Smyrna Pest Control

Residents of Smyrna appreciate its plentiful trees, beautiful season changes, clean parks and scenic walking trails. The climate is pleasant almost year-round. When folks complain about the weather, it's usually about high humidity or hot, rainy summers. Bugs don’t mind those conditions at all, so termites, ticks, mosquitoes and bed bugs like Smyrna too.

Do-it-yourself prevention and ongoing professional maintenance will lower your risk of home invasion. Keep reading to brush up on some of the peskiest pests in town.

Termites

These destructive insects thrive in damp soil. Tens of thousands of workers build a network of tunnels leading to above ground wood sources.

It’s never a good idea to let tree branches, construction materials, mulch, pine needles or stacked firewood come in contact with your house. Termites use them as bridges to get inside your home. Termite damage costs U.S. homeowners billions of dollars every year.

Routine professional inspections for termite activity can save you a world of trouble.

Ticks

Ticks aren’t just disgusting; they’re potentially dangerous.

Cases of Lyme disease have increased dramatically over the last two decades. The Powassan virus, also tick-borne, is relatively new to North America. Health experts fear that climate changes could lead to a POW epidemic. To date, there is no treatment for it.

Ticks are arachnids that feed on the blood of humans or animals. They're drawn to wooded or brushy areas populated with wildlife such as birds, rodents, opossums, raccoons and deer. They are most active from May to July. You can make your yard less inviting to ticks by mowing frequently and promptly raking leaf litter. Don’t leave old furniture or mattresses lying around. Fence your property to discourage stray animals, and store firewood in a dry area that doesn’t attract rats and mice. Keep decks and playground equipment well away from wooded areas. If your kids play on a rope swing or in a treehouse, make sure that they wear protective clothing. Afterward, inspect them thoroughly for ticks.

Mosquitoes

Not only do these pests ruin perfectly good cookouts, but they carry nasty diseases. Malaria has never been a problem in the U.S., fortunately, but the West Nile and Zika viruses are serious threats.

Mosquitoes are prolific breeders, and their eggs hatch in standing water or damp soil. They lay up to 300 eggs at a time in flowerpots, gutters, old tires, lawn depressions, wheelbarrows, bird baths or other sources of stagnant water. Even a plastic bag or large leaf that collects rainfall is suitable. Keep your property as dry as possible.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs don’t pose a serious health risk, but an infestation results in itchy bites, a revolting mess and overall misery.

Bed bugs can enter your home as stowaways in luggage or used furniture. It’s a sleeping human host that they’re after. Mattresses and headboards are prime real estate, but bed bugs congregate wherever they can stay hidden. Large populations quickly spread to other rooms. In their nightly travels, they leave behind old egg casings and reddish-brown excrement stains.

Since bed bugs are increasingly resistant to insecticides, infestation is a job for the experts. At Skyline Pest Solutions, our technicians are skilled, experienced and trained in the latest methods. Homeowners trust us with everything from pest control to wildlife removal.

Keep your home and family safe and contact Skyline Pest Solutions today.