The summer months are heavy with flying insects in many regions across the United States — with pests ranging from mosquitoes and various fly species, to stinging insects like wasps and hornets. These pests can impact both indoor and outdoor areas, and residential and commercial accounts. They can be particularly bothersome to clients, given their tendency to hover, buzz around people, and potentially bite or sting.
The first step to successfully treating a flying insect problem is to correctly identify the pest you’re dealing with and the source(s) from which they’re originating:
- Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so checking out wet spots around the perimeter is a good first step.
- Various species of flies are attracted to ripening or rotting food and other organic matter, which is where they will lay eggs.
- Stinging insects like wasps and hornets often build nests in trees and structural overhangs.
No matter what flying insect problem you’re dealing with, implementing a comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM) solution is your best bet, which includes getting the customer involved to prevent future infestations.