Author: Katie Bourg

Winter Snake Control in Louisiana

The winter months may bring slight relief from the scorching Louisiana heat, but it doesn’t mean you’re completely safe from snakes. As temperatures drop, snakes seek warmth and shelter around homes, potentially posing a threat to you and your pets. To ensure a snake-free winter, here are some simple tips to follow.

Close Up Entry Points

Snakes can slip through surprisingly small openings. Inspect your home for any cracks or gaps in doors, windows, and foundation walls. Seal them with weather stripping or caulk to prevent snakes from entering.

Remove Debris

Clean up any debris, such as woodpiles, leaves, and clutter, around your home. Snakes may seek refuge in places like behind your firewood storage pile during colder months. Keeping your property tidy discourages them from settling in.

Trim Vegetation

Keep your yard well-maintained. Trim overgrown grass, bushes, and shrubs regularly, as snakes are more likely to hide in tall vegetation. This reduces their hiding spots and makes your property less attractive to them.

Secure Trash

Snakes are attracted to food sources, such as rodents and insects. Make sure your trash cans are tightly sealed to prevent them from becoming a food source and luring snakes near your home.

Check for Snakes

Before you step outside, take a moment to scan your surroundings. Snakes are ectothermic, meaning they rely on external heat sources. On sunny winter days, they might bask in the sun to warm up. Be cautious and avoid startling them.

Install Snake Fencing

Consider installing a snake-proof fence around your yard. This can be a highly effective way to keep snakes out, especially if you live in an area with a high snake population.

Educate Yourself

Learn about the snakes commonly found in Louisiana, especially the venomous ones. Knowing how to identify them and their habits can help you stay safe.

Seek Professional Help

If you encounter a snake on your property, it’s best to call a professional wildlife removal service. The Bug Man offers a service which involves putting a scent barrier around the home that repels snakes from coming near your house. 

Attempting to handle a snake on your own can be dangerous. The Bug Man has many Louisiana Department of Agriculture licensed trappers for animal removal or eradication. Call us today at 923-BUGS or request a free estimate online here

Keeping Your Louisiana Home Rodent and Odor-Free During Winter

Cooler temperatures and occasional bouts of rain make this the perfect season for rodents to seek shelter in our cozy homes and offices. Dealing with these uninvited guests not only poses health risks but can also lead to unpleasant odors. Read on for some simple and effective ways to keep your home rodent and odor-free.

  1. Seal Those Entry Points
    Mice and rats can slip into your home through tiny openings. Inspect your home for cracks and gaps in walls, doors, and windows. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal these openings and prevent rodents from entering.
  2. Store Food Securely
    Rodents are attracted to food sources. Keep all food items, including pet food, in airtight containers to deter hungry critters from exploring your pantry.
  3. Clean Regularly
    A clean home is less inviting to rodents. Regularly clean up crumbs, spills, and food debris. Don’t forget to sweep and mop under appliances and furniture.
  4. Declutter
    Reduce clutter in your home to eliminate hiding spots for rodents. Organize your belongings and dispose of items you no longer need.
  5. Set Traps
    Place humane traps or baited snap traps in areas where you suspect rodent activity. Be sure to check them daily and release captured animals safely or dispose of dead ones.
  6. Use Natural Repellents
    Consider using natural repellents like peppermint oil or mothballs in areas where rodents might enter. These scents are unpleasant to them and can help deter them from your home.
  7. Keep Your Yard Tidy
    Rodents can also take refuge in your yard. Keep your outdoor space tidy by removing debris, trimming overgrown plants, and sealing garbage cans.
  8. Insulate Your Home
    Proper insulation helps regulate your home’s temperature and can deter rodents from seeking warmth inside. Check and improve your home’s insulation as needed.
  9. Consult Professionals
    If your rodent problem persists, don’t hesitate to contact a pest control professional like The Bug Man. We can assess the situation and provide effective solutions tailored to your home.
  10. Control Odors
    To combat odors that may result from rodent infestations, use odor-absorbing products like baking soda or activated charcoal. These can help neutralize unpleasant smells.


