5 Ways to Deal with Insects This Summer
If you live in a warm, humid climate, the summer means more than just hot days and sudden storms. Insects thrive in hot, humid conditions, and the advent of summer usually means homeowners must give thought to their strategies against an onslaught of summer invaders. Here are a few measures you can take to make the summer months more livable, without constant intrusions by bugs.
Re-Double Your Housekeeping Efforts
You can avoid putting out the welcome mat for bugs this summer if you make additional efforts to keep food carefully sealed so that it doesn’t attract insects. Measures can include removing food from original packaging and placing it in covered plastic containers, vacuuming and sweeping the floors more frequently to remove crumbs and placing food inside the refrigerator immediately to prevent attracting insects. You should also wipe off counters and appliances carefully to remove debris that can attract bugs.
Eliminate Standing Water on Your Property
If you have containers or equipment on your property that can catch rainwater after a summer storm, you are providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes. These annoying insects not only make being outdoors miserable, they can also transmit diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus. Empty out the water and turn the containers upside down when they are not in use to keep your property from being a breeding ground for insects.
Set Up Your Home to Control Insect Access
Homeowners can make a point of inspecting their homes at the beginning of the summer months to ensure their homes are set up to limit insect access.
- Inspect all windows to ensure that screens are intact and fitted well in the frame.
- Ensure that mechanisms on screen doors allow them to close quickly and completely.
- Using bifold doors allow you to open up a portion of a screened entryway to allow the circulation of cool night air, without allowing flying insects to invade your interior space.
Walk around the exterior of your home and look for voids around windows and doors that will allow insects to enter your property. Also check around the foundation for cracks that allow access. Seal up these open areas with caulk or other material.
Tidy Outdoor Storage Areas
Firewood piles, where ants and termites make their homes, should be at least 20 feet from your house. Similarly, any lumber that is stored on your property in garages or sheds can be a breeding ground for many different species of insects. Remove these items or set them on racks above ground.
Many insects are attracted to moist areas of your home, such as under the sink or around toilets. Check plumbing regularly to ensure that these areas are kept dry.
Simple measures like extra attention to cleanliness and minor repairs of your home can make a big difference in the number of bugs you encounter during the summer. Follow these tips and you will discourage insects from making themselves comfortable on your home turf.