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Warm Weather Pest Control Tips

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When the cold weather of winter begins to recede and temperatures begin to rise, annoying insects and pests start to come out in force. The last thing any homeowner wants is to have their enjoyment of nice weather spoiled by the appearance of exasperating pests. This article looks at how you can minimize the problem of increasing pests on your property in the warm weather months.


One of the best ways to deal with a potential pest invasion is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. A common way insects and other critters get into your house is by taking advantage of any small gaps or cracks that allow them to pass through. These gaps often occur around doors and windows, as well as molding and baseboards.

Inspect both the inside and the outside of your house for any cracks or openings that need sealing. Clean the area around the opening thoroughly, making certain that all dirt and debris are removed before proceeding further. Apply silicone caulk to any gap that insects can use to gain entry into the home. Follow the directions on the label and make sure to let the caulk dry for at least 24 hours.

Standing Water

Spring and summer rains bring needed moisture to lawns and gardens but they can also create pools of standing water; a breeding ground for pests, especially mosquitoes. Carpenter ants and termites are drawn to stagnant pools of water as well. 

To deal with this issue, make sure that you empty all containers, such as empty pots, that have accumulated any water.  Also do not overwater your grass, as this can lead to areas of standing water. Another good idea is to make certain that all of your downspouts are functioning properly. Clogged downspouts can create pools of stagnant water. If you have a fountain on your property, make sure that the water is continually moving.

Window Screens

Window screens do a great job of keeping pests out of your home during warm weather, as long as they are in good shape. Window screens with torn mesh, however, are an invitation for all sorts of pests to make themselves at home inside your house. Fortunately, you can fix this problem yourself, in most cases, by going to your local hardware or home improvement store and getting a window screen repair kit.

Pests thrive during warm weather, so despite your best efforts, they could still make themselves a nuisance in your home. When this happens, contact pest control services in your area.