It’s camping season! You know what that means, right? It’s time to pack the marshmallows, sleeping bags, a tent, and bug repellent. In honor of our favorite season, we have compiled our top five most annoying summertime bugs, which many of you will probably agree. And since we are based in two locations (Albuquerque and El Paso), we’ve lined out some top spots to pull your camper and get the fire started…
The Five Most Annoying Summertime Bugs:
Mosquitos Elimination Tips:
- Kill the mosquito with a swatter
- Try squashing it
- Wear repellent
- Use candle repellent
- Avoid heavy dark clothing
- Regularly empty standing water in outdoor pots, barrels, kiddie pools, birdbaths, etc.
Ant Elimination Tips
- Store firewood away from the home
- Trim dead limbs from trees and remove stumps
- Caulk windows, doors, and cracks where ants can sneak through
- Cut away overhanging plants
- Kill off the ant trail
- Use a vacuum to suck up ant trail
- Destroy the nest
- Keep your home clean
Wasp Elimination Tips
- Locate the colony
- Do not try to eliminate the colony by yourself. This will avoid stings and upsetting several hundred workers
- Use caution when operating lawn equipment, wasps do not respond well to loud, vibrating noises
- Seal entry points
- Knock down vacant nests during the winter
- Hang fake nests
Spider Elimination Tips
- Remove the spiders and their webs
- Throw or flush the remains
- Clear out clutter
- Throw the trash and recycling promptly
- Don’t store boxes on the floor. Placing them on shelving makes them less accessible to spiders.
- Trim back foliage around your house
- Don’t stack wood against your home
Bee Elimination Tips
- Identify what type of bee infestation you are dealing with
- Get beehives removed if they’re in walls or roofs
- Don’t seal bees in
- Consider leaving the beehive alone, if possible
- Make a bee trap
- When gardening, use close-toed boots or shoes, and longsleeve shirts and pants
- Remove hummingbird feeders for a week at a time
What elimination methods have you found that work best?
What is your favorite place to camp?
Camping Hot Spots Near Albuquerque:
- Manzano Mountains
- Fenton Lake
- Hyde Memorial
- Bluewater Lake
- Storrie Lake
- Elephant Butte Lake
- El Vado Lake
- Coyote Creek
- Santa Rosa Lake
Camping Hot Spots Near El Paso:
- Balmorhea State Park
- Big Bend Ranch State Park
- Chamizal National Memeorial
- Franklink Mountains State Park
- Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
- Rio Grande National Wild & Scenic River
Albuquerque Grasshopper Invasion: Protect Your Yard, Garden, and Landscaping
If you live in Albuquerque, you’re probably highly annoyed with the apocalyptic invasion of grasshoppers. Many have been spotted hopping, jumping, flying and sometimes crawling their way into your yard, driveway, or office landscaping.
In fact, according to the National Weather Service, the population density of grasshoppers is so intense in Albuerquerque these infesters are showing up on the weather radar. Yes, that would be the correct, the weather radar. Check out this video from ABC News with the recent story: Grasshopper Swarms So Dense They Show Up on Radar.
Many are blaming this recent invasion on weather conditions and the New Mexico drought as the underlying reason for the overcrowding of grasshoppers.
According to experts, overspraying insecticides isn’t going to be the immediate solution. There are a few quick tricks you can try, but there is no “secret remedy” to battle the grasshoppers. However, our professional service professionals help battle the grasshoppers and protect your garden plants!
Five Quick Tricks
- Dust your plants and grass with flour (Creates flavorless chewing gum for grasshoppers.)
- Plant marigolds, daises, mint, and dill (These attract insects that feed on grasshoppers, such as spiders and beetles.)
- Hire a small army of neighborhood kids to catch as many grasshoppers as possible. (Perfect fishing bait.)
- Go to a farm and borrow a chicken. (Chicken’s feed on grasshoppers)
- Call us for advice (Our friendly staff is always willing to help you determine the best approach to insect elimination).
Contact our office for an appointment. We’re currently accepting new clients and happy to help others learn how to fend off those nasty grasshoppers.