Summer brings with it more than just beautiful weather – it also brings more pests! After a long winter, they may be looking to set up a home in the last place you want them to, your house. To keep the pests out of your home all season long all you have to do is follow these simple tips.
Tip No. 1: No Standing Water
Creepy crawlies don’t need a lot of water in order to make more creepy crawlies, sometimes as much as a cap full of water is enough. This is why you must be diligent in making sure that all the standing water around your property is taken care of. Watch for:
- Sprinklers that overwater. If you notice a lot of standing water after your sprinklers are finished then you need to turn it down.
- Check tarps, tires and anything else that can collect just a little bit of water.
This way you can limit the swimming pool parties to your human friends.
Tip No. 2: Don’t Provide a Buffet
You may think you’re doing a pretty good job of keeping food out of the hands of pests around you home, but they can be pretty sneaky. Make sure that you immediately clean up any spilled food, that your garbage is someplace not easily accessible to the critters lurking outside and that any food for pets you have in your home that are there because you want them is kept in airtight containers.
Tip No. 3: Batten Down the Hatches
The truth of the matter is this: Insects and other undesirables don’t need much space to get into your home. Check all your weather stripping, screens, and cracks in the foundation, holes in grates or covers of opening and cracked glass in your windows. Any of those can be like a big welcome sign to things you’d rather not invite to share your home.
Tip No. 4: Use Plants Wisely
You may not have even thought about it, but the plants you plant outside and the ones you keep in your house can actually attract bugs to your yard and home. However, the opposite can be true too – some plants can deter unwanted guests.
Educate yourself about the types of plants that attract and repel pests. For example, rosemary is not a plant most insects like, so strategically placing it around the outside of your home can be a good thing. Feverfew can help keep hornets away too. You can also choose plants that bad bugs hate but good bugs like such as sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, and alyssum. Just make sure you know which plants are pet-friendly since you probably want to keep your household pets healthy too!
Tip No. 5: Know When to Send for Help
There’s only so much people can do by themselves. If you notice signs of an infestation in your home then you need to call in the pros at GreenArmy. We can take care of your pest problems so you can enjoy the summer pest-free!