If you’ve lived in Temecula for any length of time, you’ve likely seen a lot of different trucks and vans driving around town advertising pest control services. Some are from the larger national pest control franchises, while others are locally owned and operated small businesses. It can be tempting to call one of the well-known names in pest control, but that’s not always the best route.
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As a pest control company, we took a special interest in the news story that emerged last year about the arrival in the United States of the so-called “murder hornets.” It was one of the many sensational events that seemed to characterize the year 2020. However, almost as soon as the story showed up in news cycles, it then disappeared, leaving many people to wonder, “What ever happened to the murder hornets? Are they still here? Should I be worried?”
As waves of the Coronavirus outbreak come and go in Temecula and Murrieta, businesses are constantly opening and closing. In addition, some are opened in a limited capacity and some have been forced to close their doors permanently. It can be difficult to determine which businesses are currently serving customers and which aren’t—especially because websites are not always up-to-date.
Living in the Temecula and Fallbrook areas has many perks—we have great weather pretty much year round, there are great schools here, and we have easy access to some of the best beaches in the world, just to name a few. There really aren’t many downsides to living in this area.
A couple of months ago, we talked in our blog about garden pests, such as gophers, rabbits, and moles. Moles aren’t terribly prevalent in the Temecula, Murrieta, and Fallbrook areas, but if they do find their way onto your property, they can do a ton of damage to your yard or garden before you know it!
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…]
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…]
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.