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Common Summer Pests and How to Handle Them

Summer is nearly here, and with the change in weather comes a whole new host of pests to look out for. And as we all know, not all pests can be prevented and eliminated the same way, so keep reading for our best summer pest prevention tips.

Mosquitoes

Most people are afraid of mosquitoes; whether you don’t want to deal with the itching or the diseases they come with, we try to avoid them at all costs. The biggest factors that mosquitoes are attracted to are warmth and standing water.

To prevent mosquitos from becoming fixtures in your home, and to stay safe when they do arrive, follow these tips:

  • Empty any standing water from your yard. This will eliminate a major hot spot for the mosquitoes.
  • Apply an insect repellent before heading outside.
  • Avoid going outside at dawn or dusk, and if you can’t avoid it, then dress appropriately in long sleeves and long pants.
  • Seal your windows and doors and make sure screens are correctly attached to keep mosquitoes from entering your home.

Ticks and Fleas

Summer provides ideal weather conditions for both ticks and fleas to thrive. Additionally, as the weather warms up, you’re more likely to take your dogs for a walk, giving them greater exposure to these pests. Your beloved pets, unfortunately, make great hosts for these parasites.

The best way to keep them out of your home is by keeping them off of your pet, and you can do that with spot treatments from your vet!

Ants

We’re all familiar with the pesky swarm of ants running around our homes. Once you’ve spotted one ant, you can be sure you’re about to find hundreds more. And you might be a little too preoccupied with trying to avoid them and get rid of them to notice that there are different ant species that are roaming throughout your home.

These are the common summer ants you might find:

Fire Ants

Fire ants are a very aggressive ant breed, and they’ll sting both humans as well as other animals when they feel threatened or are on the hunt for food. They do so by latching onto their victim and injecting venom with their stingers. It’s even more painful if their victim is allergic to their venom.

They prefer hot and sunny locations, so if you’re outside of your home, try to keep to the shade. If you’re hosting a picnic at a park, find a nice shady tree to lay your blanket under.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants, like their name, suggests, build their nests in damp or decaying wood. They are quite common in homes with already existing moisture issues or water leaks.

When they build their nests, they dig tunnels through the wood, hollowing it out, which can cause severe structural issues as well as cosmetic damage.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are considered one of the prominent pests in the US. Not only do they have a uniques ability to get into everything, but they also transmit diseases like Strep, Salmonella, Staph, among other diseases.

To prevent any ants from entering your home remember the following:

  • They are always on the hunt for food and water, so clean up spilled food and drinks immediately and keep food in air-tight storage.
  • Rinse out bottles, cans, and food containers before tossing them in the recycling or garbage. This will prevent ants from swarming your garbage cans.
  • Make sure to seal cracks around doors and windows. This will not only keep ants and other pests out but will increase your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Avoid planting near your home’s foundation. Plants attract all kinds of animals, so putting them so close to your home is like a welcome banner for animals and insects alike.

Bees and Wasps

While most pests are just a nuisance to have in your home or on your property, stinging insects can actually harm you and your family.

To keep bees and wasps at bay, we recommend the following:

  • If you notice a lot of bees or wasps around you, act calm. Panic or wild movements will only frighten them, making them more likely to sting.
  • Keep food and beverage containers tightly closed.
  • If you find a hive, contact our team for assistance.

No matter what kind of pest you discover at your home, we’re the team to call for assistance. Visit our team for more info about the types of pests we handle, and give us a call to book an appointment at (419) 475-6055.