Cockroaches

It only takes one roach sighting to ruin an event. It doesn’t matter how clean your kitchen is, one cockroach can end the dinner, party or first date. The sighting of a roach in a restaurant could ruin a Yelp rating!

And that’s a little overboard, right?

Regardless of cleanliness, roaches are some of the most common pests found in homes. It’s likely there’s one hiding in every kitchen, everywhere. 

Yet they still cause an uproar.

Roaches are the one “pest” we can all agree upon as being the most gross, vigilant and equalizing of all pests. 

Roaches have an extreme ability to reproduce. They also emit a terrible smell! Cockroaches can cause problems in the form of diseases like E. Coli, Shigella, and Salmonella.

Seeing a roach SHOULD make you want to call a pest professional. There are many factors to consider when attempting to control roaches.

  •  What is the species of roach?
  • What are the conditions causing roaches?
  • What treatment should you apply?

Should you DIY this?

DIY treatments can drive roaches to hide deeper.  A pest professional knows the best course of treatment and is educated on the varieties of roaches.

Things you can do 

To prevent an infestation of roaches, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings true!

  • Eliminate food sources.
  • Remove unwanted food from kitchen cabinets and your sink.
  • Empty the garbage regularly. 
  • Seal food items in airtight containers.
  • Put away dog food.
  • Clear out clutter.
  • Clean your surfaces.
  • Clean out your drains.
  • Seal off cracks and entrances.

Call the Pest360 pros

You can rely on our licensed pest professionals to launch a personal attack on the roaches in your home or business. We have the tools and insecticides that are targeted to the specific type of roaches for your area. 

You can also reach out to us at 662-257-3149, 901-560-2399, or fill out our online contact form to know more about our local bed bug exterminators.

Hiring a pest professional

How do you know when it’s time to hire a pest professional? When was the last time you walked down the pesticide aisle of a home improvement store? 

“I don’t know what I am doing here”

Big bags of chemicals and small containers of mysterious liquids can be intimidating. Fine print on the bags and bottles and the smells of their contents don’t help. 

You may ask yourself…

  • Is this the right formula? 
  • Is this safe for my pet? 
  • What will happen if my children touch/eat this? 
  • Where do I spray? 
  • Do I spray it once a week? Month? Year?
  • What is in this stuff?
  • Where did we put the sprayer? 
  • Or even…
  • How do I get this concoction inside the sprayer?

With all of that in mind, a DIY insecticide program should bring up a lot of uncertainties. Maybe it is time for you to consider the benefits of hiring a pest professional! 

Hiring a pest professional is a good idea. 

We typically pay someone more knowledgeable than ourselves to change oil, rotate the tires and resolve plumbing problems. Why do we feel we are capable of fending off roach infestations? 

Hiring a pest professional can give you peace of mind. A pest professional undergoes continual training to maintain certification. In addition to that, at Lawn and Pest Solutions, our pest professionals have additional standards to maintain. 

Our licensed pest professionals at Lawn and Pest Solutions apply pesticides that are specific to the area you live. These treatments apply to the specific problems you have.

  • Our pros look for points of entry and help you exclude them.
  • Our pros broom down cobwebs and wasps nests outside so they don’t set up camp outside your home. 
  • Our pros know “what’s coming” ….(for instance, we know ants are more active in wet weather).
  • Our pros are proactive. We like to prevent pest problems, not just solve them. 
  • Our pros have seen it all. We know where to look, what to look under, what signs to look for when solving pest problems. 

This is a no-brainer.

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our pest professionals are here to solve your problems. Leave the YouTube tutorials to the stay at home chemists. 

We are here for you. Call our office today to have peace of mind. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. Our Pest360 program is all you need!

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!

Occasional Invaders

What are “occasional invaders” in the pest control world?  Typically, they are pests that are not a big issue unless they infest a home.

 A few ladybugs, stink bugs,  or a silverfish or two don’t bother anyone. The same might not be said of one spider or one cricket that’s deprive you of a night’s sleep. 

Change the numbers from one or two to an infestation and things change quickly. Ladybugs aren’t so cute when they have covered your walls with their “mark”. 

