Humans aren’t the only ones who get more active during summer. As the weather gets warmer, pests - such as ants, mosquitoes, and spiders - start to come out more as well. They take the opportunity to look for food and frequently end up finding shelter in our homes. Here are some DIY pest control tips to avoid these pests from invading your comfort space!
Ants are annoying little summer pests, aren’t they?
To avoid getting these in your home:
- Make sure to store food in sealed containers - especially pet food!
- Always clean up crumbs after having a meal or snack.
- Take out the trash on regular basis as well since a clean house is essential to keep pests away.
- It’s also important to certify your home is tightly sealed. A home inspector pro can help you find any cracks or crevices that need sealing.
Mosquitoes can be the worst summer insects whenever you’re relaxing and they come buzzing in your ear. Not only that, these pests can actually transmit fatal diseases, so it’s very important that you keep them away!
Here’s the pest control advice to prevent them:
Eliminate any standing water source around your home! Mosquitoes need standing water to lay eggs and they only do it when they also have a food source available (blood from humans and pets). That being said, be sure to always wear mosquito repellent whenever you’re outside - or at least find some natural ways to keep the mosquitoes away.
Flies are usually attracted by the smell of sweet foods and beverages, and they can be quite dangerous since they spread bacteria everywhere..
The pest control tips and tricks for these are:
- Keep doors and windows closed whenever possible.
- Take out the trash often - especially when there’s leftover food.
- Clean immediately after eating - both the space where you ate and the dishes you used!
- Move the big garbage cans as far away from the house as possible.
Spiders are known to feed on other insects, so once you get rid of these other insects, the arachnids will be gone too! There are tricks to eliminate spiders completely, but keep in mind that they’re also important when it comes to controlling the amount of ants, flies, and beetles around your home. You really just want to keep them out of your home, not kill them.
And for that you need to:
- Seal up any cracks or holes around your home - this tip is valid for most pests
- Vacuum any spider webs you find
- Spray peppermint oil on windows and doors - spiders can’t stand the smell of peppermint and will run to the opposite direction
- Avoid using chemicals and spray a mix of half vinegar and half water on the spider when you see them, that’ll be enough to kill them
Roaches are one of the most difficult bugs to exterminate. They eat almost nothing and reproduce very quickly. So don’t take too long to call a pest control center after seeing them around your home!
If you're wondering how to do your own pest control to avoid roaches:
- Keep the house clean
- Seal cracks, crevices and holes
- Try not to bring newspapers and boxes inside without checking
- Seal up cracks and holes
- Find and fix any water leaks around your home - since the roaches are also attracted to humidity
Fleas start by making our pets very uncomfortable, and if your pets usually go inside the house, you can get bitten as well. Make sure to bathe your pet frequently, keep the pet’s bed clean (and let it get some sun regularly), and keep your pet on flea and tick treatments all year round. The health of your pet is in danger while he or she has fleas or ticks.
In addition to using essential oils that keep ticks away, the basic tip to avoid ticks is using a lint roller! Whenever you go outside, occasionally roll it on your legs to take off the ticks. Also be sure to use the roll right before going inside again to prevent from carrying any ticks into your home.
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