With summer right around the corner, it’s already time to start thinking about your summer pest control plan. Summers in the southeast are hot and humid, conditions that allow a wide variety of pest populations to flourish. Here are five bugs that may give you some trouble this year, along with strategies to help deal with them.
Ants are a problem all over the country, but their numbers are particularly prolific in the southeast. These little pests are looking for food and shelter, and once they are inside your home, they leave a pheromone trail so that other ants know where to go. Not only are ants a pain, but some species do damage as well. For example, carpenter ants affect the structure of your home, and fire ant bites can cause an allergic reaction. To cut down on the likelihood of an infestation, make sure your kitchen is clean and all food is put away. In addition, examine your doors and windows, and seal any cracks or gaps that you find.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases, and their itchy bites cause significant discomfort. Since mosquitoes are a flying pest, you won’t be able to get rid of all of them. However, you can bring down their numbers, allowing you to spend some time outdoors without worrying about getting a multitude of bites.
Make sure you don’t have any standing water in your yard. Keep your grass and shrubbery trimmed. Finally, consider growing citronella, catnip or another plant that is known to repel mosquitoes.
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People living in the southeast know how important it is to regularly check for ticks, particularly if they’ve been out in the woods. Ticks can transmit serious diseases, like Lyme disease. Whenever possible, stay away from heavily wooded areas and tall grass. Insect repellents help as well. And, don’t forget about your pets. They should have tick treatments to help keep the pests off them as well.
No one wants to deal with a flea infestation. Fleas flourish in warmth and humidity, which is why they are such a problem in our area during the summer! To cut back on your risk of a flea infestation, make sure to cut your grass on a regular basis. Vacuum your house often, and whenever possible, vacuum the furniture as well. If you have pets, check them often for fleas. If you notice that your pet is scratching a lot, you may want to take them to the veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay.
Termites swarm in the spring, but they become a real problem in the summer. If you notice an issue, it is only going to get worse in June, July and August. Termites are not a pest that you should ignore.
Pest problems are prevalent in the summer, and the heat of the season allows a number of different bug populations to flourish. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to help cut back on the numbers and reclaim your property from these pests once and for all.
Contact Ensec as soon as possible so that you can start to get a handle on the situation with help from our pest professionals.