Pests in Christmas decor

Pests in Christmas decor have hilariously become a part of our holiday traditions. Watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is something many of us include in our December playlist. The infamous scene of Chevy Chase being attacked by the squirrel living in his tree will live forever!

How DID the squirrel get into the Griswold’s tree? 

He hitchhiked, of course! We say this again and again, the biggest key to keeping your home pest-free is never letting pests into your home. One of the easiest ways for pests to get into your home at this time of year is via your Christmas decorations. 

What attracts pests to Christmas decor?

As you unpack the precious ornaments your children made long ago, have you noticed any changes? The ice cream cone reindeer may be missing his cinnamon candy nose. 

 Pests enjoy edible ornaments children make like candy cane reindeer and cookie dough snowmen. Some ornaments that we might not consider to be edible, pests do! 

It’s not too late!

If you have already decorated for the season, pack them up appropriately when you take them down. Here are a few tips to keep pests out of your Christmas decorations over the next year:

  • Store everything in air tight plastic containers. Cardboard boxes are not an option.
  • If you have an artificial tree, wrap it up tightly in plastic.
  • If you have hung artificial wreaths or garlands outside, shake them out and wrap them just as tightly. At the very least, store them in an air tight plastic tub.

As you lug boxes to and from your attic, basement or storage room, consider how pests can get in the box. It’s not hard to get into a cardboard box if you are a pest.

Next Christmas, when you bring decor back into your house, just remember you are bringing ALL of the contents into your house. Keeping pests away is important when decorations are going up or coming down! 

Starting with a basement, attic, storage room and home that are already pest free helps keep pests away year round. What you bring into your home at the holidays is something you can control. 

Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS can help you prevent pests year round. We have licensed technicians who are trained to thoroughly inspect your home and treat them for your specific needs. We service Memphis, TN and all over North Mississippi with pest services for inside and outside of your home or business. Contact us here to begin your pest free holidays. 

DIY Pest Control Dangers

For DYI pest control, there are real dangers that should be of concern. Before you (or your spouse) decide to tackle a bedbug infestation on your own, read here. (At least she apologized)

Along with the dangers of DIY pest control, consider how time consuming this can be. Online research, time spent in the home supply store,  and most importantly the READING OF DIRECTIONS…must we go on?

Dangers of DIY Pest Control

There are many ways to mess up DIY pest control, it’s just not worth it. You can harm your pets, children, the interior of your home, even the wildlife outside of your home. 

Chemicals must be properly mixed and safely stored and disposed of properly. Not doing so can contaminate the water source of your family or others! “Others” include the birds, bees, cats and dogs who might be drinking your poisoned water. 

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we don’t recommend DIY for most pest situations, but there are plenty of things you can do at home to help prevent pests.

Easy and safe pest control DIY 

  • Remove sources of food, especially dirty dishes in sinks and pet food from the floor.
  • Put away food on counters
  • Store garbage in tightly closed containers, remove from home often (if not daily)
  • Check for ways pests can enter your home. Cracks under doors, around windows, torn screens, etc.
  • Remove clutter
  • Check for leaks around all water sources
  • Check bags and boxes that have been in storage before bringing them inside. (See Christmas decor)

Let us handle the pests

This guide from the EPA is very easy to read and understand. At Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS we provide safe and effective pest treatment for your home or business. DIY pest control is a dangerous gamble for an untrained “at home expert”. 

Leave it up to us to get your home pest-free and you can help keep it that way. Our licensed pest technicians are ready to serve the Memphis, TN, and North Mississippi areas. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Let us show you #thelpsdifference. Call us today!

Cockroach Control: Insecticides Alone Won’t Get the Job Done

Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests and can be very difficult to eliminate. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also carry harmful bacteria and viruses. If you have cockroaches in your home, you must immediately call a professional pest control company. DIY methods are often ineffective and can be dangerous if not done properly. 

Cockroach control is not a simple matter of using insecticides. These pests are notoriously resistant to many common pesticides, so a trained professional must know which products will be effective. Learn why using insecticide alone will not be an effective long-term cockroach control.

