Summer is a season that’s usually marked by loads of fun and adventure. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for annoying pests. While you’re enjoying the warmth of the sun, barbecues with your neighbors, and diving into the pool, many species of pests will also be doing their best to invade your comfortable home. Rodents, wasps, roaches, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, aphids, mites, and ants are just some of the pesky little critters that you’ll have to keep an eye out for during these warm months. So, if you’re having trouble with the season’s pests, here are a few strategies and techniques that you may want to keep in mind for your pest control issues.
The main do: First and foremost, you will want to get in touch with a pest control professional. Whether you have a serious or minor problem, a professional will be able to give you invaluable advice on how to deal with it. This is particularly true when you have an infestation that could potentially escalate into one that causes dangerous health risks and property damage.
- Keep an eye out and discard any overripe fruits and/or vegetables.
- Store your food in clean and airtight containers.
- Keep your kitchen counters spotless.
- Keep the landscaping trimmed.
- Remove places that could hide pests.
- Keep the crawl spaces, attic, and basement dry and ventilated.
- Deflect rainwater from your home.
- Remove areas that could hold standing water.
The main don’t: Don’t attempt to deal with a pest problem by yourself. Amateur pest control could not only make the problem worse, but it could even be dangerous for you and your family. Always remember that a myriad of pests carry nasty diseases and a ton of pest control treatments can be hazardous to the user if not applied correctly.
- Give free food to pests.
- Leave your dishes unwashed for longer than necessary.
- Leave your pet’s dishes unwashed for longer than necessary.
- Let the garbage pile up.
- Let water from the sprinklers directly hit your foundation.
- Let excessive moisture build up on your property.
- Neglect small cracks and other openings around the house, especially on the foundation and walls.
- Keep building materials and firewood directly against your home.
The bottom line: No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to match the skill and efficiency of a trained pest control expert. You may be able to manage minor issues with the strategies and techniques suggested in this article, but serious pest infestations will require a significantly larger investment in time, effort, and money. So, just do your absolute best to deal with the issue, but don’t think twice about asking for help the minute you need it.