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Something Bugging You? | Home Pest Control


Southern States Offers Tips for Summer Insect Control

Insects are typically at their worst during the summer and fall months. Their damage can weaken plants, causing them to die in the hot summer sun. And they can ruin outdoor fun for you and your family.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to control outdoor pests that infest your lawn and garden, such as grubs, chinch bugs, sod webworms, and billbugs, in addition to outdoor pests that can make their way inside, such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and ants.

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they are often carriers of serious diseases.Our stores offer a variety of great products to help control insects outdoors and, as a result, indoors as well. We recommend a 3-Step Program for pest control:

  1. Treat the animal – treating your pets for ticks and fleas with Zodiac collars, Zodiac Spot On, Zodiac Triple Action Shampoo and Happy Jack Kennel Dip II for Dogs will help minimize the transfer of pests from outdoors to indoors, and will keep your pet safe.
  2. Treat inside the house – flea and tick foggers will help break the life cycle of flea eggs and larvae up to seven months. Indoor insect sprays such as Zodiac Advanced Indoor Insect Spray kill insects such as fleas, ticks, ants and roaches, on the spot.
  3. Treat outside the house – From ant, flea and tick killers to lawn pests, Southern States offers a variety of effective products for outdoor use.

For example, Southern States Summer Lawn Food with Insect Control 9 -15-20 contains slow release nitrogen for long lasting grass greening. It controls fleas, ticks, dear ticks and American dog ticks, ants, billbugs, chinch bugs, and mole crickets. This unique combination of insecticide and fertilizer controls insects while replenishing essential nutrients in your lawn.

Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer is the only product that combines two targeted chemistries into one granule to achieve true maximum protection above and below ground. Insects killed include ants, aphids, armyworms, bagworm, chinch bugs, cockroaches, cutworms, earwigs, fleas, grasshoppers, gypsy moth, lacebugs, leafhoppers, leafminers, mealybugs, mosquitoes, pine tip moths, rose midges, sod webworms, spiders, spittlebugs, thrips, ticks, white grubs and whiteflies.

Another great choice is Talstar One, a concentrate which comes in liquid form is a professional-grade multi-use insecticide for termite control, ants, mites, mosquitoes and 70 other pests. Mix a solution of ½ oz. per gal. of water to treat 1000 sq. ft. Read label carefully for instructions on use indoors. Another choice is Talstar EZ Granular Insect Control. This cost effective granular insect control’s larger particle size makes it easier to see where it has been applied. Talstar EZ Granular Insect Control is great for ants (including imported fire ants), mole crickets and other outdoor pests. Apply it to the lawn, in landscaped areas and around the perimeter of your house. Although pet safe, Talstar EZ is highly toxic to fish and aquatic organisms and should be kept out of drains and water courses.

Mosquito Control

In addition to treating your property for insects, cat and dog owners should take some additional precautions. Check for fleas and ticks weekly when you brush your pet. Pay special attention to the length of the legs, the base of the tail, around the ears, lower abdomen and between the toes. Bathe dogs weekly and bathe cats two-to-three times throughout the summer with a flea shampoo to discourage fleas. Vigilance is important. Treating your pet, its bedding or other areas it sleeps and your yard in combination is the best way to discourage infestations.

Finally, controlling insects outdoors will greatly reduce the migration of insects indoors. Make sure you keep indoors clean, however, paying special attention to kitchens and bathrooms. Wipe down countertops and sweep floors regularly, keeping cupboards and storage areas clean. Store pet foods, and people foods, in sealed containers. You may also want to seal entry points with caulking, and move firewood and piles of debris away from your home.

These simple tips will help ensure you and your family can enjoy a healthy, pest free summer.

Common Lawn Destroying Insects

Grubs, the c-shaped larvae of various beetles, feed on the roots of your grass, destroying your lawn.Grubs: Various larvae of beetles feed on the grass roots. Generally white, C-shaped, with brown heads and three pairs of legs near the head end.

Lawn Symptoms: Large dead patches can easily be pulled up in sheets and grubs can be seen in the soil.

Chinch Bugs: Small black bugs with white wings and red legs.

Lawn Symptoms: Brown dead patches in sunny areas of lawn. To test for chinch bugs, take an empty coffee can, cut out both ends and plant it in the soil about two inches deep. Fill the can with water. If present, chinch bugs will float to the surface in about five minutes.

Sod Webworms: Larva of moths, either brown or gray, ¾ inch long eat the grass blades. They do most of their feeding at night.

Lawn Symptoms: Brown spots with an irregular shape. If unchecked, spots my run together to form large brown patches.

Billbugs: Dark gray to black with prominent snout.

Lawn Symptoms: Most often found in bluegrass. Larvae tunnel inside the grass stems to reach the roots, killing the grass in defined patches.

See your local Southern States dealer for the answers to "what's bugging you".


Flea & Tick Control

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Eqyss Flea Bite Flea & Tick Shampoo for Pets 16 oz
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$9.99
Eqyss Flea Bite Flea & Tick Shampoo for Pets 16 oz
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Farnam Equisect Fly Repellent Spray 32oz
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$12.99
Farnam Equisect Fly Repellent Spray 32oz
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Happy Jack 4oz Kennel Dip II
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$16.99
Happy Jack 4oz Kennel Dip II
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Zodiac Carpet & Upholstery Powder 1LB
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$9.99
Zodiac Carpet & Upholstery Powder 1LB
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Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo w/Precor 1 gal
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$129.99
Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo w/Precor 1 gal
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Happy Jack 16oz Happy Jack DD-33 Flea/Tick Spray
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$12.99
Happy Jack 16oz Happy Jack DD-33 Flea/Tick Spray
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Bio-Groom Flea & Tick Shampoo For Dogs 32 oz
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$19.99
Bio-Groom Flea & Tick Shampoo For Dogs 32 oz
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Petlock Plus Flea & Tick For Dogs 23-44 lb
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Petlock Plus Flea & Tick For Dogs 23-44 lb
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