Memphis Pest Control
Pest Control is required when you live in Memphis to help prevent sharing your home with pests such as ants, roaches, and spiders.
With the warm climate and mild winters in Memphis, you will find area pests are active year-round in many homes and businesses. 901 Pest Control has a friendly, trained, and state-certified service technician near your home or business and ready to help protect you against a pest invasion.
Seasonal Pest Control
Below are some of the pests you can expect to see by season.
This is when pests normally become very active and start breeding new pests in Memphis! It is important to have a pest barrier applied around your home’s exterior to help keep foraging pests out. 901 Pest Control uses EPA certified products that are applied safely in accordance with the manufacturer’s label. Our technicians will apply an invisible pest barrier to the exterior walls and approximately 3 feet of soil around the perimeter of your home. Remember, all pests enter/invade homes from the outside! Some of the most active pests during the spring, are varieties of ants, cockroaches, spiders, and wasps.
With the annual rainfall and severe heat, conditions are ideal for pests to thrive in Memphis during the summer months. These months are when large American roaches often find their way into your home. In addition, this is also when brown recluse spiders begin feeding on secondary pests such as ants and roaches. Usually, you will not see brown recluse spiders as they prefer to live in dark, secluded areas and only come out to feed. 901 Pest Control uses quality products that are proven effective at controlling and killing brown recluse spider populations. Fleas can quickly become an issue, even if you don’t own any pets! Flea infestations can easily be spread to your yard by neighbors’ pets or by rodents and other wildlife traveling through your yards such as rats, mice, squirrels, and raccoons.
When winter sets in, no one wants to be outside in the cold, wet weather! This includes rats, mice, ants, roaches, and spiders! As you can see, in the Memphis area there is a definite need for 4-season pest control. And when you need pest control – think of 901 Pest Control – your hometown experts!
When the temperature starts to drop, pests, like humans, will seek shelter and warmth inside homes. Roof rat infestations are prevalent in many Memphis zip codes (see the section below on roof rats and mice).
Memphis Termite Control
Memphis is in the termite belt (i.e. the group of Southern states that rank highest in the USA with heavy termite infestations). Memphis is an ideal termite area and contains the 3 conditions required for subterranean termites to flourish (warm soil, moisture, and cellulose for food). A common question for residents is “Not if your home will be infested by termites but WHEN?”
Termites can be a serious problem for Memphis homeowners due to warm spring temperatures and heavy rainfall providing moisture. Termites swarmers or alates usually emerge in spring between March to May. Termite swarmers are reproductive termites that leave the nest (colony) to start new termite colonies. It can take up to four years for a termite colony to begin developing swarmers. So when you see termite swarmers in your home, it is a mature termite colony that is infesting your home. During termite swarm season, you may come home to find wings on your floor or window sill. You can trust the experts at 901 Pest Control to quickly and accurately identify termites and recommend the best termite control measure to help protect your home and investment.
Termites Can Be a Serious Problem
Termites feed on any cellulose material including debris, lumber, cardboard boxes, woodpiles, paper, mulch, and more. Homeowners can protect their property by removing these materials and diverting standing water from their roof, porch, or deck.
Moisture and mulch in flower beds are conditions conducive to subterranean termite infestations. Be careful not to over water plants or place wood much mulch near your home!.
Subterranean termites are the most destructive of wood-destroying insects in Memphis and the midsouth. While termites are a necessary pest to help recycle dead, fallen trees back into the soil, they also cause very costly structural damage to residential and commercial structures. It is estimated that subterranean termites cause more damage than fires, tornadoes, hail storms, wind storms, and hurricanes combined and cost Americans an estimated $5 billion in termite damage repairs each year.
Some Interesting Facts About Subterranean Termites
- Termites are estimated to have been around for more than 240 million years. They adapt to ever-changing environments. Termites are nature’s way to break down wood and return it to the soil.
- Genetic research has determined that termites are related to roaches.
- Termites can’t smell, taste or see. Termites choose their food based on the vibrations wood makes as they bite into it. As termites grip and pull wood fibers, the fibers snap and send a small impulse through the entire structure that they’re eating. Those vibrations return to the termites and let them know what they’re eating.
- Termite colonies can contain up to one million termites. There can be as many as 20 or more subterranean termite colonies per acre. So the average size Memphis home may have up to 1 million termites living just below the structure!
Memphis Mosquito Control
Memphis ranks #8 in the USA for the highest mosquito population! So when mosquitoes in Memphis drive you inside and prevent you and your family from enjoying your backyard, call 901 Pest Control to have one of our friendly, trained, and state-certified technicians to treat your yard with a mosquito barrier service.
Our mosquito barrier treatment is an effective barrier spray that eliminates female mosquitoes (only the female mosquitoes BITE!) for a period of 21-30 days. Using a backpack sprayer designed for precise application, our 901 Pest Control service technician targets shrubs and plants with a barrier spray that kills mosquitoes on contact and bonds to the foliage, where it acts as a mosquito repellent for weeks to come. Within 30 minutes of spraying, your yard is ready for family and pets to come outside and play.
