How to Prevent Fireflies in Tennessee
While fireflies aren’t generally considered pests, they can pose a threat to your pets. The chemicals that help produce their signature glowing abdomens are toxic and can cause stomach aches and potentially death to pets if ingested. If you have pets that spend time outside, particularly cats, try these prevention solutions to keep them away from fireflies.
Keep Your Lights on at Night
At dusk, fireflies seek out dark areas to flash their lights and attract mates. Keep your yard well-lit in the evening to discourage fireflies from gathering near your home. By leaving your outdoor lights on for the first few hours after dusk, you can prevent your small pets from making these glowing insects into deadly snacks.
Keep Your Lawn Dry and Clean
Some firefly species’ larvae depend on decaying tree and plant materials for food as they develop. Be sure to keep your free of decaying matter, including:
- Rotten logs
- Dying plants
In addition to decaying plant material, many firefly larvae prey on small insects, grubs, and snails around ponds and other natural water sources. If you’ve found water sources or damp areas in your yard, take steps either to dry them up or treat the water with eco-friendly insect repellent.
Contact U.S. Pest Protection for Firefly Prevention Solutions
Although they may be dangerous to your pets if ingested, fireflies play a crucial role in the health of your yard’s ecosystem by pollinating plants and eating pests. If you have questions or concerns regarding fireflies in your yard, U.S. Pest Protection’s experts are happy to help. Schedule your free firefly inspection today.