The Bug Man Approach

Our highly trained technicians have the best technology and expertise to combat rodents and odors in your home or place of business. 


Exclusion in commercial and residential pest management is the first line of defense to prevent a pest invasion. As an integrated management system, it is a much more simplistic and safer way to control pests and eradicate any infestation before it can get out of control. Working on things like garbage chutes, drains, weep holes, plumbing penetrations, and foundation cracks, the idea is to keep rodents and pests out by closing up the options they have to find their ways indoors.

Odor Control

Our odor control machines can be used in commercial and residential buildings such as medical waiting areas, nursing homes, daycare centers, restaurants, night clubs, beauty parlors and other venues that cannot be evacuated for odor treatment. The polluted air in the room passes through the Hydroxyl machine, is neutralized then blown back out as fresh clean air. This process may take hours or up to 4-5 days depending on the room size and remediation issue.


Exterior rodent bait stations will keep rodents hungry, before they enter your home looking for a food source. Baiting, exclusion and odor control are the three methods we use in conjunction with a rodent issue. Trap them, seal the holes, flush out the odor of the dead ones.

By taking these simple steps, you can enjoy a rodent and odor-free home or business during the winter in Louisiana. Remember, early prevention and regular maintenance are key to keeping your home cozy and critter-free all season long. Read more about The Bug Man’s exclusions and odor control services here. Call The Bug Man today at 923-BUGS.

How to Handle Nuisance Pests in Your Home

As the leaves change color and the air gets a bit crisper, fall is a magical time in Louisiana. But, it’s also the season when some unwanted visitors may decide to make your home their own. Nuisance pests and wildlife can become a hassle during this time, and it’s important to know how to deal with them.


Squirrels are adorable when they’re playing in the trees, but they can become a real nuisance when they find their way into your attic. In the fall, they’re busy gathering food for the winter, and your home may seem like a cozy hideaway.


Raccoons are known troublemakers, and they love rummaging through trash cans. During the fall, they’re on the lookout for food, and your garbage cans might be their first stop.


Mice are small but can cause big problems. They can squeeze through tiny openings and make a mess in your kitchen. In the fall, they’re seeking warmth and shelter just like us.

Creepy Crawlers

Spiders and insects often find their way indoors when the temperatures drop. While most are harmless, some can be a bit scary to encounter in your home.

So, how can you deal with these unwanted guests?

Preventive Measures

  1. Seal any cracks or openings in your home’s foundation, walls, and roof. The Bug Man has decades of expertise in exclusion – we find every crack, nook and cranny and seal them up so these unwanted friends can’t re-enter the home.
  2. Keep your trash cans securely closed to deter raccoons.
  3. Store food in airtight containers to discourage mice.
  4. Keep your home clean and clutter-free to make it less appealing to pests.

Humane Removal

  1. If you find wildlife in your home, it’s best to contact a professional wildlife removal service to ensure they are safely and humanely relocated.
  2. The Bug Man’s technicians are licensed to trap and/or remove animals such as raccoons, squirrels, possums, snakes, birds, bats, moles, beaver, nutria, foxes, etc from a dwelling.
  3. We have many different methods and resources available to control nuisance animal infestations such as trapping, removal, chemical deterrence and sound devices while also offering odor control for unwanted animal scent at a property.

Stay Safe

  1. Always exercise caution when dealing with wildlife. Even cute animals like squirrels can become aggressive if they feel threatened.
  2. Wear gloves and use appropriate tools when removing pests.

While fall in Louisiana is a beautiful time, it’s important to be prepared for nuisance pests and wildlife looking for shelter and food. By taking preventive measures and seeking professional help when needed, you can ensure a pest-free and comfortable home during this lovely season.

