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Tips to Control Yellow Jackets in the Fall

Yellow jackets become more aggressive in the Autumn as temperatures drop and food sources dwindle.
You may notice them flying around trash, your BBQ picnic, or your hummingbird feeders looking for
something to eat. Late summer and early Autumn are when yellow jacket nests reach their peak
population size—they can have around 1,000 or more workers!

It is also when they leave the nest to find a mate, which means you’ll see more of them around. Fall and
early spring are good times to set up or make wasp traps around the yard. Not only will it help keep
pesky wasps away from your outdoor gatherings, but it will also help diminish the size of the population
next year.

Yellow Jacket Life Cycle

When winter comes around, male yellow jackets die off as they’re no longer needed to sustain the
yellow jacket population. Fertilized females find a place to hibernate for the winter. Next spring, they
will turn into the queens of new yellow jacket nests.

When they’re mating is the time to capture as many as possible. It can help reduce next spring’s
population. Yellow jackets are beneficial to the environment (they eat insects we don’t like!), but when
there are too many of them, it can be detrimental to the health and safety of our loved ones! Yellow
jackets, unlike bees, can sting multiple times. If you’re allergic to stinging insects like wasps and bees,
you should be especially careful during Autumn when they become aggressive. Sometimes they’ll even
sting you without provocation!

Capture Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are attracted to sweet things and proteins. Even though they are meat eaters, you may
find them trying to get into your soda pop, beer, and other foods. You can make a DIY wasp trap,
purchase one at your local store, or call a professional like Atlus Pest Solutions for help.

A quick and easy wasp trap is to cut a used plastic bottle in half. Flip the top of the bottle where you
would drink from, so it creates a funnel into the lower portion of the bottle. This funneling trick makes it
so that wasps can’t escape the trap! You’ll want to fill your trap with some water, sugar, and maybe
even a banana peel if available. Usually, sugar water works just fine!

Leave a few of these traps around the yard or where you noticed the most yellow jacket activity. If you
happen to stumble upon a yellow jacket nest, it’s best to leave that to professional removal.
Professionals like Atlus Pest Solutions have the protective gear and supplies needed to remove yellow
jacket nests.

If you keep finding yellow jackets in your home and can’t find a way that they might be entering, it may
be that you have a nest in your attic or even the space between walls. Call your Memphis TN pest control professional for removal as
soon as possible to ensure your family stays safe!

Call Atlus Pest Solutions
Atlus Pest Solutions uses the safest pest products in Memphis TN and offers unparalleled service with a money-back
guarantee. Call today for a free estimate!

By |2022-10-19T15:58:39+00:00October 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Organic Pest Control for Your Garden

Not everyone wants to use pesticides in their garden. Not only can pesticides lose efficacy over time, but there are potential long-term side effects for humans. Some bugs benefit your plants, and pesticides don’t pick and choose what bugs they kill. If you prefer a natural and organic way to control the pests in your garden, here are a few ideas that may help:  

Floating Row Covers 

Floating row covers are a translucent polyester fabric that you can lay over your plants to keep out pests and protect them from the elements. The material is porous, so it still allows water to come through and lets in around 80% of natural light. There are lighter and heavier covers you may use depending on the season and your preferences. You can also use floating row covers to prolong the life of your plants through the changing seasons. The covers can prevent light frost from killing your plants.  

The floating row cover keeps animals like deer, rabbits, squirrels, and more from making a quick snack of your plants. If the cover is secure, it will also keep out most pests. These covers may keep pests like aphids, tomato hornworms, cabbage moths/worms, potato beetles, and more from destroying your garden.  

Consider using supports to keep the covers from directly touching your plant. You still want your plants to be able to breathe and grow beneath the cover! Many people use semi-circular wires to support their floating row covers. You will also want to use some stakes or something weighted like stones to keep the fabric in place. Bugs will find a way to your plants if there are openings they can get through! Make sure your covers are secured to reduce the risk. 

 

Insecticidal Soap 

Insecticidal soap is ideal for a sudden onslaught of soft-bodied pests like aphids and mites. Pests like aphids are drawn to the moisture from your plants, and the insecticidal soap will dry out the bugs and kill them. Be careful because it may also dry out your plants.  

This soap often comes as a concentration, so you will need to dilute it with water before use. You’ll need a clean sprayer bottle to apply the solution to your plants. Be careful not to use too much insecticidal soap because it can cause leaf burns.  

You can also make your insecticidal solution at home with products you may already have. You’ll need dish soap (make sure it doesn’t contain any bleach), distilled water, and a little vegetable oil. The vegetable oil will help the solution stay on your plants longer!  

With any insecticidal soap or solution, you spray on your plants, you will need to reapply every few days or after every rainfall.  

