St Louis Pest Control Blog

Protect Your Pool from Mosquitos

Mosquito Protection

It’s that time of year again when we’re dreaming of that dip in the pool! After a long winter, homeowners everywhere are more than ready to relax outdoors, barbecue and let off some steam.

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But, those darn mosquitos!

So, how do you protect your backyard from mosquitos so that you don’t have to limit your outdoor time? If you have ivy, bamboo, or standing water—such as a pool or fountain—you guessed it, you’re a prime candidate for needing help with mosquito control. But you probably already know that.

Here’s what we recommend. An automated mosquito misting system. By installing this system in your backyard, pest control will be kept to a minimum. You’ll find yourself venturing outdoors more—at all times of day and night—without the worry of being eaten alive.

And remember pool owners, regardless of what you decide for pest control this summer, constant supervision of children is key. Drowning can occur in a matter of seconds, so always dedicate at least one adult to being the “watcher” around the pool. And children should never swim unattended.

Also, make it a practice to keep children within a reasonable reach at all times. Use floatable baby seats, rings, noodles, vests, and other flotation devices, but always been within an arm’s reach.

Don’t overestimate your child’s swimming abilities. And be aware of which neighbors and friends of your children have pools in their backyards. You should install a safety fence, self-latching gate, anti-entrapment drain covers, and pool alarms.

We want your children and family to be safe poolside from water hazards as well as the threat of bugs and mosquitoes. Don’t let pests affect or limit your backyard fun. Call us today for a quote on your automated mosquito misting system.

How to Combat Carpenter Ants

Carpenter arts are a common, but unwelcome, house guest during the St. Louis spring and summer. Most of them are black and are anywhere between 3/8 of an inch to about 1 inch long. If you put one up against a small ant, the carpenter ant will look much bigger, darker, and bulkier. They can cause a great deal of damage to wooden structures like houses if allowed to build nests and infest the interior and exterior. They don’t die during the cold of winter, either—they lay dormant until spring arrives.

Carpenter Ant Habits

Carpenter ants are attracted to wood because that is where they lay their eggs and take care of their larvae. These ants don’t always live in buildings or other human structures. They prefer to build nests outside in dead or water-damaged timber, such as fallen trees, but will also live in fences, outdoor furniture, roofs, and in houses, where there is food.

Damage Caused by Carpenter Ants

These pests can cause damage to telephone poles, electrical wiring, and wooden equipment. They often leave a fine material behind after excavating wood and their nests have a smooth appearance, which is quite unlike termite nests. Carpenter ants like to nest in wooden areas that can easily be cleaned out, which includes water-damaged wood.

Prevent Carpenter Ants in Your Home

  • Be sure that there is no moisture around the wood in your house and yard. Check the wood around your chimney, soffits, windowsills, the porch, attic, wood siding, and door frames. Tightly seal all leaks in your home’s foundation and around the windows and roof. If there are dead logs or stumps in your yard, remove them, because they’re a perfect place for carpenter ant nests.
  • Keep sweets and meat tightly covered. Carpenter ants eat them and will enter your home looking for food.

If your home is already infested, hire a pest control company right away before carpenter ants destroy your house’s building materials. Carpenter ants are hard to control and a professional will have to determine how many nesting points there are in your home and the location of the parent nest before he can begin treating the problem. Don’t wait—eliminate these pests today by calling Blue Chip, St. Louis’ number one pest control company.

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