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Pest Library

Your Guide To Common Pests In Atlanta, GA

The best way to enjoy your Atlanta backyard to its fullest potential is to partner with a local pest control expert! Regular, professional pest control services will reduce the number of outdoor pests that thrive in Georgia and regularly take over our outdoor spaces. Enjoy summer evenings without having to swat away our area’s toughest outdoor pests with the help of GeoMosquito!

To reduce the number of mosquitoes and other pests on your property, we will work closely with you. Our professionals will help you make changes around your property that will make it less appealing to outdoor pests. They will also perform eco-friendly services using the latest technology to eliminate pests and make your outdoor space as comfortable as possible for you and your family.

Use the following pest control guide to learn more about our area’s most common outdoor pests!

Fleas

Another outdoor pest that thrives in the warm, humid weather found in Georgia is the flea. These tiny terrors can take over yards and homes, and their itchy bites make people and animals miserable. In Georgia, fleas are a year-round problem, both in our yards and houses. Fleas are ectoparasites that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals as their sole source of nutrition. Though they will bite and feed on our blood if we are around, their preferred hosts are animals like dogs, cats, rodents, raccoons, skunks, and other wild animals. Year-round flea control for your pets and your yard is the best way to keep these pests at bay, protecting you and your pets from their itchy bites and the diseases and parasites they spread.

Mainly considered an outdoor pest, fleas are continuously being introduced into our yards, mainly by wild animals and stray pets. Fleas will live almost anywhere but prefer shady, damp areas. Fleas often gather under trees, shrubs, porches, and piles of leaves or other debris. These pests get into your home typically on the back of your pets, but even if you don't own pets, they can still become an issue in your home. They can be introduced inside by people after they jump onto our clothing or by wild animal intruders like rodents. Secondhand rugs and furniture infested with flea adults or eggs are other common ways these pests move into our structures.

In conjunction with the following prevention tips, regular pest control services are the best way to control fleas on your property and prevent them from taking over your indoor or outdoor spaces.

  • Prevent wild animal activity in your yard by taking away food sources, keeping lids on trash cans, maintaining gardens, and removing bird feeders.
  • Maintain your lawn by keeping the grass cut short.
  • Leave spaces between shrubs and bushes to help the sun hit the soil and keep it dry and less conducive to flea activity.
  • Place pets in a year-round flea control program with the help of their veterinarian. 
  • Vacuum your home and wash bedding regularly to help rid your home of any stray fleas that do find their way inside.

Fungus Gnats/Midges

Fungus gnats and midges are small flies known for infesting moist soil and potting mix. The larvae feed on fungi that live in damp soil. These small, non-biting flies often develop around areas with water in our Georgia yards like pools, ornamental ponds, flowerpots, wet mulch, overwatered gardens, clogged rain gutters, and damp soil, which can all act as breeding sites and create large populations of these pests. These tiny flies, while not dangerous, are certainly an annoyance to have in our Georgia yards, flying around us as we are trying to enjoy our outdoor spaces.

Any area of wet soil or standing water in or near our yards can lead to these tiny but extremely annoying pests. Adults looking for mates will swarm around dusk and are most active during periods of wet weather. Because they're attracted to light, these pests swarm and become a problem around exterior light fixtures. In addition, to being a problem in our yards, these pests can be problematic inside our Atlanta homes; they will feed on the roots of potted plants, causing them to wilt. They also like to gather and breed inside structures near leaky pipes or clogged drains.

In addition to our professional services, doing the following on your property will help make your yard less attractive to irritating outdoor pests like fungus gnats and midges.

  • Don't overwater gardens or potted plants; allow the soil to dry out completely between watering.
  • Do not overplant landscaping, especially near your home's exterior.
  • Install downspouts on your home to direct water away from the outside perimeter of your foundation. 
  • Make sure your lawn and garden areas have good drainage. 
  • If wood or drywall ever becomes damaged by water in your home, immediately replace it. 
  • Repair leaky pipes quickly and make sure your home is well ventilated to stop moisture from building up within it.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are flying pests whose females bite through the skin of people and animals to feed on their blood. These insects require blood meals to produce viable eggs and complete their life cycle. Though mosquitoes are frail, small flies, they are one of the world's most dangerous insects. Unfortunately, our region's hot, humid weather provides the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to thrive. Mosquitoes are most active from early March to late October. Georgia also provides plenty of standing water (breeding sites) and dense vegetation (resting sites) for these pests to take advantage of.

Most everyone knows that mosquitoes are annoying. They are hard to ignore as they constantly buzz around us as we try to enjoy our outdoor spaces. Eating outdoors, gardening, or taking an evening walk can all be ruined by mosquitoes. But the presence of mosquitoes isn't just an annoyance, and their bites aren't just unsightly; mosquitoes are dangerous! Despite their small, frail bodies, they are considered one of the world's most deadly creatures because of the diseases they spread to people living worldwide. Mosquitoes spread malaria, which results in over a million deaths across the globe each year. In our region of the United States, the biggest concerns with mosquitoes are their ability to spread the West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, La Crosse virus, and deadly parasitic heartworms to our pets. Controlling mosquito numbers on your property is important to the health and safety of you, your kids, and your pets.

Mosquitoes are most attracted to properties with or near areas of standing water that the females can lay their eggs on and areas of dense vegetation to rest in and escape the sun and heat. In addition to our professional services, taking the following steps on your property will help make your yard less attractive to biting mosquitoes.

  • Regularly mow your property's grass to keep it short.
  • Cut back trees, shrubs, and bushes.
  • Keep gutters free of debris that can allow rainwater to collect.
  • Make sure your yard has good drainage and fill in low-lying areas that are collecting rainwater.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins. 
  • Any containers not in use should be stored upside down.
  • Remove natural containers that can collect rainwater from your property like tree stumps, logs, fallen trees, and brush piles. 
  • Help keep mosquitoes away from you and your family when spending time on your deck using outdoor fans.

Ticks

Like mosquitoes, ticks are blood-feeding pests that play a significant role in transmitting diseases and parasites to people and animals. Avoiding their bites and reducing their numbers in your Georgia yard is important to the health and safety of you, your kids, and your pets. Ticks have a four-stage life cycle. As they develop, they require a new host to feed on at each life stage — larva, nymph, and adult. Ticks are slow feeders; this allows them to successfully transmit diseases and bacteria they are carrying from host to host. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are commonly transmitted by ticks living in our region.

Like fleas, the sole source of nutrition for ticks is the blood they consume from their hosts. As their animal hosts move from place to place foraging for food and shelter, they bring the ticks that are on their backs with them. After feeding, an engorged tick falls to the ground to digest their meal; when ready, these wingless pests move to the tops of grass or other vegetation. Properties near densely wooded areas or with a lot of damp soil found under leaf cover, overgrown shrubbery, and woodpiles will attract small animals and allow large populations of ticks to form. When a new host brushes past them, they will crawl onto them and begin feeding. Their new hosts could be you, your kids, or your pets. Unlike fleas, most ticks can't breed indoors, meaning these pests are typically just a threat to us in our outdoor spaces. 

In conjunction with the following prevention tips, regular pest control services are the most effective and surefire way to control fleas on your property and prevent them from taking over your indoor or outdoor spaces.

  • Always inspect yourself and your pets for ticks after coming indoors, even if you've just been in your backyard.
  • If wooded areas surround your property, cut them back to maintain a barrier between wooded areas and your lawn.
  • Maintain landscaping and prevent it from overgrowing
  • Remove popular hiding spots from your yard like piles of leaves, brush, and other debris.
  • Protect pets by placing them on a year-round tick preventative program under the guidance of their veterinarian.

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