No matter who you are or how clean your kitchen is, one roach can ruin the movie, dinner or party. Let’s not even venture into the sighting of a roach at a restaurant.
Roaches are some of the most common pests found in homes. They can cause problems in the form of diseases like E. Coli, Shigella, and Salmonella.They are the one “pest” we can all agree upon as being the most gross, most vigilant and most equalizing of all pests.
Seeing a roach SHOULD make you want to call a pest professional. There are many factors that make controlling roaches frustrating, like:
What is the species of roach?
What are the conditions causing roaches?
What treatment should you apply?
Before you DIY this problem…
Be aware that 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.
Roaches have an extreme ability to reproduce. They also emit a terrible smell, which is what this familiar sound bite references. So what are you going to do about cockroaches?
Help US help YOU.
There are things you can do to help 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.
And then call us.
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.
Hiring a Pest Professional
How do you know when you need to hire a pest professional? Is it the first time you walk the pesticide aisle of a home improvement store?
The big bags of chemicals and small containers of mysterious liquids are intimidating. The fine print on the bags and bottles along with the smells of their contents are a lot to process.
You may say to yourself “I don’t know what I am doing here”. Maybe it is time for you to consider the benefits of hiring a pest professional!
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?
And for this writer… Where did we put the sprayer, and how do I get this smelly stuff inside of it?
With all of that in mind, a DIY insecticide program should bring up a lot of uncertainties.
Hiring a pest professional sounds like a good idea.
Most of us pay someone more knowledgeable to change our oil, rotate our tires and resolve plumbing problems. Why do we think we can fend off an infestation of roaches?
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.
When, what, where and how much.
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.
Hiring a pest professional is a no-brainer.
At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our pest professionals are here to solve your problems. You don’t have to be a DIY pest guy, just call us with your pest problems and questions. Leave the hiring of pest professionals up to us.
Leave the YouTube tutorials to the stay at home chemists. They can mix up their homemade roach spray in their kitchens. Meanwhile, you can feel confident in our trained pest professionals. We are here for you.
Call our office today to have peace of mind. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.
Pests in Christmas decorations
Pests in Christmas decorations 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!
So how DID that squirrel get into the Griswold’s tree?
He hitchhiked in with it, 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.
Why do pests like Christmas decor so much?
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.
Whether you take your Christmas decorations down December 26th or Valentine’s Day, putting them away is as important as decorating day. Keeping pests away is important when they 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 and would be glad to provide pest services for inside and outside of your home or business. Contact us here to begin your pest free holidays.
What are the dangers of DIY pest control?
While there are plenty of dangers associated with DIY pest control, have you even considered what a time-consuming project this could be? The online research, the time spent in the home supply store, the READING OF DIRECTIONS…must we go on?
Of course, there are plenty of people who like to think they can “do” everything. Repair the toilet, replace the dishwasher, fix the roof, patch up the drywall, any names coming to mind yet?
For DYI pest control, there are real dangers that should be of concern before you (or your spouse) decide today is the day to get rid of that bedbug infestation on your own. Read about this over zealous DIY pest control “expert” here.
Easy DIY you can safely do to help with pest control at home
We give this same advice at least once a month to our Lawn and Pest Solutions readers:
- 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)
Why you should NOT try DIY pest control
There are so many ways to mess up DIY pest control, it’s just not worth it. You can harm your pets, your children, the interior of your home, even the wildlife outside of your home.
Chemicals must be properly mixed and safely stored. (True story: my mother-in-law is famously known for storing rat poison in a soda bottle in the place where the family kept their soda.)
Chemicals must be disposed of properly, you don’t want to contaminate the water source of your family or others! “Others” includes the birds and bees and cats and dogs who might be drinking your poisoned water.
Choose another project for today, we will handle the pests for you.
This guide from the EPA is very easy to read and understand. At Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS we do provide safe and effective pest treatment for your home or business. We aren’t just saying “DIY pest control is dangerous” to get more customers. It truly is a dangerous gamble for an untrained “at home expert”.
Leave it up to us to get your home pest-free and 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!
In the grand scope of things, occasional invaders are not a big issue in the world of pest control. A few ladybugs, a couple of stink bugs, and even a silverfish or two don’t run most of us out of the house. Now a spider might cause you to stand on a chair, and just one cricket can deprive you of several night’s sleep.
Occasional invaders typically don’t become a problem until they become an infestation. Even a harmless ladybug becomes not so cute anymore when they have covered your walls with their “mark”. Is there anything positive to associate with the word “infestation”?
What are they looking for?
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.
What are some common occasional invaders?
