Last month on our blog, we talked about the different levels of toxicity in pest control products (Danger, Warning, and Caution). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pest control products and categorizes them based on how harmful they are if ingested, or if they get on your skin or in your eyes. Every product used by pest control companies is put in one of three categories, so technicians and consumers can compare “apples to apples” when it comes to toxicity levels. [Read more…]
Pest Control & Termite Blog
We’re often asked by new customers and potential customers about the types of pest control products we use. They are understandably concerned about the safety of using pesticides around their family and pets. Yes, they want the ants, spiders, and other pests eliminated from their property, but not at the expense of the health of their loved ones. [Read more…]
Once again, it’s gardening season. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get those tomato plants in the ground, so you can be enjoying them at your summer barbecues. [Read more…]
It has been said that people don’t buy from companies, they buy from people. The sentiment here is that consumers want to know who they are giving their hard-earned money to. They want to feel good about their purchases and that they are going to support good, hard-working people. [Read more…]
Almost any real estate agent will tell you, Spring and Summer are the prime times to sell a home in the Temecula Valley (and most places). Getting a house ready to sell involves a lot of small tasks, such as fixing all those little things that don’t bother you (but might put off a potential buyer), adding a fresh coat of paint to the rooms that need it, doing a deep clean, freshening up your landscaping—the list goes on and on. [Read more…]
Here at Knockout, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide customers safe and effective pest control services. That’s why we use tried-and-true methods for eliminating pest infestations, while also taking additional steps to ensure that no insects or critters want to take up residence in our customer’s homes, businesses, or properties ever again. [Read more…]
There’s not much that can make a homeowner or business owner call a pest control company faster than discovering they have cockroaches. While most people will tolerate ants or spiders in their home for a little while, the sight of just one cockroach is enough to make them immediately reach for their phones and call a Temecula pest control company. [Read more…]
You may remember from a couple of years ago when crane flies invaded the Temecula Valley and we talked about it on our blog. Well, they’re back! Due to the unusually wet winter we had this year (similar to the one we had two years ago), crane flies are back in abundance. These gangly-legged insects are a nuisance, but what else do you need to know about them? Read on, as our Temecula pest control company answers some frequently asked questions about crane flies. [Read more…]
We talk a lot on this blog about the different types of insects we work to control—pests like ants, black widow spiders, wasps, termites, and others. These pests can do damage to your property or even harm you and your family, which is why many people in Temecula hire pest control companies to take care of them. But there are also insects in Temecula that you would be wise to keep around. These beneficial insects naturally control the pest population, pollinate plants, and do other things like break down plant and animal waste.
What Are Some of the Beneficial Insects in Temecula for Pest Control?
There are several types of beneficial insects found in Temecula. One that most people know about is the ladybug. Ladybugs feed on pests that can do damage to plants, such as aphids and mealybugs. It can take quite a large population of ladybugs to make a difference in a garden, but you can get a good start by purchasing them from a local garden center, or even ordering them online.
Praying Mantises are another type of beneficial insect found in the area. They may look a little creepy, but can do a lot to control the amount of flies, moths, mosquitos, and even roaches found on your property. So, if you see them, leave them be!
Green Lacewings are not seen as frequently in Temecula, but are also considered a beneficial insect because they eat pests like aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, and caterpillars, making them especially beneficial to gardeners.
Temecula Bee Hive Removal and Wasp Removal
Some Temecula homeowners, especially those who enjoy gardening do everything they can to attract bees to their property. As you probably know, bees are essential in the pollination process for many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy. But for others, bees are considered a problem that needs to be taken care of. This is especially true if you have someone in your household who is allergic to bee stings, or if you have small children or pets who have trouble staying away from the buzzing hive. Bee hives should also be removed if they are attached to a structure, as they can cause damage, such as mold or wood rot, if left for too long. At Knockout, we are experts at bee hive removal. If you have a bee hive that is causing problems on your property, give us a call, and we will send someone out right away.
Similarly, wasps are pollinators of plants, and could be considered beneficial, but for most people the harm they can cause outweighs their benefits. Because of this, they want any wasp nests they find on their property to be removed, which Knockout is happy to handle as well.
If you have any questions about pest control or they types of insects you are seeing on your Temecula property, contact us at Knockout. We are happy to help you come up with a plan to take care of the insects and other pests you want eliminated from your property.
It’s that time of year when things are starting to bloom and grow. It’s also the time that certain burrowing pests like ground squirrels, moles, and gophers become more active. [Read more…]