What is the best mosquito killer or mosquito trapper?
Mosquitoes around our homes and landscapes are a terrible pest problem during the warmer months in the southern US. In addition to annoying bites from mosquitoes, mosquitoes transmit a number of deadly diseases including malaria, dengue, Zika, West Nile, and Chikungunya.
Mosquito repellents and mosquito trapping systems are one alternative to reducing mosquitoes. Before using them, first eliminate all sources of standing or stagnant water on your property. Repellents such as citronella can be effective. Also electronic mosquito traps or repellers including Thermacell, Mosquito Magnet, Dynatrap, and SkeeterVac can also help.
What is the best way to get rid of mud daubers?
Mud daubers are a type of wasp that are beneficial to have around the home as they feed on insects and spiders. Mud daubers are not aggressive and rarely sting humans. A downside to mud daubers are the unsightly mud nests that build under porches and garages in your home.
To get rid of mud daubers, first remove all mud dauber nests. Mud daubers construct nests to raise their young so eliminating the nest will reduce future mud dauber hatches. Contact and dust insecticides can then be used to manage existing adult mud daubers.
What are springtails or firebrats and what do springtails look like?
Springtails are not easy to see or identify due to their tiny size of about .3mm. Springtails do have a distinctive quality in that they jump to move around. Firebrats are similar in appearance to springtails; however, they run instead of jump.
Springtails and firebrats are attracted to moisture. The most common area of the home to find springtails and firebrats is the bathroom. To control them, the source of moisture must be corrected. After that, contact insecticides in the form of liquids and dusts along with insect growth regulators can be used to get rid of springtails and firebrats.
What are silverfish bugs? How do you kill silverfish?
Silverfish are strange-looking wingless insects; however, they are harmless to pets and humans as they do not bite. Silverfish are easy to recognize with their protruding antennae, three-pronged tails, and swervy fish-like motions. Silverfish love moisture and feed on any items in the home containing polysaccharides.
To get rid of silverfish, first identify what is attracting them to your home in the first place. This can include wallpaper, glue, paint, books and carpet. After removing the items Silverfish are feeding on, next focus on correcting moisture problems in the home. After that, insecticides in either dust or liquid formulations are effective getting rid of Silverfish.
I have lady bugs or asian lady beetles in my house. How do I get rid of them?
Asian lady beetles are often confused with lady bugs. Asian lady beetles are more orange in color; whereas, lady bugs are more red. Asian lady beetles are considered occasional invaders of our homes. This typically occurs during cooler weather as they seek shelter indoors.
Asian lady beetles will often congregate on the west side of homes seeking warmth from a cold snap. If there are cracks and crevices, they will also enter homes. To get rid of asian lady beetles, exclusion is the best method. Repair all points of entry to prevent them from coming inside. For asian lady beetles that are already indoors, vacuuming is the best way to remove them.
What are stink bugs and how do you get rid of stink bugs?
Stink bugs are considered occasional invaders of our Mississippi homes. The most common times for stink bugs to try to come indoors is during the cooler months as they seek shelter in more favorable conditions. Keeping exterior lights off at night is a good practice to make your home less attractive to stink bugs.
To get rid of stink bugs, exclusion is a must. Identify areas of your home where there are cracks and crevices and make the necessary repairs. After that, insecticides applied in either dust or liquid formulations can help manage stink bugs.
What are spider mites and how do you get rid of spider mites?
Spider mites are arachnids that feed on the sap of garden and indoor plants. Spider mites can reproduce rapidly so a spider mite infestation can quickly grow out of control. Identifying spider mites correctly is essential. Spider mites are tiny(1mm and smaller) with red, white, or black coloring.
To get rid of spider mites, insecticide sprays and systemic insecticide soil drenches can be effective. Other natural solutions include washing the leaves of the plants, using horticultural oils, or essential oils.
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