Insect Control: Managing Various Types of Flying Insects
There are many different types of flying insects that can be found in or around your home. Outside, they can be a nuisance, wrecking outdoor social gatherings or even just simple family barbeques. Inside, they can cause annoyances, embarrassment, and even illness. Understanding the appropriate insect control and prevention methods for each type of pest will help you keep your home and yard pest free.
Common Types of Flying Insects in the Home
Any pest that is outside has the potential to come inside through open doors or windows, or ride in on people or pets. However, there are types of flying insects that prefer to be indoors. They include:
Cockroaches (American and Asian) – While German cockroaches rarely fly, American and Asian cockroaches do. In all fairness, American cockroaches actually glide, but they are still airborne. They come into a home usually in search of water and food. Keep your counters clean, and don’t leave water standing in your sink or in dishes; this will help prevent them from coming in.
Flies – Certain types of flies can be vectors for disease; plus they are extremely annoying. Flies are usually drawn to garbage, rotting organic material, and food; so, take out your garbage regularly, and don’t leave food out on your counter.
Fruit flies – These tiny flies can be extremely annoying. They don’t bite, but they can fly in your eyes, nose, and mouth, or land in your food. They are drawn to rotting fruits and vegetables; so, don’t leave produce out, and dispose of it as it goes bad.
Termite swarmers – Termite swarmers are drawn to light. If you see them in your home, it could be a bad sign, and you should call your pest control professional right away.
Common Outdoor Flying Insects
There are lots of outdoor pests, many of which fly. Some of the most common types of flying insects that are found outdoors include:
Bees – These very beneficial insects may help spread pollen, but their sting can be painful. Bees are drawn to strong, sweet scents so avoid planting flowering vegetation close to your house if you don’t want bees around your family.
Wasps – Unlike bees, who only get one shot at stinging, wasps can sting over and over. Depending on the species, they can either burrow in the ground or build nests in trees or under the eaves of homes. Your best defense against wasps is to catch nests before they are too large. A pest professional can get rid of wasps for you so that may be a good option if you want to avoid stings.
Mosquitoes – Mosquitos can carry diseases such as the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus; not to mention, they are very annoying with their itchy bites. They are drawn to shady areas of high moisture, such as dense vegetation as well as CO2 which is what is emitted when propane is burned. This means that if you use a propane grill you are actually drawing more mosquitoes to you. Grill as far away from your house and where people are sitting as possible. Also, trim back vegetation and avoid dense foliage around your home structure.
Midge flies (no see ums) – These tiny gnats have a powerful bite and can be very annoying. They are drawn to highly humid areas and are often found near bodies of water. Insect repellant usually helps prevent them from biting, but a pest professional would probably have a better chance at getting them under control in or around your home.
Don’t let pests ruin your day! Call on a company with pest control solutions you can feel good about. Whether inside or outside, North Fulton Pest Solutions can address your pest problem and help you be pest free. Give us a call or use our convenient contact form to make an appointment for one of our qualified, knowledgeable technicians to come treat your home or property. No matter the problem, North Fulton has the insect control solution for you.