Preparing Your Home and Property for Summer Pests

All creatures, bugs included, need a place to call their own. However, you do not that place to be inside your home. As summer approaches, you can expect a number of pests to seek entrance to your house. Fortunately, there are proven ways to combat the most common of these pests.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes thrive in the summer months. They will lay eggs wherever water is standing, and carry a number of diseases — some of which are quite dangerous. You can prevent mosquitoes from occupying areas in and around your home by eliminating sources of unnecessary standing water or treating the water to kill larvae. It is also a good idea to wear bug spray in the summer months to keep them away from your person.

Termites

Termites multiply in the summertime. Termite infestations can quickly get out of hand due to the fact a queen termite can lay as many as 30,000 eggs each day. If you spot termites in your home do not play around. Have your home treated by a professional immediately to avoid serious damage.

Fire Ants

Once finished with their winter hibernation, you are likely to notice more ants in and around your house. The ants that enter your home are in search of food so it is important to keep spaces clean and free of crumbs.

Fire ants will sting you if they are provoked so you should not make direct contact with them. These ants make their nests outside in what will often look like a pile of sand. Worker ants will scour the surrounding area for food, so the best way to combat them is to avoid leaving them anything to eat. This includes food left for any pets you may have.

Bats

Bats do not possess the strength to burrow their way inside your home. They instead look for cracks and openings already present. Bat droppings is a real concern if bats gain entrance to your home. Bat droppings produce mould that can be harmful to you and your family.

Bats are not aggressive and normally do not attack humans. In fact, there is some debate about whether bats should even be considered pests since they are such prolific insect eaters. However, brown bats are known to transmit rabies, making them a threat to your household if they’re roosting indoors.

Bats normally enter homes through openings like chimneys, broken screens, vents, the area under shingles, and others. Repair screens and seal available openings to prevent bats from entering your home.

The summer months will bring a number of pests which will attempt to enter your home. Identifying the likely culprits and taking the time to prevent them can go a long way toward a happier summer.

Maire Shield
 

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.

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