Summertime is known for warm nights, days at the beach and family time outdoors. Unfortunately, it’s also known for mosquitoes and other unwanted pests who make their presence known during these warmer months. Here’s a look at the most common summer pests and how you can treat them, not just in the summer, but throughout the year with our exclusive MyShield packages.
Ants are the #1 nuisance pest in the United States. While they do not carry any diseases, they are capable of other damage such as contaminating food or destroying structures. In fact, Carpenter ants can cause physical damage to a home or building. Prevent ants by trimming trees and shrubs away from your house, seal any exterior openings, and keep the kitchen and other rooms free of crumbs, spills, or open food. Eliminating excess moisture in and around your home can also be a prevention method.
Mosquitoes are a major annoyance. After all, their red bites are not only itchy, but can also be dangerous as they can carry diseases such as Zika or West Nile Virus. While these diseases are becoming increasingly common in the United States, there are ways to reduce your risk of mosquito bites. For starters, rid your home of any sources of standing water, both in the yard and near the house, and ensure window and door screens are sealing properly and are in good condition. Peak times for these pests are between dusk and dawn, so it is advised to wear clothing that covers the arms and legs if you’re outside during these hours. Also, be sure to use a bug repellent with deet, piracidin, or oil with lemon eucalyptus.
Ticks are another major health risk in the summer months.
Black legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are smaller than the head of a pin.
These creatures can transmit Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Both are serious conditions that have symptoms like fatigue, fever, and even arthritis and neurological damage, among other problems. Hiking and camping are activities that increase the risk of getting bitten by a tick, as they are more prevalent in wooded areas. This also means if your home is near trees, or you use trails that wind through heavily wooded areas, you’re at rick as well. Additionally, tick habitats are low growing, bushy vegetation or tall grass and should be avoided if possible. Remember to check for ticks on yourself, your family and even your pets after spending time outdoors.
How to Shield Your Family and Home Against These Pests
Be proactive instead of waiting for an infestation! At Rid A Pest, we offer exclusive MyShield packages that consist of scheduled, routine maintenance in varying degrees of pest control service. Our MyShield, MyShield Plus, and MyShield Premium packages are the perfect way to ensure these common summer pests do not become a summer guest in your home this year! Call our team of experts today or click here to learn more.