Summer means an increase in the number of ants, mosquitos, cockroaches and a zillion other pests crawling around your home and in your vicinity. Nothing ruins a feast or picnic than a long line of ants; nothing ruins a quiet evening reading in your lawn than a string of mosquitos. In this article, we have listed out some tips to help you keep the pests away and enjoy your summer, insect free.
1: BLOCK THEIR ENTRY:
The first way to keep the pests away is to block all entry points into your home. This means checking all your screens for holes, doors and windows for gaps and any other way in which the pests could find their way into your house. Once you find such entry points, make sure to carry out the repair work required to block them.
2: KEEP YOUR KITCHEN CLEAN: Every time you cook or heat up a meal, make sure to put away the remnants, wipe your counters and floors and take out your trash on time. Food and trash left unattended, crumps etc. are what quickly attracts pests thus make sure to keep your kitchen clean.
3: DON’T LET WATER STAND:
Many pests are found to breed in stagnant or dirty water. Thus, one of the ways in which you can keep the pests away is to make sure you don’t allow water to stand for too long. Clean your drains regularly and check for blocks, throw out dirty water and don’t let it stay stagnant.
4: DON’T KEEP FRUITS OR VEGETABLES OUT FOR LONG: Overripe fruits and vegetables attract pests so make sure that you don’t leave them in the open for too long. Make sure to either consume them soon or store them in the refrigerator.
5: DON’T BRING IN THE OUTSIDE:
Anything that belongs outside should stay there in your garage or yard and not be brought into your home. This will ensure that you don’t bring in any unwanted pests along with whatever you bring into the home.
6: TAKE CARE OF YOUR YARD:
Make sure to properly maintain your yard to avoid overgrowth of plants that is a perfect spot for pests to breed in. Regular trimming of your plants and disposal of weeds is important to get rid of pests.
7: DON’T THROW OUT YOUR MEAT TOO SOON: Don’t dispose of meat into your garbage outside unless you’re sure that it will be picked up immediately or in a day or two because such rotting meat, when left in the sun, can attract pests alarmingly fast.
8: FIX NETS ON YOUR WINDOWS:
Fixing nets on all your windows will both help with ventilation and also ensure that pests do not enter your home through these windows. This is hence, a very effective method for pest control.
9: STORE YOUR FIREWOOD PROPERLY:
Firewood attracts termites so make sure to store it at least five to six feet away from your home to avoid pests finding their way to it.
10: CALL FOR A PEST CONTROL SERVICE: If the pest issue gets out of hand for you to handle, don’t hesitate to call for a pest control service to come home and spray all the pests and get rid of them quicker.