It's Memorial Day Weekend! For many people, that means three nice days off work, outdoors and in the sun.
But will this be a relaxing weekend for us? It comes at quite the busy time for bugs. Here are a few quick tips for protecting yourself and your family members from early summer pests this weekend:
Dress appropriately. Make sure you wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to minimize mosquito bites and protect yourself from exposure to ticks. When you return home, check your clothes and body for any sign of ticks that may have become embedded in the clothes or successfully bitten you.
Be prepared. Whether you're camping or just going on a hike during the daytime, carry insect repellant to protect you from ticks and mosquitoes.
Sip wisely. Whenever you're outdoors, check your soda or beer cans before you drink them, as you may find out the hard way that yellow jackets and hornets enjoy those drinks as much as you do. Don't end up with stings on your lips!
Inspect your furniture. Nests may have been constructed by paper wasps in your outdoor furniture. Before you invite people over to your outdoor barbecue, make sure to inspect your outdoor seating arrangements for any nests that may be unfriendly to your visitors.
If possible, move your flowers away from heavily trafficked areas. Bees looking for your flowers may irritate your guests sitting nearby. Relocate your plants to areas away from where people are congregating.
Use your outdoor time to keep an eye on pest situations. With extra time this weekend spent outdoors, take a few minutes to inspect the perimeter of your house for any signs of new pest control problems that may have come about this spring.
We hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend!
Before you go, check out these photos from a very busy week at Catseye!
This nest was located on the balcony of a townhouse in Reno, Nevada. Our technicians safely removed the nest and all of its Honey Bees from the townhouse and transported the population of Honey Bees to a local apiary.
These termites were from a house in Gardnerville, Nevada. Our Catseye team was preparing to trench a large crawl space but had to remove items before we started. Once we moved this small bedside table outside, we could see tons of termites stored there. We then removed pieces of carpeting, wood and cardboard, with indications the termites had visited those, too! They had even created a large funnel behind the hot water heater. It was quite the infestation!