Keeping Your Home Pest-Free In Spring & Summer

Keeping Your Home Pest-Free In Spring & Summer

The warmer seasons are always fun in the sun for all of us, including pests who love to find places in your house to call home. A common question that gets asked is why there is an increase in bugs during the warmer months. This is because insects are poikilothermic, or “cold-blooded”, which means that their body temperature is dependent on the external environment. An increase in humidity during these months correlates with greater insect activity, providing the perfect conditions for them to multiply.

Pests aren’t just annoying, they can also cause irreversible damage to your home, your property and even your health. Ticks, bed bugs, fleas and especially mosquitoes host a number of life threatening illnesses such as Typhus, Zika virus, Lyme disease, Malaria, and severe allergic reactions that can pose serious health threats to you and your family. But how can you effectively deter and prevent the invasion of these persistent bugs?

Keep reading this article for some tips to keep the following parts of your home pest-free during spring and summer.

1. Take care of the garden
Gardens can quickly become a favourite hotspot for pests if proper precautions are not taken. This involves removing all possible hiding and breeding sites such as standing water, tree branches, stumps as well as stacks of wood.

Mulching may be an effective method of controlling weeds, but it also provides pests a perfect hiding and nesting hotspot. To curb and minimise bugs from getting into your home, try to avoid mulching in such close proximity to your house. Using inorganic mulch, which includes natural materials such as gravel, pebbles, stone, or crushed rock, as well as man-made materials such as solid sheets of fabric or plastic or other non-plant material, can provide a fitting alternative to organic mulch without attracting swarms of unwanted insects.

2. Don’t forget the air vents
A surprising area that insects love to nest in are air vents. They tend to crawl through open ducts, loose seals, and cracks and nest in the middle of them. The solution for this is simple – by installing an insect screen on both your indoor and outdoor vents, and sealing any cracks, these pests won’t find an opportunity to invade your home.

If your air vents are compromised, you can use foil tape to seal small cracks and sealant for larger holes.

3. In between the windows and doors
Windows and doors are one of the easiest ways for pests to infiltrate your home. More than just ensuring that they stay shut, you can install a fly screen or netting on your windows to prevent insects from gaining access.

4. Look up high on your roof
Termites and ants are very common insects that can be found in your roof. Since most roofs are made out of wood, these insects can cause significant structural damages which could even cause leaks. This is why it is vital to seal all holes and cracks in your roof, as well as any drainpipes. Don’t forget to inspect and check the overhang for nests every few months. A small number of ants and termites can quickly develop into a colony, so contact specialists at the first sign of an invasion.

5. Clean your kitchen the right way
A common favourite nesting spot for pests – especially flies and ants – due to the large amount of food and water available. More than being annoying, these vermin chew through boxes, contaminate food, destroy cabinets and can pose health hazards to you, your loved ones, and your pets.

Adopting the habit of immediately cleaning your kitchen after preparing meals is a simple and effective way to curb this infestation. A daily routine of cleaning your kitchen should include: sweeping, mopping the kitchen floor and dining area, wiping down the stove, oven and other kitchen appliances and making sure that all leftover, dried and processed foods are in airtight containers before storing them well.

6. Check the garage
Garages are a common point of entry for insects, especially when left open. Once these pests worm their way into your garage, they can completely destroy your belongings and damage the structural integrity of the space. From there, it’s easy access to the rest of your home.

The garage is a beacon for bugs simply because the garage is moist, dark, and a warm environment that makes for a snuggly home and mimics their natural environment. With the dark corners, the debris and things in the garage, these bugs have more than enough space and material to build a nest in.

The first thing to do to get rid of these pests is to begin identifying and repairing the source of all wet and damp areas in your garage. Once that is done, dry any water or damp areas and ventilate your garage. This would not only promote any airflow, but would also eliminate moisture-causing humidity. Keeping your garage clean and organised will also limit possible nesting opportunities for pests.

Taking the appropriate measures during spring and summer is important to reduce pest infestation. For professional termite control, ant exterminator, bed bug treatment, as well as bee and wasp control in Melbourne, get in touch with Positive Pest Solutions! Our friendly team is more than happy to discuss with you the full range of services we offer before arranging for a free quote. Our general pest treatment starts only from $89.