901 Pest Control Technician Will Help You
We also inspect your property for any active mosquito larvae populations and 901 Pest Control will treat them at the same time. Your technician will help you identify potential mosquito breeding grounds in your yard and recommend ways to eliminate standing water. No hassle service! Approximately every 3-4 weeks, our team will return to reapply the mosquito barrier to your yard.
All of the mosquito barrier products we use are synthetic forms of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are insecticides that are derived from a naturally occurring compound called pyrethrum found in the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethroids are used in numerous commercial products that consumers use to control insects such as household pets insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even head lice shampoos.
Types of Mosquitoes
There are 3 types of mosquitoes often found in Memphis and the midsouth area:
Aedes Species or Asian Tiger Mosquito (Transmits Zika Virus)
Aedes mosquitoes are visually distinct because they have black and white markings on their bodies and legs. They are active during the day in shaded areas and into the early evening. Females will blood-feed primarily on humans in order to produce eggs. This species is a vector, or carrier for the following diseases: yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya. These viruses are passed on to humans through the bites of an infected female Aedes mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person. Preferred feeding times are during daylight, for approximately two hours after sunrise and several hours before sunset.
Anopheles Species (Transmits Malaria)
The body of the adult Anopheles mosquito is dark brown to black in color and has three sections which are the head, thorax and abdomen. When resting, the stomach area of the anopheles mosquito species points upward, rather than being even with the surrounding surface like most mosquitoes. The female Anopheles mosquito will mate several times in her short life span, producing eggs after she has found a blood meal. Although she only lives a few weeks to a month, she will have been able to produce thousands of eggs during that time. The Anopheles mosquito is known universally as the malaria mosquito species because it is considered the primary vector of the disease. It is also a transmitter of heartworms in dogs. Preferred feeding times are either dawn or dusk, although some are nocturnal feeders.
Culex Species or House Mosquito (Transmits Encephalitis)
Culex Tarsalis is a black mosquito with faint white bands on its proboscis and tarsal joints. It also has white stripes along the legs and dark chevrons on the abdomen. Both males and females feed on nectar and plant fluids. The female, when she is ready to lay eggs, feeds on the blood of both mammals and birds, and prefers making an appearance from dawn to dusk. As with all female mosquitoes, a blood meal is necessary in order to reproduce. In spring the females generally feed on birds, while in late summer they seek out mammalian hosts, such as horses, cattle, and humans. This species is known to contribute to the spreading of the West Nile virus, filariasis, and encephalitis. The preferred feeding time is daytime from dawn to dusk.
Memphis Roof Rat Control
One of the biggest pest problems Memphis homeowners face can encounter is a roof rat invasion of their attic. In addition to the 5 ways listed below, rats and mice can climb up gutter downspouts and easily scale brick walls to enter homes through gaps between the roof decking and fascia. Roof rats are nocturnal and homeowners will normally hear noises from their attics at night. Remember that rats and mice can enter your home through very small cracks or openings! Rats can enter through cracks as small as ½ inch and mice are able to squeeze through cracks as small as ¼ inch in diameter!
5 Ways Roof Rats and Mice Can Enter Memphis Homes and Businesses
1. Cracks in Walls
Inspect the exterior of your home and look for any potential entry points. Fill smaller holes with caulk and use steel wool or waterproof sealant to block larger entry points.
Many vents can have openings large enough for a rat to squeeze through. Rats can also squeeze through any gaps left around the vent opening. Seal any gaps around vents. Cover vents securely with metal screening.
3. Gaps around windows
Rats can easily enter through small gaps or cracks around windows. Seal any openings and check your window screen for holes.
4. Holes in the roof
If you suspect you have rats in your attic, it’s a good idea to have your roof checked for openings. Rats can often enter through small gaps created by the room corner intersection. They can also chew ridge cap plugs. Any openings should be blocked with a waterproof sealant.
A chimney is an easy target for a rat to enter your home looking for food and warmth. If you have rats in your chimney, it’s a good idea to have it professionally cleaned to be sure there are no nesting materials present. A chimney grate or cap can be installed to help deter rats.
Memphis Commercial Pest Control
901 Pest Control is the leading provider for commercial pest and termite services in the Memphis area. With over 50 years of experience serving businesses, there is no problem too big or too small for 901 Pest Control to handle.
901 Pest Control provides commercial pest control services to businesses in Memphis, West Tennessee, and North Mississippi.
Commercial Pest Control Services For
- Hospitality – Hotels and Motels
- Healthcare – Clinics, Doctor Offices
- Nursing Homes
- Education – Daycare, Elementary, Middle and High Schools
- Property Management – Condos and Apartment Complexes
- Construction – Pre and Post
- Restaurant – Dine-in and Fast Food
- Food Processing
- Government Facilities