The Bug Man has many Louisiana Department of Agriculture licensed trappers for animal removal or eradication. Call us today at 923-BUGS or request a free estimate online.

How Do I Get Rid Of Fire Ants In My Yard?

As the scorching Louisiana sun beats down, life in the Bayou State becomes a battle against the elements. It’s not just us seeking refuge from the suffocating heat and arid conditions, though – fire ants and crazy ants are on the move too. These tiny creatures are adapting to the harsh environment by seeking shelter and moisture, much like us. 


What are Fire Ants?

Fire ants build mounds in almost any type of soil, but prefer open, sunny areas such as meadows, pastures, parks, playgrounds, lawns, sports fields and golf courses, as well as agricultural land and wilderness areas. Often mounds are located in rotting logs and around stumps and trees. Colonies also can occur in or under buildings. Fire ants will not create mounds when the weather is extremely hot or dry. During this time, they go deep underground during the day and come out at night to forage. 


What are Crazy Ants?

Crazy ants are another breed of ants that have been on the rise in Louisiana over the last few years. While they don’t sting or bite, crazy ants can cause structural damage because they often nest in homes, electrical boxes, etc. and they thrive and multiply in moist, wooded areas, cracks, crevices–anywhere they can find shelter. While people have tried to end the pests’ existence, they often find they are fighting a losing battle.


A Raft of Ants

One of the craziest things about these ants is their ability to form rafts in response to heavy rainfall. These rafts allow the ants to float on water instead of drowning. They work together in harmony, with the lower ants acting as sacrificial lambs, forming a base that supports the rest of the colony. While some ants die at the bottom, the majority of the colony survives this ordeal and relocates once the waters recede. This collective effort shows the incredible resilience of these tiny creatures.


Can you be allergic to Ants?

Yes! Ants can be life-threatening if you have an allergy to them. The Bug Man has products to help you keep them out of your yard and your home. While crazy ants don’t sting or bite, fire ant stings are painful, characterized by a local burning sensation, which swells into a bump within hours. The bump may develop into a white pustule within 24–36 hours, which can become infected if scratched, but will spontaneously flatten within a few days if left alone. 


The Bug Man has products to help you keep ants out of your yard and your home. From Fire Ants to Crazy Ants, we can solve any of your ant problems. 



Keep Roaches from Vacationing Indoors this Summer

Roaches thrive in warm and humid environments so they’re more active during the summer months. They can enter your home through small cracks, drains, or even hitch a ride in grocery bags or cardboard boxes. Roaches prefer to hide in dark, moist areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements during the day. And they reproduce rapidly, making it crucial to tackle a roach problem quickly before they start to lay eggs and multiply.

How to Prevent Roach Infestations

Preventing a roach infestation starts with maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment. Here are a few tips to help keep them from throwing a house party while you’re out.

  1. Roaches are attracted to food and water sources, so ensure that your kitchen is spotless and free of crumbs and spills.
  2. Store food in airtight containers and promptly fix any plumbing leaks to eliminate sources of moisture.
  3. Seal cracks and crevices to prevent roaches from entering your home.
  4. Regularly empty and clean trash cans, and keep outdoor garbage bins tightly sealed.
Let The Bug Man do the Dirty Work

If you’ve spotted roaches living care-free around your home and your roach spray isn’t doing the trick, it’s time to seek professional help. The Bug Man is experienced in dealing with roach infestations and can provide targeted treatments to eradicate these pests and their eggs. We employ safe and effective methods, including baits, sprays, and dusts, to eliminate roaches at their source. Our expertise ensures a thorough inspection of your home to identify and seal off entry points, preventing future infestations.

This summer, don’t let roaches crash your summer plans. By practicing preventive measures and seeking professional assistance, you can bid farewell to these unwelcome intruders. Contact The Bug Man today for a roach-free summer!

Summer Flea Prevention Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Pets

Split-image of a dog and a large flea holding a hitchhiker's bindle over its shoulder.

