Ants in your PANTry?


Where do these clever little pests come from? Sometimes it seems they materialize out of nowhere and are able to find a way in your home when there is no way - it can be really frustrating! Fortunately, Homestead Pest Management (HPM) can help take care of them before they carry off anything too valuable.

Ants are among the most common and prevalent household pests. Not limited to houses and gardens, ants also invade any place that provides them with food and water. While they do have a few beneficial contributions to our ecosystem, they conversely nurture insects such as aphids, soft scales, whiteflies, and mealybugs, increasing the damage from these pests to both outdoor and sometimes indoor plants. Our goal at Homestead Pest Management is to help you eliminate these pesky little bugs and keep them from returning to ruin more than just a picnic.

Texas A&M University's Agri-Life Extension office's pamphlet on "Managing Household Ant Pests" says:

"To manage an ant infestation in the home, you must first identify the species. The next step is to learn about the biology of that species and determining where the colony might be nesting." Our professionals at HPM will come out and do an assessment of the property that needs treating, and decide exactly what type pf problem you have before discussing possible plans of attack.

Don't put up with the ANT-ics of these tiny pests - let the HPM team take care of all your pest-control needs. Contact us today to begin your customized plan of care for your home, yard, business, or other property.

Managing the Mosquito Menace with HPM

National tells us that "few animals on Earth evoke the antipathy that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and nearly ubiquitous presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods. They have an uncanny ability to sense our murderous intentions, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat. And in our bedrooms, the persistent, whiny hum of their buzzing wings can wake the soundest of sleepers."

"Beyond the nuisance factor, mosquitoes are carriers, or vectors, for some of humanity’s most deadly illnesses, and they are public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease. Mosquito-borne diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year with a disproportionate effect on children and the elderly in developing countries"

"There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes, but the members of three bear primary responsibility for the spread of human diseases. Anopheles mosquitoes are the only species known to carry malaria. They also transmit filariasis (also called elephantiasis) and encephalitis. Culex mosquitoes carry encephalitis, filariasis, and the West Nile virus. And Aedes mosquitoes, of which the voracious Asian tiger is a member, carry yellow fever, dengue, and encephalitis."

"Mosquitoes use exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature, and movement to home in on their victims. Only female mosquitoes have the mouth parts necessary for sucking blood. When biting with their proboscis, they stab two tubes into the skin: one to inject an enzyme that inhibits blood clotting; the other to suck blood into their bodies. They use the blood not for their own nourishment but as a source of protein for their eggs. For food, both males and females eat nectar and other plant sugars."

"Mosquitoes transmit disease in a variety of ways. In the case of malaria, parasites attach themselves to the gut of a female mosquito and enter a host as she feeds. In other cases, such as yellow fever and dengue, a virus enters the mosquito as it feeds on an infected human and is transmitted via the mosquito’s saliva to a subsequent victim."

"The only silver lining to that cloud of mosquitoes in your garden is that they are a reliable source of food for thousands of animals, including birds, bats, dragonflies, and frogs. In addition, humans are actually not the first choice for most mosquitoes looking for a meal. They usually prefer horses, cattle, and birds."

"All mosquitoes need water to breed, so eradication and population-control efforts usually involve removal or treatment of standing water sources. Insecticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is also widespread. However, global efforts to stop the spread of mosquitoes are having little effect, and many scientists think global warming will likely increase their number and range."

At Homestead Pest Management, we offer the latest in Mosquito Control! We have several services and packages to accommodate everyone’s budget. We can also install the MistAway System and service your system all summer long. Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your summer cookout or wedding, Contact Homestead Pest Management today for your peace of mind.