The other week I had a new backdoor installed in my home. Long story short, I had a gaping 6 foot hole in my home for several hours, and what should happen? No exaggeration, I had 50 flies swarming my kitchen. I literally FREAKED out! I cannot stand flies, think they are the worst thing and here there are 50 in my house. Eek!!
It got me thinking though, as I got out a fly swatter and started swinging, summer pests are really…..well, just that PESTS!! And it’s not just flies that I dislike; there are many pests I cannot stand. And they aren’t just around for one season, nope, these little critters like to come at you year around!
In the spring you have a variety of pests, including mosquitoes, flies, carpenter bees, Japanese beetles and more! I can attest that carpenter bees are terrible, now that I have several drill holes into my deck. I’ve been told by professionals who’ve worked on my home that these bees can be controlled by squirting an insecticide that is effective for controlling bees into each hole and then plugging the hole with steel wool or by caulking it.
In the summer time, pests that feast on your good time include mosquitoes, ticks, ants, wasps/hornets and spiders. To minimize mosquitoes from taking up residence at your home, be sure to remove any areas with standing water around the home; this includes buckets, deep puddles or pots. Keep kitchen surfaces clean and seal food in containers to reduce attraction for summer pests such as ants.
Pests that are prominent in the fall season are usually spiders, crickets, some millipedes, boxelder bugs, Asian lady beetles, cluster and fruit flies. Preventative maintenance is crucial during the fall, as these pests tend to crawl into cracks and crevices of homes to prepare for the harsh winter ahead. The best way to deter them is to seal all cracks and crevices around the home with caulk. Another preventative maintenance option is to get humane box-type traps. These traps are made from either plastic or metal and have a spring-release trap door at one end that closes behind the animal once he or she enters the trap.
This season brings with it colder temperatures, which send us all inside to seek warmth and shelter. And we’re not the only ones. Many pests, such as rodents, cockroaches, ladybugs and spiders will seek warm areas to reside. The best way to keep pests out of your home in the cooler months is to take preventative action. If you haven’t already, seal all cracks or crevices around your home where pests can enter. Also trim bushes and trees that create an entrance pathway for pests.
If your pest problem persists, contact a local, licensed pest professional to safely eliminate the problem. Or given the heaps of pests that exist year around, it may be beneficial to get on a quarterly plan with a local pet professional. That way maintenance is constantly being done to keep pests at bay!