Environmentally Beneficial Insects You Shouldn’t Kill
While some may find insects to be pesky, annoying and even disgusting, many of the bugs we come across should not be disturbed or killed because of their beneficial contributions to the environment. As a professional pest control company, we’ve encountered millions of various bug species throughout our years in business. Our trained pest control technicians know which insects should be extracted and which should be exterminated. We’d like to enlighten our clients about several beneficial insects you should never kill, no matter how annoying or gross they may seem. If any of the bugs we’ve outlined below are invading your home or business, don’t kill them call Richmond Pest Control today for professional pest control services in Staten Island, NY.
6 Beneficial Insects you Should Not Kill
Why: Honey bees are one of the most valuable bugs in our ecosystem. In order to survive they must collect nectar and pollen, as they do this they pollinate flowers and crop. A single honey bee can pollinate 50-100 flowers in a single day. They’re also the only insect to create a food consumed by humans. If you have a honeybee problem near your home or business, Richmond Pest Control works with local beekeepers to adopt and protect your unwanted bees.
Why: These harmless insects will do wonders to protect your garden from mites, fruit flies and many other damaging insects.
Why: Another helpful bug for avid gardeners, a single praying mantis can help control the insect population of a medium-size garden.
Why: Not only are butterflies beautiful to admire on a gorgeous spring day, they also help to pollinate the plants and flowers in your yard.
Why: Dragonflies have a large appetite and vast taste for other insects. Most importantly, they devour all of these pesky mosquitoes ruining your outdoor living space.
Why: While some spiders, mainly the brown recluse and black widows, are harmful to humans the vast majority of spiders pose no threat. Common household spiders actually feed on other insects and control the pest population in the darkest corners of your home. However, if you find an overwhelming amount of spiders in your home, call for our pest control services to have them safely extracted.
Safe Pest Extraction
If any of the above beneficial insects are invading your home or office building, while harmless it is still a nuisance. Call Richmond Pest Control for safe and effective pest control and preventative measures throughout Staten Island, NY and the surrounding areas. With over 25 years of industry experience, our pest control technicians have the knowledge and equipment to extract and remove harmless pests and insects from your property.
5 Tips to Keep your Outdoor Party Bug-Free
Spring and summer’s beautiful warm weather calls for BBQs, pool parties and a slew of other outdoor celebrations. While you are definitely inviting friends, family and neighbors, bees, mosquitos, ants, flies and other nasty bugs are NOT on your guest list. However, you may find them slipping through security and buzzing around your party bothering your guests if you don’t prepare your backyard properly. Richmond Pest Control, a professional pest extermination company in Staten Island, has come up with the 5 easiest tips to keep your next outdoor party bug-free.
Easy Tricks to Throw a Bug-Free Outdoor Party
Tip 1: Cover your Food & Cups. Bugs are attracted to the sweet, delicious scents of food and drinks. Use cups with lids and straws, or cover them with cupcake liners when you’re not sipping. Similarly, keep all food indoors and discard leftovers immediately. This is the easiest way eliminate pesky flies and mosquitos.
Tip 2: Build a bug-free bonfire. Throw a bundle of sage into your bonfire as a clever way to smoke out and repel mosquitos and other flying insects.
Tip 3: Drain Standing Water. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos. Before hosting an outdoor event, go around your yard and find places water gathers such as buckets, kiddie pools, bird baths and gutters. While these should be emptied regularly, it is especially important before hosting guests outdoors.
Tip 4: Cut your Grass. Many flying insects, like mosquitos and bees, are drawn to high grass and weeds. They use the tall, thick grass to hide ground nests and for a quiet place to mate. Keep your grass short to help keeps bugs away.
Tip 5: Traditional bug spray. A classic remedy to an age-old problem. Make sure whichever brand you choose, it contains DEET, which is the gold-standard for all repellents. DEET is a safe and effective insect repellent developed by the U.S. Army and used since 1946.
Tip 6: Natural Mosquito Repellents. Not all repellents have to contain harsh chemicals. There are several plants that provide a natural repellent, as well as many DIY tricks.
Read More: All Natural Backyard Mosquito Repellents.
Insect Pest Control Specialists
These simple tips and tricks will work wonders to ward off the occasional fly, mosquito and bee during your casual backyard BBQ. However, if you have feel like you have a more severe pest problem call our Staten Island insect pest control company today. We’ll come to your home for an evaluation and offer several effective methods to terminate and remove an insect infestation. For year-round prevention against bugs & rodents, see our winter pest control tips.