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Top 5 Summer Pests and How To Get Rid of Them

There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy a summer afternoon only to have bugs crash the party. Many pests are more active during the warm summer months after a season of hibernation during the winter, so you are more likely to be bothered by some common pests in June than in November.

Look out for these pests this summer:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Ants
  • Fleas
  • Termites
  • Flies

Although no two pests are alike, they are all a nuisance that many homeowners hope to steer clear of. In this guide, we strive to help keep your summer fun as pest-free as possible.

How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes

As temperatures rise and summer rains occur, mosquito sightings and the use of bug spray dramatically increase. Fortunately, there are ways to keep these dangerous pests at bay. The most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes is by disrupting their reproductive cycle. This means clearing your property of standing water and killing off the adults so they can no longer breed and lay eggs.

How To Get Rid of Ants

Have you noticed these tiny soldiers marching across your kitchen counter? There may be many more hiding where you can’t see them. These adventurous ants are called scout ants, and they’re looking for something to bring back to the colony - and you can give it to them! The trick to getting rid of an ant problem is to bait the scouts with gels and bait stations that have highly effective (and appealing, to ants!) concoctions that they’ll gladly spread throughout the colony, doing your work for you.

How To Get Rid of Fleas

Is your pet more itchy than normal? They may have a case of fleas! These bugs like to hitch a ride into your home on your pets (or maybe other pests, like mice and rats). The best way to keep fleas out is to perform preventative flea treatments on your dog or cat - but if you’re already noticing an infestation, it’s best to call in the professionals for indoor pest control.

How To Get Rid of Termites

Are termites coming out of the woodwork - literally? While termites tend to swarm in the spring, they are more productive in the summer. These hungry pests are drawn to the natural fibers in your home’s structure and can cause some serious damage if left to their own devices. As soon as you notice a termite, it’s important to contact a professional pest control company to get rid of the infestation as soon as possible to minimize the damage to your property.

How To Get Rid of Flies

What’s that buzzing in your ear? As obnoxious as flies are, they are also carriers of disease and are overall unhygienic. Summer is their peak breeding season, like many of the others on this list, so you will often find yourself swatting more often on warm days. What’s worse is that they love to follow you inside your home to escape the heat. To slow the spread of flies on your property, make sure to keep your space clean and your garbage can covered tightly. If you’re hoping to repel flies in the first place, houseplants such as basil and lavender are extremely effective and are great additions to your garden.

Don’t let a pest problem ruin your summer. If you’re looking for even more ways to keep bugs out, contact North American Pest Management at (916) 884-6620. We specialize in pest control and look forward to helping you stay comfortable this season.