Summer is here! It’s time to enjoy the warm weather, pool parties, and barbeques with loved ones. But don’t forget, summer also means bugs and pests! Pesky little critters like ants, mosquitoes, and flies love to make their presence known during this season. Worry no more because in this post we will provide you tips and tricks to have a pest-free summer and enjoy the sunshine without any interruptions.
Keep your home clean and dry
The first thing to do to keep pests at bay is to eliminate their breeding grounds. Pests, including flies, ants, and cockroaches, require moisture and food to survive and thrive. By denying them these basic necessities, you can protect your home from the infestation. So, make sure to clean regularly and keep surfaces dry. Don’t forget to seal all the food containers and fix leaky pipes. A clean and dry home will reduce the chances of pests from setting up shop in your home.
Remove Standing Water:
Mosquitoes love water, especially stagnant water. The first step in preparing for a pest-free summer is to remove standing water around your property. Check for places with stagnant water like decorative pots, bird baths or even puddles that have formed. Ensure you change the water in your pets’ bowls regularly too.
Use a Citronella Candle
If you are someone who loves spending time outdoors at night, then you’ll be familiar with the annoyance of bugs and mosquitoes. These little pests find humans – and their tasty blood – irresistible and always seem to show up uninvited. To repel the mosquitoes and other flying insects, try placing citronella candles around your patio or backyard. Citronella candles give off a citrusy scent which keeps the pests at bay and adds to the ambiance of summer evenings.
Clean Up Areas Around Your House:
You might have boxes or items stored outside, leaving it can be tempting, but these can provide pests with shelter. To prepare for a pest-free summer, you should take the time to tidy up your yard, patios, and decks. Move any stored boxes, discarded piles of building materials, old pots, and other things away from the house.
Keep Shrubs and Trees Tidy
Shrubs and trees are the perfect hiding spot for pests such as rodents, spiders, and ants. For this reason, it’s important to keep them well-trimmed and maintained. Clear the debris from around the base of the trees and shrubs routinely. This practice will give fewer hiding spots for pests and reduce the risk of an infestation in your yard.
Involve your Neighbors
Involve your neighbors! Encourage your neighbors to start practicing pest control measures, especially if you live in close proximity. Pests can move from house to house very easily. By working together, you can all prevent a full-blown infestation.
Bees and Wasps
Are you someone who has a fear of bees and wasps? They tend to be a common occurrence in the summertime due to their love of sweet drinks and food scraps. My advice, stay calm and avoid attracting them by covering all food and drinks. If they start to make their home on your property, do not try to remove them yourself! Call a pest control expert to handle the situation. Professionals can safely and humanely remove the bees and wasps with no harm to them or you.
Hire Pest Control Services
Lastly, even with all the DIY steps possible to prepare for a pest-free summer, some situations may require professional help. Pest control services can inspect your property and provide you with customized pest control solutions. To ensure the best results, engage a reputable pest control service provider and always discuss your concerns.