A Guide to Prepping for Summer Pests

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It’s easy to forget about pests in the winter months, most of them are hibernating, waiting for the spring or summer to arrive.

However, forgetting about them doesn’t mean that they will forget about you and your lovely home! As soon as the weather starts to warm, they’ll be ready to move in. You need to take steps to prevent this from happening.

Fortunately, with a little prep work, you can keep summer pests at bay. It is worth noting that, even if you keep the pests away, a call to your local pest control expert is still a good idea. They’ll be able to help ensure the pests are gone and stay gone.

Know Your Enemy

The first step is to find out what pests you’re likely to be up against. It’s best to contact your local pest control firm and talk to them regarding the most common pests in your vicinity. You can click here to find out more from a pest expert.

Knowing what you’re up against allows you to prepare properly.

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Ants

This is a common problem across the globe; ants are generally attracted to sweet things. However, you may not realize it, but things such as dog biscuits are sweet.

Ants don’t just visit, they leave a scent trail behind them, allowing them to visit again and again.

The best way to prevent ants, and many other pests, is to keep all food in sealed containers, clean all your surfaces regularly, and pick up pet food bowls.

If there is no smell to attract them, the ants simply won’t come.

Spiders

Spiders and other similar pests generally get through doors or damaged screens. However, they first have to be near your home, which is much more likely if you have bushes, trees, and other vegetation right by your home.

Consider removing these plants or trimming them right back.

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes carry an array of diseases, many of which are not pleasant. Trimming plant growth will help to deter them from your property, but, the best method is to eliminate standing water.

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water; if there is no standing water, they’ll go somewhere else. Check for standing water around your property and eliminate it.

Don’t forget a leaking joint or pipe can create standing water inside your home, you’ll need to check and fix any issue.

Seal Your Home

It doesn’t matter what pest you’re dealing with; they have to get into your property, identifying and preventing this from happening is the easiest way of eliminating the issue.

Pests can get through cracks in doors, around windows, and even tiny holes in your walls, cement, or siding. You’ll need to inspect every part of your home to ensure these potential entry points are sealed up, keeping the pests where they belong, outside of your home.

You don’t have to suffer pests issues throughout the summer, taking a few simple steps now can eliminate any problem before it happens, it’s worth the effort!