Top 5 Summer Pests And How To Get Rid Of Them

Summer is a time of fun in the sun, backyard barbeques and splashing around in the pool. The only problem is that while you’re out of the house, pests are looking for a way into your house. Here are 5 annoying summer pests and how to get rid of them. 

Mosquitoes

Summer is the peak season for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous summer pests. They are known for their annoying biting habits, which leave itchy, red bumps. What people don’t know is that they are dangerous because of their ability to transfer numerous diseases such as: West Nile virus, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Encephalitis. A way to prevent mosquitoes from biting is by trying to avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes are most active during these times. Another way to avoid those bites is buy eliminating or reducing still water on your property. Mosquitoes must have standing water to breed, lay eggs and mature. Regularly dump out buckets, cans, bird feeders, or similar items that could contain water. If you have a swimming pool, keep it clean and chlorinated. Fun Fact: only female mosquitoes bite! Check out our Summer Special on Mosquito treatments.

Ticks 

As the weather gets warmer, ticks start to become more of a problem. Ticks pose as a threat because they can transmit Lyme disease.With the rapid growth in Staten Islands Deer population, Deer Ticks have also become rampant. Lyme disease can affect joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated. To prevent the possibility of being bitten, be sure to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes while outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grass. Be sure to trim your grass or any bushes and trees on your property. While enjoying the outdoors wear a repellent that contains at least 20% DEET when outdoors. 

Stinging Insects

Yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects are just a few among the summer pest that can ruin any barbeque. Stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. To make sure your not stung this summer, avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes and  though it may be reflex, do not swat at a stinging insect. Swatting at stinging insects increases the likelihood of an aggressive reaction. Be sure to remove all garbage and keep trashcans covered. Seek immediate medical attention if stung, as reactions can be severe. Getting rid of a hive takes a professional, never try to remove it yourself!

Ants

Ants are the most common pests and usually the number one call to an exterminator. Some ants can inflict painful stings, while other types can potentially damage your home. Ants are constantly looking for food and will detect even the tiniest crumbs. So be sure to clean up any spills or crumbs immediately and remove your garbage on a regular basis. It is important to seal all cracks and holes in your home’s exterior to ensure that ants have a harder time entering your home. Eliminate all pooling water throughout your home because these water sources are vital to their survival. Using Ant sprays and traps can be helpful, but to defeat the problem forever you need a professional to find the source and protect your perimeter.

Flies

Flies can be one of the most annoying pests in the summer. It is almost impossible to prevent flies from entering your home, but you can take different steps to prevent them from multiplying. First, make sure that you always clean your home. Most effective ways are to wipe all counters with disinfectants, take out the garbage on a regular basis, and make sure all food is properly stored and not left out for long periods of time. Also, keep all doors, windows and vents without screens closed when not in use. Once you have eliminated the things that attract flies, it will be easier to control the flies from entering and staying.

When to call a professional: If home you’ve taken all measures to prevent Summer pests and you have still lost, give Superior Pest Elimination a call. With summer solutions, and year round care, we can help give you the pest free home you desire. 

5 Spring Pest Control Tips

As Spring time approaches, most homeowners start to plan their spring-cleaning. As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, those unwanted pests begin to come out of hibernation. Here are six pest control tips to help keep those stubborn pests as far away as possible. 

1.   PROPERLY STORE AND DISPOSE OF FOOD/WASTE

Insects need food, water, and shelter to survive. They are attracted to waste, gardens, standing water and pet food. It is important to make sure you store food in closed containers, keep trash bins and bags covered tightly, and properly clean around the house. Also consider placing a fence around your garden; it could be a great way to protect your plants and vegetables.

2.   CONTROL STANDING WATER 

Most pests love water! Any source of water can attract pests to your home. Without a source of water, most pests will find it difficult to survive. It is important that you repair all plumbing leaks and regularly clean your gutters to ensure water flows properly. Be sure to remove any items around your home that may collect water, such as old tires or rotting wood. Keeping your home well ventilated and dry, especially in isolated sections like the basement or the attic, will help to drive those pests out. 

3.   SEAL ALL ENTRY POINTS 

 Openings in your home can make the perfect entrance for those unwanted pests. An easy way to keep pests out is by inspecting your home for these potential entrance points.  Use weatherproof caulk to seal any cracks, holes, and gaps around your property, and do not keep windows and doors open for long periods of time. It is also important to pay close attention to areas where utilities enter, such as plumbing and electrical pipes; these may have openings in them that will allow pests to enter through. 

4.   SPRING CLEANING!

Now that spring is here, it is time to develop some new cleaning habits. Creating a cleaning routine of sweeping, drain cleaning, mopping and garbage disposal is a good way of preventing pests from entering into your home.  Make sure you clean up any food spills immediately and do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. Insects and bugs love to hide in trash and debris. Clean all clutter from your yard, and don’t forget the areas under porches, decks, and stairs. Conducting a deep cleaning and decluttering, at least twice a year, will significantly decrease the amount of pests that are entering your home.  

5.   TRIM BUSHES AND TREES

Having a tidy lawn is essential in protecting your home from pests. During the spring- time, bushes and trees begin to grow quickly. It is best to make sure that you keep your bushes and trees at least a foot away from the structure to prevent easy access for pests. When trees and bushes are overgrown near the outside of your home, it can create hot spots for the pests to breed. If the limbs, branches or shrubs are touching your home it creates a pathway into your home for the pests. 

6.   PARTNER WITH SUPERIOR PEST ELIMINATION

It is important to take immediate action as soon as you notice a pest. Even just one pest can lead to a full-blown infestation of pests in your home. Servicing the five boroughs of New York City and New Jersey since 2004, our team of professionals is Green Shield Certified and will help to protect your home from annoying pest. We will work with you and provide you with the best steps to take during the different seasons of the year to make sure your home is always protected from pests. Call us today for a free estimate.