Don’t let fire ants ruin your outdoor adventures

If there’s two bugs Texans know a lot about it is mosquitoes and fire ants. Both insects cause a lot of discomfort. Especially when you’re working or playing outside.

When it comes to managing these pest problems, Bob Klepac Exterminating has multiple options to keep your family safe.

Today, our focus is on fire ants. First, fire ants are an invasive species to Texas. First introduced into the US in the 30’s, they have since spread throughout much of the south. According to Texas A&M website, they infest roughly 260million acres.

In our service area of southeast Texas, ants had been relatively under control. We would get several calls but nothing like the last year.

Ever since Hurricane Harvey, we have seen a drastic increase in the amount of fire ant calls. We see more mounds in areas where fire ants were under control and now displaced ants have relocated to these areas. Fire ants are quick to populate large acreage. In severe infestations, There can be hundreds of mounds per acre.

So it seems like it can be a daunting task to gain control over these troublesome ants. With the help of Bob Klepac Exterminating, we make the task relatively painless.

Our focus is on creating buffer zones, what this does is limit the fire ants access to your property. We also use a fire ant bait to control the mounds that are present. What this does is give us a residual control to prevent new mounds and control over the mounds that are present.

Many of our customers see a drastic reduction in ant mounds pretty quick.

Fire ants by a tree

When is the best time to treat your property for fire ants?

Fall is actually the best time to treat your lawn. Getting product out in September and October will drastically lower the amount of ants you have present in the spring.

Fire ants by a curb

For a free lawn evaluation, call 9792455700

The fall nemesis to turf…… Brown patch

Brown Patch and what to do.  So, you have done everything you can to help nurse your lawn through another grueling Texas summer. You have kept the St. Augustine turf thick and green through periods of drought and the spontaneous chinch bug invasion. Only to have random spots appear after recent early fall rains.

Brown patch in st augustine turf

These random spots in St. Augustine grass are caused by a soil pathogen. When conditions are favorable (cool and damp nights) the disease brown patch presents itself.

It will start as a fire orange color and then progress into the full irregular shapes pictured above.

What should I do?

Well, first thing you should do is turn off your irrigation system if you have one. Overwatering in the fall contributes to the progression of the disease.

While brown patch is unsightly, it will not kill your turf the way other pests or diseases will. If caught early enough, we can slow the progression of the disease with fungicides but most of the time the turf does not recover until the following year.

Give us a call we would love to talk more about turf or any pest problem for that matter. 979 245-5700

There’s Nothing That Can Ruin a Good Time Outdoors More than Getting Bitten Up By Mosquitoes

Bob Klepac’s high grade quality insecticide mist that ensures you and your family will have the best odds to enjoy a mosquito free season this year. The warmer the weather the worse these diseased ridden pests become. Recently, I have had a number of calls come in regarding this issue and we are now offering a monthly mist application to homes in need as well as one time applications for those who plan on a celebration outside.

Here are a couple of facts that may be of interest to you.

  1. Mosquitoes are, in fact, attracted to different people as they prefer a host that is unaware that they are dinner and people that are not anemic.
  2. There is only one study from the Philippines that show that drinking beer does not make you more attractive to mosquitoes (you be the judge)
  3. Mosquitoes do not favor one color over the other. This myth is associated in night hours because that is when the mosquito goes from the predator to being the preyed upon.

My best tips: schedule your activities to avoid the time when mosquitoes are most active [around dusk and dawn]. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. Invest in citronella scented candles, plants, or tiki lights and, of course, call Bob Klepac Exterminating Service (979) 245-5700 today to schedule an appointment.

Robert Klepac Jr.

Formosan aka “Super” Termites – What You Need to Know

First, a little history.

Originally found in Taiwan but most likely came from China in the early 20th century. These pests were transported to the States in the 1960’s is not a native to Texas. They cannot survive in colder climates but are a big problem in our area. I have recently treated a house in Brazoria county this week and wanted to share with you what I know about these incredibly destructive pests.

The Formosan termite is often nicknamed the “super termites” because of it’s destructive habits. These termites are bigger in size and form larger colonies than other termites. This allows these super termites to consume wood at a rapid rate.. A single colony may contain several million individuals (compared several hundred thousand termites) in other species. Moreover, a mature colony can forage up to 300 feet and can severely damage a structure in as little as three months.

How I treated this colony

This unsuspecting home in Brazoria called me when they became suspicious of termites while remodeling their kitchen. After inspection, we determined that this home had multiple construction joints and that a typical liquid barrier could not treat these fast acting pests properly. Knowing that Formosan termites can survive above ground without ever making ground contact  would prove difficult to treat with just a liquid application. We came up with a game plan that only the folks here at Bob Klepac Exterminating Service can provide. Our two prong approach was that we applied Sentricon to the parameter of the infected area as well as leaving Sentricon bait stations. We have plans to return in a month, but we are confident that this home will be completely super- termite free by June.

I wanted you all to be aware of these pests and to call me if you are suspicious of any termite activity. Call (979) 245-5700 to set up a time for me to come over and check things out.  Mention this article and get receive a free indoor and outdoor inspection for your entire home.

Robert Klepac Jr.

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What You Need To Know About The Most Destructive Pests of Turfgrass

It was brought to our attention that many Southeast Texans are suffering from White Grub infestations. We wanted to share this very important article and help save many of you from what our other clients had to endure and nip this problem in the bud- before it’s too late.  As many have experienced how these destructive pests could damage lawns. Recovery can take weeks to repair as well as embarrassment for someone who has spent ample time creating a nicely manicured lawn for their home. 

About White Grubs

White grubs are known to be the most the most destructive pests of turfgrass. The turf is damaged when the larvae, also known as the larval or the immature stages of these pests chew off the grassroots below the surface of your lawn. The injured root reduces the ability of your grass to absorb water and other nutrients

Understanding the Signs of Infestation

Rainfall and soil moisture are key critical factors that determine the extent of grub damage. Moreover, properly irrigated soil and adequate moisture can tolerate 20 or more grubs per square foot before showing signs of turf injury. If you had grubs the year before, leaves your lawn more susceptible to grubs this year.

Sampling for White Grubs

To determine the extent of a white grub infestation sample the turf in many sections of your lawn. For a self-inspection cut a square foot piece of sod and inspect the roots closely (about 2 inches below the surface). White grubs are generally small and are not as easily detected as the root damage. Typically healthy turf can outgrow a small amount of grub damage, however, as the weather changes it will be more difficult to treat this problematic pest.

Natural Enemies

In some areas nature controls these pests such as predators, parasites and diseases can keep white grubs in check. Common predators such as moles and skunks are as unwelcome as the grubs themselves.

How Bob Klepac Exterminating Services Treats White Grubs

There are two treatments to control white grubs. The Curative Approach is when white grubs are abundant, applying insecticide may be the only way to avoid serious damage. Proper timing is important, and our treatments are applied only after the eggs are hatched, and grubs are present. The Preventative Approach is the insecticide that is used as insurance and protection against white grubs, and the timing, as well as a flexible schedule, proving the benefits of treating these pests before damage has set in. Furthermore, we will discuss a post-treatment irrigation application to get the most out of our visit.

The key to treatment is to take action before it’s too late

We are here to help.  Please call (979) 245-5700 for a free estimate.