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Synergy Answers Your Jackson MS Pest Control Questions May 21, 2021

How to kill or get rid of rollie pollies, pill bugs, and sow bugs?

Pill bugs, or rollie pollies as most commonly referred to, are beneficial in their role around our homes eating dead and decaying matter.  Pill bugs are easily identified with their hard grey crustacean shell including seven plates on their backs.  When threatened, pill bugs roll up into a ball.  

The best option to get rid of rollie pollies in the garden is sanitation.  Removing dead and decaying organic matter and leaves is a great first step.  Insecticides, baits, and traps can also be used to help manage rollie pollies.

How do I get rid of aphids and lace bugs on roses and azaleas?

Aphids and lace bugs are common garden pests that can cause extensive damage to common plants such as roses and azaleas.  Lace bugs feed on the underside of leaves but the damage they cause is seen on the top of the leaf.  Aphid’s feeding on plants causes yellowing and stunted or curled leaves.

To get rid of lace bugs and aphids, systemic insecticides may be the best option.  Systemic insecticides have a longer duration of action and may be applied as a granular or soil drench. Direct contact liquid insecticide sprays can also help manage common garden pests, including aphids and lace bugs.

What are palmetto bugs?

Palmetto bugs are cockroaches.  The two most common types of Palmetto bugs are the American cockroach and the Smokybrown cockroach.  Larger than most cockroaches, Palmetto bugs are outdoor pests that sometimes attempt to come indoors.  

Palmetto bugs do not bite humans; however they can trigger allergic reactions in hypersensitive individuals.  To get rid of Palmetto bugs, reduce clutter, organic matter, and garbage around the home.  For bugs that do come inside, insecticide sprays are effective.   Boric acid baits specific for cockroaches are also effective.

What to do about snails or slugs in the garden?

Getting rid of snails or slugs in your garden needs to be a top priority.  Slugs and snails can quickly damage or kill garden plants by devouring their leaves.  Slugs and snails are not insects, but mollusks.

Traps for slugs and snails can be effective eradicating them completely from your garden.  Traps include shallow dishes filled with beer or yeast.  To prevent snails and slugs, remove all dead and decaying organic matter each spring.

What are drain flies and how do you get rid of drain flies?

Drain flies look like tiny moths and are also sometimes called moth flies.  Less than 1/4 inch long, drain flies have a furry appearance due to tiny hairs on their bodies.  The most common areas in the home for a drain fly infestation are bathrooms and kitchens.  Any room of the home that holds moisture is a perfect breeding area for drain flies.

To get rid of drain flies, it is essential to first identify the cause of moisture and organic matter in your home.  Correcting a moisture and organic matter problem is the first step in getting rid of drain flies.  Drain cleaners and bleach may only be a temporary solution if they do not completely correct the problem.  Organic drain treatments can provide a more permanent solution.

Best way to trap a possum or raccoon?

Killing possums or raccoons around your home is not recommended.  Trapping and relocating a nuisance animal is a much better option.  Both possums and raccoons are beneficial in a number of ways including keeping the insect population around your home down.   

Live catch traps are available at most local big box stores.  For possums, consider baiting the traps with fish or apples.  Smear the bait over the entire inside of the trap to help make capture for likely.  Baits effective for trapping raccoons include marshmallows, watermelon, bacon, fish, and cat food.

What to do about bee hive in wall or house?

Bee swarms are common in the spring and early summer as bees seek to establish new hives.  Bee swarms outdoors are usually temporary and do not pose much risk unless a person has an allergy to bee stings.  Bees indoors can create a significant hazard though.

A bee hive establish inside a home or its walls needs to be taken care of immediately.  Killing bees should be the last option and as honeybees are important pollinators for our environment.  Calling a beekeeper to relocate the hive is a great first option.  If the hive is not accessible, a pest control company specializing in bee hives and bee hive removal may be necessary.]

If you’re looking for the right team to handle the issue for you, Synergy² is here to help. We provide trusted services throughout the area, so contact us for the best pest control services around.

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