There are so many factors that will lead to an increase of pest population during the warmest months of the year.
When weather begins to warm up, insects emerge from their winter sleep and begin searching for food. Mating also begins this time of year. While pests can be a necessary part of our ecosystem, they are also headache for homeowners to deal with.
Pests can ruin any summer day. Let’s take a look at the worst summer pests to be on the lookout for, along with simple tips to protect your home from being invaded.
Mosquitoes are quite possibly the biggest nuisance pest in the summer. Not only does their relentless biting and buzzing leave you covered in itchy bumps and with an irritated mood, but these insects are also known to carry and transmit harmful diseases to humans, such as the West Nile Virus. Mosquito populations peak in June, so proactive measures should be taken in their prevention early in the season.
The key to summer mosquito prevention is eliminating standing pools of water in your yard. By eliminating these breeding sites on your property, mosquitoes will disperse in search of other areas, so their numbers on your premises will be greatly reduced. If that doesn’t do the trick, you may also consider using citronella candles, mosquito traps, or a mosquito misting system.
Just about every homeowner has had to deal with ants at some point. Although virtually harmless to human health, they can be a nuisance for homeowners, especially during summer. In fact, home ant infestations typically peak at the end of July, and they can quickly take over a home if proper precautions are not taken in a timely manner.
The key to preventing ants this summer is to ensure that all food is properly stored and sealed. Clean up crumbs or leftover food scraps that may remain after a meal and remove your trash on a regular basis. If ants already in your home, follow their trail and then seal their points of entry.
The common house fly is attracted to food and sweet beverages lying around the kitchen or the pantry. Flies will take over a home in no time. If you leave decaying fruit or spilled drinks throughout your home, flies will quickly enter the premises and quickly begin reproducing. Unfortunately, they carry and can transmit diseases to humans, and some are even known to bite.
House Fly Prevention:
It is nearly impossible to prevent house flies from entering your home, but fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent them from taking over. First and foremost, you should always maintain a clean home – this includes wiping all counters with disinfectants, taking out the garbage on a frequent and regular basis, and cleaning up any food items that may have been left out after a meal.
For those who own a dog or cat, summer ticks are a big concern. As people head outdoors with their furry companions, the chances a tick finds its new home on their pet increases drastically. Once attached to their skin, the tick can transmit life-threatening diseases, especially if they go unnoticed for an extended time.
Preventing ticks begins with active inspection. After each trip outdoors with your pet, comb through their fur looking for tiny ticks attached to their skin. If any are discovered, be sure to remove them completely (head included) using tweezers and a magnifying glass. There are also a number of shampoos and treatments you can apply directly to their skin to prevent ticks from choosing your pets as their next host.
During the cooler months of winter, termites retreat underground in order to survive. As the weather begins to warm up, these destructive insects are emerging from their winter nests and looking for their next viable food source. If their nest is near your home, they could begin eating the wooden structures that support your house.
Termite prevention requires proactive inspections of the wooden structures of your home. Discovering an infestation can be difficult – termites are usually detected when significant damage has already occurred – but there are a number of tell-tale signs of their presence. If you come across any of these signs, contact a pest control professional immediately for their safe and effective removal.
When All Else Fails, Call The Pest Control Professionals
Although they can pose a big problem for homeowners in the summer, Pests can be easily prevented if proper precautions are taken. Starting now will help prevent major infestations from happening in your home and it will make eliminating the few pests that do find their way indoors much easier. If these tips don’t do the trick and your home is taken over by insects, you may consider contacting a professional pest control company to have the problem treated for good.Contact Beebe’s Pest & Termite Control