Local or National for Pest Control

When choosing a pest control company, one can choose between a local or national company.  It is easy and fast to Google “pest control” and find a national company.  Orkin and Terminix most likely pop up first. National marketing and branding companies have successfully made their names a fixture. Local or national pest control is a choice to think about before making the decision.

Orkin, Terminix, and other national pest control companies aren’t bad. They are large and successful pest control companies. We easily recognize their names and logos and feel like we “know” them. But what do they know about you

Who are we?

Working with a locally owned business like Lawn and Pest Solutions means that you are getting very personal service. We have customers and technicians that know each other on a first-name basis and keep up with each others’ lives. We work hard to retain our employees for years so that customer relationships are solid and built on trust. 

Our pest technicians are trusted and honest, hardworking, and loyal to the company and our customers. We don’t send in “fly by night” employees to spray in your home. Our licensed pest technicians are people that you can trust. You won’t be worried to see our guys spraying in your lawn or on your patio. 

Did you Google us first?

When deciding between a local or a national pest company, try reading the Google reviews. You can’t help but notice that our customers frequently refer to our employees by name in the reviews. Do you know your pest technician by name? 

In addition to providing reliable technicians, our owner Paul Welborn feels personally responsible for each customer. From customer service to satisfaction with pest services, Paul is invested. It is not uncommon for him to show up at a home to help solve an unusual pest issue. He is committed to making sure the customer gets the best possible service.

Keeping people happy.

Lawn and Pest owner Paul Welborn is hands-on and present.  Whether loading up trucks at 6:45 a.m. or frying up fish at employee appreciation day, he is there. Creating personal relationships with his employees and investing in their futures is important to Paul. Keeping loyal, trained technicians that want to stay with the company is key to keeping customers happy. 

When the company sees itself as a team, everyone benefits, including the customers. This is why it is important to choose locally owned pest control services over a nationally owned pest service. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we want to know YOUR name and give you the best pest control you can get. 

We provide outstanding customer service and stand behind our programs. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas with outstanding pest control and lawn treatment. Contact our office 24/7 to get a very fast response and outstanding service. 

Can I bug proof my home?

You CAN bug proof your home! Keeping bugs away is almost as simple as keeping a tidy home and yard. Of course, calling a Lawn and Pest Solutions technician to treat your home for pests is always a great idea. Just remember that to successfully KEEP bugs away, this is a team effort. The best professional treatment won’t work if we aren’t “all in this together”. 

Bug proof your home from the outside

  • If you have firewood stacked next to your home, get it off the ground and move it a few feet away from the house. 
  • Clean up debris from your yard. Piles of sticks, limbs and leaves are gathering places for bugs. If there are any limbs, vines or branches that actually touch your home, remove them. These create a corridor for bugs and other undesirable critters to get into your roof or home.
  • Repair any small holes, cracks or tears in window screens, under doors or windows. Bugs are tiny and can get in the smallest access points.

Bug proof your home from the Inside

  • This may seem super obvious, but shut your windows and doors, all the way. Don’t leave gaping doors and unscreened windows open. This is the easiest way for ANYTHING to get in your home. 
  • Check the space behind your washing machine and refrigerator where water lines come in. This is not as obvious or easy to check, but a very easy point for bugs to get in your home.
  • Keeping the inside of your home tidy and clean is obvious, but vacuuming away cobwebs may not be. 

What are bugs looking for inside my home?

Water first.

Leaky faucets or sources of water are popular gathering spots for bugs. Look under your sink, washing machine and refrigerator, this is where bugs gather. Water that runs from outside to inside is their best bet.

Food next. There are two quick and easy things you should ALWAYS do. 

  • Rinse and put away dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Sweep up pet food and keep it in sealed containers.

You can bug proof your home, but it takes team work. You do your part, we will do ours. Contact Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS and we will work with you to bug proof your home. Our licensed pest technicians will show up promptly and treat your house the same they would their own. We serve neighborhoods and businesses from Memphis,TN and anywhere in between all over North Mississippi. 

Wasp Control

Wasp control is something most every homeowner eventually deals with. Unless one is highly allergic to a wasp sting, they aren’t very harmful (but maybe painful). While a wasp doesn’t usually go out of its’ way to sting, if you disrupt their space, they may get a little “stirred up”. 

Just be calm.

If you happen to wander into a wasp nest, don’t start swatting! Remember, the object is wasp control. Swatting attracts more wasps so be calm and move away. Walk indoors if you can. If a wasp follows you indoors, open windows and doors and allow it some room to get out. 

