The first step to avoiding summer pests is to know what pests to avoid. Throughout the summer there are many bugs and wild animals that can make themselves a nuisance, but the top three are ticks, mosquitoes and ants. Not only do these pests have the potential to make you and your family sick, the methods used to keep them out of your home and out of your yard will also keep other pests out as well.
Tick Tips That Help With Other Pests As Well
Every time your pet goes out into the yard, you have a chance of ticks coming back in with them. Yard protection is the first step in tick prevention. Make sure you keep your lawn cut short. This will make it less inviting to ticks. Remove and reduce weeds. And, if possible, consider installing a fence. Ticks ride into your yard on wildlife. If a fence is not practical at this time, consider putting all outside trash in sealed containers. This will reduce the smells that lure wildlife in. And, when you reduce wildlife in your yard, you'll be reducing other secondary pests like mites, lice, and fleas.
If you don't have pets, be aware that ticks can get into your house on rodents and other wildlife. Check the exterior of your home for holes or vulnerabilities and seal things up.
Mosquito Tips That Help With Other Pests As Well
One of the best ways to avoid mosquito bites is to have working screens. Inspect all your screens to make sure there are no holes or tears that will allow pests in. This will keep other flying bugs out as well.
Mosquitoes breed in still water. For this reason, mosquito reduction begins with a reduction of water-collecting objects in your yard. If you have toys, construction materials, tarps, or other objects that can collect water, these should be addressed to reduce mosquito breeding sites. When you do this, you'll also make your yard less inviting to other moisture pests, like silverfish, earwigs, termites, and more.
Ants Tips That Help With Other Pests As Well
Ants are ever encroaching. But, one of the reasons they encroach is the availability of food sources. If you have vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, nectar, or other foods in your yard, ants will love you for it. A reduction of food sources reduces ant problems and many other pest problems as well.
If you have fire ants, you can reduce bites by apply mosquito repellent to your feet and ankles. This can also keep ticks from crawling up your legs to bite you.
The best way to avoid pests in your backyard is to have a professional like All-American Pest Control address all of the pest pressures and provide essential protection from illness-spreading and wood-damaging creatures. Summer is more fun with fewer pests. Let All-American help you make your backyard a much nicer place to spend time with friends and family.