Summer is upon us with its bright skies, hot weather, swimming and outdoor parties. However, an unwelcome guest that is always trying to bug us, is the ever hungry mosquito. Well, as luck would have it, we have just the list to help keep those flighty little creatures away from your next barbecue.
1. Wear Light Colored Clothing – Turns out these pesky things are attracted to dark clothes. Keep the summer spirit alive and wear bright colors and lightweight clothing. That sundress will look fantastic and keep the bugs away.
2. Specialty Candles and Lanterns – The sun is setting and it’s lovely weather to sit outside and have a cool drink. What better way to enjoy the mood than with candlelight? Luckily, stores all over sell different varieties of candles and lanterns that keep the bugs away and keep the ambiance alive.
3. Keep an Eye out for Stagnant Water – Mosquitoes breed in water that doesn’t have any flow, so make sure to keep water moving! Pools need to be cleaned, bottles capped and any toy water guns emptied so there’s no way the bugs can make anymore little biters.
4. Bug Repellent – There are bottles of lotions and sprays to put on during the summer that help keep away unwanted pests, but remember to read the directions. Many of these convenient products wear away after just a couple of hours.
5. Call Us – For the most secure way to keep the mosquitoes away, contact us to help keep your next outdoor party safe from bugs that bite. We have a state of the art misting system that will keep you, and your lawn, summer ready.
As temperatures continue to drop, keep in mind you may not be the only one looking for an escape from the cold. Rodents such as mice and rats are foraging for food and shelter during these colder months, and often end up sharing space with you and your family.
How Do They Get In?
Mice and rats can enter your home in a variety of ways. They are capable of squeezing their body down to a fraction of its original size, fitting through openings as small as a quarter in their quest for shelter. Mice and rats are also extremely strong swimmers and have been known to enter houses through sewage lines. Loose roof shingles are another area that rodents can squeeze through to make their way inside. Make sure that there aren’t any cracks in your foundation that would allow a fury pest to enter your house, and have a roof inspection done every so often to ensure there are no loose shingles allowing access to the attic.
Damaging Your Home
Once they’ve made their way inside, rodents will need both food and water. Mice prefer to eat grains, so things like your cereal and pasta are high on their list of delicious meals. If you have a mouse that gets in and helps itself to your pantry, you’ll notice tears, scratch marks, and droppings near your food. Unfortunately, once a mouse has started in on your bag of Chex Mix, it needs to be thrown out. Not only will rodents eat your food, but they will chew on almost anything to keep their teeth sharp. This includes any wooden furniture, insulation, or electrical wires that are available. This can not only damage your possessions but your wallet as well. Having a mouse or rat short out your electrical system can cost a pretty penny, but getting and keeping them out of your house doesn’t have to be as hard as you think.
How To Get Rodents Out
Once your house is home to rodents, it’s time to take the necessary steps to get them back into the wild where they belong. Here at AJB Pest & Termite we specialize in pest control and can have you back to living in a rodent-free house in very little time. We use baited traps and continuously monitor set traps to ensure they capture the intended critters. Once all of the pests are out of your house, the repair process to any damaged areas can begin.
Contact us if you think you may have rodents; one of our specialists can help you with scheduling an inspection to determine your pest problem and get started on providing a solution.
As a new mom, you have enough to worry about in regards to providing adequate care for your baby that even the thought of having to fight to keep the ants away from your home is probably too much for you to bear. Unfortunately, not thinking about an ant problem isn’t enough to either prevent or get rid of ants. So instead of ignoring a potentially large ant problem, try to do something about it now with the following tips.
Clean Up Frequently
Babies drink a lot of milk initially, and milk is a sweet carbohydrate that’s prone to attract plenty of ants. Therefore, it’s essential for you to clean up and store away milk bottles promptly after usage. Also, believe it or not, your baby’s spit up can be appetizing to ants. Hence, you’ll want to clean up the aftermath of a messy spit up situation as soon as possible. That means doing laundry frequently and throwing all of the dirty bibs and burp clothes into the wash.
Milk and spit up don’t just land on clothes and burp clothes. They also end up on the floor and furniture as well. When that inevitably happens, you need to quickly wipe up and sanitize the area to avoid attracting ants. Since there’s now a baby in the house, you’ll want to stay away from harsh chemicals and stick with a vinegar and water mixture instead.
If even with following all the tips above, you still find yourself with ants at home, be sure to contact us for additional assistance.
It is common to see carpenter ants around Texas homes. They can show up at any time of year. They can live indoors, even though they usually have their nesting sites in trees. Carpenter ants in Texas rarely damage homes, but they are a nuisance.
Carpenter ants usually show up late in winter or in the early spring. They typically emerge from their colonies to mate and start new colonies at this point in the year.
Identifying Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are some of the larger ants that you can find in Texas homes and yards. The state is home to 18 carpenter ant species. The most common of them has a reddish head and thorax with a black tail. During mating season, they grow larger and have wings. In the pest control industry, we refer to these winged carpenter ants as “swarmers.” These ants are sexually mature and can grow to 1/2 an inch in length. Other carpenter ant species are black or yellow.
