Can cockroaches survive a nuclear attack?

Why did I google this anyway?

The topic of this blog was meant to be “Can cockroaches survive a nuclear attack?”. It didn’t take long to find out the answer to that is no, according to this article and many others. You could probably guess that this topic has been studied by everyone from scientists to extreme game show participants and many in between. 

Well that was easy.

After discovering so quickly that roaches would not survive a nuclear blast, I felt the need to press on. Have you ever seen something so gross and disgusting that you felt like you needed to take a bath just from seeing it? That’s how I felt after researching cockroaches this week. There were just so many grossly compelling questions following the old nuclear attack one, I had to google on.

Google regret.

What is one thing you have ever googled and then regretted? For me, it was what happens if you step on a cockroach. For the record, baby roaches don’t go running, and that’s a relief. But unfortunately, I continued reading. When you step on or “squish” a cockroach, it’s eggs are not released. That’s because it’s eggs are stored in a hard shell, all around your house! Did I mention they multiply quickly?

Oh, it gets worse.

More google regret came when I clicked on “what happens if you put a cockroach in the microwave?”. First of all, I think we should ask why anyone would put a roach in a microwave. I digress. Cockroaches are cold blooded and can live without food for a week. They also have very little body water, so they can survive a long amount of time in a microwave oven. That’s also why they can only survive one week without water. You can read more about this here if you need further motivation to take a shower.

It’s not over.

“How to prevent cockroaches” has suddenly moved up in my search.  A few things you can do at home include getting rid of dirty dishes in the sink, garbage, pet food on the floor and leftover food sitting out. Of course, after reading way too many articles about cockroaches this week,  even I know that the cleanest house on Earth is still susceptible to roaches. You can clean, remove excess moisture from your home, seal up cracks. Haul off your newspapers and cardboard, mop frequently, declutter, wash dishes…are you tired yet? This is going to take teamwork. 

The Lawn and Pest Solutions Team

Cockroaches are one of the oldest living insects on the planet, so it’s going to take a team to rid your home now and forever. Our licensed pest professionals can come and launch a personal attack on the roaches who are hiding under your baseboards, fridge, stove, dishwasher. While we need you to do your part of the fight against roaches, our people have the right tools and insecticides that are targeted to the specific type of roaches for your area. Call us here , get a quote, and let our guys get right out to your home and begin the war on pests.

One thing leads to another

Cleaning gutters prevents many other issues

In 1983 an English new wave band hit the charts with “One Thing Leads to Another”. While The Fixx probably didn’t write this song about cleaning out your gutters, the theory certainly applies. 

Don’t be that guy on YouTube

Cleaning out gutters is a chore no one looks forward to. It seems like one of those chores where many bad decisions are made. There is always a ladder that seems a little less than reliable and no one wants to help. YouTube has many results of “guys falling off of ladders and roofs”, at least half of them had to have been on gutter duty that day. This video link isn’t necessarily a guy cleaning his gutters out, but you get the picture. Try to keep safety first in mind if this blog convinces you to climb up and clean out!

So what if I don’t clean out the gutters?

When gutters don’t drain, collected water can cause a multitude of issues. Collected water causes wood to decay and rot. Guess who loves rotting and decaying wood? That’s right, termites! But that’s not all…

Washed areas can also hold water close to your foundation. When water is being held close to your home, the soil becomes saturated and water can seep under your foundation. Guess what pests also love moisture? Termites AND mosquitoes!   

One more thing…

Overflowing gutters can wash out mulch and flower beds near your home. These washed areas can thin out your lawn. This can then give weed seeds an open area to grow and germinate. No one needs more weeds or a thinned out lawn.

“One thing” you can do is clean out your gutters this spring. That can keep all of the “other things” from leading to bigger issues. While we don’t offer gutter cleaning services, Lawn and Pest Services can assist you with termites, mosquitoes and weed control. Contact us here and we will send a licensed pest technician to give you a quote. As we like to say, you don’t have to live with pests!

