Common Summer Pests and How to Keep Them Out
08 May 2015
Summer is just around the corner and with it can come a whole new set of problems for homeowners. During the summer months, some pests are far more common than they are at other times of the year. This means paying special attention to these bugs, making an increased effort to protect your home and family against them. While not all these will infest the home, they can still be a pain to encounter. Learn what the common summer pests are and how you can avoid them.
Scorpions are in most cases nocturnal, making their way out during the night. In their search of food, they will climb through cracks in buildings. To keep scorpions out of your home, rid the exterior directly surrounding the walls of your home of wood piles and garbage. Seal any cracks you find to stop them from entering from the start. Remember that some scorpions are dangerous and should not be treated lightly.
Africanized Killer Bees
The Africanized bees are causing more of a buzz this year than ever before. They are now present in Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, and New Mexico, invading an area. More than any other bee found in the United States, these are by far the most dangerous. Africanized bees are much more aggressive than other types of bees, ferociously defending their hive. If you’re being chased by these bees, run in a zigzag pattern, looking for a safe place to take shelter. Never jump in the water while being chased. They will wait for you to surface.
Red ants are different from other types of ants in the harm they can deliver. Their bite is extremely painful, especially when delivered in large numbers. These ants can be found in the southern part of the United States. In addition to their bite, the red ants can often be found infesting electrical junction boxes, causing problems with the electrical equipment. Seal any cracks and put food away to keep these ants from infiltrating your home.
Mosquitoes are the downfall of summer. These blood sucking pests will lay their eggs in standing water. Because of this, it is imperative to remove standing water from around your home. This includes pet’s water bowls, which should be rinsed and refilled on a regular basis. You can also buy mosquito repellent for outdoor activities to further protect yourself.
Don’t let summer pests overtake your home and yard. Make the changes necessary to prevent these bugs from infesting your life.