What Carpenter Ants Eat
Carpenter ants feed on insects while outdoors. They also consume honeydew, which is a liquid produced by aphids. They will seek other food sources while indoors. When inside a home, carpenter ants consume the foods that people eat. They are fond of sugar and honey. They will also eat any accessible pet food. These ants typically forage at night. Workers can travel as far as 100 yards from the nest when looking for food.
Carpenter Ants and Moist Wood
Whether they are indoors or outdoors, carpenter ants live in moist wood. They cut galleries into the wood to make nests. They also cut tunnels so that they can move between the galleries. Some carpenter ant species prefer to use voids that already exist in the wood rather than make their own.
Ways to Prevent Carpenter Ant Infestations
The most important step for keeping carpenter ants out of a home is to remove possible nesting sites. Get rid of any stumps, logs or waste wood within a 100-yard radius of the home. You should keep stored firewood away from your house and only bring it indoors when you are going to use it. you should also keep vegetation like trees and shrubs from coming into contact with your house.
If you see signs of carpenter ants in or around your home, contact us immediately to find out how we can help.
Are spiders bugging you? Spiders are one of the frequent unwanted visitors into the home during the cooler months of the year. And like all pests, due to their size and decreasing food sources, spiders will take shelter in secluded areas around your home. With this interaction with humans comes the potential of being bitten. Spiders do not generally seek out people to bite. Bites occur when human and spider environments collide. We enter their world and in turn they enter ours. Here are 3 tips on how to keep spiders out, limiting interaction with these 8-legged unwanted visitors.
1) Keep clutter inside and outside of the home to a minimum.
Spiders like to be in areas that they can set up shop, to build their webs and capture food. The less traffic coming into the areas that they are residing the better.
Besides home-building and hunting, they’re also motivated to self-preserve. Naturally, they do not want to become victims of being lower down on the food chain. Geckos, birds, mud daubers and other insects will either use them to feed to their developing young or just flat out eat them.
While the majority of spiders we know build webs, watch out for the stealth of the wolf spider. Unlike most, instead of building webs, wolf spiders chase their prey on foot, preferring to hide in areas where they can be undetected. The less items around and inside the home that just sit around for long periods of time without being moved the better. Most garages are a perfect example of having multiple spots where spiders can hide.
2) Protect your hands when clearing potential spider areas.
As you are attempting to limit the hiding places of these pests, never reach into an area with your hands that you cannot actually see. Always wear gloves to help lessen the chance of being bitten. As mentioned before, spiders do not typically go out of their way to bite human beings, but they will protect themselves if needed. Imagine: what you would do if a giant hand were reaching down into your home? I would try to protect my home, and so would the spider.
3) Vacuum and sweep.
Remember that when you are cleaning the inside of your home, your best friends are the vacuum and a broom. Always clean the corners of the rooms, even corners on the ceiling as the joining walls make a great spot for spiders to hang their web.
Also, turn over furniture and vacuum beneath. Spiders will often have webs around the base of furniture legs for years, and because it goes unchecked, people wonder why occasionally they will have itchy bites around their ankles.
Other areas to include in your cleaning path are under kitchen cabinets, between the cabinet and the floor, behind appliances, between office desks and the wall, and even behind bathroom toilets.
If you consistently get into a routine and utilize these tips you will see a drastic decrease of spider activity in your home and less instances of having itching bites appear on you or your loved ones.
Have questions or need a professional? Contact us today to schedule our professional pest control service.
There are many ways to get rid of pesky ants at home. Here are some tactics and solutions to stop the ants from invading your home and space.
- Borax Bait
Take 1 teaspoon of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of borax and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Mix them together well. Take some cardboard and separate it into small pieces, put a small amount on each piece. Place these in the spots around your home that the ants seem the most active. The ants will then get into it and bring it back to their colony, killing off the colony and the queen.
Keep floors and counter tops clean of crumbs, garbage, and food. Take your garbage out often and keep your dishes clean. Remove any waste that could be attracting the ants.
- Repelling Ants
A few things can help repel the ants away by using different solutions that have smells that ants can not stand. Those include lemon water solution, vinegar solution, and dish-soap solution. Dish-soap is harmful to ants because it includes chemicals that break down the protective layers the ants have. Spraying these solutions on the places the ants are active can help keep them away. Cleaning your counters with peppermint can also help, seeing as ants dislike its smell as well.
This seals your doors, windows, and any small spaces that ants can fit through. You can also line these spots with salt to keep them from invading your home.
Need more information on getting rid of ants at home? Contact AJB Pest & Termite today!
Ticks are one of the smallest insects, yet they carry diseases that can change lives. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is a department of the National Institutes of Health, tick bites are becoming more of a problem as people increasingly build on formerly uninhabited wilderness areas. Most people and pets become infected from tick bites during the spring and summer months, though the danger can continue into the fall months during mild years.
