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Georgia Pest Watch: August

August 01, 2021

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How to get rid of summer bugs and pests in Georgia

Have you felt like you needed to invest in a boat just to get to your mailbox? The rain in Georgia has been a welcome relief from the days of extreme heat, but all that moisture means there are certain bugs and pests that are now thriving. Keep reading to learn which bugs you'll find in Georgia this month, as well as one furry critter you need to keep evicted from your attic or basement.

Mosquitoes

Thanks to all the rain we've had recently, mosquitoes are happily multiplying and commandeering your ability to enjoy the summer outdoors. Mosquito viruses are also on the rise. (Remember the West Nile virus?) Between uncomfortable bites and potential for contracting a serious virus, it's imperative that you go into the last full month of summer with a plan of attack against these stinging pests.

In addition to getting rid of any standing water (especially in shady areas of your yard) and following these mosquito prevention tips, you should schedule a mosquito treatment with Breda Pest Management. Our monthly treatment schedule runs from March through October, and while you will have the best results if you start in March, you can still enjoy mosquito-free outdoors starting the day of your treatment, no matter which month you start. Also, if you follow us on Instagram, you can receive $10 off your initial mosquito treatment if you mention this Instagram post when scheduling!

Roaches

Like mosquitoes, roaches really love places with moisture and warmth, like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. In August, you will typically find the American roach and smoky brown roach crawling around. Beyond being the very definition of a creepy crawly, roaches can also be quite hazardous to your health if left unchecked. In our free guide, How to Protect Your Home From Cockroaches, we explain just how roaches can affect your health:

"Cockroaches are known to spread over 33 kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms, and over seven other kinds of human pathogens that they pick up on their journeys through sewers, pipes, and over decaying material. Walking over food or cooking surfaces can transfer these germs to us."

To read more information about roaches in Georgia and how to prevent them, just click here!

Flying Squirrels

Yes, there are flying squirrels in Georgia. And guess what? August is their prime breeding season. What does this mean for you? It means it's time to check any dark, hidden away, filled-with-lots-of-cardboard-and-insulation places in your home. Female flying squirrels will be seeking out nesting areas to birth and nurture their babies, so unless you'd like scurrying noises and rodent destruction added to your home's ambience, be vigilant!

If you have cardboard boxes in your attic or basement, now is a great time to upgrade to plastic storage bins. If you store food in your basement or garage, make sure it's sealed properly and kept up off the floor. (This will be effective against ants and roaches, too!)

Wondering just how much damage these mildly cute critters could actually cause? Here's a little snippet from Your Guide to Defending Your Home Against Squirrels, available for free on our website.

"Once inside, squirrels will sharpen their teeth by chewing on electrical wires. In fact, squirrels account for one of the largest causes of house fires, causing up to 30,000 home fires a year."

Need more convincing to keep flying squirrels out of your home? We didn't think so.



If you find yourself needing pest control and want it handled thoroughly, don't hesitate to give us a call. The Breda Guarantee promises to fix your pest problem and keep it fixed—no matter the circumstances. Schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.