Centipedes (usually found in shower drains)
Earwigs (usually found in moist areas)
Pill Bugs (aka Roly Polies or Doodle Bugs)
Silverfish (attracted to paper like wallpaper, books, and envelopes)
If they aren’t really harmful, then what’s the problem?
You won’t get carried off into the night by a swarm of ladybugs, however…there are some occasional invaders with some pretty yucky characteristics. Again, a few aren’t a problem. It’s all about an infestation. Here is a list of 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
Where are they the rest of the year?
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.
We will say it again. Keeping all pests OUT of your home is most of the war. 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 pest-free year-round. Contact us here to learn more about our pest 360 programs or mosquito yard treatment.
Mice and Rodents
Did you know rodents are the largest group of mammals in the world? In Mississippi, we have 22 kinds of rodents including mice, rats, voles, and squirrels. Other than being a food source to other animals and the aeration they provide your lawn while burrowing underground, they don’t have many positive attributes.
The “bad” list
Gnaw on electrical wires inside and outside of your home.
Chew on the wood and insulation in your walls and attics.
Carry diseases and parasites that are harmful to humans and pets.
Actively reproduce, with several litters a year!
Speaking of their reproductive life…
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. They are just looking for food and a warm place to sleep and then they can set up house!
Keep mice and rodents out of your house!
Most of the problem with an infestation of any pest can be solved by just keeping them out in the first place. Here are some things you can do to prevent mice and rodents from entering:
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, this along with 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.
A warm home and a nice meal, that’s all.
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 love pet food, too!)
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 them for moving in with you? 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 become a messy one. It’s best to stop this problem before it happens. Contact us and we will be in touch with you ASAP. We service the Memphis, TN and North Mississippi areas with trained and trustworthy employees.
Lady bugs, lady beetles and stink bugs
Lady bugs, lady beetles and stink bugs fall into the category of “occasional invaders. Meaning they aren’t really bothersome until they infest your home. Having one or two of any of these pests isn’t really an issue, until it becomes an infestation.
It’s all about the numbers.
With many of the pests and issues that involve home pest control, it’s all about the numbers. “infestation”. With any infestation of pests, it is very important that you keep these pests out of your home. It’s easy to avoid stink bugs and lady beetles when they are gathered on your porch. When an infestation makes its’ way into your home, it’s time to get serious.
Lady bugs or lady beetles, what’s the difference?
Around our North Mississippi and Tennessee area, we are most likely seeing Asian Lady Beetles. These Lady beetles are slightly different from what most of us refer to as “ladybugs”. The Asian Lady Beetles often appear when the weather cools. The Lady beetles will congregate on the side of a house by the hundreds or thousands. If Lady beetles can find an entry point into your home, they will make their way inside.
Aren’t Lady bugs the “good” bugs?
Lady bugs are generally considered to be helpful insects. While there are many species of lady bugs or lady beetles, most of them are useful because they prey on aphids. Aphids are true pests that suck the life right out of our plants, trees, crops.
When ladybugs or lady beetles are found on a crape myrtle, they typically have laid hundreds of eggs right in middle of the aphids. As soon as the eggs hatch, Lady bugs begin feasting on the aphids. Ladybugs can rescue a crape myrtle and even a crop from aphids when the timing is right!
But on the other hand…
As cute as ladybugs are depicted in art, children’s books they do have a few unappealing characteristics. In order to protect themselves from predators, ladybugs secrete a fluid from the joints in their legs.
This secretion tastes really bad to a predator and smells really bad to humans. In an infestation, many homeowners experience staining on walls from the secreted fluid. Some people are even allergic to the dust from crumbling shells of dead lady bugs.
While stink bugs are never depicted as “cute” they are also not much of a problem until an infestation occurs. Much like the lady beetles, they produce a foul odor and are best swept up and safely thrown away.
How to keep lady bugs, lady beetles and stink bugs out of your home:
Repair cracks around windows and doors
Repair torn window or door screens
Remove piles of branches and leaves in your lawn
Eliminate areas where water collects
Check under sinks for leaking pipes and repair
Now is the time to check out what is happening outside your home.
The first thing you can do as a homeowner is keep pest out. Immediate action would be to vacuum up lady bugs, lady beetles and stink bugs and throw them away. If you are beyond that solution, Lawn and Pest can help.
In addition to “occasional invaders” we are also here to 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 ensure this problem is taken care of now and later.
Our company offers the best bed bug exterminators treatment! We are ready to help you out. Contact us here to learn more about our #pest360 program. Our website has a user-friendly app to leave your messages with our office. Leave us a message and let us show you #thelpsdifference .
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 termite and 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 for pests. Contact our office 24/7 to get a very fast response and outstanding service.