April 8, 2013
In the heat of summer, unwanted pests are makingÂ their way into cooler homes, and they are more than just a nuisance. Pests pose risks to people’sÂ health and property, so it is important for homeowners to take steps to prevent infestations. ThereÂ are many ways in which homeowners can “pest-proof” theirÂ homes as part of their summer-maintenance routine. Taking preventive measures early in the seasonÂ is the best approach to keeping pests at bay.
“As the warmer weather brings back numerous pests, early summer is the perfect time forÂ homeowners to thoroughly inspect their homes as part of seasonal maintenance,” says MissyÂ Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management AssociationÂ (NPMA).
Various insects such as ants, flies, termites, and cockroaches are frequent summerÂ home intruders, as are those of the stinging variety such as mosquitoes, wasps, bees, andÂ yellow jackets.Â The NPMA recommends a number of methods to keep household pests outside, whereÂ they belong.
- Seal cracks and small openings in the home’s foundation as well as around windows andÂ doors.
- Repair ripped window screens.
- Cut tree branches and plants so that they do not reach too close to theÂ house.
- Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water, including bird baths and in cloggedÂ gutters.
- Inspect the outside of a home for nests built by stinging insects â€” typically foundÂ in the eaves under roofs.
- Keep kitchen counters clean and store food like sugary cereals in sealedÂ containers.
- Empty garbage containers frequently and seal indoor containers.
- Make sure pets’ food and dishes are not left out for long periods of time.
Clearing away all things that attract critters is one of the best ways to pest-proof a houseÂ because it denies pests the means of thriving in and around your home.
If you find any signs of an infestation in your home, contact Pest Ops for a thorough inspection that can help identify and treat the problem. To schedule an appointment click here or call Pest Ops at (865) 966-0750.