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Keep Summer Bugs Out of Your Backyard
6/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Keep Bugs Out

As we all know, the south is a hotbed for bugs. Summertime pests are not only a nuisance, but a threat to your health and property; but we can take measures to deal with them. According to Robert Soileau, Branch Manager at J&J Exterminating in Lake Charles, approximately 40% of Southwest Louisiana homeowners use an extermination service to keep bugs at bay. Whether termites, mosquitos, gnats, or stinging insects, it’s usually best to hire an expert to deal with pest problems.

Termites are especially destructive insects. They can sneak into your home through the tiniest of cracks and can wreak havoc for years before being detected. "Most people don’t realize they have a termite problem until the damage is done,” says Soileau. He adds that there are two species of termites locally that cause problems – the Native Subterranean and the Formosan Subterranean. "The Formosan are the most talked about because they have larger colonies and swarm at night, usually in May. They seem to cause more destruction because there are more workers per colony than the Native Subterranean. They can start colonies from their swarms without needing to come up from the ground.” In contrast, the Native termites begin their journey into a home from mud tubes in the ground.

To combat termite damage, Soileau emphasizes the importance of maintaining your home. "Inspect for moisture problems around your eaves, gutters that overflow, rotten window seals, etc. Weather-strip your doors and make sure your attic and windows are tight to keep the termites out during a swarm.” He also recommends homeowners have an annual termite control service. Yearly inspections can detect termites and eliminate them before they get out of control and cause more damage to the home.

Mosquitos are not only a nuisance, with their itchy bites, but a health hazard as well. They carry and transmit a long list of diseases such as West Nile, Zika virus, and malaria. According to the World Health Organization, more than one million people die annually from mosquito bites worldwide. 

To keep mosquitos in check, avoid sources of stagnant water in your yard which provide breeding grounds for mosquitos. Empty small pools, tires, and other containers that can hold water. Change the water in bird baths regularly. 

Soileau recommends their mosquito backpack service. "Once a month, we go out and treat foliage of trees and shrubs where mosquitos hide during the day. We only use products that target mosquitoes and are labeled for them.” Gnats and "no-see-ums” (a tiny biting fly) are also controlled with this treatment.

The ferocious "murder hornets” (Asian Giant Hornets) you’ve heard about in the news prefer cooler climates and reside in northern states, but there are plenty of other stinging insects found in SWLA. Paper wasps are very common, and others like yellow jackets, hornets, and bumble bees can catch people off guard, says Soileau. "They often build their nests in the ground, and if kids or pets are outdoors, it can be dangerous. We can treat these, but we try not to disturb the honeybees. Sometimes we have beekeepers remove the nests to protect the pollinators.”

Fleas can also be an issue in the summer, and ticks to a lesser degree, says Soileau. They can be treated both indoors and outdoors. 

To best protect your health and home, consider calling a pest professional.

For more information, call J&J Exterminating at 337-435-2878 or see their website, https://www.jjext.com/locations/lake-charles-pest-control. rsoileau@jjext.com

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