What is on the August hot list of pests for the Austin area? Mostly, we are looking at winged pests such as flies and mosquitoes. However, there remain some summer pest issues that that are still seasonal: from larger mammals to rodents and snakes. Here’s the run-down on the most pestering pests that we expect for August.
Mosquitoes – Enough to Drive You Indoors
Mosquitoes continue to be a plague at dusk and dawn throughout the greater Austin area. The weather conditions in July are priming August to be a bad month for mosquitoes. Generally, they disappear around noon as they do not like the hotter parts of the day.
If you do notice mosquitoes around noon, then be especially cautious. The mosquito that spreads yellow fever does not mind noon heat. Many species of mosquitoes can or do spread disease from West Nile Virus to Yellow Fever and Malaria.
Biting Flies – Pests For Humans & Animals
Generally when we talk about biting flies we are discussing the big deer fly and horse fly species. However, there are plenty of the smaller flies that also bite. With the weird weather start to spring, August could remain biting fly season.
Biting flies generally begin to appear during June when the weather starts to get hot. By August the big flies, and horse fly can grow to be 1.5 inches in length, are gone. This year that may or may not be the case and we may endure a longer biting fly season.
Meat Wasps – Bold and Aggressive
Summer is the season of the wasp and the meat eaters become more aggressive as summer ages. The competition for food is fierce and many social wasp colonies swell to hold thousands and potentially tens of thousands of wasps. We are talking about yellowjackets, hornets, paper wasps and others in this family of wasp. Nobody wants to take on a yellowjacket hive with 10,000 wasps but those colonies can grow to that size.
If you have a wasp colony, then please call us. We have all of the experience and tools to take down wasp hives safely.
Snakes – Venomous and Non-Venomous
The combination of the hot summer and late spring mean that prey animals for snakes are thriving. When there’s bountiful snake prey, there’s more likely to be many snakes.
Only a handful of snakes around the Greater Austin area are venomous, but they do exist here. While most are not, many of the native snakes have patterns that mimic venomous snakes. Don’t risk it, just call us if you spot a snake. Snake calls are frequent (and should be frequent) as parents strive to keep their kids and pets safe.
Mammals and Babies
By August many of the mammal babies are growing up and becoming pests in their own right. Baby raccoons, skunks, and possums are all examples. Cute as they can be, they are still dangerous. Many carry diseases and a mother protecting her babies is formidable.
If you have a pest issue, give us a call. We have the expertise to solve your pest problems and our rates are affordable. We work with residential customers as well as commercial clients – even restaurants. We even provide affordable ongoing services too.
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