Gunter Pest & Lawn wants you to be pest free all year round. We know that people have the most issues with pests during the summer months, which is why we came up with these 10 pest control tips for the Summer months. The 2019 season has been bad when it comes to bugs because of the mild weather we had during winter so if you are experiencing issues with pests of any kind, we hope these summer tips will help you.
Tip 1) Make That Kitchen Sparkle
It should be no surprise that the kitchen is the top of the list. With the biggest attractor of pests being food, the kitchen is the holy grail for pests with a sweet tooth, such as ants! Remove traces of food by wiping down surfaces, sweeping and vacuuming floors.
Tip 2) Don’t Throw Out Spoiling Food Too Soon
With the rise in temperature, you will also find food reaching the expiration date and smelling a lot sooner than normal. Try to keep spoiled food in the fridge, freezer or inside of bins as close to the garbage pickup date as possible before throwing it out.
Tip 3) Declutter Storage Spaces
Storage spaces such as the garage or outside shed are often dark and infrequently visited. This becomes the perfect home for pests wanting to set up shop. The added benefit of decluttering is that you finally find that thing you’ve been searching for.
Tip 4) Keep The Outside Out
It’s a good idea to have separate indoor and outdoor items. Especially when you have items which inherently gather dirt. Tools such as spades, trimmers, lawn mowers or even toys that you’re kids play with outside are a hassle to clean every time they are used. Better to keep them in the shed.
tip 5) Look After Your Garden
Generally, pests will accumulate in the garden and then move their way in. Cut them off at the source by keeping your garden clean and pruned. Cut your grass regularly and rake up piles of leaves as these are perfect nesting spots for pests. Fill up any holes or ditches to avoid the accumulation of water when it rains.
tip 6) Keep Your Gutters Unclogged
Gutters have a way of blocking themselves as is often the case after a heavy downpour. If you have debris often filling your gutter it is worth getting a gutter guard to avoid this. Clogged gutters will create stagnant water ponds which are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos.
tip 7) Close Off Your Chimney
Now that the hot weather has arrived there’s no need to keep the fireplace going. Without the smoke to detract them this becomes an easy access point for any flying pests, rodents or the occasional possum wanting to find their way in. Just remember to open it before Santa comes with your presents!
tip 8) Take Care When Traveling
During the holiday season, there is always a good chance people will be traveling and many pests will find a way to hitch a ride on your suitcase. Check your accommodations when you arrive, especially the bedding for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Check your suitcase again before repacking when returning home.
tip 9) Use Insect Repellent When Going To The Beach Or Hiking
Summer is the season of being outdoors. This means trips to the beach and going for walks or hikes through fields or hiking paths. The easiest way to avoid being targeted by pests that like to bite is to use insect repellent spray and apply to parts of your body which are likely to come into contact with the outside environment.
tip 10) Contact A Professional Pest Control Service
Even after taking all of these precautions you might find pests have made their way into your home. Once they have taken up residence the best solution is to hire local pest control experts to remove the unwanted guests and keep them from coming back. Sometimes it’s just easier to call the pros so you can focus on enjoying the sunshine!
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We hope that these pest control tips for summer have helped. As we know there are a lot of things you can do to keep bugs away and to stop them when you are outside. But, when it comes down to it, if pests have already invaded your house it’s probably time to admit defeat and call a professional exterminator. This takes the pressure off of you, meaning you don’t have to go to Home Depot 15 times in one weekend looking for the perfect bug trap or spray that is safe for your kids, animals and will actually kill the bugs. We hope our tips help you, but if you need a professional, don’t hesitate to call us. 816-444-2847.