Bugs, bugs, bugs they can be found everywhere in the warm summer months, and while summer pests may seem like they are just plain annoying, the truth of the matter is that many of them can actually be a threat to you and your home. Summer pests can bite, sting, spread disease, invade your home, and contaminate your food. Because of these reasons, it is important that you get summer insect invasions under control sooner rather than later and work to prevent future problems with these pests.
Examples of summer pests that can pose a risk to you and your home are mosquitoes, ants, stinging insect, fleas, and ticks. We’ll discuss these pests below...
Fleas and Ticks
Both fleas and ticks are parasitic creatures that feed on the blood of mammals, and are usually introduced onto your property by wild animals. They will then find you or your pets to use as a new host and can make their way into your home. Both of these pests can transmit serious diseases; ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Fleas can spread plague, murine typhus and infect your pets with tapeworm.
There are many species of ants and while most are considered to be nuisance pest, some like the carpenter ant are damaging to your home. Ants live in very large social colonies and can invade your home in large numbers while foraging for food, water and shelter. The damage of carpenter ants is often compared to that of termites!
Bees, hornets and wasps can make their nests in trees or the ground near homes, and in some cases in the wall voids of homes. If their nests are too close to your home they can become a dangerous threat; they may feel that they need to defend their nest from you and sting you or a family member. Not only can a sting from these pests be extremely painful, but it can lead to a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.
Mosquitoes are extremely annoying by buzzing and swarming around you, and can easily ruin any outdoor excursion. They can also deliver painful bites and transmit a variety of diseases. Diseases that mosquitoes spread include West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and canine heartworm.
As troublesome as summer pests can be, there are some things that you can do to help prevent them from overtaking both the inside and outside of your home.
Outdoor pest prevention tips include:
Trimming back bushes, trees and other landscaping from the exterior of your home.
Removing or fixing areas of standing water around your property.
Keeping a stone barrier between your grass or mulch and your home’s foundation.
Caulking gaps around exterior windows and doors.
Sealing cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and siding; sealing openings around the utilities entering your home.
Making sure that outdoor trash cans have tight fitting lids on them and are kept away from the exterior of your home.
Indoor pest prevention tips include:
Not leaving dishes in the sink for long periods of time like overnight.
Repairing any leaky pipes or fixtures. Reducing the humidity in your home.
Do not leave food out in the open on your counters; instead keep food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
Regularly remove the trash from your home.
Reduce areas of clutter, especially in storage spaces. Doing this will give pests fewer places to hide in.
Despite taking these precautions, dealing with pests can often be frustrating. If you find yourself having trouble with summer pests you’ll want to let the experts help you. A pest control professional will be able to help you eliminate your current infestation and provide routine control throughout the rest of the year to make sure that summer insects and other pesky pests do not return!