Fleas are pesky insects that love warm weather, making them more active during the summer. They are tiny and hard to spot, but their itchy bites can be a real nuisance. Fleas often hitch a ride into your house on your pets or even on your clothes. Once inside, they multiply rapidly, infesting your carpets, furniture, and bedding. Fleas are like the rabbits of the insect kingdom, so it’s important to act quickly to prevent a full-blown flea infestation.

Fleas in the House

Fleas are super stealthy in infiltrating your home. Once they hitch a ride into your home, you’ve got a full-blown flea circus. To get rid of these pesky acrobats, arm yourself with flea treatments for your furry pals and vacuum like there’s no tomorrow! Here are a few tips on how to get rid of fleas in the house:

Flea Prevention is Key
  1. Start by regularly grooming your dogs and cats and inspecting them for any signs of fleas and flea bites.
  2. Use a flea comb to catch them before they have a chance to multiply.
  3. Wash your pet’s bedding regularly in hot water and consider using flea prevention treatments recommended by your veterinarian.
  4. Keep your yard tidy by mowing the grass and removing any debris where fleas might hide.
  5. Vacuum your home frequently, paying extra attention to carpets, rugs, and furniture.
Get Help from a Pest Expert

Despite your best efforts, fleas can still find their way into your home. When faced with a full-blown infestation, it’s time to call in the experts. The Bug Man has the knowledge, experience, and tools to effectively get rid of fleas in your home. We can apply safe and targeted treatments that eradicate fleas at every life stage.

Fleas can be bothersome to you and your pets. And due to the sheer amount of eggs one flea can lay along with the long and repetitive life cycle, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them by yourself. Let The Bug Man treat your home to solve your flea infestation problem today!

Did you Know?

To see if a flea is biting you, put on white tube socks! If there are fleas, they’ll show up against the bright white socks.

What To Do If Your House Has Bed Bugs?

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. They are commonly found in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and other furniture near sleeping areas. These pests are known for their ability to cause skin irritation and discomfort, and they can quickly become a major nuisance for homeowners. 

How Do You Treat a Bed Bug Infestation?

If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation in your home, it is important to take action as soon as possible to eliminate these pests and prevent them from spreading.

Pest Control

One of the most effective ways to eliminate bed bugs from your home is to hire a professional pest control service. Pest control professionals are trained and equipped to handle bed bug infestations of any size, and they have access to specialized treatments and techniques that are not available to the average homeowner. 


Pest control professionals use a variety of methods to eliminate bed bugs from homes, including heat treatments, insecticides, and fumigation. Heat treatments involve raising the temperature of the infested area to a level that is lethal to bed bugs, while insecticides and fumigation treatments target the pests directly with chemicals. Your pest control professional will work with you to determine the best treatment method based on the severity of the infestation and your specific needs.


In addition to eliminating bed bugs from your home, a pest control service can also provide tips and recommendations for preventing future infestations. This may include advice on how to properly clean. store & transport bedding and other linens as well as provide information on how to identify early signs of a bed bug infestation. A preventative treatment service can also be applied to a property to be proactive against bed bugs. This product has a 90-day residual with no odor and is safe to use around sleeping areas in multi-family housing, senior living facilities, shelters, hotels, etc.

Did you know?

The Bug Man offers bed bug training classes to housing facilities! This hour-long class will teach staff how to identify the insect and strategies for preventing the spread of bed bugs, including proper transport of bedding material throughout the facility. We also develop bed bug protocols for staff to follow in the event of an active issue. The course culminates in a short test showing completion of the training, which is a great tool for management to keep on file for any health inspections!



What keeps biting me?!

If you are being bitten but can’t find any insects, The Bug Man can test furniture in the sleeping and common areas for current and previous bed bug infestations. These test kits will show a positive result if bed bugs have been present or any treatment for bed bugs was performed in the last 90 days. We recommend calling The Bug Man and packing a few in your suitcase for your next hotel stay!  