The 3 Reasons Why 

Insecticides are often used as a cockroach control measure, but it is not an effective long-term solution. And here’s why:

Cockroaches Can Resist Insecticides

Cockroaches are one of the most resilient pests, capable of surviving in a wide range of environments. This helps them develop resistance to insecticides over time, making them difficult to control.

One reason for their resilience is their hardy exoskeleton, which offers protection from different threats. Another reason is their ability to reproduce quickly, allowing their population to grow rapidly. 

Insecticides Won’t Kill Them All 

Anyone who has ever had a cockroach issue knows that getting rid of these pests is no easy task. Even if you manage to kill some of them with insecticide, the survivors will quickly learn to avoid the places where you’ve placed the poison. And since they can live for several months without food, starving them is also not an option.

You can do a few things to make your home less inviting to these six-legged intruders. Make sure to seal up any cracks or crevices where they might be able to enter and remove any food sources that might tempt them. 

It Can Become Toxic for Your Family & Pets

Insecticides are designed to kill insects, and sometimes they can be effective. However, if you use too much insecticide, it can become toxic to your family and pets. The chemicals in insecticides can build up in the environment. Over time, they can accumulate in the bodies of people and animals.

Hire the Cockroach Control Experts in New Albany, MS

Cockroaches are not only unsightly but dangerous as well. These pests can contaminate your food, spread disease, and trigger allergies. If you have a cockroach control issue at home, you must call pest professionals immediately. Here, you have found your “pest control services near me” company.

Lawn & Pest Solutions has years of experience dealing with cockroaches in New Albany, MS. We use the latest pest control methods to quickly and effectively eliminate these pests. We also offer preventative services to help keep cockroaches from coming back. Call us today to get a free estimate. You’ll be glad you did!

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Rodent prevention

There are 22 kinds of rodents in Mississippi including mice, rats, voles, and squirrels, that’s a lot of rodent prevention! They are the largest group of mammals in the world? Other than that “claim to fame” rodents don’t have many positive attributes. 

If forced to come up with a couple of positives, we can give them: being a food source to other animals and the aeration they provide your lawn while burrowing underground. For most folks, this isn’t enough. Preventing rodents from coming into your home or lawn is a major priority. 

Rodent facts:

They gnaw on electrical wires inside and outside of your home. 

They chew on the wood and insulation in your walls and attics. 

They can carry diseases and parasites that are harmful to humans and pets.

They VERY actively reproduce, with several litters a year! 

The reproductive lives of rodents (trigger warning)

Mice are especially “active” and can start having babies at just a few months old. In their short lifespan of only 8 months to a year, one female can have 8 litters, or 50-60 baby mice. Momma mice are just looking for food and a warm place to sleep, then they can set up house!

Keep mice and rodents out of your house!

Most pests are not a problem until they become an infestation. Infestations of any pest can usually be prevented by keeping the pests out in the first place. 

How to keep rodents out of your home:

Caulk gaps around doors and windows of your home

Remove branches, limbs or vines that are leaning on your home

Close gaps around pipes, vents and cables (a mouse can squeeze through a dime sized opening)

Move outside garbage cans further away from your house

Remove sticks, leaves, debris from lawn

Don’t allow grass to grow too high (high grass and debris create hiding places for rodents)

Move piles of firewood at least one foot off the ground and away from the exterior of your home.

Check vents, window/door screens and weather stripping around all openings.

If you have a fireplace, install a chimney cap to keep rodents from climbing in.

What makes your home so enticing to rodents?

Rodents are especially attracted to the smell of food. You can help deter rodents and mice from moving in by doing the following:

Don’t leave pet food sitting out at night (roaches also love pet food)

Keep pet food in an air tight container when stored

Store leftover food immediately

Clear dirty dishes from the sink before you go to bed

Remove garbage from inside your home BEFORE it gets full or worse, overflowing

Declutter storage areas and place storage bins off of the floor

If you are providing access to the inside of your home AND leaving food out for pests, how can you blame rodents for infesting? Our licensed pest technicians know exactly what to do when dealing with mice and rodents. Our Pest360 Program can help you before an infestation.

