Enjoy a Pest-Free Patio This Summer

Enjoy a Pest-Free Patio This Summer

We all know how long the summer heat stays with us here in the south, allowing us to enjoy our patios for an extended period. Whether you’re relaxing with a refreshing drink, barbecuing with friends, or playing water games with the kids, our exterior spaces get a lot of use this time of year.

Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones enjoying the outside world. The major drawback is pests. From wasps to mosquitoes to ants, they’re everywhere. Fortunately, there are ways to deter these summer pests and allow you to enjoy the summer outdoors.

Get Rid of Standing Water

A known breeding ground for female mosquitoes is standing water. Check around your home for any places that could house water. Bird baths should be changed daily, remove old flowerpots, and ensure A/C drip pans are draining properly.

Add a Patio Fan

Keep cooled off and keep mosquitoes and flies away by utilizing an outdoor fan. Neither of these pests are strong enough fliers to withstand the strong winds from fans, so it will keep them from bothering you while relaxing.

Utilizing Patio Plants

Placing certain plants around your patio to repel insects is a natural deterrent. They can also make your outdoor space cozier and more beautiful. Some known flowers that are said to keep pests away are chrysanthemums, marigolds, and rosemary.

Keep Your Yard Tidy

A clean and well-manicured lawn goes a long way in deterring summer pests. Keeping your grass short makes it more difficult for pests, including ticks, to make a home. Also, keeping tree limbs and bushes trimmed away from your home can help keep access points out of reach for pests to come inside.

These tips may help keep pests away; however, if you do suspect a major problem or infestation, it’s best to contact your local pest control company for extra help. The pest professionals can provide you with the best treatment methods to protect your property.

Don’t Let Fire Ants Ruin Your Summer

Don’t Let Fire Ants Ruin Your Summer

Fire ants might be small, but they are mighty. They can leave a very painful and unwanted welt on your skin if they feel threatened. Don’t let them ruin your summer fun; read more and discover how you can avoid and prevent these pests.

Luckily fire ant mounds are usually easy to spot; so if you find one on your property, it’s best to take care of it as soon as possible. These pests are known for their fierce survival methods in harsh conditions. They can also find shelter in or near HVAC units and electrical boxes, so be aware when working in these areas of your home.

If they do find shelter in electrical boxes, it’s important to remove them as soon as you can, as they can cause damage to wire and equipment.

The best ways to keep these pests out of your yard for the summer is to:

  • Seal cracks and crevices to keep them out of your home
  • Keep food in sealed containers in your pantry
  • Clean up outdoors and maintain your lawn often
  • Eliminate standing water to keep large numbers of ants away
  • If you spot a mound, get treatment immediately

If you need more support, reach out to your local pest control company. These professionals will provide you with a comprehensive fire ant control and prevention plan for fire ants and other summer pests.

Keeping Summer Pests Away

Keeping Summer Pests Away

The warmer weather can bring out a mass of pests looking for food, water, and shelter. If certain preventative measures are not placed around your home, pests can easily find their way indoors, making it difficult to get rid of them. Check out our top summer pests and how to prevent them below.

Mosquitoes

These tiny pests are most active in the summer months due to the warm, humid weather. You will certainly come across mosquitoes and preventing them is easier than you might think. They lay their eggs in standing water, so make sure your property is clear of standing water, including pet bowls and birdbaths. Emptying these items daily will help lessen the possibility of mosquito breeding.

Ants

Another small and pesky insect is the ant. These pests love getting into your home to look for leftover food or crumbs. It’s best to vacuum weekly to help alleviate the crumbs leftover in your home. Ants can gain access through the smallest crack or crevice, so be sure to find and seal these as soon as possible.

Cockroaches

These pests will eat just about anything, making them hard to get rid of once they’ve invaded your home. Cockroaches can pose a health threat to your family as they are known to spread bacteria and cause severe allergic reactions. The key to discouraging these pests is to eliminate any food sources that are readily available to them.  After each meal, wipe down all countertops, stovetops, and spills. Take the trash out regularly and use trash cans with tight-fitting lids.

