When it comes to insect infestations, summer is the height of the pest season, indoors and out. Whereas winter is a time when many insects will hibernate or die from cold, summer is a time when they thrive. Ridding your home of these pests can be a challenge. Eliminating food sources and breeding grounds and maintaining a regular pest control schedule can help keep this problem manageable. These tips will help.
Maintain Your Yard
In the summer, outdoor spaces can harbor mosquitoes and ticks. Ticks like to attach themselves to tall blades of grass so they can grab onto mammals as they walk past. Mosquitoes come out at dusk and lay eggs in shallow pools of water.
Trimming your grass frequently can help keep ticks away, as can cleaning up debris. For mosquito control, make sure to get rid of pools of water around the yard. Look for buckets, watering cans, toys, and other tools that could contain water.
If you put out a wading pool or birdbath with water, dump and replace the water frequently. Replacing the water is enough to ensure that it will not become a breeding ground for insects.
Secure Your Trash
Trash can attract certain types of irritating pests, like wasps and flies. The more accessible your trash is, the more of these insects will be attracted to your yard. You can make your yard less attractive to these insects by putting a lid on your trash and leaving it in place whenever the trash is not in use.
When you have an outdoor barbecue, throw away or bring food trash inside as soon as possible. Leaving food sitting outdoors in the summer is a sure way to attract a variety of unwanted insects that feed on sweet and rotting foods.
Summer is a time when many insects come indoors or seek outdoor spaces where they can find water. Ants, in particular, are known to come inside looking for moisture at the peak of summer. One of the ways that you can prevent ants from invading your home is to fix any leaks inside or outside your house.
Check for leaks periodically. Look under your sinks and check faucets for drips. Get these leaks fixed as soon as possible to prevent your home from being attractive to insects like ants.
Keep a Clean House
In addition to water, some insects will come inside looking for food in the middle of the summer. Many insects enjoy eating sweet foods, like sugary drinks and desserts. To make your home less attractive to insects, clean your home regularly.
Never leave food (especially sweet desserts or drinks) sitting on the sink for any period of time. Clean your counters and sweep every night. Clean any dirty dishes left in the sink as soon as they are placed there. If you don't have time to clean your house regularly, consider getting a housecleaner for the summer who can help you keep your home free of bugs.
Work With a Pest Control Company
One of the best ways to keep your property free of pests is to work with a reputable pest control company. Many pest control companies offer a regular service to clients so that they can have their property sprayed for pests as needed. Stay in touch with your pest control company throughout the summer to ensure they know when the bugs are getting bad. Maintaining communication with your pest control company can help you stay on top of the problem.At A-All Pest Termite Exterminators, Inc., we're happy to answer any of your questions about pest removal in the summer. To find out more, contact us today.