Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people. People associate this time of the year with sun, fun, vacations, and lots of time spent outdoors. Still, there is one unavoidable and undeniable downside that comes hand-in-hand with this season: bugs.
Summer is a haven for insects and other pests that thrive in the warmer, muggier weather. Property owners are no strangers to the major increases in mosquitoes, roaches, and more in these summer months. While these pests are a natural part of the season, that doesn’t mean they have to be a natural part of your home.
Here at Insight Pest Solutions, we are experts when it comes to diagnosing and resolving major pest control issues. As the old saying goes, however, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and with that in mind, we wanted to offer homeowners some tips to help reduce or even completely prevent some of the most common pest-related issues that rear their heads in the summer months.
While there are a few summer pest issues that are pretty universal to people all across the United States, climate and geographic differences between regions have major impacts when it comes to both the problems and solutions people can experience when it comes to summer pests.
For people in the more tropically-inclined southeast region of the country insects and other pests are a year-round problem without the relief winter provides in other parts of the country. In the summer months when the humidity really gets cranked up and plants are in full bloom, however, things can get even worse.
For many of the most common issues people in these regions run into, the solutions are simple but do require diligence. Chief among those is reducing the amount of moisture indoors and out, keeping plant growth near the home trimmed, and perhaps most importantly for both pest control and general comfort reasons, keeping the inside of the home air-conditioned and cool.
A little north in the mid-Atlantic region, many of the same tips apply, such as reducing standing water and keeping foliage in check. There are a few specific notes our experts have for those living here, both relating to making it harder for pests to find a home in or near your home. Keeping gutters cleaned out and making sure that any stacked wood or wood debris is at least 50 feet away from the house can go a long way towards keeping pests from making your home their home.
Homeowners in the northeast can count themselves among the legions of people doing their best to avoid mosquitoes in the summertime, and our experts similarly suggest they work to prevent and remove any standing water on their property to aid in these efforts. For inside pests such as mice, ants, and spiders keeping the home clean is the best advice, with a particular focus on food crumbs and remnants.
Finally, people in the midwest can help keep their summer fun pest free by following many of the tips outlined here, with an added note that recurring standing water issues may require an expert to come out and review. Additionally, when it comes to trimming plants and foliage it is suggested that maintaining a gap of at least 12 inches between the home and plants can go a long way towards keeping pests out in the first place.
We truly hope that these tips help keep the summers fun and pest free for people around the country, but for any issues that crop up despite these preventative measures be sure to contact the expert professionals at Insight Pest Solutions!