Introduce “Good” Garden Insects 

Consider unleashing bugs that are good for your garden! There are bug species that will eat the annoying pests you don’t want in your garden. Ladybugs will eat your aphids, and they don’t cause any harm to your garden! You can buy ladybugs, but you can also add plants they are attracted to (like catmint and alyssum) to your garden.  

Soldier beetles will hide under rocks and moss in your garden during the day, but they will come out at night to hunt and eat your pests. Attract soldier beetles to your garden by planting some mint and rosemary near infested plants. 

Repel Bugs with Flowers and Herbs 

You can naturally repel some pests by planting flowers and herbs around your garden. These plants emit a fragrance that deters predators that want to eat the fruits (and veggies) of your labor. They will keep away pests, as well.  

Marigolds, petunias, nasturtiums, alliums, and chrysanthemums are easy to grow and add more color and visual appeal to your garden.  

Your undesirable bugs will not want to be near any fresh herbs. Consider growing herbs like parsley, fennel, lemon balm, sage, dill, basil, lavender, thyme, or coriander.  

You can also grow these plants in pots, so they are easily moved around the garden. Place them wherever your unwanted guests are!  

Call Atlus Pest Solutions for Help 

Atlus Pest Solutions can assist you with your pest control needs. We are a service leader because we deliver a guaranteed solution. Call today for a free estimate!  

By |2022-08-08T21:32:24+00:00August 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Termites Secretly Destroying Your Home

Silent Destroyers That Cost $!

Termites can be nature’s most destructive pests to homes across the USA and also Memphis TN. They are resilient and deadly wreckers of property in Memphis.  Termites have a huge appetite and breed extremely quickly. Their teeth are extremely sharp and easily cut through wood and PDF giving them the ability to absolutely destroy your home. The damage at first is not visual and it pays to have your home regularly inspected.

Is Your Home Falling Apart?

Have you ever vacuumed your home and had the skirting boards fall apart? If your wood around your house sounds hallow you need to get your home inspected immediately.

Termites do not hibernate during winters here in Memphis TN. Termites remain present during the coldest months of the year, they are happy to rip away and eat your home 365 days a year. Termites are a massive problem across the USA and all home should be inspected once per year. Many people who are victims of termites go for years without even knowing the termites are present. They are silent killers of homes and business dwellings in Memphis TN.

Termites Create Billions in Damages Across The USA!

Termites are an extremely large problem causing over six billion dollars in damages across Alabama, Tennessee and the USA each year.  Repair might mean tearing open walls, ripping up flooring, and replacing home foundations.  Normally, an infestation isn’t a sudden accidental phenomenon and is rarely covered by homeowners insurance.

Where Termites Hide In Memphis

Termites hide very well. Their favourite place to hide are in what we call mud tubes. These are usually well hidden and hard to identify on your property. Mud tubes look like small piles of dirt in the ground under or around your home. They are tunnels slightly above the ground in which termites move around whilst still in the protection of the dirt making it hard for above ground animals like birds to prey on them. Look at this picture taken in Memphis TN of the termites mud holes.

Repair Or Prevention Which Is The Better Choice?

It’s very important to make sure that you do not have termites in or around your home.  In general it is far harder to repair than to treat termites. If you suspect termites in your home call ATLUS Memphis TN today. One of our caring and highly skilled termite experts will be happy to give you the right information to help you make the best decision. Our objective is to prevent termites from infesting your home in the first place. Again prevention is much less expensive than repair.

Not Sure If You Have Termites?

SCHEDULE YOUR

FREE INSPECTION TODAY!

IN MEMPHIS CALL:  (901) 614-1664

By |2021-04-30T09:30:50+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

THE RODENT NIGHTMARE

Every Home Owner Wants to Stop the Rodent Nightmare Every Household Wants to Avoid

the rodent nightmare every home owner wants to avoid

The Rat Rod is back again this time it’s the rodent nightmare your house will be invaded by the mice, rats and even rats. If you want to keep the mice out of your yard, there are some precautions you can take to make sure they never get the opportunity to make your home their new home. First of all I would like to say I’m not a pest control expert but I do know a lot about what attracts rodents and how they live. In the interest of keeping my article simple here’s what every good rodent controller uses: Bait! Now, for some of you who don’t have a rat or mice in your yard yet; welcome to the club. Pest Control isn’t fun but it’s necessary.

You’ve probably already guessed that. Rodents eat mice and rats because they’re rodents. And rodents are drawn to clean places, that’s why they’re usually in basements and attics. You may not have a rodent problem right now but that doesn’t mean the dream is over for you. Rodents will always find ways into your house whether you allow them or not.

So, let’s get started. The first thing you need to do is get rid of whatever attracts the rodents in the first place. Some common items that end up attracting mice and rats are: Furniture, Window treatments, Drains, Bird baths, Garbage cans etc. Once you’re done eliminating these items, the next step is to eradicate the rodent’s nest. That means getting a rat trap or some type of effective rodent deterrent.