Somebody’s watching me

It was probably a spider watching Rockwell, don’t you think?

Do you think you have a spider problem? What makes a spider a spider? Here are some numbers to help you know what it is that may be watching you.

A spider has: 8 legs, 2 body regions, 0 wings, 0 antennae, 3 OR 4 pair of eyes. Yes, that’s 6-8 eyes staring at you from that dark little corner in your closet.

How do spiders get in your house?

Oh, just about any old way you can imagine. He boldly marches in your home looking for food, warmth, a drink. He loves living in that fancy pair of shoes you only wear once a year. He sleeps in your winter coat pockets, relaxes in the box of old baby clothes in the basement, and terrorizes the other bugs in your pantry. He may have entered while traveling on a plant you brought in for the winter. Perhaps he was lounging on that firewood you hauled in. He’s living with you, he’s not paying rent and this is a problem.

How do you get spiders out of your house?

One way to get rid of this new resident is by allowing his mate to handle this matter and let “nature run her course.”  Since spiders feed on insects including other spiders, many times the female spider will make a snack of her mate. That may be an option, but logistically it will only help with 50% of your problem. Thankfully, there are more effective solutions. 

Here are few things YOU can do to make your home less inviting to spiders:

-Spiders don’t like to be disturbed. Before bringing seasonal decor inside, shake out items like Easter baskets, spring decor, swimsuits, beach toys. These dark and quiet spaces have made a lovely home for your spider friends.

-Inspect anything that has been sitting on the ground outside before you bring it in. Mail, deliveries and bags of groceries sitting in the driveway for a moment are all easy modes of transportation to a spider looking to enter your home.

-Seal up cracks and crevices, damaged window screens, cracks in your siding, look around seasonally for points of entry. 

If you feel like maybe the spiders have already claimed their turf in your own home, it is probably time to call one of our trained, certified technicians. While spiders are definitely not the worst “pests” to invade your home, you don’t have to live with them. 

We can help.

Walking through cobwebs, wondering “is this a spider bite?” or arguing over who gets to step on the next one could be a thing of the past in your home. To get a situation like an infestation of spiders under control, Lawn and Pest Solutions of New Albany, MS can come in and use applications tailored specifically to spiders, just contact us!

Fire ants, football and the art of pest control

In our part of the country, fire ants are so prevelant and have such a reputation that in North Mississippi, we named a football team after them. If that doesn’t impress you, check out this video on YouTube, where artists pour molten aluminum down a fire ant colony? We can all appreciate the beauty of nature and the artistry of the folks who came up with this idea. It’s truly amazing to see the intricacies and expansiveness of what is happening right under our lawns with fire ants!

Maybe it’s a Southern thing….

The impressive fire ants are very organized and hard working pests, but they also sting us, our children and our pets. Maybe that’s why the naming of the Tupelo Fire Ants Indoor Football team was so genius!  Most Southerners have a horror story involving a bare foot stuck in a fire ant mound. Many of us watched our dads attempt to pour concoctions of powders, liquids and even gasoline down into the mounds. Anything to rid our yards of the ugly piles of hardened dirt. 

They don’t bite, they sting!

Of course, there’s a better way to deal with these pests. Their safe and effective Fire Ant 360 program won’t poison your dog or burn up your grass and you won’t have to worry about your children running into the house screaming in pain because of fire ant stings!

We can get rid of these pests

Lawn & Pest Solutions has the technology and expertise to provide season-long control. Our fire ant control treatments target the queen, not just the mound. Our program is very efficient, just two strategically timed bait applications will typically wipe out 95% of your fire ants. We will visit two more times per year just to assess the effectiveness or apply more bait if needed at no extra charge. Give us a call or click here and we will send out a licensed technician to address your issues!

Do I have termites?

