Humans aren't the only creatures that love Ocala. There are a large variety of critters that call this their home--or more accurately--call your home their home. These pests don't knock before they enter, and they never wipe their feet on the mat. They just push on in, like Cosmo Kramer from the classic television series, Seinfeld. But you won't find me "Yada yada yada"-ing over the important facts. Here they are.
Roaches and rodents spread disease, bacteria, and even parasites like mites, lice, ticks, and fleas. Ants burrow galleries through your wood and termites devour it. Mole crickets, flies, chinch bugs and caterpillars drive you crazy. Poisonous spiders makes you sick. Stinging insects leave painful welts. Bed bugs eat you while you sleep. And mosquitoes eat you pretty much any time they feel like it. There are bugs in your food, bugs in your bed, and bugs in your lawn. They're making your family sick and making your lawn look like your home might be abandoned. The madness has to stop!
What you need to do to get rid of all these pests in a few easy steps.
Seal your exterior walls. Use a caulking gun to fill in rotted holes and gaps around fixtures, windows, pipes, outlets, air conditioning units, and other cracks. Bugs and rodents get in through these holes or chew them to make them bigger.
Seal the cracks in your cement walls. There are several liquid cement products that can seal up small cracks. If you have larger structural damage, you should look into getting those areas repaired. Not just to keep bugs out, but to protect the equity of your home.
Keep outside food sources to a minimum. Food comes in many forms. The most obvious is left-out barbeque items. But insects and mammals actually prefer the rotting food in your garbage. Keep your trash sealed at all times. Insects also eat other insects. If you have lots of flowers or plants around your home, there isn't much you can do to exclude insects. The best you can do is manage those insects. If you have white exterior lighting, you can turn those lights of f or replace them with yellow insect-resistant lighting. Many insects, including termites, are attracted to light. Keeping lights off and drawing your shades at night will keep bugs from targeting your home. The fewer flying insects you have, the fewer spiders you'll have. This will reduce your chances of drawing in a poisonous spider.
With your exterior walls sealed, the next step is to get lawn treatments. Treating your lawn will destroy lawn-eating bugs and reduce mosquito eggs. You may not realize this, but mosquito eggs lie dormant on your lawn until the rain comes. If you kill those eggs before they hatch, you'll have fewer mosquitoes tormenting you while you're lounging in the back yard.
Get a pest control company to do scheduled inspections of your property. A knowledgeable technician can point out entry points and fix them, locate wasp nests and ant colonies, put down a barrier to keep roaches out, and monitor for termite activity.
If you're dealing with pests in Ocala, get plugged in to McCall Service. They have been around since 1928. A company doesn't survive that long unless they are doing things right. They have on-staff entomologists who are educated in the habits and habitations of insects. They can seal your home from invasive pests. Protecting your home, your family, and your lawn is the best investment you can ever make. Find out how easy it is.