6 Tips to Prevent Pests in Your Patio

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Whether you’ve had mosquitoes near your pond or ants covering your barbecue area, you know how frustrating pests in your backyard can be. This time of year, you’re likely looking to spend as much time outdoors before the weather and time changes. Pests can quickly ruin your time spent outside, which is why it’s so important to learn how to make your property less attractive to pests in the first place. At Pest Defense Solutions, we know that pest problems are common year-round here in Albuquerque. With our commitment to ensuring our customers are pest-free both inside and outside their homes, we’re sharing our top tips to prevent pests in your patio.

Tips & Tricks to Prevent Pests in Your Backyard

Pests can be a nuisance, but they can be dangerous, too. Mosquitoes, ticks, and stinging insects are three of the most common pest problems in backyards this time of year. To help pest-proof your property, implement the following tips:

  • Trim your lawn and shrubs. Overgrown grass or vegetation provides mosquitoes and ticks with shelter.
  • Learn to identify ant mounds and wasp nests. Even the tiniest nest can contain thousands of stinging insects.
  • Check wood structures. Termites and carpenter bees will damage your wooden decks or porches.
  • Remove standing water. Mosquitoes only need a half inch of standing water to breed.
  • Use an insect repellent. Insect repellent containing DEET will help repel mosquitoes and ticks.
  • Clean your patio or space regularly. Crumbs or spilled liquids will attract ants and other insects.

Pests to Lookout For in Your Outdoor Living Space

If you have an outdoor living space, you can be sure pests are going to explore it! Many pests are a nuisance to deal with, but a few can be more dangerous for you and your family. The pests you’ll see in your yard are mosquitoes, stinging insects (bees, wasps, and hornets), ants, spiders, ticks, fleas, and flies. Ticks and mosquitoes are especially concerning for their ability to transmit dangerous diseases to humans. For this reason, always be cautious about pests in your backyard and enlist the help of a professional when needed.

How to Get Rid of Pest Infestations in Your Backyard

Whether you have spotted a nest forming on your deck, an ant-hill near your garden, or mosquitoes breeding nearby, it’s best to contact your local exterminator for help with existing pest problems. At Pest Defense Solutions, we are dedicated to providing you with pest-free outdoor living. Contact us today to learn more!

The Danger of Summer Cockroach Infestations

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Here at Pest Defense Solutions, we get a lot of calls for cockroach problems during the summer months. While roaches are a year-round pest problem in Albuquerque, their populations explode with the heat of the summer. Most roach species are drawn to humidity, which is why in-home infestations are so common this time of year. Cockroach infestations can be frustrating to get rid of, not to mention altogether dangerous. To avoid dealing with a summertime roach infestation, it’s best to learn how to keep them out altogether. Our team has gathered our top tips for cockroach prevention–keep reading to learn more!

How Dangerous are Roaches?

Cockroaches are known to be gross, but they are one of the more dangerous types of pests. Especially in the summer months, cockroach infestations can explode in size. When you have an infestation, roaches can spread germs and filth. Some of the bacteria and germs they carry can lead to a number of transmitted diseases. The presence of roaches has also been known to trigger allergies in certain individuals. Due to the dangers associated with their activity, it’s important to know what you can do to keep them out of your home or business.

5 Tips to Keep Cockroaches away

Even seeing a single roach in your property can be bad news. To avoid a sighting altogether, there are a few things you can do to prevent cockroaches:

  • Seal cracks and crevices in your property. Also install screens over doors and windows.
  • Regularly clean your bathrooms and kitchens. Promptly wipe up messes, crumbs, and spills, and avoid clutter.
  • Securely seal food and store in the refrigerator. Use tight-fitting lids on trash cans.
  • Promptly fix leaky/broken pipes to avoid excess moisture problems inside the property.
  • Pick up all pet food and pet food bowls after mealtimes—never leave food out overnight.

Summer Cockroach Infestations in Albuquerque

If you’ve done all you can to prevent a cockroach problem but have noticed them in your property, it’s crucial to act fast. Roaches are infamously difficult to get rid of without the help of a professional, and DIY cockroach control can be fruitless. The roach exterminators at Pest Defense Solutions can help ensure you stay roach-free in the summer and all year long.

Protect Your Pets From Ticks This Summer

Out of all the common summertime pests, ticks pose a big threat. These parasitic insects are infamous for transmitting the most common vector-borne disease in the United States: Lyme disease. In Albuquerque summertime, the warm weather brings about all types of insects, ticks included. And because people spend more time outdoors this time of year, the probability of having a tick problem at some point is high. Due to the danger associated with these pests, it’s extremely important to learn how to protect your pets and family from ticks this summer. The team at Pest Defense Solutions is here to provide expert tick prevention tips. Keep reading to learn more!

