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Keep these summer pests from vacationing in your home
Whether you live or go to school in the Edwardsville, IL area, you know that summer means high temps, days at the pool and a litany of fun activities. However, it’s not all fun and games for Midwesterners as the season heats up. While this area can be great for float trips and all types of summer enjoyment, it’s also a time for many pests to play as well. However, how do you limit pests while maximizing the fun you have this year. Well, the first step is becoming familiar with the enemy. Here are the pests you should look out for as the weather heats up and what you can do to limit your exposure!
When it comes to summer pests, there are few more feared than the dreaded mosquito. Not only do mosquito bites cause itching, but they can also spread serious illnesses that will have you worrying about a whole other problem.
While your municipality likely treats for mosquitoes, you may still see them in numbers this season. To prevent mosquitoes, limit any standing water around your home, as this is a breeding ground for the insect. Additionally, store-bought bug sprays, fly paper or citronella candles may help protect you while enjoying time outside.
The summer brings an unending onslaught of stinging insects to worry about. Whether it’s carpenter bees that bore holes in your wood deck or wasps that build nests underneath ledges, limiting nesting areas will also limit untimely meetings right outside of your front door.
To limit stinging insects, you can pick up a few cans of wasp and hornet killer at many stores and inspect your home for nests. You may find nests in garages and sheds, in trees, underneath ledges, inside wood surfaces, etc. You can also call a professional to ensure your completely protected if the problem is severe.
Ants are extremely active in the summertime, and if you aren’t careful, you’ll be warding them offer all season long. Ants love to find their way inside your home looking for food and anything they can carry away to their nest.
However, it may be easier than you think you eliminate these pests. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home to spot any nests that are close to your foundation. Next, be sure to keep trash and food sealed at all times, so as not to attract any hungry ants into your home.
Flies are another unfortunate part of the summer months, and they come in all shapes and sizes. From the tiniest of fruit flies to the dreaded horsefly, you’ll want to be sure you keep doors and windows closed and a fly swatter handy.
Limiting flies can be trickier because it’s difficult to know where they’re coming from. However, the best thing you can do is keep your home clean. Fruit flies are attracted to decaying fruit while common houseflies feed on garbage and filth. Keep it clean to limit these guys.
If you live near a wood area, you’ll no doubt have your run-ins with ticks this season. Ticks live in piles of dead leaves and other wood areas, waiting to hop onto their next victim. Many times this is in the form of a dog or pet or someone that’s hiking or working in the woods.
Ticks can cause serious illness, so it’s best to give yourself a thorough inspection anytime you’ve been in the woods are somewhere that ticks like to hide. Additionally, be sure to treat your dog with tick and flea control medicine to ensure unwanted visitors aren’t hitching a ride right into your home!
Last, but certainly not least is the termite. Also very active during the summer months, this is the time when termites are foraging for food and working to build up their colonies. This desire for progress leads them right to your home to snack on the studs in your walls.
With termites, you’ll want to limit anything close to the home that could serve as an access point such as piles of logs, brush or other detritus material. Additionally, it’s important to seek the help of a termite professional, as termite infestations can cost you thousands in structural repairs – prevention is certainly the better option here.
Here are some tips on checking for bed bugs
The prospect of sleeping in a home that’s infested with bed bugs is enough to freak anybody out. Bed bugs are tiny, barely visible bugs that feed on the blood of a host animal, usually a human. Additionally, bed bugs have the potential to cause sores on the body, and they can even spread disease. Many times, people catch bed bugs in a hotel room and unknowingly transfer them to their homes. However, you can prevent this by thoroughly checking your home and any other beds you stay in for these tiny creatures. Additionally, make sure you get help right away when you notice an infestation. Check these places for bed bugs:
Inspect the Bed
This is obvious, but you must inspect the entire bed for these bugs. They like to hide in the cracks and crevices, ready to jump out and make you a meal when the time is right. You should be checking the mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, sheets, pillows and anything else. Bed bug infested beds will have red, rusty looking spots from where the bugs have been feeding or where they have been smashed.
Inspect the other furniture
Bed bugs will travel from up to 20 ft. to feed on a host. Which means that bed bugs could be lurking in the chair in the corner, or even in the nightstand next to the bed. You’re still looking for rusty spots and the presence of the bugs here.
Check doors & window frames
Many times, bed bugs can travel through doors and window frames, through the small cracks that humans can’t see. If you see rusty spots by your doors or window frames, this is a sign that bed bugs are in the room or have been in the room, and you need to have it inspected before you go to sleep.
Check your Body
Unfortunately, one of the best ways to figure out whether or not you have bed bugs is to check your body. You’ll notice marks from where the bugs have been feeding on you. Additionally, if you notice any of these marks, it’s smart to notify a medical professional to figure out how you treat bed bug bites.
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