Reasons to avoid an infestation of occasional invaders:

Some secrete foul odors 

Some may cause damage and/or staining to your indoor fabrics

They can damage your indoor plants

They may bite or pinch you or your pets

When they die, their bodies can attract other pests

The dead bodies, shed skins and droppings can cause some people to have allergic and/or asthma issues

What are some common occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders, like most pests,  are typically looking for food, water, or warmth. The best places to find them are under sinks, cupboards, crawl spaces, basements, showers, and tubs.

Centipedes (usually found in shower drains)

Earwigs (usually found in moist areas)

Pill Bugs (aka Roly Polies or Doodle Bugs)

Crickets

Beetles

Silverfish (attracted to paper like wallpaper, books, and envelopes)

Ladybugs 

Spiders 

Cluster flies

Stinkbugs

Is this a year round problem?

Occasional invaders aren’t mysterious pests that suddenly appear in the winter, they are active year round. Most of the time they are outdoors and we don’t notice them until they start getting inside our homes for the winter. 

Pest control is a partnership.

Keeping pests OUT of your home is more than half the battle. Here are a few tips:

Pay attention to cracks around windows and doors, tears in screens, piles of leaves, or branches around your home. 

Repair any possible entryway for pests so they can’t get in your home. 

Eliminate areas where water can collect. Check under your sinks for leaking pipes and repair. 

When you partner with Lawn and Pest Solutions, we will help you wage war against the “occasional invaders”. Our services will also protect your home from termites, roaches, ants, and more. 

Our licensed pest technicians will thoroughly spray inside and outside of your home on a regular schedule to keep your home free of pests year-round. Contact us here to learn more about our Pest360 program.

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”. 

Spray foam insulation

Spray foam insulation is a cost effective way to insulate your home. The foam is sprayed on as a liquid that hardens. This hardened foam fills in the spaces between the wood framing of your home. 

This form of insulation gives your walls and ceilings a hard, waterproof barrier that effectively keeps heat AND cold in OR out. Many builders prefer spray foam insulation for all of these reasons.

Termites are tiny little pests that eat just a little bit of wood at a time, but they never stop eating. They can destroy your home or business if left untreated. 

Termites thrive in high humidity environments where they travel in mudtubes or stay underground. These pests are a fact of life for us in the South.

Before choosing spray foam as your insulation

Consider these facts:

  1. Termites can travel quickly through spray foam insulation without having to go to the trouble of building mudtubes. 
  2. Spray foam insulation provides what some call a “superhighway” of travel for termites in your home.

How can something be too good?

Hardened spray foam can trap moisture between the wood in the walls and frames of any structure. 

Moist wood is the preferred meal of all termites. 

In the high humidity of the South, moist wood (which can’t breathe due to the highly effective waterproof barrier of spray foam insulation) becomes an easy target for termites.

Spray foam insulation can hide water leaks for years because it can hold a tremendous amount of water.

Hidden leaks and water damage (plus the presence of moisture) create a perfect environment for termites to thrive.

Facts

When conventional insulation is in place, water leaks are more easily detected. These types of insulations can be easily removed and replaced. This is not the case with spray foam.

Termites are not drawn to, nor do they eat spray foam insulation. 

More facts:

Termites like to eat wood. 

Termites are drawn to moist wood. 

Termites are not attracted to spray foam and they don’t like to eat it. 

Termites use the foam as a way to move faster than ever between the wood framing of a home. 

Spray foam makes termites much harder to detect. 

Even the most trained and experienced technicians have a very hard time finding termites in a home insulated with spray foam. 

Homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage.

Sometimes by the time that termites are discovered, it is too late.Termite damage is considered to be preventable. Read that again. 

If you aren’t protecting your home or business from termites, they are eventually going to get you. All structures including metal buildings are at risk for termites. Every structure has cabinets, sheetrock, flooring, papers, trim and wood to protect.

If you have a home that is NOT insulated with spray foam, Lawn and Pest Solutions can help you to stop current termite troubles, or to prevent inevitable termite troubles. 

We are located in New Albany, MS, and cover Memphis, TN, and the entire North Mississippi area. Our licensed technicians can come and inspect your home for Termite360, our termite program and advise you on a plan of treatment. Contact us here to get a very fast and efficient response to your needs.