Once mice and rodents are in, the infestation can get messy. Stop the problem before it happens. Contact us and we will be in touch with you ASAP. Let us help you with rodent prevention. We serve the Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi areas.

Good bugs

Are there any good bugs? If so, why do we need them? Even if you despise bugs of all sorts, usually even the “bad bugs” have at least one redeeming quality. 

They protect our gardens, crops, and lawns. 

Before you start stomping, do a little research. Don’t kill the one thing that might be saving your tomatoes! There are more than 1.5 million known insect species in the world and more than 97 percent are beneficial to gardens. 

If they aren’t helping your gardens and plants, most bugs are simply gently or kind. Don’t go stomping and spraying everything that crawls and flies.

Before you stomp and spray, ask yourself:

  • Is the bug eating your plants, grass, garden?
  • Does the eating appear to be doing damage to the plant?
  • Is there one bug or is there an infestation ? 

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these, you may have a “bad bug”. 

Bad Bugs

In our region of the South, bugs that are considered to be bad include chinch bugs and white grubs. These insects attack our lawns and cause damage. An infestation of pests like army worms is another example of “bad bugs”.

There are good bugs and we do need them. 

When ladybugs or lady beetles are found on a crape myrtle, they have typically laid hundreds of eggs right in middle of the aphids. As soon as the eggs hatch, Lady bugs begin feasting on aphids. They can rescue a crape myrtleand even a crop from aphids if the timing is right! 

The larvae of Green Lacewing eat aphids and other insects that destroy our lawns. 

Brachonid Wasps lay eggs on the very destructive Tomato Horn Worm. When their eggs hatch, they eat the horn worm. 

Bad bugs get all of the attention. 

Let us help you get rid of the bad bugs and we will leave the good ones alone. Our licensed professionals know good bugs versus bad bugs and are glad to come to evaluate your situation. 

You can spot our trucks all over North Mississippi and in the Memphis, TN area. Ask Paul and  Learn more about “The Lawn and Pest Difference”. 

What To Expect from Expert Pest Control

Anyone who has ever had to deal with lawn pests knows how frustrating and time-consuming it can be. Not only are these insects a nuisance, but they can also cause severe damage to your lawn and garden. 

If you’re tired of dealing with lawn pests, it might be time to consider a professional lawn pest solution. A good pest control company will use safe and effective methods to eliminate lawn pests while preventing new infestations. In addition, professional lawn care services can also advise you on how to keep your garden healthy and free of pests in the future.

This blog will discuss safe and effective pest control methods, how to prevent new infestations and professional pest control services that do the job right. 

Safe and Effective Methods to Preventing Pests

A lawn is a precious investment. It provides beauty and curb appeal to your home and is essential to your property’s value. A healthy lawn can improve your home’s energy efficiency, reduce noise pollution, provide a place for outdoor recreation, and even support to prevent soil erosion. Given all of these benefits, it’s essential to take steps to protect your lawn from pests.

Benefits Of Hiring Professional Pest Control Services

While several do-it-yourself pest control solutions are available, the most effective way to keep your lawn free of pests is to enlist the help of a professional pest control service. These are the benefits of hiring professionals rather than a DIY method. 

  • Expertise: Experienced professionals know how to solve problems. 
  • Safety: Professionals know how to handle safely natural and chemical pesticides. 
  • Cost effectiveness: Experts go to the root of the problem and eliminate the pest so you don`t need to reapply. 
  • Efficiency: Research-driven pros know what measures to take depending on the type of insect. 
  • Avoids damage: Experts can apply preventive measures so your property can be pest free in the future. 

Pest control professionals have the training and experience necessary to identify the early signs of an infestation and develop a customized treatment plan that will effectively eliminate the problem. These professionals use safe methods to eliminate or prevent pests that can damage your property. 

Moreover, they can provide ongoing monitoring and treatment to ensure that your lawn remains pest-free. In short, investing in professional pest control services is the smartest way to keep your property looking its best.

Get Efficient Professional Lawn Care and Avoid Damage

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we’ll work with you to get the appropriate lawn care treatment for those unwanted pests. If you are searching for “lawn care services near me,” we can support you. Our experience gives us the confidence to handle any pest problem you might encounter. Don’t let your lawn fall victim to these pesky insects. Call us today!

