As summer approaches, so do the pests. From fleas, ticks, and termites to American roaches and ants, and even rodents, there are a variety of insects and pests that become active during the warmer months. Inside and out, your home may be overrun with these pests if you're not careful.
If you are noticing insects in your home, or if you can't enjoy spending time in your yard without getting swarmed by mosquitoes, take a look at the following tips to help with summer pest control:
- Keep your yard clean and free of debris. This includes removing any standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It's also a good idea to trim back bushes and overgrown grass, as these provide hiding spots for insects. Many insects live and feed in leaf-litter, so it is important to rake and bag leaf-litter frequently, and to not over-mulch.
- Inspect the exterior of your home regularly and seal any cracks or openings that you find. This will help to keep insects from getting inside your home from the start. We offer a full home inspection to help identify any potential problem areas.
- Use professional treatments to your home. Handling pest control treatments on your own with DIY strategies is often ineffective. Hulett works with our customers to develop preventative programs that include ongoing treatments for maintenance and prevention. Hulett can treat the interiors to get rid of an existing problem, and then treat the exterior to help prevent them from coming back.
- Be careful when bringing plants or other outdoor items into your home. Insects can easily hitch a ride on these items and end up in your home. A good best practice is to "quarantine" any new plant before bringing it into your home and give it a soap bath to keep it from spreading things like fungus gnats or aphids to your other plants.
- Be sure to keep food stored properly and clean up any spills or crumbs right away. Insects are attracted to food, so a clean kitchen is key to keeping them away. Kitchens with food and drink spills is a huge attraction for ants and cockroaches.
- Keep pets groomed and free of fleas and ticks. These pests can easily hitch a ride into your home on four-legged friends. Talking to your veterinarian about your options to protect your pets from fleas and ticks is always a good idea.
- Regular pest control treatments. This will help to keep your home free of summer pests all season long. Hulett offers free initial inspections and can develop a custom preventative plan for you, so contact us today to get started.
By following these tips, you can enjoy summer without the hassle of pesky insects. If you are having trouble with summer pests, or if you would like to develop a preventative plan for your home, contact Hulett today. Our professionals are here to help you keep your home pest-free all season long.
Common Summer Pests in South Florida
White Footed Ants
White-footed ants are medium-sized black ants with white colored feet that live in bushes and trees but often invade homes in search of food. They are attracted to sweet things and can be difficult to get rid of once they've infested an area, so it's important to take preventive measures to keep them from coming into your home in the first place.
American cockroaches are large, brown cockroaches with a yellow-orange pronotum (shoulders and neck-equivalent) that are often found in homes and businesses. They are known to occasionally invade homes after a rainfall, or they can also infest within the home if they have access to food and water. Once they have infested, getting rid of them can be difficult, so treating any roach infestation as quickly as possible should be a top priority.
Mosquitoes are small, flying insects that bite humans and animals in order to feed on their blood. Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of diseases, making them a serious health hazard. However, mosquitoes are also major annoyance pests that can ruin your outdoor time.
Fleas are small, dark brown insects that feed on the blood of animals. They can jump long distances and are often brought into homes on pets. To keep your animals from bringing fleas into your home, keep them well-groomed and consult with your veterinarian about treatment. If you find fleas in your home, treat the infestation immediately to prevent it from spreading.
Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that attach themselves to animals or humans in order to feed on their blood. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, so it's important to remove them from your home as soon as possible. There are a variety of options for pets to keep them safe from ticks, and this should be a discussion you have with your veterinarian.
Call For Your Free Inspection Today
Summer pests are a nuisance, but with these tips, you can enjoy your summer without worrying about them. However, there is no way to guarantee that your home will remain pest free, so working with a pest control company for pest prevention and maintenance is essential.
For more information on summer pest control, or to schedule a free inspection, just call Hulett!