Trying to bug-proof your home is an overwhelming feat that you do not have to take on alone. Aside from pests being plain annoying, they can cause detrimental health issues to you and your family.
Mosquitos can transmit diseases such as dengue, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and Malaria, to name a few. On the other hand, a typical housefly can carry about 65 diseases that can be harmful to humans. Some common ones are typhoid fever, cholera, salmonella, tuberculosis, and anthrax.
Moreover, roaches have their share in spreading the virus as they are suspected to be contributors to diseases and infections such as gastroenteritis, leprosy, asthma, allergies, and even E. coli. In addition, rodents like rats and mice can spread illnesses like hantavirus, leptospirosis, and monkeypox.
These usual house pests can transmit diseases through bites or direct contact with items contaminated by their saliva, droppings, or urine.
Seasonal Changes and Pest Behavior
One factor in pest control is understanding how weather conditions affect pest behavior. This will enable you to anticipate possible infestations.
- Winter - Insects look for shelter during the cold season. Bees and wasps will settle in trees and logs. Ants spend the winter months in their nests, typically found in pavement cracks at the sides of your garage or the perimeter of your residence. On the other hand, rodents have a lower tolerance to drops in temperature and may find shelter inside your home.
- Fall - Insects prepare for the winter months during this season. Since the weather gradually gets colder, you may see more insects inside your home at this time of the year such as spiders and ladybugs.
- Spring - When the temperature gets warmer, pests start to come out of their shelter, and there is an increase in activity outdoors as they search for food, water, and even mates. However, ants may find their way back to your home during rainfall in search of higher ground. Therefore it is not unusual that some pests will build nests inside your home, even during the warm weather. Be wary of changes in your surroundings, such as ant trails or bug wings.
- Summer - As temperature rises, pests' reproduction rate also increases. Therefore summer time is notorious for mosquito invasions. Other commonly found insects during this season are wasps, bees, and ticks which can build their homes in any openings in your house, like roof overhangs.
Contacting a local and experienced pest control will help you safeguard your home from pest infestation all year round.
Areas in Your Home to Safeguard Against Pests
- Kitchen - the kitchen alone gives enough reason for pests to invade your home. After all, most bugs come in search of food and water. Ants have a remarkable ability to sense food. Hence you find them almost in every corner of your kitchen, on the counters, floor, drawers, cabinets even places easily neglected, such as the top or the back of your refrigerator.
Be sure you wipe down kitchen surfaces, and sweep and mop the floor to clean spills and crumbs. Wash the dishes immediately after use and take out the trash daily. These measures will help lower the chances of pest visits.
- Pantry - Aside from ants, your pantry may attract other pests that may burrow inside your dry goods. If this is the case, throw away any contaminated food and keep everything else in airtight jars and containers.
- Dark corners - Creepy crawlers of all kinds hide in obscure and dark spaces in your home, but spiders are mainly attracted to the dark. So you find their webs in areas that are often not disturbed and hard to reach, like under the bed or other furniture. Make it a habit to sweep or vacuum dusty areas to keep spiders away.
- Attic - Although the attic is not a usual place to stock food, some insects like termites get lured by wood and textiles in your attic. Contact a professional pest control for areas like this where wood is prevalent in its structure. They will help you closely watch your home and implement preventive procedures against pest infestation.
- Garage - Bugs and other four-legged crawlers are likely to set up shop in the garage because of a lot of storage containers found in this area. Empty boxes and tight corners are some of their favorite hiding places.
Try to keep your garage clutter-free. Dispose of unused items and try to keep containers off the floor by storing them on shelves. Dust and sweep out your garage as often as possible and seal up any cracks or holes that can be potential entry points for pests.
- Gutter - A gutter directs water off the roof. For this reason, gutters are often full of moisture which draw pests. In addition, when nearby trees shed their leaves and clog your drain, it becomes a more conducive breeding ground for pests. Consider trimming overhang branches or installing leaf guards to your gutter to inhibit this problem.
- Basement, bathroom, and laundry area - As mentioned, zones in your house that are typically moist are vulnerable to insect invasion. Puddles or water droplets usually accumulate in the basement, bathroom, and laundry, making these areas susceptible to infestation. Ensure that there is no faulty plumbing in these areas. Use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up any wet spots. A dehumidifier can also help reduce moisture in your basement.
- Surrounding trees or shrubs - Foliage and trees offer shelter to several insect species, making them a significant culprit for infestation. When branches and plants touch your home, they act like a bridge for pests giving them easy access indoors.
Avoid this issue by aggressively trimming or thinning out your plants. Remove weeds that harbor insects and even parasites. Watering your plants early in the morning rather than at night will prevent dampness and inhibit the breeding of insects.
Enlisting the help of a professional pest exterminator will aid in keeping insects in your garden from causing considerable damage to your property.
Pest Deterrent Plants & Herbs
A natural method to keep the bugs away and make your garden aesthetically pleasing is to plant certain herbs and flowering shrubs during the warmer months, especially when mosquitos abound. Here are some plants you can add to your landscape to keep pests away.
- Marigolds - The flowers of this plant carry a strong scent that will keep mosquitos, aphids, and plant lice away. Traditionally used by farmers to keep pests from eating their crops, marigolds can easily thrive alongside other flowering plants given ample sunlight.
- Chrysanthemums or mums - This lovely garden plant will drive away ants, roaches, mites, lice, fleece, and beetles. An ingredient extracted from mums is used for many household insecticide products because it can effectively kill numerous insects.
- Citronella - Commonly used for candles, oils, and insect repellant sprays for its anti-mosquito property, this tropical grass can be strategically planted near windows, near the door, and around the yard to ward off flying insects.
- Lemongrass - Like citronella, lemongrass deters mosquitos from entering your home. This plant is famous for its culinary use. It adds zesty flavor to dishes and beverages.
- Mint - This aromatic herb is a great mosquito repellant. Plant them in pots on your deck or by the kitchen window.
- Basil - This herb, used as an essential oil or a tasty addition to many dishes, emits a sweet, floral scent like licorice which mosquitos and flies dislike.
Implementing natural methods to eliminate crawling and flying pests from your home is well worth the shot. Still, the best way to hamper a pest infestation is to be on top of it as soon as it begins.
A+ Termite & Pest Control can expertly spot warning signs and perform preventive measures to keep your dwelling safe and comfortable. Call us today at 704-285-1659 so we can take immediate action to your pest problem.