summer

Summer. The most anticipated season of all and everyone looks forward to it. What’s there not to like? School’s out, there’s plenty of sunshine, beach parties, ice lollies and barbecues! Did we mention beach parties?! Oh happy days. Many of us will wipe the dust off our camping gear and bikes and head out for a weekend of outdoor-fun. For those of us who are not so adventurous, summer means afternoons spent hanging out in the garden and backyard, sipping tea at home, having a picnic or firing up the barbecue pit on our patio.

Everyone is out and about during the summer months. Unfortunately, this includes pests. During the warm months, many of them come out from their nests in full force! Most of them do this to find food, mate and breed. It doesn’t matter where you live, summertime means bug season. Towards the end of summer, ants will even come out in droves to collect food for their queen and colony to survive winter.

It is therefore crucial that you protect your home from bugs during summertime. Otherwise, these little buggers will find their way into your home and terrorize your family and pets.

The first line of defence against pests would be to spray the outside perimeter of your home with insect repellent. This sounds simple but trust us when we say that this works like a charm. Focus on areas where there is an opening to your house, such as doors and windows. This easy step deters bugs from even wanting to enter your house. They will not cross that line where insect repellent has been sprayed. If you are too lazy to do this yourself, many pest control companies offer this service for a minimal charge.

bug-trapIf pests have already found their way into your home, we would then suggest using traps. There are many different types of traps targeting different types of bugs such as cockroach traps, ant traps and fly traps. You can easily purchase these traps at your local hardware or home improvement store. You can even buy them online! These traps are very effective at catching and killing bugs that are in your home.

Another way to keep the bugs at bay during the summer months is to ensure that there is no food or beverages left outside. You should always remember to clean up after hosting outdoor parties. Throw away any leftover food and spray down spilled beverages. Do also remember to wipe your patio furniture with disinfectant. Leftover food is the main attracting factor for cockroaches and ants. We do find that roaches tend to mostly surface during the summer months so make sure you keep some bug sprays handy for killing them. If you’re having some serious trouble with roaches, we suggest taking a look at this link. Keeping your house and its surrounding areas clean is the best way to prevent pests from coming and breeding in your home.

roach-on-the-sinkDuring picnic or barbecue sessions, try not to leave food exposed for a long period of time. Serve food in containers which has lids that can easily be used to cover the food. Alternatively, you can use aluminum foil to cover the food. This is to detract flies and ants. Another step you should not forget is to clean the barbecue grill regularly. Leftover food stuck on grill grates will attract cockroaches and ants. You can easily clean the grill by soaking them in a solution of hot water, soap and baking soda for an hour before scrubbing.

Once you have tidied up the barbecue area, throw the trash in garbage bins and make sure you close the lid on them. If possible, place the garbage bin far away from your home and outdoor patio area. Try to also schedule weekly garbage pick-ups.

If there are a lot of mosquitoes in your area, lighting citronella candles or using a citronella oil diffuser would work. Mosquitoes cannot stand the smell of citronella and will definitely fly away. Eliminate their breeding grounds by removing all standing water. Change the water in birdbaths every couple of days and fill in low spots in the ground with soil to ensure water does not pool in them. Do also make sure that the water in swimming pools circulates. Moving water will make it impossible for mosquitoes to lay eggs in them.

Everyone loves summer and don’t let these pesky bugs spoil it for you and your family. Be sure to practice the steps stated above and have an enjoyable pest-free summer!