Wasp nests are generally found around loose piles of wood and under porches. They can also be found along rafters or in rarely used empty cans, buckets and boxes.

Everyone has at least one good quality.

Unlike bees who pollinate other plants, a wasps best redeeming quality is that they help us out by eating other insects. Telling the difference between wasps and bees is pretty easy. Bees are “husky” and wasps are “slim”. Bees are “hairy” and wasps are “smooth”.

Things that attract wasps:

  • Flowers and plant life
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Uncovered and overflowing garbage cans 
  • Properties with many insects and spiders (prey for wasps)

Is it too late to control wasps?

Wasp nests are generally designed by the queen in the spring and they grow all spring and early summer. By August, nests are at their peak size and the wasps are at their most aggressive. If you have waited until August, either get the help of a professional or just try to avoid stirring them up. 

If you decide to just keep calm, let the frost do its’ work.  Then get rid of the nests so they don’t move back in next spring.  Be proactive and start looking for them early in the year. Then  destroy the nests and the queen before they grow and get really angry. 

Five things you can do to control and prevent wasps from taking up residence with you next spring:

  • Remove abandoned nests in winter
  • Seal gaps in your home
  • Eliminate loose piles of wood and refuse in your yard
  • Clean up rotten fruit under fruit trees
  • Keep outdoor garbage tightly sealed

If you aren’t into wasp hunting, call a professional pest service like Lawn and Pest Solutions. They can control wasps while you stay safely indoors. A licensed technician from Lawn and Pest can assess the situation and handle it promptly and safely. Our trained pest technicians serve all areas between Memphis, TN, Oxford, New Albany and Tupelo, MS. You can also find them everywhere in between! Give us a call to control wasps, hornets, bees and other angry pests!

Bed Bugs

Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! Children’s books may have portrayed bed bugs as being cute little critters who tickle you in your sleep. As adults, we think differently! bed bugs ARE back and they are back with a vengeance. This new generation of bed bugs is stronger and more resilient than ever.

With the great return of bed bugs, it’s no surprise that an entire website is devoted to them. Their history can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece. It’s pretty interesting to read about how they have been used and treated over the ages. In the last 50 years, we once thought that bed bugs had been eradicated. However, the treatment for bed bugs was found to be extremely dangerous to humans.

We are now more aware of health and safety issues with harmful chemicals. What once would wipe out infestations of roaches and bed bugs turned out to also cause cancer. Today we are strictly monitored on the usage of chemicals and thankfully so. The treatment for bed bugs is no longer harmful to humans, but it does take a team effort and multiple treatments to rid a home or business of bed bugs. 

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have nothing to do with cleanliness. They are called “hitchhikers” and will ride home on the bottoms of your shoes, your luggage, purses and backpacks. They usually hide out on soft or upholstered surfaces like beds, sofas, carpets.  They can even travel from room to room in apartment buildings, five star hotels and dormitories.

All bed bugs are looking for is a good meal and a place to hide, they don’t need trash or filth, just your blood. Bed bugs like a good “blood meal”. After engorging themselves on your blood (while you sleep), they scurry away to hide in the seams of a mattress, under the baseboards, sometimes behind the paintings on the walls.

What are the signs of bed bugs?

  • Tiny blood stains that look like rust on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark/rusty spots of bedbug excrement on bedding, mattresses and walls
  • Fecal spots, eggs shells or shed skins in hiding places
  • A musty odor

What can I do to get rid of bed bugs?

If you think you have bed bugs, it’s a really good idea to call professionals ASAP. There are plenty of DIY applications you can attempt, but how comfortable do you feel with baking soda getting rid of a pest that eats a “blood meal” and hides in your bed? 

Contact us at Lawn and Pest Solutions and we will come inspect your home and if needed, treat it very thoroughly. Then we will come back in 7-14 days and treat it again (because eggs will have hatched by then). You will have some work to do as well. Our technicians will leave you with a checklist of things to do, like washing and drying all linens with high heat. .

Getting rid of bed bugs is not fun, it’s not easy, but it can be done. For most, the worst part about bed bugs is just knowing they are there.Our licensed pest technicians are making their way all over the Memphis, TN area and North Mississippi including Oxford, Tupelo and New Albany. Let us help you fight the war against pests.

Why choose local for pest control?

Why choose local for pest control if you don’t know their jingle by heart? Why choose local if their logo isn’t burned into your visual memory? Just because you know the theme song to the sitcom “Cheers” would you have been a regular there? 