If you find yourself wondering “do I have termites”, googling images of termites, or you just know you have evidence of termites inside your home, don’t put off calling a professional. If you don’t see evidence of termites in your home, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. I know, that’s scary. Often, you don’t know you have termites until they have caused extensive damage.

Don’t miss this.

Here’s one other really important piece of information…termite damage is RARELY covered by your homeowner’s insurance. It is considered preventable through proper home maintenance. This means you have to do your part, and termite treatment is not a do it yourself project. 

Ok, I have termites. What’s next?

Did you know termite treatments are regulated by your state? That’s pretty serious. Here are three steps to properly treat for termites and protect your home against further damage:

  1. An interior AND exterior inspection of your home.
  2. A full treatment (this can be a liquid application that is trenched and injected into the soil around your foundation, or a bait station application around the perimeter of your home.
  3. Issuance of a termite contract (this includes type of application, products used, a diagram of the structure treated, cost for the initial treatment AND ongoing annual inspections).

Did you catch that?

An annual inspection inside AND outside your home. Are you sure that your current termite technicians are inspecting inside your home once a year?  We will do that.

What we can do to help you

Lawn & Pest Solutions provides both liquid treatments and bait station treatments.  Our liquid applications are performed using Termidor®, and our bait station applications utilize the Sentricon System®.  Sentricon is only available to Certified Sentricon Specialists who have been trained in the proper installation and inspection techniques for this system.  Click here for information on our Termite 360 program. Both of our termite treatment methods are backed by a contract that clearly states all of our pricing and what you can expect. 

Have more questions?  Reach out to us on our contact page.  At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we are serious about pests including termites.  We would love to have one of our certified technicians stop by your home and give you an estimate or just answer questions for you. 

Family activities while sheltering in place

Indoor and outdoor projects to ready your home for spring

While sheltering in place, here are some family activities that can help prep your yard and home for spring! Many of us are on a bit of a “lockdown” right now and have some free time around the house. Some of us even have some “extra hands” with lots of energy! Let’s put these housemates to work! Now is the time to get some indoor and outdoor projects completed so we are ready to enjoy a beautiful spring!

Clean spaces help keep pests away

  • Clean out your kitchen pantry, throw away old flour, rice and grains. These can be a breeding ground for pantry pests such as Indian meal moth (also known as weevil, pantry or grain moth). Clean up any spills and broken containers as the residue from these can attract mice, ants and roaches.
  • Deep clean kitchen baseboards, cabinets, drawers for the same reasons as above, this can reduce pest attraction.
  • Move pet food to sealed containers
  • Clean out your recycling bin as it is filled. Cardboard and paper will harbor roaches while plastic bottles and aluminum cans will attract ants. Make sure you rinse out food containers before recycling! 
  • While your recycling bins are empty, clean them out with ammonia or bleach
  • It is time to clean out your storage room that you’ve been throwing everything in!  Mice, roaches, rats, squirrels all love a junk room.
  • If you want to read more about cleaning up and cleaning out, here’s a link to one of our previous blogs on cleaning out gutters.
    Now that you’ve cleaned up, it’s a great time to get a pest analysis and preventive treatment from one of our certified technicians.  P360 is more affordable than you might think, just click here to get a quote. While we at Lawn and Pest Solutions are certainly in the business of taking care of your pest problems, the best results are when we work together as a team. So keep those family activities going while sheltering in place and call us when you need us!

Cockroach Control

It’s Not All About Insecticides

The thought of a cockroach crawling through your home probably sends shivers down your spine.  You have good reason to dislike cockroaches-they have been known to transfer disease pathogens such as bacteria.  They can even aggravate people that suffer with asthma because of their frequent shedding of their exoskeleton.  

Cockroaches rapidly reproduce, with each of their egg capsules containing up to 48 eggs. Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, so they prefer darkness.  Venturing out of hiding is dangerous for a cockroach, so they often feed within a few feet of where they live.  