How Dangerous Are Ticks?

The main concern with ticks is that they can transmit Lyme disease to not just you, but your pets as well. Cats don’t normally deal with ticks as much as dogs do, but they can still latch onto their skin. Ticks can latch onto pets for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. If your dog begins to show odd symptoms after noticing a tick on their skin, the tick could have transmitted disease. Some of the most concerning symptoms to look for include depression, fever, shortness of breath, lameness, loss of appetite, or swollen nymph nodes and joints. If you notice any of these, immediately take your pet to the vet.

6 Ways You Can Keep Ticks Away

Your pets can easily pick up ticks when they are outdoors. Even worse, they can bring them into your home! To keep your pets and family safe from ticks, there are 6 main things to do:

  1. Clean your yard on a regular basis. By mowing your lawn regularly, you can make your yard less attractive to ticks. Cover your trash cans to discourage rodents that could carry ticks.
  2. Rodent-proof your home. Rats and mice commonly carry ticks into residential yards and areas.
  3. Get tick prevention for pets. Talk to your veterinarian about prevention or treatment options, including heartworm protection and more.
  4. Inspect your pets daily. Focus on areas under the legs and around the neck and ears. In addition, look out for excessive scratching, licking, or grooming behavior.
  5. When outdoors, avoid areas with high brush. Ticks are known to be in areas with high grass, be careful to stay on trails when hiking or walking.
  6. Conduct inspections for your entire family. During the summer, regularly check yourself and family members for ticks after being outdoors. They may pass to your pets.

Long-Term Tick Protection

Ticks are common in the summers here in Albuquerque, and many people or pets get them when they spend time outdoors hiking and walking. In general, it’s important to always be on the lookout for ticks. If you need more information on tick prevention, contact our team for more information today!

Tips to Help Identify Wasp Nests

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Wasps are a fact of life in the summertime here in Albuquerque. Many types of wasps become more and more active in the summer into early fall, making it likely you might spot a nest or two. Wasp nests can contain anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of insects, making it important to never approach them on your own. However, it is wise to learn how to identify the different types of wasp nests you may come across. The team at Pest Defense Solutions is here with tips to help identify wasp nests in your area–keep reading to learn more!

Where Do Wasps Construct Their Nests?

Wasps are known to build their nests in or near trees, but they can be found in other spots too. Yellowjackets favor areas near the ground, in hollow trees, under porches, and a number of other areas. Mud daubers tend to build their nests in sheltered areas, including under eaves, garages, attics, or on the sides of buildings. Paper wasp nests are often located under and within the eaves of structures, in attics and wall voids, and in other enclosed areas. Bald-faced hornets, on the other hand, like to build nests high up off the ground. This can mean in trees, but also on structures.

How to Identify Wasp Nests in Albuquerque

In New Mexico, we commonly see activity from paper wasps, yellowjackets, mud daubers, and bald-faced hornets. Here’s what their nests look like:

  • Paper wasps. These nests famously look like upside-down umbrellas. Paper wasp nests are often open, and can get quite large in size. They are typically supported by a single stalk and consist of a paper-like material.
  • Yellowjackets. These nests are most recognized. They are a papery material and have a single opening. The inside of a yellowjacket nest can have nearly a hundred tiers of cells. Yellowjackets can also build underground nests that can be enormous in size.
  • Mud daubers. As their name suggests, female mud daubers construct their nests out of mostly mud. The nests are small and tubular in size, often looking like organ pipes. They are typically found in cracks or crevices. Mud daubers are mostly solitary.
  • Bald-faced hornets. These nests are almost always at least three feet off the ground. They are made of chewed wood fibers mixed with saliva. They often grow to be the size of a football or basketball.

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Getting Rid of Wasp Nests

No one wants to deal with a swarm of stinging insects anywhere near their property. It’s important to remember that DIY efforts to remove nests are never a good idea–there could be more wasps inside than you realize, which can be very dangerous. Certain types of wasps are capable of stinging multiple times. Because of the danger associated with wasp nests, always contact the wasp removal team at Pest Defense Solutions for any problems you’re having.

