The summer months are an ideal time for being more active outdoors and enjoy fresh air, sunshine and great views with family and friends. However, the one thing that can ruin your time outdoors in a matter of minutes is a pest issue. Everything from bees, termites and wasps to ants, mosquitoes and more are common in many areas of the country and beyond. Whether your summer plans include spending time in your backyard or in a distant location on an amazing vacation, you can easily follow these tips to prevent a pest issue from ruining your summer.
Use Pest Repellants
There are a wide range of pest repellants that you can use in various ways. For example, chemical-based pest repellants can be sprayed on your body at home or far from home. Candles, tiki torches and other related products also may contain repellants, and they can be placed strategically on your patio, in your yard, around a campsite and in other outdoor locations you plan to spend time in. There are also all-natural pest repellants that you can use. For example, some plants emit an odor that deters mosquitoes, and you can plant these in pots around your patio. You can also seek herbal solutions and other natural repellants based on specific pest concerns.
Spray Your Home
While you can use pest repellant on an as-needed basis, you can also take preventive steps by spraying your yard and home. A pest company can be contracted to spray your home and yard on a monthly basis throughout the summer or year-round. You can even get spot treatments for ants, wasp, scorpions and more, or you can get a total yard treatment for mosquitoes. This step can get rid of an active infestation that may currently be making your space unbearable, and it can also keep the bugs from returning. Search out a good company in your area by hitting google with something like “pest control orem” or “spider spray midvale” and read some reviews.
Choose Vacation Spots Carefully
If you plan to go on vacation this summer, read reviews before you finalize your destination decision. Research the types of bugs and critters that are common in the areas and how bothersome they may be based on the month that you plan to travel. Some places, for example, may be so prone to mosquitoes that it is unbearable to be outside for a few weeks each year regardless of the amount of bug spray you apply to your skin. Other areas may have huge swarms of bees. While you may want to avoid these areas regardless of allergies, those with bee allergies may not even want to consider these destinations as an option.
Avoid Keeping Standing Water on Your Property
Standing water attracts some types of bugs, such as mosquitoes. Mosquitoes and other bugs often lay their eggs in standing water. After a rainstorm, for example, you may have a bucket or wheelbarrow in your backyard that holds a few inches of water. Simply empty these items out after each rainstorm so that the mosquitoes and other bugs cannot lay their eggs in the water. If you live next to a stagnant pond, you should consider using regular pest sprays to prevent a serious infestation from developing on your property.
Pests and critters often become more active during the warmer months of the year. This unfortunately coincides with a time when you and your family may spend more time outdoors. If you are planning to spend time outdoors this season at home or on a vacation, you need to take steps to keep the bugs away. These steps can prevent property damage from wood destroying insects, bites and stings and other issues that can develop from a pest problem. Implement these tips today to prepare for your time outdoors.
About the Author: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.