While household pests can be found all year round, the summer time can make your property especially vulnerable to unwanted pests. And while most pests are simply a nuisance, some pest problems can become dangerous to people and animals that live in your household. So if you’ve been looking for help in dealing with a pest problem on your property, keep reading for the most common pests that can invade your home during the summer time.
Bees, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets
Because common stinging insects like bees, hornets, and yellow jackets breed during the spring, their population grows significantly in the summertime, meaning you might be in for some pest problems when the weather warms up. If someone in your household has an allergy, stinging insects making their nests on your property isn’t just inconvenient, it can be dangerous if anyone in your home has an allergy to these insects’ stings. Some steps you can take to prevent bees, hornets, and yellow jackets on your property:
- Covering trash cans
- Avoiding sweet smelling perfumes or fragrances
- Getting rid of dirt patches on your lawn
- Wearing shoes when outdoors
In taking these steps, you can help prevent hornet and yellow jacket nests on your property.
Mosquitos thrive in warm and humid environments, so the summertime is a breeding ground for these pesky pests. And mosquitos are not only annoying, they can carry harmful diseases like Zika Virus or West Nile Virus. To prevent mosquitos on your property, avoid having still or standing water around you, and use plenty of bug spray.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are especially prevalent in the summer months, though they can be found year round. Ticks can be especially dangerous, as they can spread lyme disease, which can be deadly for both people and pets. And because people and animals spend more time outside during warmer months, your chances of a flea infestation or getting tick bites increases greatly. Some steps you can take to prevent fleas and ticks include:
- Giving your pets flea and tick medication
- Wearing longer sleeves
- Vacuuming your home frequently
- Using insect repellent and flea spray
- Washing pet toys and bedding weekly
When you take these preventative measures, you can help protect your family and pets from fleas and ticks.
Since ants hibernate in the winter months, they come out in droves in the summer. They forage in the warm weather so they can save up enough stores to feed their colonies during the fall. You’re more likely to find an ant infestation inside your home, so to avoid an ant problem, keep your kitchen and other areas of your home clean and free of food crumbs.