3 Ways You May Be Inviting Termites In

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If you’ve ever had a termite problem before, you know how frustrating and costly an infestation can be. Infestations can seemingly appear out of nowhere. This is because too often, homeowners don’t notice a termite problem until serious damage has been caused. In order to avoid discovering termites in your Albuquerque home, it’s crucial to learn the ways in which you may be inviting termites in! By knowing what attracts them, you can hopefully reduce the chances of getting a problem down the line. The team at Pest Defense Solutions is here to share the ways you may be inviting termites in, as well as tips on stopping infestations.

Termite Attractants in Albuquerque

Termites are wood-boring pests that will gladly infest wood sources on your property. Subterranean termites are also attracted to moisture. The presence of these three things on your property could provide termites with exactly what they’re looking for:

  1. Firewood or wood piles: A lot of people tend to keep firewood stacked against their home or on the stoop for easy access. To avoid this, always store wood piles at least 20 feet away from the house, and 5 inches off the ground. Never leave stumps or logs in the yard, especially those that are in decay.
  2. Clogged drains or improper drainage: Moisture problems will attract subterranean termites, the most destructive species nationwide. Ensure you do not have any clogged gutters. Divert rainwater away from the foundation of your property with down-spout extenders.
  3. Mulch: Any mulch near your property could serve as a source of food for termites. Mulch retains moisture, which attracts termites. Try to minimize the usage of mulch or at least keep it 15 inches away from the foundation of your home.

Ways You Can Keep Termites Away

In addition to limiting the presence of the above attractants, there are several other things you can do to prevent termites:

  • Be proactive about checking your home for pest problems
  • Fix broken roofs and seal gaps and crevices in the home
  • Keep a neat garden with trees and shrubs trimmed back
  • Regularly inspect porches, decks, and outdoor furniture

Year-Round Termite Prevention

Termites are the number one most destructive pest in the nation. For that reason, it’s essential for all homeowners in our neighborhoods to stay proactive about preventative maintenance. For more information on what attracts termites to your home or how to prevent them, contact the termite exterminators at Pest Defense Solutions today!

Everything You Need to Know About Murder Hornets

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You’ve likely heard about the infamous “murder hornets” in the past few months. These hornets have struck fear in the hearts of many, and it’s easy to understand why. The Asian giant hornet is by far the biggest hornet in the world. Their sting is known to inject potentially lethal amounts of neurotoxins that, with multiple stings, could be fatal. The main danger is the major threat they pose to the honeybee population. Although they’re mostly in Asia, the murder hornet was spotted in North America several months ago. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about murder hornets.

What Does the Giant Asian Hornet Look Like?

Murder hornets are infamously big and have a distinctive appearance. They have a light orange head with big, prominent eyes and distinctly sharp mandibles. In addition, their bodies are orange, black, and brown striped. They have 6 legs and a set of antennae, and their stingers are a quarter of an inch long! The most telling characteristic of the Asian giant hornet is their size. Queen murder hornets can exceed 2 inches in length, while worker hornets are about 1 ½ to 2 inches in length.

The Threats of Murder Hornets

Asian giant hornets typically do not attack humans unless they are provoked or feel their nest is threatened. A sting from a murder hornet is painful and contains neurotoxins. When multiple stings occur or when the victim is allergic, the neurotoxins can be very dangerous. Multiple stings can lead to organ failure and death.

Scientists are most concerned about how the honeybee population may be affected. Asian giant hornets attack honeybee hives, killing adult bees and devouring the larvae and pupae. A single murder hornet can kill dozens of bees in minutes, while a group of hornets can devour a hive of 30,000 bees in hours!

Are Murder Hornets in Albuquerque?

As of now, there have been no reports of Asian giant hornets in the Albuquerque or New Mexico area. The Asian giant hornet is typically found in China, Japan, and several other Asian countries. The first reports of them in the United States occurred in December 2019 in Washington State. It is currently unknown how these hornets first arrived in North America.

What is Being Done About These Hornets?

Scientists are currently leading the way to find, trap, and eradicate this pest before it becomes a major problem in the nation. Even though they haven’t been seen in our area, It’s important to stay away if you believe you’ve spotted one. With any type of stinging insect, it’s important to be very careful and always contact a licensed pest control professional. Pest Defense Solutions is ready to help.

Debunking 8 Common Bed Bug Myths

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If you’ve had bed bug problems in the past, you know what a pain they can be. Although bed bugs don’t cause the damage or destruction that many pests do, an infestation can definitely cause psychological stress. Because bed bugs are so feared, there is a lot of false information spread about them constantly. To better prepare yourself for possibly getting bed bugs, it’s important to learn the facts about bed bugs. Bed Bug Awareness Week is here, and the team at Pest Defense Solutions is here to dispel common bed bug myths. Read on to learn the truth about bed bugs!

