6 Ways to Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes


Not many things are more enjoyable than a southern summer evening outdoors. If your outdoor parties leave you with some unwanted mosquito bite favors, take a look at these 6 ways you can help prevent mosquitoes:

  1. Keep mosquitoes outside
    • To keep mosquitoes outdoors, use air conditioning or screens for windows and doors.
  2. Use insect repellent
    • The CDC recommends the following here:
      • DEET
      • Picaridin
      • IR3535
      • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
      • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
      • 2-undecanone
  1. Eliminate standing water from the immediate area of your home
    • Certain species of mosquitoes breed in standing water which can be collected in receptacles such as unused plant pots, tires, children’s toys, buckets and trash cans. Ensure stagnant water is removed to reduce mosquitoes.
  2. Wear light-colored clothing
    • Did you know that mosquitoes can be more attracted to dark colors? They use visual cues to locate humans.
  3. Plant a garden
    • These plants naturally repel mosquitoes:
      • Citronella
      • Lemon Balm
      • Basil
      • Lavender
  1. Cover up
    • If mosquitoes are particularly bad, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts can reduce the likelihood of getting mosquito bites.

These tips in combination with our people and pet friendly treatments can keep the mosquitoes in your yard at bay.

How can we help?

For effective and safe mosquito control, we offer one-time or monthly mosquito treatments. We treat standing water that cannot easily be cleared such as bird baths, tree holes and flower pot saucers. In addition to treating small areas of standing water, we treat the bushes and foliage around the home to the perimeter of the yard on the front, sides and backyards where mosquitoes are found. Following our treatment, people and pests are to remain outside of the treated area for 30-60 minutes.

To learn more about our mosquito treatment options and pricing, give us a call toll-free today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com. Contact Clark’s to help take back your outdoor living space!


Whitefly


WhiteflyPhysical Characteristics

Whiteflies usually occur in groups on the undersides of leaves. They derive their name from the mealy, white wax covering the adult’s wings and body. Adults are tiny insects with yellowish bodies and whitish wings.

Behavior

Whiteflies are tiny, sap-sucking insects that are frequently abundant in vegetable and ornamental plantings. They excrete sticky honeydew and cause yellowing or death of leaves. Whiteflies develop rapidly in warm weather, and populations can build up quickly in situations where natural enemies are destroyed and weather is favorable. Most whiteflies have a wide host range that includes many weeds and crops. Like aphids, whiteflies excrete honeydew, so leaves may be sticky or covered with black sooty mold. The honeydew attracts ants, which interfere with the activities of natural enemies that may control whiteflies and other pests. Management is difficult.

Treatment

Whiteflies can be controlled through a variety of means including biological and chemical means as well as removal. Clark’s Pest Control offers a variety of solutions for your lawn and garden and can address problems you are having with both whiteflies and ants in your yard.


Tick


American Dog TickPhysical Characteristics

Unengorged adult female tick is 3/16″ long, the male being slightly smaller (about 1/8″). Body is oval in shape and color is brown with whitish to gray markings. Ticks are eight legged.

Behavior

The tick will not survive indoors; ticks found indoors have been brought in by its host, probably a dog. Adult ticks will crawl up grass or low vegetation and grasp on to any passing host and prefer larger mammals such as dogs, man, cattle, coyotes, hogs, horses, squirrels, etc.

Ticks may be attracted by the scents of animals and are most numerous along roads, paths and trails.movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

Some of the diseases vectored by ticks include Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Powassan encephalitis, Relapsing Fever, Endemic Typhus and many others.

Treatment

Most infestations of ticks can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control in conjunction with the treatment of any pets.


Subterranean Termite


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The Subterranean termite swarmer is about 3/8″ long including wings. The body is dark brown to black in color.

The Subterranean termite soldier is about 3/8″ long with mandibles; the mandibles lack teeth.

Behavior

The Subterranean termite swarms during daylight and occurs during springtime. Colonies are located underground, usually below the frost line and above the water table and rock formations. The Subterranean termite builds mud tubes to travel through areas of adverse conditions and will run from the colony and the food source.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Treatment

Soil treatment with long residual insecticides to provide a chemical barrier is the most commonly used control or prevention method for subterranean termites.


Southern Fire Ant


Southern Fire AntPhysical Characteristics

Southern Fire ants are 1/16″-1/4″ long and queens are usually larger. The head and thorax are yellowish red and the abdomen is black in color.

