TWIP: This Week in Pests – May 19th
Here is our weekly round-up of the latest and greatest from the world of pests and pest control this week.
Take some time to check out the blogs listed below:
1. Ticks and Lyme Disease Prevention
Green Pest Solutions, based in West Chester, PA put out an insightful article about the dangers of ticks as it relates to lyme disease. One piece of advice they offer is: “After you spend any time outdoors, examine all of the areas of exposed skin on your body. It’s sometimes very hard to avoid ticks, but there is a lot of evidence that the longer a tick stays on your body the more at risk you are for symptoms, so finding a tick and removing it quickly will keep you safer from Lyme Disease.”
2. Mosquito Time in the Midwest
If you are from the Midwest, the warmer weather means that mosquitos are on the way! Exciting, right?
Earth Kind pest control put out a post this week with a few tips for warding off mosquitoes: “Protect yourself from mosquitoes by wearing light colors, covering up exposed skin, and using insect repellent. Lemon-eucalyptus oil is a chemical free alternative that has been proven effective and is recommended by the CDC. You might be interested to hear that even what you eat and drink affects how attractive you are to mosquitoes! They are more attracted to people drinking beer and less interested in people with garlic breath.”
3. Advice for Hiring Professionals
Total Pest Solutions posted some advice on what to expect from a pest control company when you hire them.
They said “Pest control companies operate best when we can educate our customers in addition to helping them with a product or service. We want you to understand not just what we’re doing, but why, and which types of treatment are designed for which type(s) of pest. An educated customer is less likely to make repeated mistakes, and is much more likely to recommend us to their friends, colleagues, co-workers, extended family, and others.”
Click here to see the full post.
So remember, look for a company that is willing to educate you about the process – not just sell you something!
4. Should You Remove That Wasp Nest?
Chris Williams of Colonial Pest put out a very insightful piece about when/if you should attempt removing wasp nests yourself. He said “Whether that wasp’s nest is going to be a problem will depend on what type of wasp we are talking about, the exact location of the nest (how close it is to human activity), and whether or not the wasps will feel threatened at any time.”
He summed things up by saying “It’s always easiest to remove a wasp’s nest early in the season when there are fewer wasps present. If it’s still small with only a couple of wasps present, you can wait until they are away from the nest, then knock it down. If the wasps are not killed, they will probably try to rebuild in the same spot, so a shot of a general purpose insecticide spray to the site may discourage that. If the nest is larger, I strongly encourage you to contact a professional exterminator to do the job.”
5. Love Bugs are Here Again
Southerners know that this time of year means to expect “love bugs!” The good news is that they don’t carry any diseases, but they can be annoying. According to Massey Pest Control, love bugs are actually helpful. They said “While annoying, love bugs are actually beneficial as larvae because they help to decompose dead plant material. The larvae develop on decaying plant material and under cow manure. That’s why emerging adults are often more abundant when you’re driving by cow pastures.”
Click here to read more about love bugs from Massey.