Now that summer has arrived, all of the bugs in your yard are trying to get into your home in search of cooler temperatures and water to drink. Just like you and your family seek shelter from the heat of the mid-day sun, so too do the flies, ants, spiders, and other insects living in your yard. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent pests from getting inside of your house this summer, including each of these tips from pest control professionals:
Tip: Secure All of Your Windows With Screens
If you like to open your windows in the cool summer evenings, then you should inspect all of the window screens on any windows you open to ensure they are tight fitting and in excellent repair. When you inspect them, make sure there are no gaps between the screen frames and the window frames. Flies and bees like to walk around and will make their way in even the smallest cracks.
If any of your screens are cut or damaged, then you can purchase patches or new screen material at your local hardware store to repair them.
Tip: Don't Leave Water Sitting Indoors or Outdoors
As with other wildlife, insects all need water to live. To encourage them to go live somewhere other than on your property and to keep them from trying to get into your home, eliminate all standing water. Whether it's puddles of rainwater from a broken rain gutter or water sitting in your kitchen sink, insects will smell it, and it will attract them in. Keeping your sink free of water or dirty dishes will prevent it from attracting bugs, as will eliminating any areas of standing water around your landscaping.
Tip: Keep Fruits and Vegetables in the Refrigerator
As soon as the temperatures start to rise in summer, you should stop keeping fruits and vegetables on the counter in your kitchen. Fruits and vegetables will age too quickly in the warmer weather, and as they naturally start to break down, you will have problems with fruit flies and other insects. You can completely eliminate this issue by storing all of your fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator.
Tip: Have Your Property Professionally Sprayed with an Insecticide
If you try these tips and still notice a lot of insects in your home or yard, then you should have your property professionally sprayed with a pet-safe insecticide. Contact a company that offers bug control services to learn more.