Dealing with summer pests can be a hassle and take away from your summer fun. If the pest problem is bigger than you can handle, then reach out to your local pest control company to find a prevention plan fit for your home.

Preventing the Top Three Summer Pests

Preventing the Top Three Summer Pests

Summer can bring out a mass of pests looking for food, water, and shelter. If certain preventative measures are not put in place around your home, they can easily infest inside, making them difficult to get rid of. Here we break down the top three most popular summer pests to look out for and how you can prevent them.

Ants

Ants are small, sneaky, and looking for your leftover food crumbs! These pests can access your home through only a small gap or hole leading inside. Inspect and seal all cracks and crevices throughout the inside and outside of your home. Likewise, eliminating potential food sources they find attractive is a great way to prevent ants. Make sure that you are keeping a clean home by sweeping, mopping, taking the trash out regularly, and immediately cleaning up any spills.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are most active during warmer, humid weather. It’s certain you will come across these pests in the summertime but preventing them from infesting is easier than you think. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in any standing water. Avoid standing water throughout your property by getting rid of objects that can hold water such as toys, pet bowls, tarps, birdbaths, etc. If clogged, gutters will also hold water, so make sure they are clear of debris to avoid providing them a place to breed and lay their eggs.

Roaches

Roaches eat just about anything, making them difficult to get rid of once they’ve infested your home. These pests can be a health threat as they are known to spread bacteria and cause severe allergic reactions. Eliminating any food source available to them is key to discouraging these pests. After each meal, wipe down any grease from the stovetop and appliances, clean up any leftover crumbs and spills from the countertops, and seal leftover food in airtight containers. Always take the trash out regularly and use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids. Before bringing in any newspapers or packages, inspect them throughout to ensure these pests are not sneaking in.

Dealing with summer pests can be a hassle and take away from all the summer fun! If you are having a summer pest problem, consider calling your local pest control provider. These professionals can provide you with a thorough inspection, identify the type of pest you are dealing with, and provide a treatment and prevention plan fit for your property.

Avoiding Stinging Pests at Your Business

Avoiding Stinging Pests at Your Business

Spotting stinging pests around your business can be alarming. Yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets are all active during the warmer season as they go in search of a food source and a place to establish their colony. These pests can pose a serious health risk to your customers and business. We break down the most common stinging pests and the best ways to avoid them.

Wasps

Wasps will build their paper-like nests on eaves, porch ceilings, branches, and windowsills. These pests search for food during the summer months. They are highly attracted to any food found outdoors, along with anything with a fragrant smell such as candles or flowers. When threatened, these pests will sting multiple times and eventually call on reinforcements from other wasps by emitting pheromones.

Hornets

Hornet nests are built in hollow trees or the walls of buildings and attics. These pests are attracted to light and will often fly into open windows at night if they see a light. Hornets like to eat fruit and honeydew, causing them to congregate in areas where these foods are found. While they are non-aggressive near their nests, they will sting if they feel threatened. When stings occur, the stinger can get lodged in the skin.

Yellow Jackets

Yellowjackets are social insects and can be found wherever humans are. These pests like to eat sweets and proteins and will invade outdoor events to find these foods. Yellowjackets build their nests in high places, such as on trees and buildings, or on the ground. If they feel threatened, they will sting multiple times which can be extremely painful.

Stinging Pest Prevention for Your Business

  • Always keep outside food areas clean, wiping up any leftover food debris.
  • Keep garbage cans tightly sealed and emptied regularly.
  • Untreated wood can attract stinging pests; make sure to stain, seal, or paint wood throughout your business exterior.
  • Perform weekly inspections throughout your business property to keep an eye on these pests.
  • If you have a public area where customers can eat, use signage to remind them to throw away food scraps and clean up spills.

If you have a problem with stinging pests, contact Commercial Services for an inspection and treatment plan.

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