If you are dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home, call The Bug Man. We can provide the expertise and tools needed to eliminate these pests and restore your home to a comfortable, pest-free environment.



Combating Mosquitoes in Louisiana: How The Bug Man Can Help

If you’ve ever spent time outside in Louisiana, you know that mosquitoes can be a big problem. Whether you’re enjoying a backyard barbecue or trying to relax on your porch, these pesky insects can make your time outdoors unbearable.

Thankfully, you can combat mosquitoes and reclaim your outdoor space with one call to The Bug Man. The Bug Man offers a variety of mosquito control services to help keep the bugs at bay. 

In2Care Mosquito Station System

One popular option is the use of the In2Care Mosquito Station System which uses a patented technology for transferring high doses of biocides to flying insects. When a mosquito lands in a baited pot filled with water, the product covers its body. The mosquito carries the bait with it when it flies to another source of standing water, thereby treating that standing water with bait as well! The highly effective system not only kills the female mosquito, but also sterilizes her reproduction. Most importantly, In2Care reduces the risk of mosquito-borne virus transmission, so you and your loved ones can safely enjoy the outdoors.

Yard Fogging

Yard fogging is a popular method for controlling mosquitoes in outdoor areas. By releasing a fine mist of insecticide into the air, it kills the mosquitoes present and can provide several weeks of mosquito-free space. This method is ideal for those who want to protect their outdoor spaces from mosquitoes without having to apply insect repellent on themselves. However, it’s important to choose a properly certified insecticide provider and to follow manufacturer instructions carefully to ensure effective and safe control of mosquitoes.

Mosquito Misting Systems

The Bug Man also offers a mosquito misting system. These systems dispense a fine mist of pesticide to kill mosquitoes and other flying insects. They can be installed around your yard and are programmed to go off at specific times to ensure maximum effectiveness.

By partnering with a pest control company like The Bug Man, you can enjoy your outdoor space without the nuisance of mosquitoes. Don’t let these tiny insects ruin your summer – take action today to keep them under control. Give The Bug Man a call.

The Signs and Dangers of Termite Infestations and What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk of One

The Dangers of Termite Infestations and the Potential Damage to Buildings and Structures

Termites can cause significant damage to buildings and other wooden structures, and the extent of the damage can vary depending on the species, location and size of the infestation.

Termites feed on cellulose-based materials like wood, paper and cardboard. They can consume large amounts of these materials if left untreated. This can weaken the structural integrity of the building and potentially cause collapse. Termites can also damage furniture, books and other household items made of wood or cellulose-based materials.

Subterranean termites, the most common type of termite, typically feed on wood that is in contact with the ground, such as wooden support beams, flooring and furniture. They can also build mud tubes to access higher levels of the building, causing damage to walls and ceilings.

Formosan termites, a more aggressive and destructive species, can cause significant damage in a shorter time. They can nest in various environments, including trees, boats and high-rise buildings. They can also chew through foam insulation, plaster and other materials, causing further damage.

It is essential to have regular termite inspections and treatments to prevent infestations and minimize the potential damage caused by termites. Early detection and treatment can prevent significant damage and save homeowners from expensive repairs.

Signs of Termite Infestation: How to Identify if Your Home or Building is Infested with Termites

Termites are destructive pests that can cause significant damage to a home or building if left unchecked. It is important to be aware of the signs of a termite infestation so that you can take action and prevent further damage. Here are some signs to look out for:

Mud tubes:

These are pencil-thin tubes made of soil and termite saliva that termites use to travel from their colony to their food source. They can be found outside a building’s foundation, walls or even on furniture.

Wood damage:

Termites feed on wood, so if you notice any hollowed-out or damaged wood in your home or building, it could be a sign of an infestation.

Discarded wings:

When termites swarm, they shed their wings. Finding discarded wings near windows, doors, or other entry points could be a sign that termites have entered your home.


This is termite excrement and can look like small, pellet-like droppings. If you find this near wooden structures, it could indicate a termite infestation.

Clicking sounds:

Some species of termites make clicking sounds when they detect danger or are disturbed. If you hear clicking sounds coming from your walls or ceiling, it could be a sign of termites.

Tight-fitting doors and windows:

Termites can cause wood to warp or swell, making doors and windows difficult to open or close.

Presence of swarmers:

These are winged termites that are part of a new colony’s reproductive swarm. If you see swarmers inside your home, it could indicate a mature termite colony nearby. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to contact a professional pest control company to inspect your home and address any termite infestations as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment can prevent significant damage and save you money in the long run.

DIY Measures to Reduce the Risk of Termite Infestations

While professional termite protection services are typically more effective, homeowners can take some DIY measures to reduce the risk of termite infestations. Here are a few:

Reduce moisture:

Termites are attracted to moisture, so reducing moisture in and around your home can help prevent infestations. Fix any leaks or plumbing problems, keep gutters clean and debris-free and ensure the ground around your home is properly graded to prevent water from pooling near the foundation. Repair any window boxes that have rotted out, as these are popular for termites.

Remove wood-to-soil contact:

Termites use soil as a pathway to enter wooden structures, so removing any wood-to-soil contact around your home is important. This includes things like firewood stacks, tree stumps and wooden debris.

Use termite-resistant building materials:

If you’re building a new home or replacing damaged wood, consider using termite-resistant materials like concrete, steel, or pressure-treated lumber. Install physical barriers: Physical barriers like stainless steel mesh could prevent termites from entering your home through small cracks or gaps.

Regularly inspect your home:

Regular inspections can help you detect any termite activity early before significant damage is done. Look for signs like mud tubes, discarded wings and wood damage.

Use termite repellents:

There are some natural termite repellents, like orange oil and neem oil, that can be applied to wooden structures to deter termites. However, these treatments are typically less effective than professional treatments and may need to be reapplied regularly.

Turn off your lights:

Especially during swarm season. Termites are attracted to the light. It’s important to keep in mind that while these DIY measures can reduce the risk of termite infestations, they may not be as effective as professional termite protection services. If you suspect a termite infestation in your home or building, it’s best to contact a professional pest control company to address the problem.

Now that you know the signs and dangers of a termites infestation and what you can do to reduce one, if you’re still having issues with termites – give The Bug Man a call.

Understanding Termite Protection Services and Why They’re Essential

Termite Protection Services: Essential for Preventing Costly Home Damage

Termite protection services are essential for preventing and eliminating termite infestations in homes and buildings. Termites can cause significant damage to the wooden structures of your home, and a professional termite protection service can help protect your investment, prevent costly repairs and provide peace of mind.

While professional termite protection services are the most effective, homeowners can also take some DIY measures to reduce the risk of infestations, such as reducing moisture, removing wood-to-soil contact, using termite-resistant building materials, installing physical barriers, regularly inspecting your home and using termite repellents.

In conclusion, protecting your home from termite damage is crucial. Whether you opt for professional termite protection services or DIY measures, it’s important to take action to prevent termite infestations and address any issues promptly to avoid significant damage to your home. Regular inspections and preventative measures can protect your home and give you peace of mind.

Understanding Termite Protection Services: Preventing and Eliminating Infestations

Termite protection services are designed to prevent or eliminate termite infestations in homes and buildings. These services typically involve a combination of preventive measures, such as termite barriers and regular inspections, and treatments for existing infestations.

The first step in a termite protection service is typically an inspection by a trained professional. The inspector will look for signs of termite activity and identify areas of the property that may be at risk for infestations, such as moisture-prone areas or areas with wood-to-soil contact. Next, the inspector will recommend a treatment plan to prevent or eliminate any termite activity based on the inspection results.

As you can tell, Termites are destructive little pests that can destroy your home or property. Don’t go without protection. Give The Bug Man a call.