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Summer Pests to Watch Out For

Summer pests to watch out for

As temperatures rise, so does the activity of various pests. Here's what to look out for and how to keep these unwanted guests away from your home.

Mosquitoes: The Buzzing Nuisance

Mosquitoes are irritating with their buzzing and biting and carry diseases like West Nile virus and Zika. To combat mosquitoes, eliminate standing water in flower pots or bird baths where they breed. Additionally, using repellents containing DEET or picaridin can help keep them at bay​.

Ants: Unwanted Picnic Guests

Ant invasions are common in summer as they search for food. Keep your kitchen clean, store food in airtight containers, and seal any cracks to prevent their entry. Regular maintenance, like trimming bushes and trees away from your house, also helps reduce ant populations​.

Flies: More Than Just a Nuisance

Flies thrive in warm weather and are attracted to garbage and pet waste. Ensuring your garbage cans have tight-fitting lids and disposing of waste regularly can significantly reduce their numbers. Use screens on windows and doors to prevent them from entering your home.

Wasps and Hornets: A Painful Sting

Wasps and hornets can be particularly troublesome, especially for those with allergies. These pests are drawn to sweet foods; hence, keeping your home free from exposed food and sugary spills can lessen their presence. It's also wise to check for and remove any nests early in the season when they are smaller and less dangerous.

Ticks: A Hidden Danger

Ticks are prevalent in grassy or wooded areas and can attach to humans and pets. They can transmit diseases like Lyme disease. To protect yourself, use tick repellent, wear long clothing when in wooded areas, and check for ticks after spending time outdoors.

Fleas: Small but Mighty Irritants

If you have pets, fleas can be a common issue during the summer. They not only irritate your pets but can also infest your home. Treat pets with flea-prevention medications and wash their bedding regularly. Vacuum frequently to catch any fleas before they can lay eggs​.

Preventing and Controlling Summer Pests

Prevention is your first line of defense against summer pests. Keeping your living areas clean, sealing potential entry points, and using appropriate repellents are effective strategies. Professional pest control services might be necessary for persistent or large-scale infestations.

At Luxe Pest Control, we understand these pests' challenges and are ready to help you keep your home pest-free. If you're experiencing issues with any of the pests mentioned, please get in touch with us at 800-585-LUXE(5893) or through our contact form. We're here to provide effective solutions tailored to your needs.

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