Summer has warmth and longer days. It has flowers and outdoor festivals and barbecues and family vacations.
There’s not much people don’t love about summer.
Well, except for one thing: bugs.
Unfortunately, summer pests like the warmest season as much as we do. As temperatures heat up, they come out, looking for food and seeking new homes where they can securely multiply.
And your home can look pretty inviting. You have nooks and crevices, water, and all the food they could eat.
But bugs are not invited to crash your summer. Let’s look at some ideas for summer pest control in Maryland so you can remain as unbothered as possible by creepy-crawlies.
4 Summer Pest Control Tips You Need in Maryland
As you move in and out of your house during summer, you’re probably noticing an increase in bugs.
They may just look like they are wandering around, but they have some simple goals: food, water, mating, and reproduction. Your home can fit into their plans, providing all of these things summer pests need. But you certainly don't want them there.
Use these summer pest control tips to battle bugs and keep them out during the buggiest season of the year.
1. Eliminate Excess Moisture and Water In and Around Your Home
Summer pests come into your home looking for a safe space. And quite a few of them, including silverfish, millipedes, centipedes, and crickets, enjoy moist, humid locations.
Some pests even relocate inside your home as a result of summer storms outside that flood their current nest.
So you want to not only make sure irrigation outdoors is working properly and not creating wet spots near your home, but you also want to eliminate extra moisture indoors.
To keep excess water down outside, have your irrigation maintained annually to prevent leaks or issues. Inside, run a dehumidifier in your basement and have your pipes and drains checked for leaks if you suspect them.
2. Clean Up to Prevent Summer Pests
Summer pests like to hang out in hiding spots near your home, like yard debris or wood piles.
Clean up your yard to keep pests out. You can also trim trees and shrubs near your home to prevent pests from entering. Store firewood piles 20 feet or more from your home since these are also popular pest and rodent hangouts.
Messes inside are also a problem. If you have crumbs and trash thrown about, pests and rodents can be drawn in as they seek food.
Keep your kitchen clean by vacuuming and mopping. Store trash and food in plastic tupperware and bins with secure lids to limit bug enticements.
3. Seal Cracks and Gaps
Sealing entry points is another way to prevent pests in summer. If bugs can’t get in, then you won’t have a problem.
To do this correctly, search for openings, cracks, crevices, or gaps around your windows, doors, foundation, or siding. Use silicone or caulk to seal them. Another way to secure entry points is to install weather proofing around your windows and doors.
4. Hire a Pest Control Pro
If you think you have summer pests, and you’ve cleaned up and eliminated moisture to keep them out, you might want to consider hiring a pest control professional. They have dealt with many types of insects in Maryland, and they know where to find them and how to stop them.
To remove and prevent pests in summer, a pest control technician will conduct a thorough inspection. Then he or she will look for entry points, sealing anything that is ½ inch in size or less and share with you any gaps that are over ½ inch in diameter and may need more work to seal.
If your pest control pro finds a pest problem, he or she will treat the problem accordingly. With ants, for instance, the technician will use a non-repellent ant control product that ants eat and take back to their colonies to wipe out the main source of your problem. For cockroaches, the technician will apply crack and crevice applications, gel baits or insect growth regulators to stop them. For outdoor pests like mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, your pest control professional can also use insecticides in their popular hangout locations to keep bugs from crashing your outdoor garden parties.
Once your bug problem is solved, quarterly exterior pest control applications around your home perimeter can keep summer pests out.
Successful Summer Pest Control in Central and Southern Maryland
You want to have fun in the sun this summer, and doing it bug-free can help. You want to enjoy summer -- and you’d like to do it bug-free.
We completely understand. Who wants to be chasing ants around their kitchen or dealing with a mouse problem? No one. You have better things to do this summer.
If you’ve tried some cleanup tactics and maybe even a few DIY strategies for summer pest control in Maryland, but you’re still having issues with summer bugs, give Natural Green Systems a call. We’d be happy to help give you back your sunny season so you don’t lose a moment worrying about rodents and bugs.
Are you seeing summer pests in your home? Want to learn more about our pest control services in Central and Southern Maryland? Get started today with a free quote. We’ll review your options together so you can make a great choice. Then you can just relax and embrace summertime activities -- bug-free.
Image Source: irrigation system