It’s summer and in South Florida that means more bugs trying to get into your home. Water, food and shelter are what they’re after and a lot of homeowners unwittingly put out the welcome sign, attracting insects to their homes. Hulett Environmental Services wants you and your family to live in a bug-free environment this summer. In addition to contacting us to create a pest barrier around your home and property, here are 10 ways proactive South Florida homeowners can make their homes less attractive to bugs, by eliminating conditions that make your home vacation central for household pests.
Cracks and crevices
While you probably can’t caulk all of the cracks and crevices in older homes, you can seal off the majority of them to exclude insects from entering your home.
Doors and screens
Replacing door sweeps and repairing or replacing torn screens can deter mosquitoes, roaches, flies, spiders and other pests from entering your home.
Nothing says “Mosquito party,” like standing water. Your backyard can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Store kids’ toys and extra gardening supplies where they can’t collect water. Changing the water in birdbaths and pet bowls is a great idea to dissuade mosquitoes from breeding near your home. Clean gutters regularly and make sure downspouts drain away from your house.
Wood piles and leftover construction materials
In South Florida, termites present many challenges. Don’t give them more reasons to invade your home. Remove all extra wooden construction materials from around your yard and any other collections of debris that may be attractive to bugs. Stack firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
Trees, shrubs and mulch
Trimming tree branches and shrubbery away from your home eliminates bridges insects can cross to invade your home. When spreading mulch, keep mulch at least 6” away from your home’s foundation.
Food and dining
After meals and snacks, be sure to sweep or vacuum food prep and dining areas. Clean dishes, tossing all leftover food on dinner plates in a tightly sealed container or in your compost pile. Eat fruit before it passes its peak. Seal all dry goods in air-tight metal, glass or hard plastic containers.
Sanitize your outdoor trash receptacles regularly and ensure lids fit tightly.
Moths, mosquitoes and many other flying insects are attracted to lighting outside your home. While porch lights are necessary for navigating outside at night, installing motion detectors or positioning security lights, higher, away from your doorways can draw bugs from entering your home.
Bird seed and pet food
Ants, roaches and other bugs like birdseed and pet food, as do other wild life. Keep pet food bowls inside or remove after feeding. Place bird feeders further away from your home.
Cardboard boxes and clutter
Roaches, spiders and other crawling things like the privacy of cardboard boxes stored in your basement and attic. Eliminating all clutter from your home cuts down on insect hiding places.
The folks at Hulett Environmental Services wish you a healthy and happy summer. Enjoy those pool parties, beach days, picnics and backyard BBQs and remember, If you run into a pest situation, this summer, JUST CALL HULETT!