It’s been an exceptionally rainy spring, bringing with it a treasure trove of bugs as we head towards summer. Wet weather creates an ideal environment for mosquitoes, ticks, termites, and carpenter ants to thrive. We agree with Benjamin Franklin that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, here’s the 411 on which insects to watch out for and how to prevent them from entering your home.
- Mosquitoes hang out where there’s food, pools of water, and people. They are mostly annoying because their bites do itch, but there is great concern in our region about the West Nile virus, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.
- Ticks find their way to you in heavily wooded areas. They can carry Lyme disease, so you need to check your body daily and remove them quickly with a pair of tweezers. Never burn or try to yank them off by their legs. This can cause the tick to burrow deeper into your skin.
- Bees, yellow jackets, and wasps carry a sting that can cause problems for allergic people. For most people, the affected area may get a little red or swollen and may be somewhat painful for a short while.
- Fleas often find their home on your dog or cat, and then on to you.
How Do You Get Rid Of Those Pesky Bugs?
Many insect woes can be prevented just by finding their nests and then quickly eliminating them. We have a specialized team that offers exclusionary services to find and eliminate even the smallest openings and entry points that pests use to enter your home.
Here are some tips that you can first try on your own:
- Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of your home including areas where utilities and pipes enter your home.
- When you’re in the woods, tuck your clothes in. Also, wear socks and shoes when walking on the grass.
- Trim back long tree branches. Otherwise, squirrels can use these branches as a way to get onto your roof.
- Be aware of standing water. Small pools of water in your gutters and outside of your home can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Regularly inspect the exterior of your home for possible pest entranceways – (for example: look for things like mud tubes created by termites and long branches that extend over your roofs and gutters created by squirrels).
- Do not feed the birds
- Wear gloves if you’re gardening
- Spray down flowering plants with a garden hose before you BBQ
- Place an oscillating fan in sitting areas
- Use low voltage lighting
- Avoid the mulch donut (mulch piled around a tree for landscaping purposes). It breeds fungus and attracts pest harborage.
- Don’t disturb bee or wasp nests. The professionals are trained to deal with this.
- Don’t swat at buzzing insects – they will sting if they feel threatened.
- Be aware that spiders might be hiding in undisturbed piles of wood, boxes, or corners behind furniture.