What does the warm weather mean for your potential pest problems? Between the rise in temperature and movement from indoor to outdoor activities, the spring and summer can make it easier for insects and other invaders to enter your home. As the seasons change, take a look at what you need to know about pest prevention.
Mosquitoes are a major problem — and not just in terms of becoming a nuisance. Along with flying through your backyard barbeques and possibly entering your home, these insects can cause serious health issues.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, at least 43 different species are known to carry the West Nile virus in America. This, along with other blood-borne illnesses, make mosquito elimination a top priority.
To prevent an infestation in or around your home:
Contact a professional. Pest control experts have the experience, expertise, and equipment to eliminate mosquito colonies. While a DIY approach may seem cost-effective, it may not solve your problem. Beyond that, handling harsh chemicals is dangerous for a non-expert.
Eliminate standing water. Mosquitos breed in water. While you can't completely remove all water from your property (especially during spring and summer rains), reduce the risks by regularly emptying fountains, wading pools, planter pots, or any other receptacle.
Use repellant wisely. Cover exposed skin with a DEET-based repellent during outdoor activities. This won't eliminate an infestation, but it can reduce the likelihood of attracting mosquitoes to or near your home.
Along with taking steps to reduce the mosquito population, prevent an indoor infestation by maintaining windows, doors, and screens. Check regularly for holes or tears in screens, and repair them immediately to prevent an easy entry for these pests.
Mosquitos aren't the only pests that thrive in moist environments. Plenty spring and summer-time invaders enjoy standing water or a damp surface. How does moisture affect your home's pest protection and what can you do about it? A wet setting can:
Rot or weaken wood. Termites and other wood-burrowing pests look for weak spots. A constantly damp environment can rot wood to the point of creating an easy entryway. Regularly check and maintain the wooden areas of your home's structure, including exterior walls, window and door frames, and decks.
Attract rodents. The mouse in your house just found the perfect fountain to drink from. Standing water is a partial invitation to pests that are in search of a place to eat, drink, and breed.
Promote breeding. Mosquitoes, termites, and other pests enjoy or need a watery environment for breeding.
Beyond removing obvious sources of standing water, check downspouts and gutters regularly. Clogs can cause water to back up, either forcing it into/onto your house or leaving behind a pool for breeding.
If you absolutely can't control the water issues surrounding your home, a pest professional can create a treatment or prevention plan.
Attracting feathered friends to your yard is an easy way to add natural beauty to your home setting. But it can also bring a host of pests. If your exterior area has more critters than you’d like, consider removing:
Birdseed. Even though feeding the birds is a fun family-friendly activity, it can attract other invaders. When left out to sit, birdseed is a find for rodents and insects alike. Keep birdseed far from your home and don't bring leftovers inside.
Birdfeeders/houses. Along with the seed, the structure of a birdhouse can also attract pests. Small-sized rodents may find these snug homes a cozy place to live, and insects may enjoy eating through the wood. Again, keep these far from your home's exterior walls.
Nearby Landscaping. Tree limbs that grow near your home can attract nesting birds. The nearby birds can bring hitchhiking pests with them.
Eliminating birds completely isn't the answer to your pest problems. Instead, controlling the invaders that come along with them is. An exterminator can control exterior and interior pests and prevent new ones from invading.
Do you have a warm weather pest problem? Contact Godfather's Exterminating, Inc., for more information.