Shreveport has its share of yard pests, including wildlife, crawling insects, and flying bugs. While some areas of the city get hit harder than others, all homeowners need to know how to manage these nuisances.
Here, we present the methods used by professional exterminators to get rid of yard pests. We’ve listed them in the order you’re most likely to encounter them, and we’ll also tell you where to find the materials necessary for quick success.
Fire ants are about ¾ inch long. They are primarily dark red to black and have prominent stingers protruding from their abdomens.
Fire ants build large mounds in open fields, and they usually travel in and out of the opening in search of food.
In contrast, invasive species, such as the red imported fire ant, tunnel beneath the ground and dig new holes to forage for food. That’s why you typically see several openings scattered around your yard.
The damage that fire ants create is staggering. Not only that, their stings can cause painful welts that can trigger severe allergic reactions to those most vulnerable.
How to remove fire ants from your property:
- It’s best to use agranular baits labeled for fire ants
- Sprinkle a few ounces of bait around the mound, being careful not to hit it directly
- Drench the mound with liquid insecticide only in extreme emergencies
Baiting yields slower results than spraying. However, most scientists agree that it’s better. That’s because baiting is non-threatening to the queen and will eventually kill her as well, eliminating the worker ants in the process.
Shreveport has its share of mosquitoes, especially during the summer months. And they tend to explode in population just before fall.
Residential areas around Cross Lake tend to be the worst. Ponds and inlets make excellent breeding sites for mosquitoes. And the water isn’t going away anytime soon.
So, it can be difficult to control this biting pest around these waterways. However, there are several top-secret hacks the big pest control companies use to get rid of them.
Here are just a few:
- Keep the air moving around your home. Mosquitoes are less likely to bite during windy conditions. So, turn on your fans. You may even want to consider putting a few on the outside around your porch.
- Avoid using UV traps where you gather. Instead, try drawing the mosquitoes away from you. That means deploying light traps and bug zappers further out away from patios, porches, and entrances.
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) traps, in extreme cases, may help draw mosquitoes away from living areas. They use CO2 given off by humans as the main attractant, and they typically use propane to convert the gas into carbon dioxide.
- It may seem rather comical to some when mentioning citronella candles while talking about Shreveport. However, when used in conjunction with other methods, they can repel mosquitoes. The trick is, you have to use enough of them to be effective, both indoors and out.
Ticks and Fleas
Dog ticks and fleas adapt well to the humid environment of Shreveport. So, they become a constant battle for pet owners year-round.
Ticks carry the following diseases:
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Heartland virus
- Bourbon virus
Take these steps to get rid of ticks and fleas:
- Treat your dog or cat with a veterinarian-approved flea and tick shampoo
- Wash all pet bedding to eliminate adult ticks and fleas
- Treat indoors using diatomaceous earth or other earth-based materials
- Spray outdoors using a residual insecticide containing bifenthrin
Armadillos are small mammals that have armored skin. So, it acts as a defense against predators.
They are an invasive species to Louisiana, originating from South America. However, they are a relatively new development in the pest population of Shreveport.
While armadillos are typically associated with the extreme Southern portions of the state, they are migrating northward. And that trend, according to scientists, will probably continue.
Armadillos prefer food sources that are high in protein. For example:
- Beetle larvae
- Wasp eggs
Scientists find the armadillo diet beneficial to the environment. However, homeowners aren’t buying that notion. After all, armadillos destroy yards and gardens in their ongoing search for food.
Get rid of armadillos from your yard like this:
- Use live traps baited with raw eggs
- Wrap your plants and flowers with wire mesh to discourage digging
- Spray your lawn for insects regularly
- Use granular essential oil repellents as an extra layer of protection against armadillos