If you are like any of the many employees that work here at
Arrow Exterminators, your backyard is your private sanctuary. It's
a place where you can kick back and relax and enjoy the fantastic
summer weather. Nothing beats grilling burgers and hot dogs while
family and friends play games in the yard or take a dip in the
Unfortunately, your family and friends aren't the only ones
having fun in your backyard … Mid-to-late summer is when the
fearsome four - fire ants, mosquitoes, wasps and yellowjackets -
are most active, crashing parties and killing good moods at
barbeques pretty much everywhere.
To prevent fire ants, wasps, yellowjackets and mosquitoes from
invading your outdoor haven, we recommend learning about these
pests and taking preventative measures against them:
- Red Imported Fire Ants: These pests are known for the painful
sting you will receive if you disturb them. Look for fire ants in
large dirt mounds built in landscaped areas or near the foundation
of a home. There is no easy way to get rid of fire ants, so contact
Arrow immediately if these pests are found on your property.
- Mosquitoes: Summer's most "famous" pest - the mosquito - is
known for the irritating, itchy bumps they leave behind after
attacking their victims. Mosquitoes can travel up to 14 miles for a
meal and are most attracted to stagnant water. Avoid being outdoors
during dawn and dusk - this is when mosquitoes are most
- Wasps: Have you ever been outdoors and it felt like a bee was
coming after you? Chances are that you were probably being attacked
by a wasp. Wasps are the most aggressive of the summer insects and
do not need to be provoked to show their hostility. Wasp nests are
commonly found near roofs and in plants … if found on your
property, call Arrow immediately.
- Yellowjackets: Yellowjackets are another common summer pest.
Their nests are commonly found in the ground, attics or basements.
Yellowjackets feed on protein and sweets, so food left outdoors
during a barbeque is a yellowjackets' buffet. Be sure to seal all
food in containers and make sure your trash cans have secure
Stinging insects send more than half a million people to the
emergency room every year. We hope that these tips will keep you
and your family safe from the fearsome four, and will help you
reclaim back your outdoor living space