All of that said, if you see a few cockroaches in your home, you likely have many more hiding under the stove or in wall voids.  Many would think that spraying, and lots of it is the best answer if you have a roach infestation.  Applying a liquid insecticide can be important, but by no means is that the first step in roach control.

Why call a pest professional?

Seeing a cockroach should make you want to call the exterminator.  The correct treatment makes all the difference with cockroaches.  For example, DIY treatments can drive roaches to hide deeper rather than come out and contact the insecticide you have sprayed.  A professional knows the best course of treatment and is educated on the varieties of roaches.  Baits usually provide better control of roaches, but effectiveness of baits depends on the specific roaches you are dealing with.

Cockroaches often thrive in moist environments and are sometimes referred to as water bugs.  However, other conditions can encourage a roach infestation, so don’t focus on moisture alone.  Species of roach, conducive conditions, what to apply, and many other factors can make roach control a frustrating DIY project.  Rely on our trained, professional technicians to provide relief from roaches, ants, spiders and more.  Our Pest 360 program is our most popular solution to your pest control needs.  Whether you need pest services in Oxford, Tupelo, Pontotoc or Hernando, contact us today for an estimate.

Keep Winter Rodents Out

As temperatures continue to drop, you’re more likely to hear the tell-tale scratching of an unwanted guest as mice, raccoons, squirrels, and other rodents search for warmth and food. 

A mouse can fit through openings as small as a dime—through the gaps around pipes, vents, cables, and more. Once they’re in, the infestation can become a messy one. It’s best to stop this problem before it happens.

Rodent-proofing your house isn’t difficult.

Manage your garbage.

Rodents have a great sense of smell. Make sure your garbage bins have lids to help contain the smell and, obviously, to make it harder for rodents to get into them. You should also move your garbage cans farther away from your house to make your house less attractive to them. 

Additionally, get rid of your garbage as often as possible. The longer it sits around, the stronger the smell becomes. Even if your bin isn’t full by trash day, take it to the street anyway. No food means no rodents. 

For bonus points, spray out the inside of your bins now and then to keep them relatively clean.

Keep a tidy yard. 

Rodents like tall grass and weeds because of the cover they provide. Eliminating these types of hiding spots will dissuade mice and rats from your yard. Same goes for piles of sticks, and other clutter—these, too, serve as hiding spots for rodents. 

If you have a pile of firewood, elevate your logs about a foot off the ground, and store the pile away from your house.

Trim back trees or shrubs that touch your home, so rodents can’t climb their way to entry points they wouldn’t normally be able to reach.

Inspect your exterior.

Take a look at the openings around pipes and utility wires at the points where they enter your home, and seal those gaps. You can do so using pipe sealant or caulk. If the opening is large, you might use an expandable polyurethane foam. All of these tools can be found at your local hardware store.

Make sure the weather strips along your doors and windows are in good repair. Replace strips that are cracked, chipped, or falling apart. Check your vent screens and replace screens that are torn. 

Your chimney is a prime entry point for varmints. Invest in a mesh chimney cap to prevent rodents from making a home in, well, your home by coming in through the chimney.

Organize your storage spaces.

Rodents are much less likely to stick around if they don’t have anywhere to hide. Organizing and de-cluttering your storage spaces will minimize these opportunities. Those thick, plastic, lidded storage bins are a great method to keep rodents from ruining your possessions while also tidying up the space.

For even more protection, elevate these bins about a foot off the floor, if possible. 

Be conscious of your food.

The holidays wouldn’t be as great without all of the eating—that’s true for rodents, too. Keep your cabinets and cooking areas clean. Store leftovers quickly after dinner and don’t let dirty dishes sit for very long.

Try storing the food in your pantry in sealable containers. The same goes for your pet’s food. 

As pests seek warmth during the winter, Lawn & Pest technicians are here to help fortify your defenses with programs like Pest 360. Contact us today for your free assessment, and let our professionals help you get a game plan together to ensure a pest-free holiday.