The most widely recognized disease spread by ticks is, of course, Lyme Disease, although there is a myriad of other diseases carried by various types of ticks all across the U.S., including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Ticks may be attracted to your pet, who can then pass them on to you. But even those of us without pets are at risk since ticks feed on many wild host animals (squirrels, rabbits, foxes, etc.) that live all around us.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
Pest control companies can spray your yard and property to kill off tick populations that can infect you and your family. Children spend a lot of time outdoors playing and are often more likely to come into contact with these tiny pests which attach themselves to skin and feed off blood. Ticks like moist, humid areas, and are often found near wooded areas, in tall grass, and in leaf litter. Once your property has been treated, you and your family will only have to worry about tick bites when you’re away from home hiking, camping, or enjoying other outdoor activities.
Education is Key
When hiking or walking through a field or an area with a heavy brush, wear long pants and tuck them into your socks or boots. Be sure to check yourself and your children carefully when you return home to make sure that nobody has picked up any ticks. (You may not even know you’ve been bitten until a rash appears. If you suspect that you’ve been bitten, check on the area daily to make sure that no tell-tale red “bulls-eye” ring appears in the area. Undetected tick bites often cause symptoms that resemble the flu — fever, chills, body aches, fever, etc. If you develop these symptoms and notice a bite anywhere on your body, see your doctor immediately since you’ll need to start a course of antibiotics before the infection progresses.
If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, contact us at AJB Pest & Termite for honest, efficient, timely and reliable service!
According to Pest World for Kids, cockroaches have been around since the age of dinosaurs. That fact alone is stunning! They are extremely hardy insects and can live without food for a week and without water for two weeks. As disgusting as it sounds, a cockroach can actually live for up to a week without its head! And don’t try to drown one — it can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. It’s no wonder they’ve been around for millions of years!
As Tracy V. Wilson for How Stuff Works/Animals, puts it there are “plenty of reasons to dislike cockroaches”. For one thing, they’re extremely hard to get rid of, and because they eat garbage and waste, they spread bacteria like Salmonella and Shigella around. They use their own trails of fecal matter to find their way around, so yes, they’re pretty gross, as insects go. They’re good at hiding too and are nocturnal, so by the time people notice them, their homes are usually infested.
Ergo, if you spot a cockroach, head for the phone and call an exterminator — pronto! And if you’re worried about the effect of pesticides on your family and live in the Forney, Texas area, call AJB Pest & Termite. They’re a family owned and operated pest management company that understands your concerns. Their extensively trained technicians will take every precaution to keep your family safe, just as we would our own. If you have a pest problem, whether it’s cockroaches or something else, contact us.
Mosquitoes are pesky creatures that find a way into homes, pool parties, cookouts, and just about any other summer activity. At times, they can seem impossible to get rid of, acting as a constant nuisance in the warmer parts of the year. Furthermore, mosquitoes are more than just annoying, they carry diseases that can be extremely dangerous if one is bitten. The problem is not only limited to humans, the little insects can even cause heartworms in beloved pets. Therefore, it is important to know what you can do to minimize the impact of mosquitoes in your life this summer.
1. Minimize standing water around your home– Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to water sources, and while it may be difficult to eliminate water in your yard entirely, preventing standing water in the area around doors and windows can help drastically.
2. Trim your bushes– As lovely as the bushes around your home may look, they can serve as the perfect place for mosquitoes to lay eggs. Prevent this from happening by keeping the bushes short and manageable.
3. Use Bug Spray– This seems obvious, but in the summer it is important that you spray yourself with mosquito repellent. Bug Spray can help to minimize your chances of getting bitten while enjoying outdoor activities.
4. Protect your Pets– Everyone loves their pets, keep your furry friends on heartworm medication and give them shelter from mosquitoes in the hot summer months.
Mosquitoes are pesky, but you can limit the impact these little bugs have on your life and protect your home and family. For more information on mosquito protection, as well as other pest control, visit AJB Pest and Termite.
Considered members of the Diptera Order, they’re as common as palm trees and abundant sunshine. Unfortunately, unlike the latter, these Texas staples are known to deliver ferocious bites that may transmit parasites. As such, they need to be controlled for the health and comfort of all involved.
Although there are multiple species of biting gnats, most of the adult females are able to lay hundreds of eggs throughout their life spans. So under the right circumstances, Texas laws can quickly become overrun with them. Property owners can begin decreasing the insects’ numbers by keeping their lawns maintained and relatively dry. However, those measures are not enough to entirely eliminate populations of biting gnats.
Professionals must be called in to finish the job. They are capable of spraying or otherwise applying products that will kill the gnats. They’ll target areas where the biting punks are most apt to breed and lay eggs. Afterward, they’ll move on to other areas favorable for adult gnat activities. These applications, along with proper lawn maintenance, should go a long way in making Texas properties gnat free.
Of course, all of these efforts must be ongoing too. Otherwise, the gnats from surrounding areas will just find their way back to pre-treated properties in no time. As such, we urge Texans experiencing biting gnat problems to work with the best pest control experts to create year-long, action plans. The biting gnat control plans will generally include increased activity right before and during common breeding periods. These critical periods vary but in most of our service areas, they occur from spring until early winter. To learn more about service area specific treatment methods, please contact our pest service team members today.