Rainy Season Bugs

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Bugs become a huge concern when our weather turns humid and wet. During the rainy season our communities are overrun with roaches,  fleas, ticks, ants, bed bugs, woody flies, various caterpillars and mosquitoes, just to name a few. and if you’re getting out and about, one thing you’ll want to be aware of is wet ground. Pest control is important this time of year and so is cleaning up any debris that’s stuck under your home. All of these pest infestations are very common and can take an immense amount of time to get rid of. If you have a proactive pest control provider, you can treat these pest infestations before they even become a problem.

“Pest control for us is an area where we try to get right on top of it before it becomes a problem,” says Dave Brubaker of JD Smith, a pest control company “When it rains, it can get muddy and muddy footing and insects can get out of bounds on wet surfaces.”

What are some common pests that like wet grass?

Mosquitoes: Another common bug found in wet grass areas are mosquito larvae that have been laid down by standing water in children’s clothing or wading pools. As a result, prying open those clothes and wading pools will help keep them from breeding, Brubaker says.

Bugs: Bees, wasps, ants and other bugs are also drawn to a wet surface, and are attracted by the nitrogen and phosphorus floating in those hot spots. In fact, Brubaker says, the most pest-friendly places are dry lawns with puddles of standing water.

Leaf litter: Like mosquito larvae, leaves from trees can become a breeding ground for ground beetles and leaf beetles, which feast on leaves for food. It also can hold debris from fallen leaves that could be a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.

Road grime: Road salt, brine from recycled water used to seal in cracks in sidewalks and curbsides, and salty water from rain can attract insects like mosquitoes and flies. Brubaker recommends washing out all sidewalk and driveway grates, otherwise it will slow down water when it dries and more bugs will gather there to breed.

Many people wonder how they can control the insect population. In most cases we can, but if it’s a huge problem on your property, we recommend getting it sorted out before it becomes a bigger problem.

We treat the lawn with the normal spring season pesticides, which deter the bugs from coming to your property. The “usual suspects” are aphids, aphids and small scale insects such as ants, grasshoppers and various egg-laying insects. This is where we will come in and spray the lawn with these garden pest control products. By doing this we help kill the pests that may be spreading the pest infestation within your community. As we continue to spray each season we will watch for any increasing activity in the area. We have found that homeowners may not be seeing the person spreading the insects throughout the community.

Bugs are all around us. Without an effective plan to control your yard and backyard, your whole neighborhood is at risk. This is why JD Smith Pest Control is dedicated to finding ways to control insects that infest your yards and homes.

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