Summer Pests: How to Keep Your Home Safe from Critters

Summer Pests: How to Keep Your Home Safe from Critters
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    Flies and spiders are as much a part of summer as sunshine and sand, though the former are far less pleasant than the latter.


If you’ve started to feel like bugs and other pests have taken up residence in your window wells, den, and kitchen, it’s time to pest proof your home for the summer. If you’ve never done this before, here are four tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you clean out your uninvited guests.

1. Keep a Clean Space

Generally speaking, the cleaner your space is, the less you have to worry about pests. Cleaning your drains of water and old food keeps bugs away, as does regularly removing trash from the house.

Other anti-pest measures can include keeping your carpets vacuumed to suck up any food crumbs and popcorn kernels that may have fallen in the carpet on family game night. Store fruit in the refrigerator so that the fruit flies don’t proliferate. Keep food items stored in air-tight containers to discourage other kinds of pests from feasting at your expense.

2. Have Inspections Regularly

Even despite your best efforts, pests of all sorts can get past your radar. That’s why it’s good to call for help as the summer days heat up. According to Summit Lawn and Pest Control, who offers pest control in Utah County, it’s good to have your lawn and the inside of your home inspected for critters. Common critters include bees and other stingy things, spiders, ants, and boxelder bugs.

Summit additionally warns that it’s best to get a handle on these pests early on. Some of them can be quite harmful, and for any of your family members who might be allergic to bee and wasp stings, they can even be deadly.

3. Plug Entry Holes

This Old House recommends that you keep the invaders out of your home by plugging up any small or large entry holes. This includes even very small holes. After all, mice only need a hole about a quarter of an inch in diameter to gain access to your home. Spiders and bugs don’t even need that much space. You also want to make sure that you’re keeping house and garage doors closed up to prevent access as well.

4. Storage Wars

How you store your recyclables also affects your pest problems. If you can, stow them away from your home in covered bins, with lids that are heavy enough to prevent larger animals like raccoons from accessing your bins. If that isn’t an option, then be sure to wash out all items before you put them into the recycling containers in your home.

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Also make sure that you have lids for these items. Any remaining sugar or food stuck to your plastic or tin attracts flies and other bugs looking for a snack. Finally, be sure to take your recycling out to the trash on the days that recycling is picked up. It prevents your trash from accumulating and further restricts the access that the critters have to it.

Keeping the summer pests out of your home and yard requires due diligence. A good inspection of these spaces can help you seal up any entry holes and get rid of any critters who have already moved in. Additionally, keeping a clean space helps keep the bugs at bay, too.

Finally, keep in mind that how you store your recyclables and other items like food can have an impact on how well you keep pests away. Make sure that any recyclables have been washed out and put outside and that all your food is sealed in plastic air-tight containers.

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