Why did Norm and Cliff return to their familiar stools at the end of the bar every day? 

It surely wasn’t because of the good customer service. They got the same old cheap beers and typically ended up victims of a pranks or jokes. Cliff and Norm returned to “Cheers” because it was a familiar name and place and they were surrounded by familiar people. Some might say “Cheers” was a lazy choice. 

Are you choosing your pest control like Norm and Cliff chose their bar? 

When naming off pest control companies, one might immediately thing of Orkin and Terminix. Their names are plastered on billboards and televisions. National marketing and branding companies have successfully made their names a fixture. In the Memphis area, Cook’s Pest Control brings to mind their catchy jingle that most of us can sing word for word! 

When you think of Orkin, Terminix or Cook’s, what do you really know about their company?

Maybe we should ask, what do Orkin, Terminix and Cook’s know about YOU? Working with a locally owned business like Lawn and Pest Solutions means that you are getting very personal service. Our employees tend to stay with us for years. We have customers and technicians that know each other on a first name basis and keep up with each others’ lives. Even in our Google reviews, our customers refer to technicians and salesmen by name. Do you know your pest technician by name?

The LPS Difference

Being locally owned, Lawn and Pest Solutions owner Paul Welborn feels personally responsible for each customer. From customer service to satisfaction with pest services, Paul is invested. It is not unusual for him to show up at a home to help solve an unusual pest issue. 

Lawn and Pest owner Paul Welborn is hands on and present. Whether loading up trucks at 6:45 a.m. or frying up shrimp at employee appreciation day, he is there. Creating personal relationships with his employees and investing in their futures is important. It means that Lawn and Pest Solutions technicians want to stay with the company and support Paul and Lawn and Pest. When the company sees itself as a team, everyone benefits, including the customers. 

Orkin, Terminix and Cook’s aren’t bad pest control companies. They are large and successful pest control companies. We know their names, their logos and even their “theme songs”. But working with a smaller team with a local owner certainly has its’ benefits. We want you to choose local for pest control.

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we want to know YOUR name and give you the best pest control you can get. We provide outstanding customer service and stand behind our programs. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas with outstanding pest control and lawn treatment. Contact our office 24/7 to get a very fast response and outstanding service. 

How to Prevent The Spread of Roaches and Ants

Cockroaches and ants are some of the most common pests that you can find in homes. They may seem harmless but can cause you a lot of problems in form of diseases like E. Coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. The best way to take care of these pests is to get rid of the reasons that attract them to your home and in extreme cases use pest control services.

If you are also trying to prevent an infestation of ants and roaches in your home, try these methods to get rid of them.

Eliminate food sources

Food is the single most attractive thing for almost all pests and rodents. Ants and roaches are no different. Open food containers and leftovers in the kitchen are an open invitation for them to come and feast in your home. Remove any unwanted food from your kitchen cabinets, sink, and throw out the garbage regularly. Seal any food items you have in airtight containers to prevent their spread.

Clear out the clutter

Pests usually like to nest in dark and moist places and cluttered items in your kitchen and rooms give them just that. Therefore, get rid of any broken and unwanted things in your home. Clean the surfaces with a disinfectant to remove any defecation and ant trails after you clear away the clutter.

Clean the drains

Often, we clean the visible areas like surfaces and cabinets and leave it at that. But these pests can easily make nests in your drainage systems and infest your home. Therefore, thoroughly clean your drains at regular intervals to avoid roaches and ants in your home.

Seal off any cracks and entrances

Ants and roaches use any cracks and openings they find in your home to enter your home quickly. By sealing away these entrances using cement or expanding foam, you reduce their nesting place and entry points.

Use chemical repellants

You can use ant repellant spray all around your house perimeter to prevent further entry of ants inside your home. You can use Boric acid to curb any existing cockroaches in our home and deter any further breeding in your home.

Use home remedies 

If you feel chemical repellents are a problem, you can always try home remedies like a mixture of white vinegar, baking soda, and water to kill those pests.  Cinnamon, neem leaf extracts, and essential oils are also found to be highly effective in repelling ants and cockroaches from your home. 

Call for professional help

If you are still facing trouble after trying out these home remedies and DIY methods to curb these pests, chances are high that you have a severe infestation. It is best to call professional pest control services like Lawn & pest solutions to take care of it. They can eliminate the existing infestation entirely and take steps to ensure that these pests don’t take residence in your home later on.

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your pest problem, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. You can opt for our Pest control programs to get rid of these common pests in your home. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.

