Pest Control Tips for Lake Living

Pest Control Tips for Lake Living

Living by a lake offers a serene retreat, yet it has unique challenges, including managing local pests. At Bug House, we’re committed to keeping your lakeside residence pest-free so you can enjoy your peaceful haven without worry. Here are some tailored tips to help control pests by the lake:

1. Carpenter Bees:

Carpenter bees can damage your home by drilling into wood to lay their larvae. This becomes particularly problematic when woodpeckers, attracted by the larvae, create larger holes as they hunt for a meal. To prevent these pests from settling in, it’s essential to paint or stain all exposed wood surfaces. The best time for preventive treatments is in February and early March, before the bees begin laying larvae. Regular inspections and treatments can help maintain the integrity of your lakeside home.

2. Spiders:

Spiders often populate lakeside homes, drawn by the damp environment and abundant flying insects. Traditional repellents are less effective as spiders do not typically walk through pesticides to absorb them. To manage spider populations, focus on controlling outdoor lighting—dim lights and use blinds to minimize attraction. Keep areas around doors and windows clear, as these are common sites for webs. Regularly cleaning to remove existing webs also helps keep their numbers down.

3. Water Snakes:

Water snakes are common in lake environments and may venture onto docks or into boats. While not poisonous, their aggressive posturing and similar markings can confuse them for venomous snakes. It’s important to exercise caution when accessing infrequently used areas like stored boats where snakes may have taken refuge. Understanding that these snakes are part of the ecosystem can help in managing encounters without harming them or causing property damage.

4. Mosquitoes:

Mosquitoes thrive around lakes, especially in areas with standing water. To combat their breeding, eliminate any standing water around your property, including in drains and landscape drainage areas, which are often overlooked. Utilizing In2Care systems, provided by Bug House, which protect pollinators like honey bees, can effectively reduce mosquito populations. These systems exploit the mosquito’s lifecycle, spreading larvicide back to breeding sites and controlling their spread without harming beneficial insects.

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Contact Bug House today to schedule pest control service. We proudly serve customers throughout Georgia in Augusta, Carrollton, Columbus, Dublin, Eastman, Forsyth, Lake Oconee, Macon, Madison, McDonough, Milledgeville, Monroe, Sandersville, Savannah, St. Simons, Warner Robins, and Watkinsville.