Hot summer days are on the way! This means outdoor barbecues, fun at swimming pools, and the unfortunate increase of stumbling across unwanted pests in your home. Whether they’re seeking shelter from the sun or are simply more active in the summer season, many different bugs and rodents scuttle their way into shade throughout these sweltering months, shade that could very well be your home. Check out the following tips on how to cut down on infiltrating pests this summer season.
Safe Ways to Keep Out Spiders
House spiders are more active in summer months, and outdoor spiders may start creeping a little too close for comfort to set up their homes, finding shady spots in your garage or storage sheds. The Farmers’ Almanac offers a number of spider removal and prevention options – all natural, of course! While it might be tempting to bust out the bug spray and douse everything in the area the second you see a big spider, that’s not good for you or your environment. Simple ways to keep spiders out include sprays made from citrus, white vinegar, or mint. Cedar chips or diatomaceous earth can also be great spider deterrents.
Rounding Up the Rodents
Most people think that mice are most likely to find a home to invade in winter, to aid in their hibernation. However, they’re also actively looking for food and shelter during the summer. They’re also quite tenacious and can live on only a small amount of food or water, making them difficult to get rid of. Professional removal is likely your best bet here, and after the infestation has been dealt with, you should employ a few preventative methods for the future. This includes keeping your food in mouse-proof containers, keeping your house clean, and making sure every possible entry point is sealed.
Freeze Out the Flies
Heat can make your food go bad faster, especially if it’s something you leave out on the counter like fruit. And what does rotten fruit mean? Fruit flies. WikiHow has an article detailing three different ways that you can remove fruit flies from your home. Removal methods can range from trapping techniques involving dish soap, vinegar and more, to prevention methods that include spritzing your home down with lavender essential oil or setting pots of basil in areas where flies tend to congregate. You can also get rid of them by creating your own traps with incense or sticky swatters.
Barring Bees from Entry
Bees are vital to the environment, but can unfortunately also pose a hazard to you if they decide to make their home a little too close for comfort. If you notice that bees are starting to roost nearby, beehive removal becomes vitally important. Not only can bee stings be painful, but if you’re living near a hive and manage to rile them up, you can be the recipient of many bee stings at once. Even if you aren’t allergic, this can be detrimental to your health. Pets and small children are also at risk due to their size and inability to handle the venom as well as a fully grown human. Fortunately, many bee removal services aim to relocate the hive instead of terminating the insects, so you can go about the removal guilt-free.
It can seem daunting to keep up with the removal or eradication of pests and bugs that get into your home over summer. However, there are plenty of safe and natural methods to rid yourself of them, and many aren’t work-intensive. Vigilance and preventative methods can keep them from coming back once you’ve gotten rid of them, allowing you to enjoy your pest-free home all summer long.