure if your home has become infested, be sure to give your local termite control company a call and they can inspect your property and set up a proactive termite control plan.