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Keep Your Tailgate Party Pest-Free

24554701352 a5ff099d5b bDuring football season, everyone loves a good tailgate cookout. And while cooler temperatures may help defer pests in northern states, the warmer climate here in the South has us taking Tampa pest control measures well into the fall and year round. To keep pests away from your tailgate party while celebrating the game, consider the following tips: Ants: Both house ants and fire ants are attracted to the same delicious foods that we are. To keep them out of the food at your tailgate party, make sure your snacks are in airtight containers and always keep them covered. Wasps: After building their population all summer, wasps are plentiful this time of year. Because they’re pollinators, they’re attracted to sweet smells; so keep sweet drinks in a lidded pitcher and cover your soda cans/bottles. Flies: Flies are attracted to more than just food. To avoid a fly frenzy, choose a spot away from trash cans and portable restrooms....
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The Importance of Lawn Maintenance in Pest Control

nature garden grass lawn mediumThe most important way to control pests in your lawn is to maintain it properly. A healthy lawn will resist pests much better than an unhealthy one. Also, leaves and debris on the lawn can be a home to many damaging pests. Consult a company that offers maintenance services like lawn fertilization in Orlando to keep your lawn pest free. Here are tips to maintain a healthy lawn. Watering It is important to water the proper amount and not to under-water or over-water your lawn. Watering too little will not be enough for good growth. If you water too much, there can be standing water that attracts pests. Water up to 1 inch per week and if it rains, water when a footprint stays in the grass. Check after rainfall to see what areas need better drainage. Fertilizer When it comes to fertilizer, less is more. Many people over-fertilize their lawns and this can be...
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Tips to Prepare for Fall Pests

As the temperature drops in the fall, pests look for a warm place to live. Many pests become less active in the winter, but the warmth from your home may make them think spring has arrived. However, rodents are not inactive during winter and the inside of your house or storage shed looks very inviting for their winter home. Your Naples exterminator offers these tips to help you keep pests out of your home: Exterior Check all the window and door screens to make sure they are in good condition, free of tears ad holes Screen large openings in the exterior of the home including the chimney, air vents, clothes dryer vent, and attic fans Apply sealant to any cracks you find on both the interior and exterior, even tiny ones Seal around the soffits if necessary Caulk around doors, windows and between the siding and trim Repair any broken windows or glass...
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Preventing Ants During Summertime

Summer months can become intensely hot in Florida, so you may not get a break from invasive pests such as ants. While you may look down and see a harmless ant, there are actually large assortments of ants that can be much more harmful than the average variety. Crazy Ants Crazy ants, also known as raspberry crazy ants, tawny crazy ants, hairy crazy ants, and so on, have come about in increasing portions during recent years. The ‘crazy’ part of their name refers to their erratic movements. Another certainly crazy behavior they possess is their attraction to electrical equipment. While regular ants may be a nuisance, the crazy variety can cause serious electrical damage. When one dies, they release a pheromone that tells more ants to come; and if one dies by electrocution, more ants will continue piling up in the electrical system. Due to their potentially serious damage, crazy ants are...
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Common Summertime Pests

cayenne tick 542169 180As we now enter into some of the warmest days of the summer, we’re also seeing the peak of summer pest issues. While all pests are a nuisance and some are common year-round, there are some that appear even more abundantly during the summer. Ticks  There are a variety of ticks that affect both humans and pets: black-legged ticks, lone star ticks, gulf coast ticks, American dog ticks and others. All of these varieties can and will bite humans (even more commonly in summer months when adult ticks are more abundant). Small ticks can also be incredibly dangerous because they’re less likely to be noticed. This can increase the risk of diseases. Be very watchful of ticks on yourself, your family and your pets.  Mosquitoes  Mosquitoes also increase tremendously during summer months, and can be dangerous. They are known to carry many diseases that can transfer to humans such as West...
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