Dealing with Summer Pests
Most of us wait eagerly for the summer to arrive; it brings warmer weather, a chance to get outside and simply enjoy life. Unfortunately, the summer also brings an array of pests; that need to be dealt with. You don’ really want to avoid your garden or a specific room just because the sun is out and so are the bugs!
Here’s how to deal with summer pests:
Know Your Enemy
The first step in any battle is to find out as much as you can about your enemy. In this instance, it means knowing what kind of pests are likely to come into your home during the summer months. It is best to speak to your local pest control experts and neighbors; they will know what you’ll be facing and be able to give you some useful tips.
Keep The Air Moving
Anything that flies can get into your home, causing annoyance and even health issues at night. You may be surprised by how many diseases flies and mosquitoes carry.
It is a good idea to add nets to your doors and windows, this will prevent many of them from getting into your home while still allowing the fresh air to circulate.
But, even these are not fully effective, especially as you need to move the door one to come in and out yourself.
But, you can deter flying insects from staying in your home by making sure you have moving air. Fans may not cool the air but they do keep it moving; making it harder for flying objects to move around. They’ll quickly leave for pastures new.
Maintaining Your Garden
If you ask any pest expert, you’ll quickly discover that many insects invade your home because it’s the next thing on their route. For example, a wood pile in your yard makes a great hiding place for termites. However, if it is close enough to your home the termites will try their luck there as well. You can find out more about pests from your local experts but the simplest action is to keep wood pies at least 6 feet from your house and keep all bushes and other growth trimmed; the further it is from your house the less likely it is that the pests will go the extra distance.
You can find out more info from your local pest experts regarding the best repellents to use in your area. Applying them at regular intervals will help to ensure that the pests stay away from you; although they may still go to other members of your family that don’t have repellant on!
Just as you need to take a look around your garden you also need to look at the inside of your home. Crumbs are very attractive to an array of summer pests, including ants. Your nets on doors and windows are not going to keep ants out.
Instead, you need to make sure that you always clean up the kitchen, wash dishes and put away any leftover food, or put it in a sealed bin. The less attractive your house is to pests the better.
All pests need water to survive and mosquitoes are particularly keen on standing water as it is where they lay their eggs. Take a look inside and outside your home and remove any standing water; again it will make your house less attractive to summer and winter pests.
You should extend this search to checking your walls and ceilings for damp patches or stains. This can indicate a leaking pipe which needs to be sorted. Not only can it cause wet rot in your home, but it will also help to create an attractive environment for your summer pests. Eliminating water means pests will be less likely to visit.
Make Your Own Traps
There are a variety of traps you can make yourself without having to spend a fortune. One of the easiest is a small amount of honey in the bottom of a cup or a glass jar. Then curl a piece of stiff paper into a cone shape, the pointed end goes in the jar but doesn’t touch the honey.
The flies will go through the cone to get to the honey, which is too sticky for them to fly; and they can’t figure out how to get out of the funnel. You’ll just have to empty periodically.
There are hundreds of other traps you can make yourself, a little research and your imagination will go a long way!