Summer is a magnificent time of the year, complete with warm evenings, relaxing days at the pool, and delicious meals cooked on the grill. However, the hot summer temperatures often provide ideal conditions for a number of different pests that can put a damper on your summer fun.Here are a few pests that you might encounter this summer; read on to learn what you can do to prevent an infestation and the steps you can take to get rid of any existing pests.
Fleas are a common problem for pet owners, but they can also plague individuals who do not own pets. If you do own pets, start by making sure that your pets are on a flea-prevention medication year-round. Do not make the mistake of stopping their prevention routine during the winter months; an unprotected pet is a prime environment for a flea infestation to take hold.
If your pets are on prevention medication but you still find your home overrun with fleas, fleas have likely invaded your home. You can use products in your home to kill fleas at every stage of their life cycle. However, you need to also make sure that you thoroughly clean your home during an infestation to remove fleas and their eggs.
You can make cleaning easy by vacuuming every surface with a bagged vacuum cleaner. Dispose of the bag when you are done. Don't forget soft surfaces, like your furniture and your pet's bedding. Make sure to hit dark areas, like under your couch or bed, as these are popular hiding spots for fleas.
Tend to the outside of your home as well. Keep your shrubs and grass trimmed, and take steps to deter outside critters (like raccoons and skunks) from making your yard their home.
Just a few mosquitoes can ruin a peaceful summer evening. Not only do mosquitoes bite, leaving itchy, painful spots, but they can also transmit diseases. Take steps to ensure that your yard is not a comfortable habitat for mosquitoes.
Start by removing any water in your yard that is stagnant. Mosquitoes use stagnant water for breeding purposes. Common sources of stagnant water include bird baths, children's toys, tarps, and baby pools. If you can't drain the water, treat it with a product to kill mosquito larvae.
You should also trim any overgrown shrubs, bushes, or trees, as mosquitoes view these areas as potential hiding spots. Once your yard is in order, you can spray it with a product to rid your outside space of mosquitoes. Regularly reapply these products so that they are as effective as possible.
3. Fruit Flies
Unfortunately, just a piece or two of overripe summer fruit can to attract a hoard of fruit flies. Keep fruit flies away by storing fruit in sealed spaces, such as covered in Tupperware containers or plastic bags. If you have children, make sure that you promptly clean up any spilled or dropped produce.
If you already have fruit flies, you have a few options to get rid of them. One solution is to have your exterminator set commercial traps throughout your home. These traps attract fruit flies; once the fruit flies land, they are stuck to the trap.
Some homeowners like to try home remedies for their pest problems, such as setting their own traps with fruit and various agents to kill fruit flies. Though some of these traps do work, they may take longer to completely eliminate your fruit flies.
Does it feel like large numbers of summer pests are invading your home? Contact Aardvark Pest Control today. Not only can we treat your home for creepy crawly intruders, but we can help you identify problematic areas of your home that may attract unwanted insects.