The longer days of summer not only provide us with more time to spend outside, but also give stinging and biting insects more opportunity to attack. The warmer weather tends to send pests out in droves, which can easily lead to mosquito or tick bites and bee or wasp stings. While these stings and bites just cause most people minor irritation and discomfort, there are numerous others that end up having a serious reaction or that contract West Nile virus or Lyme disease. Pest control should be a year-round consideration, but there are several additional steps to take in the summertime to help avoid the risk of being an insect’s meal ticket.
Start With Professional Help
Before you even begin to notice insects taking over your yard or bug bites showing up everywhere, it’s a good idea to call in a pest control professional. This is your best chance at keeping bothersome insects from getting settled on or around your property. Your technician will examine the indoors and outdoors for evidence of nests that need to be removed and determine if there are any conditions that would provide the perfect breeding ground or make your home especially attractive to pests. Once all areas have been assessed, a treatment can be applied to help act as a barrier for your property, significantly reducing or completely eliminating the number of insects you’ll experience.
Make Necessary Changes to Your Property
Your pest control professional will point out certain things that should be addressed, but it will be up to you to make the changes necessary to create a less appealing environment for stinging and biting bugs. Specifically, all standing and stagnant water should be removed to keep mosquitoes at bay, and things like decorative fountains, bird baths, above ground pools, etc. should be consistently replenished with fresh water. Ticks are known to lurk in tall grass, so maintaining your lawn is a must as well. Limit the presence of bees and wasps by making sure all outside trash cans are tightly sealed and screens are free of holes.
Watch What You Wear
What you wear can make a big difference in whether or not insects see you as a target. If you’re in a location that could potentially be harboring ticks, it’s best to wear closed-toe shoes, long-sleeved tops and long pants. Lighter-colored clothing will help you spot a tick much quicker if one happens to attach itself to you, allowing you to get it off right away.
The same type of clothing should be worn whenever you find yourself outside at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most prevalent. If it’s too hot to keep all parts of your body covered up, wearing a bug repellent (and staying away from sweet-smelling cologne or perfume) can help considerably to prevent bites and stings.
Insect stings and bites are less likely to ruin your outdoor summer fun if you think ahead. Don’t delay in getting professional pest control help, and follow the rest of these pest control tips because taking preventative action is fundamental in keeping your property pest-free.