Getting Rid of Summer Pests




Summer is one of the most joyous times of the year, but it is no surprise to find that when asked what their favorite season was, the majority of Americans answered “Fall.” Summer invites one to head to the Great Outdoors for a swim or to enjoy a quintessential barbecue, but one thing that can abound, are insects and pests. Take heart, most pests can be eliminated through a preventive approach, though a few spaces may require more intensive attention.

The Mosquitos Have Landed

Mosquitos thrive in warm, humid temperatures, and they are ready to put an end to a pleasant day catching the rays or enjoying an outdoor drink with friends. Some mosquitoes are capable of spreading diseases and outbreaks such as Denge, chikungunya, and Zika virus have all appeared in some US states (including Florida, Texas, and Hawaii). In order to keep this insect at bay, avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn, cover your limbs with light clothing made of cool materials like linen, and watch out for gaps or torn screens. One of the most important things involved in ending a mosquito infestation is to remove sources of standing water. Mosquitos can lay eggs anywhere in which there is standing water—including old cans filled with water, abandoned tires, and similar.

Ants Abound

Ants hibernate in winter but ‘come alive’ in the summer. They are attracted to areas with trees and shrubs, so keep these far away from your living space. They also head to any areas with food, so make sure that patios, terraces, and other exterior spaces are clear of food droppings, pet food and water, and similar.

Fleas and Ticks Have Arrived

If your pets are scratching and occasionally turning their head to an area of the body that seems to be bothering them, it could be that fleas and ticks have taken over. These can be eliminated by treating pets with dedicated products. Make sure to use a veterinarian-recommended product, since failing to do so could hurt your pet. For instance, dog flea and tick products are very dangerous for cats, because they contain a blend of chemicals called pyrethrins that can be lethal for cats. Moreover, some products kill flea eggs and larvae before they hatch; others don’t. Discuss your options with your veterinarian to ensure you treat your pet with a safe and effective product.

Summer Pests in Cars

You’d be surprised at how many pests can take over your vehicle in just a few weeks. These range from ants to fleas, bed bugs, and even spiders. Sometimes, a good vacuum and cleaning are all you need to remove obvious pests. However, when smaller insects have gone into full infestation mode and taken over, vehicle fumigation to kill invasive species may be necessary. This should be undertaken by a professional company to ensure the invasion has been completely eradicated. You will also need to take preventive measures, including parking your car far from grassy and tree- or shrub-filled areas, and ensuring all windows and doors are completely shut.

Termite Terror

Termites swarm in the spring but their colonies grow at a significant rate in the summer as well. Prevention is vital in this case, since colonies can take over your home quickly. You should ensure that no wood is in contact with the soil and keep green areas a few feet from your dwelling. Storm drains should lead in the opposite direction of your foundations and all leaks and sources of humidity should be repaired. Finally, having a yearly home inspection will enable you to nip any problems in the bud.

Summer is a fun and carefree season but pests love it as much as humans do. Take a proactive stance against them by changing features in your home and garden that may lead to their proliferation. Create a safe parameter around your car and if an infestation has occurred, consider receiving professional help, so you can rest assured the problem has been solved.

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