Now I know you’re saying that’s pretty much all there is to it. But I’m going to make this even easier on you. I’m going to provide you with an easy on the eyes checklist to help you spot and eliminate the rodent nightmares the fastest. This list is broken down in several categories. These categories are:

The first thing you want to look at is where the mice or rats are entering your house through the doors. They can get in through any small opening or hole. So pay attention to cracks around windows and doors. Sometimes the mice or rats will simply move from one room to another, but sometimes they’ll stick around and breed in your home from the start.

Another way to pinpoint the exact location of the rodent nightmare is by looking for signs of activity inside your walls or windows. Mice and rats are very particular about where they want to be at the end of their burrows. If you see any holes, dents or other signs of activity inside the walls than that’s where they are. And the next thing you want to look for is droppings or urine inside your home.

I know it sounds funny, but rodents have excellent hearing and sight, plus they have a sixth sense that is very sharp. So be sure to listen out for any rustling, scratching, or tapping noises. There might be pet hair in the air as well. The last thing you want is your house being flooded in mouse droppings. If you hear any unusual scratching sounds or smells in the house then it might be the perfect time to take action and find out what the problem is. The last thing a pet owner needs is to have to move their pet because of a mouse infestation.

Now let’s go over some more of the major causes of the rodent nightmare every homeowner wants to prevent. The most common is the mice themselves. Mice eat almost anything and have a terrible taste. If you put mothballs down and let it sit for a few days the mice will start dying. Putting repellents on your yard and property, and sealing any holes they create is the best way to keep mice away from your home and property.

By |2021-04-30T08:29:32+00:00December 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ATLUS’ MOSQUITO CONTROL

Top Tips For Mosquito Control – What Can You Do?

The first thing you should know about dealing with mosquitoes is to avoid their areas of residence. Mosquitoes are arthropods that belong to the family Astragalus. They are found on a wide variety of tropical islands in the Pacific and they are known to carry a variety of diseases. For this reason it is essential to have a garden that is as mosquito free as possible. If you don’t want to deal with the pain of getting bitten by one, you will want to find out what you can do to stop them from breeding in the first place.

Top Tips For Mosquito Control

The first step is to keep your yard clean. Mowing the grass is an excellent way to keep them from laying their eggs in your garden. It will also help prevent them from laying their eggs near where they lay their eggs. This means keeping all pathways clear of obstacles and making sure there is no grass or debris where they can lay their eggs. When mowing, be sure to do it at an angle so that they don’t get hit in the head. They can still Dodge bullets but they will surely get struck by a flying bug.

Keep the plants in your garden watered. This will help keep the mosquito population from getting out of control. There are also chemicals available that will repel mosquitoes but these may be harmful to the environment. If you are not comfortable using pesticides on your own, ask a professional to do it. Mosquito treatment products are readily available in local stores and online as well.

If your garden is already established, it is probably too late to take measures to get mosquito control. Mosquitoes will continue to breed throughout the year, especially during warmer periods. That is why it is important to get started sooner rather than later. In areas where there are already numerous mosquito problems, there is little you can do to completely eliminate them. However, your ability to prevent them from breeding is essential to providing mosquito control. As long as you know how to properly deal with existing mosquitoes, you can prevent more from breeding.

During mosquito control, it is also important to apply the right kind of mosquito control products. The type of pesticide you use will depend on where you live and how many mosquitoes you have in your area. However, most products are safe for house and yard use. Simply put the pesticide into a spray bottle and spray down surfaces, particularly near areas where you usually come in contact with mosquitoes. Continue spraying until the mosquito drops off.

If you do not want to apply chemicals to kill off the mosquitoes, then there are some options available to you. There are natural ways to protect yourself and your family. For instance, standing water is a big problem in tropics. Bamboo or palm leaves are a good way to contain water in containers. You can also make your own mosquito repellent from Cayenne pepper, onions, green peppers, lime and water.

You can also protect yourself by putting netting over your windows and spraying your home with insecticide. Mosquitoes love stagnant water so this is an easy and convenient way to rid yourself of them. If you do not want to take the time and effort to spray your home with insecticide, you can also purchase an insecticidal soap. These soaps are safe for your children and pets.

Finally, one of the top tips for dealing with pesky mosquitoes is to limit their food sources. When a mosquito feeds, it needs a steady source of food so that it can grow and reproduce. That is why it is important to limit their access to sweet fruits such as melons and watermelons. You should also restrict their access to dry leafy vegetables, weeds, dandelions, and bushes. This means that if you want to treat an area, you may want to first trim some of these natural growths to give the mosquito less of a food source. It will take some effort but it is worth it to keep these insects away from your home.

By |2021-05-03T06:07:50+00:00January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments