Pests and Nuisances

There is nothing quite like being in nature’s splendor: hearing the sweet squawking of seagulls or the symphony of ocean waves crashing on the beach. But don’t be surprised if you also come across some of nature’s less desirable critters and pests during your trip to the Gulf Shores. Welcome to the humid subtropics of Coastal Alabama, where man and critters live among one another. Read on to learn about Mighty Vacay’s pest control policies and some common pests in the area.

Pest Control Policies

At Mighty Vacay, we proactively prevent pests by following 3 pest control best practices:

  • We treat our homes every month for pest prevention.
  • Our homes are cleaned immediately after each stay in order to remove all food residue and scents as soon as possible.
  • We close off all cracks, holes, and potential entryways for pests to come into the homes.

In addition, Mighty Vacay requires guests to follow these pest control practices:

  • Keep all windows and doors shut to keep pests out.
  • Immediately clean the kitchen and dining areas after use by washing dishes, throwing away trash, wiping down counters and tables, and storing all food in sealed containers. If food or crumbs are left out, bugs and other pests will show up to join you on your vacay (YUCK!).
  • Keep all trash and waste away from the entrances into the house and make sure to always keep the trash bin covers closed, both inside the house and the outdoor garbage cans.

Common Pests

Guess what? Part of your Gulf Shores vacation experience may be a potential skirmish or two with…PESTS! Yup, you read that right. To help you prepare for your trip, learn about the common pests you might come across during your vacay with us, especially if you don’t follow our recommended pest control practices outlined above:

  • Cockroaches and mosquitos: These annoying pests are present anytime during the year, and usually can be seen on rainy days! Please do keep ALL doors and windows closed if you don’t want these unwanted guests to stay with you.
  • Biting flies, yellow flies, and sand fleas: These blood suckers are really common throughout the Gulf Shores and will make a meal of you if you let them! They can appear anytime during the year, but are usally most active during the late Spring and early Summer months of April through June.
  • Fire ants: Fire ants are small and dark reddish-brown to black in color. Known for being aggressive and easily agitated, fire ants can be found marching in and out of their unique nesting mounds. Although they do not usually attack for no reason, they will bite if you threaten them. So be sure to stay away from these nesting mounts and do not walk outdoors barefoot!
  • Beach mice: These are not just your normal rodent. They are actually protected and cannot be targeted for extermination! You will get fined if you hurt these critters. Yes, you read that correctly. Again, please be sure to keep ALL doors and windows closed to keep our furry friends out of the house.

Cockroaches, Ants, and Mice (Oh my!)

Although we clean our homes thoroughly after each stay, guests often encourage these pests to show up when they do not keep the place clean of food. To avoid these unwanted critters, be sure to keep all doors closed and immediately clean all dishes and pans after every meal, wipe off kitchen counters and dining tables after cooking and eating, and keep all food sealed in containers or Ziploc bags or in the fridge.

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