Hands down, Summer is the premier season for encountering issues with bugs and other types of pests. Of course, the best way to prevent an infestation of these Summer pests is through prevention.
One of the best ways to prevent an ant infestation is to eliminate and/or reduce their food sources. Making it a priority to store food in tight containers, along with cleaning up crumbs and spills after a meal or snack can help lesson or even eliminate the attraction for ants to come inside your home. Sealing the cracks around your doors and windows can also help prevent them from coming inside.
Eliminating food sources for ants also pertains to your home’s exterior. Make it a point to clean the patio area after having a family barbecue, and rinse out any cans or other food containers before storing them in any outside recycling bin.
When planting new flowers, bushes, or other type of plants, try to plant them away from your home’s foundation. Doing this will draw the attention of ants away from potential inroads to the interior of your home.
A mosquito bite is not just an itchy nuisance. Mosquitoes are known to carry the West Nile Virus, so it’s important to reduce the possibility of a mosquito bite as much as possible. To keep mosquitoes out of the home, teach all family members to be diligent about closing doors that lead to the outside. Also repair any holes found in window screens as well as screen doors. Thin any heavy foliage near your home’s exterior and remove standing water found in birdbaths, kiddie pools, etc.
Bees and Wasps
No one wants to get a painful bee or wasp sting and certainly no one wants to live near one of their nests. As with other types of bugs, reducing or eliminating their food sources can do a lot to keep bees and wasps from invading your property. Don’t leave food sources outside and keep any garbage tightly contained with secure lids.
Regularly check your home and surrounding property for insect nests. If you see one, tell everyone in the family to avoid the area until you can call a professional to remove the nest.