Behavior

Typically the southern fire ant is ground nesting. However, the southern fire ant will nest outside in close proximity of the kitchen, in wood, soil, masonry, base of trees or shrubs and in clumps of grass and may gain access through HVAC systems, power in and outlets and pipes. Fire ants may also nest in Breaker panels and electrical junction and water boxes.

Fire ants prefer a high protein diet, typically, but will feed on almost everything, whether it is plant or animal. Southern fire ants have been known for eating electrical and phone lines seeking out the wire insulation as well as soiled clothing.

The southern fire ant is highly aggressive and has been known for attacking non-responsive residents and pets, such as the elderly and infants, inflicting injury.

Treatment

Treating fire ants should be handled by a trained license professional due to the southern fire ants’ aggressive nature.  In cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.


Paper Wasp


Paper WaspPhysical Characteristics

Paper wasps are large (1-inch long), slender wasps with long legs and a distinct, slender waist. Background colors vary, but most western species tend to be golden brown, or darker, with large patches of yellow or red.Movie All Is Lost (2013)

Behavior

Preferring to live in or near orchards or vineyards, they hang their paper nests in protected areas, such as under eaves, in attics, or under tree branches or vines. Each nest hangs like an open umbrella from a pedicel (stalk) and has open cells that can be seen from beneath the nest.  Paper wasp nests rarely exceed the size of an outstretched hand and populations vary between 15 to 200 individuals.

Treatment

Most species are relatively unaggressive, but they can be a problem when they nest over doorways or in other areas of human activity, such as fruit trees. Call Clark’s if you are experiencing a problem with paper wasps on your property. Our pest control service will take care of it.


Moths – The Indian Meal Moth / Clothes Moth


Physical Characteristics

The Indian meal moth adult wing spans vary, depending on the species – generally they are about 3/4″ – 1″, and forewings are bronze or copper in color while the upper third is yellowish-gray, with a dark band at the interface between the two.

Behavior

The most common of the moth family is the Indian meal moth, also known as Pantry and flour moths. Indian meal moths have the ability to get into surprisingly tight places. They are also notoriously difficult to get rid of.

The Webbing clothes moth and Casemaking clothes moth are considered fabric pests. The Casemaking clothes moth feeds on items made of both animal and plant materials whereas the webbing clothes moth feeds on synthetic and/or animal materials.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Clothes moth

Treatment

Prior to treatment for fabric pests, suspected clothing should be inspected and dry cleaned or washed in hot water and detergent as directed by the label.

If problem is a food/pantry problem, then cupboards need to be cleaned out and food inspected and/or discarded prior to treatment.


House Cricket


House CricketPhysical Characteristics

The adult House cricket is 3/4″ to 7/8″ long. They are typically light yellowish brown with 3 dark crossbands on the head.

Behavior

The House cricket’s name comes from the fact that this cricket often enters homes where they can survive indefinitely, hence the House cricket. The house cricket feeds on wool, cotton and synthetics, resulting in large areas of fabric being eaten.

The House cricket typically lives outdoors during warm weather; when cold weather is approaching, they seek refuge inside homes and sheds.

Their presence is often indicated by the male’s chirping sound which occurs either day or night and is known as a calling song used to attract females.

Treatment

Most infestations of crickets can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control.


Fly


HouseflyPhysical Characteristics

The most common fly is the house fly. It is black and about 1/4″ inch long. The sex of a house fly can be determined by the distance between their eyes (females are wider). Also, the female is usually larger than the male.

Behavior

Flies have been known to migrate up to 20 miles, although typically they will stay within 1-2 miles from their release point or larval habitat. Flies are attracted to buildings or dwellings via air currents and odors with their preferred temperature being 83 degrees; on cooler days flies are usually found around doors and windows of dwellings.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

During the day, flies will fly or rest less than 5 feet above ground; whereas at night, they tend to fly and rest above 5 feet. Flies have been known to harbor over 100 different diseases ranging from typhoid fever to salmonellosis.

Treatment

Most infestations of flies can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control in conjunction with the treatment of any pests.


Field Cricket


Field CricketPhysical Characteristics

The adult Field cricket varies in size from 1/2″ to 1 1/8″ long. They are typically black but vary from brownish yellow or straw in color.watch full Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015 movie online

Behavior

The Field cricket is mostly known for severely damaging and destroying field crops and vegetable crops.

Field crickets can be found outdoors in moist situations such as mulched areas, unweeded plant beds, in and around woodpiles, stones, debris, etc.

Their presence is often indicated by the male’s chirping sound which occurs either day or night and is known as a calling song used to attract females.

Treatment

Most infestations of crickets can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control.