What are some examples of summer pests?
There are many different types of summer pests although some of the most prominent home invaders include ants, cockroaches, and termites. Of course outdoors will bring us a different set of pests – mosquitoes, ticks, and flies are some of the most prevalent.
Are these pests dangerous?
Summer pests are much more than a nuisance – consider these statistics:
- Termites destroy more homes each year than fires and floods combined; they cause over 5 BILLION dollars of damage.
- Stinging insects send 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.
- Recent medical studies show that cockroach allergens trigger asthma attacks in children.
Should we expect more summer pests than usual in our area this year?
We should expect an average amount of pests – comparable to last year – this summer. A good indicator of pest pressure is winter moisture. We didn’t have a terribly wet winter this year, so we should have an average summer for pests.
How can a homeowner get rid of summer pests once they are inside their home?
The best way to eliminate summer pests once they ALREADY infest your home is to call a pest professional.
What steps can homeowners take to reduce the likelihood of summer pests inside their homes?
There are many steps homeowners can take to reduce the likelihood of occasional invaders:
- Keep all kitchen areas clean (including floors). Kitchen appliances should be kept free of spills and crumbs. Clean shelves regularly and store foods such as cereal, flour, and dog food in resealable containers.
- Periodically sweep and vacuum floor areas in the kitchen, under furniture, and around dining areas. Pay particular attention to pet food and water dishes.
- Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly.
- Seal cracks, crevices, and other gaps around doors and windows. Doors and windows should always be kept closed or well screened.
- Check pipes and pipe areas around the house for leaks, cracks and gaps and seal and patch any problems if necessary. Leaky faucets should also be fixed.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces dry. If you have mold and mildew in your home or office crawlspace, it’s a symptom of an excess moisture problem.
- Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly. Insects have also been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage.
Do you have any good rules of thumb for dealing with summer pests?
- When it comes to your home – the cleaner the better. Many summer pests are attracted to food and water sources left out around your home.
- Standing water attracts thirsty pests. Try to remove all stagnant water sources in and around your home.
- A safe bet about pests – there is almost always more than one. Pests breed extremely quickly. If you notice cockroaches or termites in or around your home, chances are great that there are many more where they came from.
Tell me a little bit about ants…
There are as many ways to control ants as there are species of ants! Different species eat different things – making it almost impossible to inspect a single area and control the ant population. The best strategy homeowners can employ when attempting to control ants is to clean, clean, clean. Kids are home more in the warm weather so wipe down counters, regularly remove garbage, clean up grease spills, remove empty soda cans and mop the floors.
Tell me a little bit about cockroaches…
Cockroaches enjoy damp, dark places with a plentiful food supply; They like to hide during the day, often behind kitchen appliances or in cupboards. Inspect these areas vigilantly and clean regularly.
Tell me a little bit about mosquitoes…
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water that collects in ditches, birdbaths, flowerpots and old tires. Check those areas and remove the standing water to help eliminate the threat.
Tell me a little bit about termites…
Termites build mud tunnels on the foundation of a home for covert access to wood. They can also be found by looking for broken-off wings.