Summer weather means sending the kids outside to play, yet as soon as they head outdoors, you may find them running back in because of pests. Ants, mosquitoes, and other insect infestations can make your outdoor areas a miserable place for your family. Summer pest control can make it easier to enjoy the outdoors, helping you prevent insect infestations and protect your home and family.
Types of Summer Pests
Summer pests can come in all shapes and sizes. From tiny ticks that carry Lyme disease to explosive rodent populations that host a suite of diseases, you can face a number of problems in the summer. Some common types of summer pests include:
- Insects and arachnids – Including ants, mosquitoes, boxelder bugs, ticks, and spiders.
- Rodents – Mice and rats are the primary problems
- Stinging insects – Wasps and certain types of bees
If you’re noticing problems with these pests, then it’s time to think about pest control measures you can take.
What to Do to Prevent Pests
The primary way to prevent pests in your yard is to avoid creating the right breeding ground for them. First, remove or clean all sources of stagnant water, including bird baths, buckets, cans, or similar locations. If you have these items in your yard, regularly remove and replace the water. This is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Similarly, keep the drainage areas and gutters clean and free flowing. Make sure rain water is diverted from your home.
Next, keep your yard tidy. Litter can hold water or provide a dark place for other types of pests to breed. Tall, unkempt landscaping is the perfect hiding place for ticks and other pests. If you’re finding you have a problem with pests in your home, consider replacing the weather stripping around windows and doors to prevent entry. Then, keep kitchen counters and floors swept and cleaned to avoid attracting them.
What Not to Do to Control Pests
If you’re taking a strong stand against pests, you may find yourself with quite a bit of misinformation at your fingertips. Many methods are used to control pests that are less than effective.
If you plan to use pesticides, DO NOT use outdoor chemicals inside. Properly store and dispose of leftover chemicals. Be sure to follow the instructions and safety warnings on the labels. Failure to follow instructions could result in serious injury or even death. Learn more at EPA.Gov. If you’re serious about having a pest-free home and yard this summer, you need to partner with a summer pest control professional. Reach out to Senske Services to learn more about how to keep pests away from your summer BBQs, so you can enjoy your outdoor fun this year.