They fly, crawl, bite, invade and annoy! And the word is that this summer, they’re coming in larger numbers due to the increased rain we’ve received this spring.
The cockroaches are sneakier, the fire ants are terrorizing from their sandy mounds, the ticks hide in unmentionable places, and the mosquitoes are the size of small hummingbirds. Then of course, with lots of rain, comes lots of pretty flowers with lots of buzzing bees!
Here are some tips to still enjoy the summertime, spend time outside, and not end up itching, burning, screaming, and picking.
- First and most effective is to have your local pest control company come and spray your yard and home. Then when your landscapers come, ask them to blow the dead ones away.
- On that note, be sure to keep your yard maintained and cut regularly, as insects will lay eggs in your lawn.
- Clean your house and reduce any clutter. This gives them places to hide. Cockroaches in particular will be drawn to food in your pantry or pet food. Keep those items tightly sealed.
- Check your screens. Even the smallest of holes is equivalent to a fancy written invitation to a pest to enter.
- Get rid of outdoor lights. If you do need them, use yellow lights. The bugs are less attracted to those.
- Check your yard for standing water, which is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, among other insects. Eliminate any standing water you do find.
- Plant onions in your garden. They HATE onions!
- Keep your trash covered or taken our regularly. Need I explain more?
- Use a Eucalyptus-based repellent or just plain old Eucalyptus essential oil (Walmart sells this) and rub it on your exposed skin. The bugs will stay far away from you.
- Don’t forget about your pets! Treat them and give them their monthly doses of flea and tick meds. Not only do we want them to be protected, but they provide a first-class ticket for these insects into your home.
Enjoy this amazing time of year, and don’t be bugged by the bugs!