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Mosquito season is here, it is important that you take a look around your home to identify if there are any areas in which mosquitos may be harboring. I have created a list of places you will want to identify and correct an issue if there is one.
- Gutters - Remove leaves and debris
- Kids pool and bird bath - Do not allow water to stand for long periods of time and frequently change water
- Buckets - Remove water collecting in buckets
- Trash Cans - Insure trash cans are tightly sealed
- Leaky pipes - Repair any leaky pipes
- Ponds and swimming pools - Keep swimming pools and ponds clean and treated regularly
As you can tell after reading the provided list that the main thing you will want to do is eliminate any standing water. Mosquitos prefer to lay their eggs in stagnant water. While eliminating standing water will not completely rid a mosquito situation if there is one it will defiantly have a drastic impact on decreasing the amount of active mosquitos.
Believe is or not there are several types of insects that actually help your garden flourish. Here are a few that you may not want to scare away next time you see them.
The Praying Mantis kills and eats other insects which creates a growth control over the predatory insects.
Ground Beetles feed on harmful insects such as maggots and flies. Having the Ground Beetle around will help your vegetables grow.
Syrphid Flies, also known as hover flies help in the pollination of plants.
Wasps increase the soil aeration and filtration in your garden.
Bumble Bees kill active and harmful insects which help the continuous growth of plants.
The beautiful Lady Bug eat mites, mealy bugs and their larvae, which are harmful to plants.
It's always a good time to call Black Knight Pest Control with all your Pest Control and Termite needs but when you see these insects in your garden you may want to give it a second thought, they are actually helping your garden grow.
There are times when it is hard to tell each insect from another and for those times give Black Knight Pest Control we can always help you.
Think of all the helpful insects that help this beautiful field of flowers grow in Carlsbad, California.
Black Knight Termite and Pest Control often contributes a helping hand to the community in many different ways. We took this recent opportunity to help feed the hungry in part with Southwest Riverside Association of Realtors in "Heart for Hunger." Throughout the month of February can goods were collected at several Estate offices around the community and on March 1st it all came together. The amount of food collected was amazing! All the food that was collected is then distributed to food pantries throughout Southwest Riverside County.
A special thank you to Megan Pinneo from Black Knight Pest Control for all of her hard work in helping it all come together. She truly is the shinning face of Black Knight!
If you find ants in your home, maybe once in a month, you will need to get rid of them but there is nothing much to get worried about. It could be summer and the heat is driving them indoors or simply an isolated case. The cause of worry starts when you spot them every few days. This means you are actually inviting them in for dinner literally! Many things we do cause the ants to scurry to our homes and they all center on food. When one ant finds food, it sends a signal to the rest through certain pheromones and the rest of the colony will join in the party. If you wonder why ants seem to be following a specific path, it is because they are – well, they are following the pheromone secreted by their colleague.
Understand what ant-invitation cards you have sent out in your home and see if you can try to cancel the invitations!
1. The spills and crumbs
One common statement is “I will do that later”. We say that when we spill a drink on the counter but do not want to miss a second of our favorite program or when we are too sleepy to get rid of the crumbs. In a matter of minutes, you have ants crawling up. The solution is to obviously clean up after a mess. After having a meal, a snack, cooking, or even doing dishes, ensure you wipe up the counter or table with a damp cloth to remove all sticky messes.
2. The dirty dishes in the sink
You may be too tired or simply lazy to do the dishes immediately but do not leave a huge mess at the sink. At least ensure you rid the food remains from the plates into the bin and place the dishes in the sink or in the dishwasher. When you leave them in the sink, pour some water over them to avoid the food sticking on the plates and the scent attracting ants.
3. The hurried cleaning
Many people clean the house on a daily basis but they perform a simple hurried clean of the areas one can see. Ensure that at least once in a week you clean under the fridge, the shelves, the microwave, and the area where you keep the bin. These areas tend to accumulate grease from food particles and make a buffet for the ants.
4. The open and ripening food
Ripe fruits do not attract ants but fruit flies that are harmless but a great nuisance. Instead of buying ripe groceries buy those about to ripen such that by the time you get to consume them they are not overripe and calling out for flies. Also, do not leave food uncovered even if it is in a dish. Place all food and ripe fruits in the fridge and well covered.
5. The wood lying around
If you have wood in your house such as timber or logs you use for firewood or for construction ensure they are kept in a dry areas and away from the ground. Decomposing and wet wood is food for termites and a home to carpenter ants. Once you invite one pest, the rest will come following so make sure you pay attention to this!
If you have a pest problem leave a comment or call us for advice.