Now the weather is warm, there’s a good chance that you’ll notice more bugs in and around your home. Luckily, there are some summer bug control tips you can use to ensure that your residence is free of pests.
Prevent Pest Infestation
One of the first things you should do is establish a pest prevention plan. Remove food and water from your counters at night, and don’t throw food directly into your yard, since this will attract insects and rodents. Store your food in sealed glass or plastic containers and remember to remove trash from your home regularly. If you have pets, don’t leave any of your pet’s food or water out overnight.
It’s also a good idea to check the plumbing in your home and fix any leaks to prevent water from accumulating in one spot if you want to avoid pests.
You can also remove clutter in your house so pests won’t have a place to hide. Stacks of cardboard, newspapers, and magazines are ideal places for insects. Caulk any cracks in your baseboards of cabinets and use steel wool to fill in any extra space around your pipes.
Learn About Local Pests
You’ll get a better idea of how to control pests in and around your home if you learn which rodents and insects are specific to your area. Once you learn which pests are common in your region, you should check your boxes and packages before bringing them into your home and protect the outside of your home so unwanted pests can’t enter. For instance, if mosquitos are prevalent in your area, treat your garden and home exterior with citrus or basil oil –the smell will repel these insects.
Learn How to Use Pesticides
When you purchase pesticides, read the directions carefully so you’ll know where to apply the product. Keep your children and pets away from the pesticide at all times. If you don’t feel comfortable using pesticides, you can try baits to catch insects so you won’t have to spray chemicals in your home. Contact the cooperative extension service in your area to see which pesticides, batis and traps are best for your area.
Only Use Fogging Devices When Necessary
If you’ve used pesticides and they haven’t worked as well as you’ve liked, you may need to call a professional. Make sure you ask the exterminator to pinpoint the source of the issue before using pesticides. This will help you make the necessary adjustments in your home to keep pests from coming back. For instance, you may have to remove a water source or repair a leaky pipe or toilet. You can also ask your exterminator to treat the cracks and crevices of your home as needed. Any time an exterminator uses a chemical in your home, jot down the EPA registration number and the name of the product so you can look up the chemical and learn more about it.
Don’t Use Too Much Pesticide
Even though you may think using more pesticides will fix your pest problem faster, doing this could jeopardize your family’s health. Make sure you don’t put the pesticide in a container other than the one it came in and don’t store other liquids or products in pesticide containers.
Keep Your Yard Neat
You can also make adjustments to your yard to prevent pest infestation. Keep your trees and shrubs trimmed and as far away from the house as possible. If you have firewood, make sure the wood is stored at least 20 feet from your home and about five inches off the ground.
Remember to implement these summer bug control tips often to protect your family’s health and avoid the irritation of getting rid of stubborn pests.