Summer Buggin’: Tips for Peak Pest Season

Summer Buggin’: Tips for Peak Pest Season

Summer in Georgia is a time for outdoor fun, but it’s also the peak season for many pests. As the temperatures rise, so does the activity of insects and other unwanted critters. Understanding how to protect your home and enjoy a pest-free summer is crucial. Here are some tips to help you manage peak pest season effectively.

Common Summer Pests

Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are not just annoying; they can also carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika Virus (CDC). They thrive in standing water and humid environments, making summer their prime season.

Ants: Ants are constantly on the lookout for food and water, often invading homes during the summer. Common species include carpenter ants, which can cause structural damage, and fire ants, which deliver painful stings (National Pest Management Association).

Ticks: Ticks are a serious concern as they can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses (CDC). They are often found in wooded and grassy areas.

Flies: House flies, fruit flies, and other flying insects become more active in the summer, attracted by food and waste. They can spread bacteria and other pathogens (Penn State Extension).

Tips for Managing Summer Pests

  1. Eliminate Standing Water: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Regularly empty birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, and any other containers that can collect water. Ensure your gutters are clean and draining properly.
  2. Keep Food Sealed: Ants and flies are attracted to food. Keep food sealed in airtight containers and clean up spills immediately. Don’t leave pet food out overnight, and ensure garbage bins are tightly closed.
  3. Maintain Your Yard: Ticks and mosquitoes thrive in overgrown vegetation. Regularly mow your lawn, trim shrubs, and remove leaf litter and debris. Create a barrier of wood chips or gravel between your lawn and wooded areas to reduce tick migration into your yard.
  4. Use Screens and Seal Gaps: Ensure that windows and doors are fitted with tight screens to keep insects out. Seal any gaps or cracks in your home’s exterior to prevent pests from entering.
  5. Use Natural Repellents: Planting certain herbs and flowers like lavender, marigolds, and citronella can naturally repel mosquitoes and other pests. Essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint can also deter insects when used correctly.
  6. Professional Pest Control: Sometimes, professional help is the best solution. Regular inspections and treatments from a pest control service can keep your home protected throughout the summer.

By taking proactive steps, you can enjoy a summer free from the nuisance and dangers posed by pests. Implement these tips to safeguard your home and health during peak pest season.

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