Nothing spoils a picnic like a line of ants. Nothing ruins a barbecue like a swarm of mosquitoes. And nothing spoils one morning like spotting a spider, a cockroach or a mouse somewhere in your house.Keep insects and bugs out of your home and garden this summer with these 10 best pest management practices.
Here are some tips for managing and preventing pest infestations in the future.
Your first line of defense is to prevent pests from entering your home. Check all of your screens for holes and fix if you find any. Check around your doors and windows for gaps and replace window stripping if necessary.
A pile of crumbs on your counter or floor is like a treasure chest for ants and other insects. Let them find treasures elsewhere - outside and away from home - making sure you don't offer any treasure in your own kitchen. Wipe down your counters, sweep your floors, put food away immediately and take out the trash regularly.
Getting rid of standing water is the first step to controlling mosquitoes. Standing water is fertile ground for mosquitoes and a great and big invitation for mosquitoes to start a family. It is sometimes easy to run out of standing water, so check your property regularly to check it. Look in the rain streams, check for leaks near your air conditioning unit, and pick up toys scattered around the yard.
Keep your landscaping maintained to avoid overgrowth which is perfect for pests and their nests. Cut the bushes and trees that are near the house, pick up debris, and yes - you will also need to weed.
Don't leave overripe fruits and vegetables on your counter. If you do, fruit flies will invite themselves for a spell and the elimination of fruit flies is a headache you don't want.
Do not give termites free access to your home. If you store firewood, move it away from your home or shed. As far as possible, in fact. Five feet should be the minimum distance, but if you can store it even further, you will be in better shape. Also, store it in racks above the ground.
Try not to throw pieces of meat in your trash outside, unless the trash is picked up within the next 48 hours. The combination of rotten meat and summer sunshine could bring unwanted pests to your yard in an alarming way.
Regularly check the chains and corners of your swings and outdoor furniture for spider webs and egg bags. Remove them when you see them.
Keep the toys outside outside and inside the toys inside. If you need to bring a toy, chair or table, wipe it dry first.