The Truth About These 8 Bed Bug Myths

As a pest control company, we are always happy to answer common questions about pests. However, we also receive a lot of questions that prove how common bed bug myths are. Some of these include:

  1. Are bed bugs nocturnal?
    • No! Bed bugs are active when their hosts are at rest. This usually means overnight, but they are able to adjust their schedule to feed when you are at rest.
  2. Can bed bugs infest areas of your home other than your bedroom?
    • Bed bugs can infest anywhere–including chairs, sofas, cracks in the wall, and even power outlets. They prefer to congregate near where their hosts rest, which is why bedrooms are often where they reside.
  3. Are bed bugs too small to see without a magnifying glass?
    • No. Although nymphs are nearly impossible to see, adult bed bugs are about the size of an appleseed and are definitely visible.
  4. Are bed bugs more likely to infest messy homes?
    • This is a common misconception with bed bugs, and it is not true/ Bed bugs are attracted to blood and warmth, not messy homes!
  5. Do bed bugs jump or fly?
    • No! Unlike fleas and ticks, bed bugs have underdeveloped wings. Instead of flying or jumping, they crawl from one area to another.
  6. Should you throw away infested mattresses or other items?
    • No! In fact, you shouldn’t move infested furniture in the midst of an infestation. Doing so can contribute to bed bugs spreading into other areas.
  7. Can bed bug bites transmit disease?
    • Thankfully, no. Bed bugs may cause you anxiety and even itchiness, but their bites do not transmit any dangerous diseases.
  8. Can you get rid of bed bugs yourself?
    • No! If you want to get rid of bed bugs, it’s crucial to enlist the help of a professional exterminator.

Bed Bugs in Albuquerque

If you have bed bugs, it’s important to act quickly. The team at Pest Defense Solutions knows how pesky these bugs can be as well as how distressing they are for property owners here in Albuquerque NM. DIY methods are never sufficient to control an infestation. Our bed bug treatment options are designed to keep you and your family safe from bed bugs–contact us today to learn more!

Watch Out For These 3 Summertime Wasps

Summertime in Albuquerque means outdoor activities galore: picnics, hikes, camping, barbecues, the list goes on and on! Unfortunately, the warmer weather brings about an increase in wasp activity! Although there are more than 4,000 wasp species in the United States, there are three summertime wasps in particular to be on the lookout for: yellow jackets, paper wasps, and mud daubers. Because wasps can be aggressive this time of year, it’s important to know how to identify them and when to get help from a professional pest control company. Keep reading to learn more about summertime wasps from the experts at Pest Defense Solutions.

Yellow Jackets

These wasps are notoriously aggressive and very common, especially in the late summer. Some things to know about yellow jackets include:

  1. Yellow jackets congregate in colonies of up to or more than 1,000 workers.
  2. Their nests look globe-shaped and are built above ground, often near garages, sheds, and more.
  3. Yellow jackets will not bother you unless they feel threatened, in which case they may sting repeatedly.
  4. Yellow jackets can be best identified by the yellow and black horizontal stripes that run across their bodies.

Mud Daubers

As their name implies, mud daubers are known for constructing their nests out of mud. Although they aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets, it’s important to know how to identify them:

  1. They are mostly black in appearance but may have light-colored markings. Mud daubers can be identified by their thin, thread-like waist.
  2. Nests are usually located in covered areas such as porch ceilings, sheds, and attics.
  3. These wasps are less social than other types, often preferring to be solitary.
  4. Mud daubers aren’t as aggressive and will only sting when directly handled or threatened.

Common summertime wasps in the Albuquerque NM area - New Mexico Pest Control

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps aren’t as hostile as other wasps, but are common this time of year. Here’s what to know about this summertime wasp:

  1. They are similar in body shape to yellow jackets, but are mostly brown in color with yellow markings.
  2. These wasps are known for the papery nests they build, which look like upside-down umbrellas.
  3. Paper wasp nests often hang from tree branches and twigs, as well as porch ceilings and door railings. They typically contain up to 30 wasps.
  4. Paper wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets, but they may sting to defend their nests. Their sting is known to be especially potent.

Summertime Wasp Prevention & Removal

To avoid wasps this summer, it’s important to know how to prevent them. Keep food and drinks indoors, seal your trash cans, and know where to look for nests near your property. As soon as you see the signs of wasps or a wasp nest near your home, be cautious and contact the experts at Pest Defense Solutions. Our wasp removal services are quick, effective, and most importantly, safe!