How to Protect Your House from Spiders

There is a reason why most Hollywood movies show spiders rushing out of dark, creepy places. Humans instinctively fear these arachnids since many spider species are poisonous, and some can even be deadly. Studies show that spider bites kill about seven people every year in the United States. The end of summer starts an influx of spiders into your home since, during this period, male spiders move everywhere, searching for mates.

Therefore, you need to take proactive measures to keep these spiders out of your house. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your home safe against a spider infestation.

Keep your home clean

Spiders like to hide in the dark and moist places, and cluttered items give them just that. Also, remove any food items or leftovers in the open and keep your food sealed. Spiders are attracted to other insects like flies and cockroaches that come for such food in your house. Therefore, the best way to prevent an infestation is to keep your home clean at all times and remove any cobwebs you may see. 

Seal all the cracks and crevices

Spiders use these cracks in your walls, doors, and windows to get into your house. Sealing them away correctly ensures that they don’t find an entry path into your home. Install a mesh cover for your doors and windows to prevent further entry.

Remove all the vegetation from the outer parameter of your home

You can easily find spiders in your garden area under the rocks, in the woodpile, or on the shrubs and trees. However, as the weather gets cooler, they look for warmer areas in your home. Therefore, removing any vegetation too close to your home makes it difficult for them to enter your home.

Use pesticides spray 

You can apply commercial pesticides containing pyrethroid on the corners and cracks of your home to keep spiders at bay. However, they only work if the spider drags itself on them; otherwise, it is useless. You can also use natural spider repellants like natural oils such as peppermint, tea-tree, citrus, and eucalyptus oil. You can also spray vinegar on the spider to deter it. Horse chestnut, mint, and cedarwood are also effective against spiders.

Call for professionals

If all these techniques aren’t enough to curb the influx of spiders in your home, you likely have a severe spider infestation. The best way to get rid of them would be to call professional pest control services like Lawn & Pest Solutions. Don’t wait for the situation to get severe, as some spiders can be poisonous and can cause severe health problems and allergies. The professional pest controllers will use safe and efficient methods to get rid of the infestation.

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your spider infestation problem, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. We have specialized programs for common household pests like spiders, mosquito yard treatment, termites, and more. You can choose from our various Pest control programs to get rid of these common pests in your home. Reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.

Types of Pests and How to Control Them

Pests are one of the most common sources of diseases in any home. Most homeowners think of pests as a tolerable nuisance. However, pests are also the carriers of some of the world’s most deadly diseases like the black plague, malaria, and rabies. Therefore, you must take adequate measures to keep them out of your house.

Here are some of the most common household pests and tips to control them:

Cockroaches 

When thinking of pests, the reddish-brown critters, also known as water bugs, are the first things that come to your mind. You can see them in your kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, and basements since they prefer dark, moist areas to make their homes. These cockroaches can carry disease-causing bacteria. trigger asthma, and allergic reactions.

How to control their spread:

  • Keep all the food items covered, and do not leave any leftover food in the open.
  • Keep your kitchen and washroom clean and dry.
  • Vacuum any existing infestation and puff Boric Acid or Diatomaceous earth dust into walls for added control.

Bed bugs

As the name suggests, these chestnut-colored bugs live in the cracks and crevices of your bed. They usually hide all day and come out during the night to feed on your blood. Their bites can cause itching and leave red welts on your body. Although they don’t cause any diseases, they can still make you lose your sleep.

How to control their spread:

  • When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is the best cure. Hence avoid bringing any used mattress couches or cushions to your home.
  • In case you already have an infestation, the best measure is to call professional pest control services.

Mosquito

You can easily find mosquitoes in areas where they can find still water to lay their legs. And these tiny four-legged biting flies can cause some severe diseases such as dengue, malaria, and West Nile Virus.

How to control their spread:

  • Eliminate any still water outside in your home. If you have to store water outside, store it in covered containers.
  • For ponds and other water bodies that cannot be covered, add biological control called “Bti” to kill mosquito larvae weekly.
  • Use mosquito repellent creams when you go outside.

House mouse and rats

These rodents usually enter your home in search of food and nesting. They are often active at night, and they’re easy to spot. However, you can notice mice droppings in your house. Mice can spread the plague and trigger asthma attacks in humans.

How to control their spread:

  • Seal any opening in your doors and windows and always choose them.
  • Don’t leave any food in the open or leave clutter in your home.
  • Use mouse traps to bait any existing mice in your home, and avoid using rat poison if you have pets or kids in your home.

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your pest problem, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. You can opt for our Pest control programs to get rid of these common pests in your home. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.