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Know The 5 Pests That Can Spread Fast in Your Home

Pests are never fun. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also spread diseases and cause damage to your home. Unfortunately, some pests are particularly adept at reproducing and can quickly take over your home if left unchecked. That’s why taking care of them is important as soon as you notice them.

Dealing with pests can be difficult, especially if you don’t have any experience. And if you try to do it yourself, you could make the problem worse. That’s why it’s always best to call in a professional. Pest control services have the experience and the knowledge to safely and effectively eliminate pests. And they can also help you to prevent future infestations. 

5 Pests That Spread Fast 

It is important to be able to identify different types of pests so that they can be controlled. Knowing about the different types of pests and how to control them can help protect yourself and your property from their harmful effects. Lawn pest solutions can help to identify and remove pests from homes and businesses.

Fleas

Fleas feed on blood, including human blood. They are a common problem for cats and dogs not under flea control. If you have one pet without these pesky critters, their skin can be peeled, or they can have red bumps all over their body from constant itching. This will result in tons of these little creatures roaming around your house.

Silverfish

Silverfish are nocturnal pests that love dark, damp places like attics and crawl spaces. These creatures feed on anything they can get their mouth around; however, if there is paper nearby, you might find these little guys eating any old book or wallpaper.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can be hard to eliminate because they like hiding in dark places. They are small pests that come out at night to feed. They hide during the day and only come out to sleep. It can be hard for people who see them because they move quickly! However, you can look for signs like blood stains on your sheets which may appear as specks or rust-colored droppings.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are small, flying insects that can get inside your home during cold winter. They’re not really harmful, but some people may experience allergies from them if they’re disturbed or killed, so be careful when handling them.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are pests that can get bigger or smaller, depending on the situation. They like to be in tight spaces and come out at night when they see food. Some people are allergic to them because they can react badly to the protein that cockroaches produce.

Lawn & Pest Solutions Can Get Rid of All Pest Traces for You

If you are looking for pest control services near me in New Albany, MS, look no further than Lawn & Pest Solutions. We offer a variety of pest control services that are designed to keep your home pest-free. 

We understand the importance of protecting your family from pests and take pride in our work. We’ll work with you to create a pest control plan that fits your specific needs, and we’ll be there whenever you need us.

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Pest Solutions: Save Time & Money With a Pest Control Plan

Pests can be a huge problem for any homeowner. Not only can they harm your property, but they can also spread diseases and contaminate food. Investing in a pest maintenance program is one of the best things you can do for your property and household.

Pest control services offer routine infestation prevention to benefit all aspects, including peace of mind about how well they work. It is important to learn about the main benefits of having pest control to make the perfect decision.

3 Reasons to Get a Pest Control Plan

While there are many do-it-yourself lawn pest solutions available, the best way to ensure that pests are gone for good is to hire a professional team to do the job. This service can provide many benefits, including reducing the spread of disease and keeping your home clean and comfortable. Here are some of the main reasons to get your pest control plan:

You Get a Healthier Property

Having a healthy home is important. You can make your home healthier by getting a pest maintenance program and taking corrective actions to eliminate unhealthy conditions that pests like. You’re less likely to have asthma, respiratory infections, or allergies when your home is healthy.

It’s Cost-effective

Preventative measures can save you money in the long run. This is because preventing pest infestations is usually less costly than eradicating them once they start. Signing up for a maintenance program can also keep your home free from pesky critters.

Scheduled Services 

You don’t need to worry about pests because a program takes care of them. The next time the pest company will come is already scheduled, so you don’t need to remember.

Get the Perfect Pest Solution From Professionals

Lawn & Pest Solutions is the best company for your pest solutions in the New Albany, MS area. We have 20 years of experience and are dedicated to providing quality customer service. In addition to our pest control services, we offer many other lawn care services to help keep your property looking great.

If you’ve been looking for “pest control services near me,” look no further than Lawn & Pest Solutions. Our technicians will apply our safe, proven control methods to your home, business, or lawn with the utmost care and professionalism. We will be more than happy to assist you and help you find the best pest control plan for your specific needs.

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