Summer pests encompass a wide variety of insects, including flies, mosquitoes, ants and spiders. The weather is spectacular so these bugs reproduce in massive numbers. It’s impossible to avoid some bug encounters during the summer, but you can reduce their occurrences in your home. Learn what you can do now to prepare for summer pests. It’s normally the simple alterations that make the biggest difference.
1. Grab the Caulk
Keep the pests outdoors by sealing your home’s cracks. Use outdoor-approved caulk to fill any cracks, holes and other openings into the structure. Pay careful attention to spaces around incoming pipes, such as under the sink. Pests find any route into the home, especially if the outdoor conditions are extreme. This caulking process also improves the home’s energy efficiency. As you turn on the air conditioner, those sealed areas won’t allow any cool air to escape. Be aware of any cracks in the concrete outside that can attract pests too. Access points can be as small as a millimeter wide.
2. Repair the Screens
Opening up the windows and allowing the fresh air into the home is a major perk of summertime. However, your screens may not be as new as they used to be. Take a close look at your screens so that any breaks or holes can be evaluated. A tiny hole might be a pathway for pests to enter your home. Purchase new, screen supplies from a home-improvement store. As a small project, replace the screens in their frames as summer approaches. Your home will look instantly neater with fewer bugs making their way into the interior.
3. Bait the Pests Now
Summer may be a few weeks away, but pests are growing in number now. Try to set out baits so that the pest population can be as low as possible in the summer. Use bait traps outside for the ants. Look for the products that allow the ant to escape back to the colony. You want the ants to take the poison back to the group, which will kill off the entire colony. Catch flies with honey by using a jar and a makeshift funnel made of paper. The flies seek out the honey, but they can’t leave the jar.
4. Use Those Bay Leaves
Bay leaves are used for their flavor in certain stews and sauces. Don’t overlook this pantry essential as a bug deterrent, however. The oils trapped in the bay leaves actually bother pests. Ants, spiders and other bugs will actively avoid an area with bay leaves present. Add several leaves to your pantry, such as on each shelf. Add them to other cabinets to avoid any ant lines making their way into the home. The leaves give off a delightful scent for you while warding off bugs at the same time.
5. Install Bug Lights
Mosquitoes are just a fact of life in some regions. Help your cause by replacing outdoor light bulbs with bug lights. These specialized bulbs give you the light that you need while generating wavelengths that don’t attract the bugs. Hold onto your other light bulbs for use during the colder months. Your patio and yard will be more comfortable with bug lights properly installed.
Schedule an appointment with UltraPro Pest Protection today because summer pests have a chance of growing into unmanageable numbers. These pest control professionals can evaluate and spray a household so that it’s protected for most of the warmer months. They can also offer suggestions to keep pests away after the spray wears off. Mixing DIY preparation with professional help will keep your home free from bugs all summer long.