Summer in Georgia is full of a lot of things: heat, beautiful flowers, fun celebrations, and dreadful pests. Ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders… They all seem to come out in full force in the summertime here in Georgia. That’s why it’s important to know these Georgia summer pest control tips.
Use bug spray. We can’t stress this one enough. With the number of mosquitoes we have in Georgia, especially near water, some sort of personal repellant is necessary (seemingly at all times of the summer). Bug spray containing DEET is typically the strongest you can find, but we know this can be a controversial subject. Here are some natural repellants you can use if you’re worried about chemicals. However you choose to protect yourself, make sure you’re regularly applying and keeping an eye on the kids, too!
Avoid using fragrances. Many bugs, especially those that sting, are attracted to our perfumes and colognes. It may be tempting when you know you’ll likely sweat out in the Georgia heat, but try to avoid using these as much as possible. If you really want to ensure you smell nice outside, try using one of these natural oils that also doubles as a mosquito repellant!
Use clear cups outside. Have you ever taken a sip out of a Coke can only to get a big sip of bug-infested soda? Cans and dark glasses are some of bugs’ favorite hiding places – they can sip on the sweet liquid while hiding away from you. You don’t want to get stung on your face or swallow an unwanted pest, do you?
Patch up screens. It’s tempting to keep doors and windows open if you have screens, but before you ever do this, ensure there are no holes in your screens. Be sure to periodically check throughout the summer, as these things can easily tear.
Seal windows and doors. Pests will take full advantage of even the smallest holes or crevices in your windows and doors. Always ensure all windows and doors are tightly sealed with caulk to prevent this.
Clean up spills. Ants, roaches, and other pests are all attracted to your summer treats. Popsicles, ice cream, cocktails, sweets… anything that can melt or create crumbs are like feasts to pests. Clean up as soon as you notice a spill, and take a wipe or spray and paper towel to your countertops and tables after each meal.
Get rid of standing water. Mosquitoes are especially attracted to standing water as this is where they tend to lay their eggs. Eliminate standing water by filling in areas of your yard that create puddles, removing toys and other items that collect water, and refreshing water in anything that requires water such as birdbaths, koi ponds, and pet water bowls.
Keep firewood away from your home. It can be tempting to keep firewood close by for those summer night bonfires, but store them in a dry area away from your home or you might be giving pests a free pass to enter your home.
Maintain your yard. Keep your yard free of puddles, debris, and even toys. The better condition your lawn is in, the less likely you are to have pests. And if pests aren’t in your yard, they’re less likely to make their way into your home.
All of these things can help you keep bugs away this summer, but the ultimate way to rest easy during the warmer months is by having a pest control plan. Check out our various plans and contact us to find the right one for you. We’ll even come out for a free inspection so we can accurately recommend the right treatment plan.