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Advice from a Pest Professional

There is a wealth of knowledge about pests that every homeowner could benefit from learning.

We talked to some of the strongest leaders in Fox Pest Control to bring you insight about pests and what you can do to keep them away.

Josh Castelan is the General Manager of McAllen and Corpus Christi, Texas. He started working in the industry with Fox Pest Control in 2013.

His knowledge and experience have served him and the members of his team, and now it's time for his knowledge to serve you.

Things You Didn't Know About Leafcutter Ants

We learned some interesting things about pests we didn't know before after we spoke with Josh Castelan.

"A lot of people don't realize leafcutters travel great distances because they have a purpose," he explained. "Leafcutters are actually trying to take away the dead vegetation of the earth.

"Some people [say], 'My plant is getting eaten by these leafcutters,'" he continued. "But the truth is that plant is unhealthy and it's sick, and it's actually on its way to dying. It wouldn't have the bacteria that the leafcutters need to ferment that if it wasn't in that state."

Ants are a serious problem year-round throughout Texas. Leafcutter ants are just one species that can cause problems for customers.

Some species of leafcutter ants target healthy as well as unhealthy plants. Fox has the knowledge and resources needed to help you with whatever situation you face.

Leafcutter Ants Will Travel for Food

Joshua continued, "I also highlight how far the leafcutters travel because they'll travel blocks and blocks.

"Think about that," he said. "If I'm hungry, I'm going to get a burger that's right across the street. Why would I go ten miles away? It's because I couldn't eat that burger. And that's leafcutters."

He explained that leafcutters travel such extreme distances because they have a very specific and specialized food source.

What to do About Leafcutter Ants

We asked Josh what people should do when they discover leafcutter ants in the garden or near important plants.

"I tell customers right away," he said, "'Your plant is sick, and you need to work on MiracleGro. You need to work on the balance of that plant, and the PH balance, making sure it's a healthy plant. [Then] it's going to be unsuitable for these leafcutters to eat."

A healthy plant will resist plenty of other garden pests, not just leafcutters. Some pests will feed on a plant if it is sick or unhealthy, other pests like spider mites will feed on the plant and cause it to become sick.

If you suspect your plants are healthy but they are still under attack from leafcutters or other pests, don't hesitate to contact Fox to learn other things you can do.

Pest Control Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

We also asked Josh some everyday things Texans could do to keep pests out of their house or away from their yard.

"The most obvious ones in the Texas region," said Josh, "are just decluttering your back yards. Right now, we have a season of fleas and ticks that are about to bloom in the springtime, and if you're preparing your backyard by decluttering … trash, debris …. That's one of the bigger ones on the outside, decluttering."

Plenty of pests are willing to hide under fallen branches, old cars or refrigerators left outside, fallen leaves, or long grass.

Any kind of debris that touches the house or is left out should be cleaned up right away.

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When you call Fox, you aren't just hiring a company to get rid of pests. You're joining a family.

If you call before 2 pm, you could receive service the same day. Scheduling is dependent upon your timeline and our Pest Pro availability.

We work hard to ensure you feel a part of the Fox Family and to restore your peace of mind. Your family and your safety is our number one priority.

So next time you think pest control, think Fox Pest Control.

Posted on February 10, 2020.

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