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What Pests To Expect This Summer

Insects are cold-blooded creatures that become more active in the hot summer months. This will have them coming into your yard and entering your home. Here are three insects that top our list of summer pests.

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are vectors for diseases. While widely considered nuisance pests, because they leave red, itchy bumps on the skin and ruin backyard cookouts, the greater concern should be their ability to spread West Nile virus, dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus, malaria, encephalitis, and other dangerous pathogens.

Most female mosquitoes (those are the ones that bite) don't travel far in their short 2-month lifespan. In fact, a female mosquito may go no further than a few hundred yards. That means the mosquitoes that bite you in your backyard this summer are likely to be birthed on that same property. Your goal should be to make it harder for mosquitoes to breed on your property

The control of mosquito breeding locations requires a control of rainwater. All it takes in an inch of still water for mosquitoes to breed. Check gutters and clean out any obstructions that allow water to pool. Check downspouts to be sure water is channeling away from your foundation perimeter. Check hoses and exterior spigots for leaks. Trim trees or bushes to allow sunlight to dry your perimeter. Remove any container in your yard that can hold rainwater, no matter how small. Your goal should always be to allow rainwater to soak into the ground.

 

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Ants

There are many ants that can become a nuisance when they come into your yard but fire ants are the top of the list. Not only do they do most of the frustrating things other ants do, they also leave painful, itchy welts on the skin. For some, the venom of a fire ant can produce an allergic reaction that may be life-threatening.

While fire ants do not spread diseases like mosquitoes can, they can spread harmful bacteria when they go from dirty locations, like trash cans, to food prep surfaces and food storage areas. It is important to seal exterior walls to prevent entry and make sure all exterior trash bags are in sealed containers.

Carpenter ants are also a frustrating pest that is quite active in the summer. When they come into your yard, they may chew their way into your home. This can lead to frustrating repair costs that add up over time.

 

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Termites

In the U.S., termites cause billions of dollars in property damage annually. But all termites aren't created equal. The type of termite that does the lion's share of this damage is the subterranean termite. This is because of the way subterranean termites behave.

Subterranean termites come up from the ground to feed. When they emerge, they do so in dark, moist locations. These locations are often in places that are hard to get into, like a crawl space under a home. And, even if you get into a crawl space, you may not be able to detect termite activity unless you trench the ground or use a mirror to look down into each and every cement pier holding your home up. Finding termites is a dirty business and, for an untrained individual, a nearly impossible task.

The best way to protect a home from subterranean termites is with the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Sentricon® with Always Active™ uses bait stations to lure worker termites in. When a worker termite takes the bait, it recruits other termites to come and feed on it as well. With each bite, the active ingredient in the termite bait is ingested by termite workers and shared with the rest of their colony through a process called trophallaxis. When it gets to the queen, the colony is eliminated.

 

Why Are Summer Pests Such A Concern?

Insects are a necessary part of nature but they can be dangerous when they come into our yards and chew their way into our homes. And summer is when pests are most active. That's why every home should have ongoing pest control services.

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Power PLUS+

Starting at only $69 a month*, Power PLUS+ is the perfect solution for controlling yard pests like mosquitoes and ants. Your home will have quarterly visits from a trained and certified pest management professional, who will target over 30 common household pests and address mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, ticks, and carpenter bees.

Power Platinum

Starting at only $89 a month*, Power Platinum gives you all the protection of  Power Plus+ with the addition of essential termite monitoring and control. Termites are sneaky but they're not sneaky enough to get past the Sentricon® with Always Active™.

 

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For as low as $69 per month, you can protect your family, home, and property from over 30+ general pests as well as seasonal pests like mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, and ticks!  This home pest control program consists of an initial inspection and treatment, quarterly service visits for general household pests PLUS monthly outdoor treatments targeting those seasonal pests while they’re active. As with the other Power plans, you're covered by Russell’s Pest Free Guarantee - if pests return, so do we!

 

  • Quarterly Pest Service
  • Russell's Pest Free Guarantee
  • 30+ Common Pests
  • Mosquito Control
  • Carpenter Bee Service
  • Fire Ants Service
  • Flea & Tick Yard Service
 

Initial Treatment

$129

Monthly Charge

$69/month *

Home in Square Feet 0 - 3000

Home in Square Feet 3001 - 5000

Home in Square Feet 5001 - 7000

Additional Details & Warranty Information

* New customers only - After initial fee. Some exclusions may apply.
* 1 Year Service Agreement Required
* Early Cancellation Fee May Apply

Pests Covered In This Program:
Ants,
Spiders, Cockroaches, Mice, Stink Bugs, Box Elder Bugs, Rats, Silverfish, Earwigs, Fleas, Crickets, Carpet Beetles, Clover Mites, Ground Beetles, Ladybugs, Centipedes, Millipedes, Yellow Jackets & Wasps, Hornets, Fungus Gnats, Cigarette Beetles, Drugstore Beetles, Indian Meal Moths,  Kudzu Bugs, and Springtails PLUS Mosquitoes, Carpenter Bees, Fire Ants, Fleas and Ticks.

 

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Starting at only $89* per month, your home receives year-round protection from 30+ general pests and wood destroying termites PLUS mosquitoes, ticks, carpenter bees and fire ants  while they're active.  This home pest control, termite and seasonal service consists of an initial inspection and treatment, installation of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, four services per year and monthly mosquito and carpenter bee services April - September. And of course, you're covered by Russell’s Pest Free Guarantee - if pests return, so do we!

 

  • Quarterly Pest Service
  • Russell's Pest Free Guarantee
  • 30+ Common Pests + Termites
  • Mosquito Control
  • Fire Ants Service
  • Flea & Tick Yard Service
  • Carpenter Bee Service
  • Sentricon System
 

Initial Treatment (Includes Sentricon Installation)

$599  $399

Monthly Charge

$89/month *

Total Savings

$200

Home in Square Feet 0 - 3000

Home in Square Feet 3001 - 5000

Home in Square Feet 5001 - 7000

Additional Details & Warranty Information 

* New customers only - After initial fee. Some exclusions may apply.
* 1 Year Service Agreement Required
* Early Cancellation Fee May Apply
* Requires Inspection

Pests Covered In This Program:
Ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, Mice, Stink Bugs, Box Elder Bugs, Rats, Silverfish, Earwigs, Fleas, Crickets, Carpet Beetles, Clover Mites, Ground Beetles, Ladybugs, Centipedes, Millipedes, Yellow Jackets & Wasps, Hornets, Fungus Gnats, Cigarette Beetles, Drugstore Beetles, Indian Meal Moths, and Springtails PLUS Termites, Mosquitoes, Carpenter Bees, Fire Ants, Fleas and Ticks.

 

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