Summer is well underway and fun in the sun, backyard barbecues, splashing around in the pool and taking a vacation are all on your must-do list. The only problem is that while you are out of the house, pests will be attempting to get inside your cool, shaded home. Throughout the summer months, many pests such as ants, flies, gnats, roaches, wasps and even rodents are much more active. You may be wondering what you can do to prevent these pesky pests from getting inside your home?
Here are a few things that you can do to keep pests away from your home:
Keep all kitchen counters clean and store food in sealed containers
There is nothing more that bugs love than food left out in the open. Ants and rats often make a straight go for any sources of food that they can access. So as a homeowner, you need to be proactive in securing any sources of food.
Most pests are attracted to your kitchen. A simple pile of crumbs on the floor or on the counter can easily attract ants and other insects. So, in order to pest control, sweep your floors, wipe your counters, take out the trash regularly, and keep all the food well stored inside containers.
Keep landscaping trimmed and maintained
Pests and rodents often find shelter in unkempt gardens. Other unwanted guests that love tall grass are spiders, snakes, and ticks.Ticks are not only disconcerting; they can be dangerous. Your blood is their preferred food, and in the process of feeding, they can transmit Lyme disease. If not properly treated, Lyme disease can linger on for years with very negative side effects.
One of the things that tend to happen is that most people just don’t take good care of their backyards. So, eventually, they’ll start to be invaded by different pests. What you can do to prevent this from happening to you this year is to avoid your landscaping from overgrowing. If you don’t, it can easily be spotted as the perfect nest for many pests. Plus, you should also rake up debris, weed, and trim the trees and brushes you have near the house.
Keep mosquitoes from breeding
- Regularly dump out buckets, cans, bird feeders, or similar items that could contain water.
- Drill holes on the bottom of your garbage cans to avoid pooling water or simply keep lids on the cans so they do not accumulate water.
- Keep your gutter tidy and unclogged; make sure water doesn’t stand in the gutters.
- If you have a swimming pool, keep it clean and chlorinated.
- Keep your property free of any litter that can hold water. Old tires are one of the best containers for mosquito development.
- Make sure your landscaping is properly maintained.
Block potential pest entryways
In order to pest control, make sure that you won’t let them invade your home or it will then be harder to put them away. So, repair any hole you might have and check if you have any gaps on doors and windows.