The summer months bring warmer weather, time off from school, and, unfortunately, pests. If you’re not prepared for the potential onslaught of rodents and insects, they may decide to beat the heat by taking up residence inside your home or business.
When you’re dealing with a substantial pest problem, the experienced team at Ready Pest Control can provide assistance at an affordable price point. In the meantime, here are seven summer pest control tips you need to know as the seasons change and the bugs arrive.
Rodents and insects want to avoid getting overheated just as much as people and pets do. They’ll take any opportunity to squeeze through tiny holes in your home’s walls, baseboards, and foundation. Before the weather heats up, check your property for gaps and cracks—then seal them to prevent pests from getting in.
In addition to shelter from the heat, pest species often enter homes and apartments in search of water. They love dark, damp spaces in the corners of basements, closets, garages, and bathrooms. Keeping those spaces dry can go a long way toward keeping out unwanted houseguests and avoiding mold problems.
Puddles and other standing pools of water outside can quickly turn into breeding grounds for mosquitos and other bugs. Make sure to keep an eye on these spots and maintain features such as birdbaths to minimize your summer pest problems.
Aside from shelter and water, most pests are also looking for food, which they’re most likely to find in your kitchen. Quickly cleaning up messes and sweeping away crumbs can keep hungry pests at bay. Store perishable food in airtight plastic containers rather than their original paper or cardboard packaging, which could be vulnerable to pests gnawing at or sneaking inside.
Even if they can’t get into your house, pests can still become a problem when they take up residence in the greenery you have outside. Keeping your yard trimmed and tidy can also help reveal spots along your foundation where bugs and rodents could squeeze through.
Bugs and mice are not particularly picky eaters, and they’ll swarm onto pet food just as quickly as human food. Keep dry pet food in sealed containers and regularly clean your furry friends’ food and water bowls.
Even when you go to great lengths to prevent insects and rodents from entering your home, you could still end up with a pest problem. With an infestation on your hands, you’re better off contacting a qualified professional for pest control services rather than trying to deal with the problem on your own. Call Ready Pest Control today to find out what we can do for you.