With the arrival of summer comes warmer temperatures, longer days—and, unfortunately, a lot of pesky pests. From mosquitoes and flies to ants and termites, these unwanted visitors can quickly turn a relaxing summer into a frustrating battle! However, with proper summer pest prevention measures, you can enjoy the season to the fullest without dealing with pests. Here are some essential do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:
Do: Get Rid of Standing Water
One of the most effective forms of summer pest prevention, especially for mosquitoes and other water-loving pests, is eliminating standing water around your home. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so regularly inspect your property for areas where water accumulates (such as flower pots, buckets, and even clogged gutters). Empty and clean these containers to ensure no hidden breeding grounds are left for these pesky insects!
If you love the idea of a bird bath or fountain, consider investing in one with a circulating pump to prevent still water from attracting mosquitoes!
Don’t: Neglect Your Trash
As temperatures rise, so does the activity of flies and other insects attracted to garbage. Be diligent about your trash management to prevent these pests from infesting your home and property!
Use sealed trash cans with tight-fitting lids and regularly empty them into outdoor bins. Keep the area around your trash cans clean and free of spills. Eliminating food sources is an essential step in keeping pests at bay.
Do: Seal Your Home
Ants, spiders, and other crawling insects are notorious for finding their way into homes during the summer. If you haven’t already, inspect your home for cracks or holes that need sealing. Check your windows, doors, and foundation for gaps that pests could squeeze through, then use weatherstripping, caulking, or door sweeps to seal these openings and keep pests out (not to mention your house will be much cooler this summer).
Don’t: Neglect Your Landscaping
Overgrown vegetation and unkempt landscaping can become a haven for pests, providing ample hiding spots and breeding places. Regularly trim your shrubs and trees, mow the lawn, and remove dead or decaying plants. A well-kept yard will discourage pests from taking up residence—making it less likely for them to make it inside your home!
Do: Call the Experts of Summer Pest Prevention
Here in the South, it’s easy to assume that bugs are just a part of Southern living. But the truth is: there are many ways to decrease the number of pests this summer!
If you struggle to keep pests away from your yard and home, it might be time to call the experts. Get in touch with Vulcan Termite & Pest Control today to get started, and get back to enjoying your summer!