Mantis and Pest Control – Bryan & College Station
Late summer and early fall are the times of the year where you find praying mantis around your garden. Mantis are wonderful pest control for food crops, but they are generalist. This means they tend to eat whatever they can catch. Surprisingly, their diet includes hummingbirds, snakes, lizards, and insects.
If you have garden pests or even insect pests around your yard, mantis can help but they will not solve your pest issue. Most pest control issues require a focused approach – something that targets the pest without causing too much damage to other beneficial organisms.
Biological Controls and Beneficial Insects
Ladybugs are a biological control and are another option for garden pest control, but they are similar to the praying mantis. Ladybugs help to control pests, but they are also generalists.
Predatory mites are a focused solution if your garden has red spider mites. The predatory mites are very specific and will go after the red spider mites.
Pesticide use, even on flowering plants, can be very specific or impact many different types of organisms. A common question we receive is how to deal with pests without killing off the beneficial insects. The answer to that question is to be as specific with pesticides as possible. For example, stink bugs suck plant sap, so it is best to use a systemic pesticide rather than a contact pesticide. If you do so after the plant has flowered, you reduce the impact the pesticide has on bees and pollinators.
Generalized or Target-Specific Pest Control
When it comes to pest control around the home, you could use a generalized approach or one that is more specific. Which choice you choose depends on the type of pest and how severe the infestation is. For quality pest control, it is important to have a deeper understanding and knowledge of the pests infesting the area. By understanding pests, we can thoughtfully apply pest control solutions that work well.
Our knowledge helps us deal with pest issues, keep your yard and home safer, and reduce the environmental impact for your family, pests, and for the beneficial organisms that live around us.
The approach of pest management in the home or yard should be very carefully thought out. Pesticides and biological controls, such as the mantis, can be effective at controlling some pests. Some pest issues require specialized treatment so that you can live without pests in your home or yard. Safety is always a concern and rightly so. The safe handling of pest control issues is our top priority. We also offer a deep understanding of pests, their habits, lifecycle, and more. All of that knowledge helps us to thoughtfully apply pest control tools that do the job without sacrificing safety. We also offer green pest control products that break down into harmless chemicals, and that helps the environment while taking down pest insects.
Learn more about pest control and how to handle pest issues by reaching out to our team. We provide thoughtful and efficient pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station communities.