How to Protect Your Home from Pests
Ahh, summer is here and in full swing! This exciting season ushers in long days, leisurely time spent by the pool, a nostalgic sense of freedom, and… bugs. Whether we’re talking mosquitos or wasps or scorpions (oh my!), it’s no secret that bugs of all sorts go hand in hand with the summer season. Here are a few of our tips for keeping critters out of your casa.
Pest Prevention is key!
- Make sure your house is sealed up tight: door frames, windows, worn out weather strips, and seemingly tiny cracks are an even tinier bug’s best friend. There are professional services that can help keep uninvited guests out if you don’t have the time/energy/desire to seal your home yourself. Otherwise, add it to the honey-do list!
- A clean house is a happy house. Ensure that you don’t have any food lying around (this may sound odd, but if you have children or a messy roommate, you know what I’m talking about!), and clean up spilled food or drinks as soon as possible. Don’t forget the outside of your home, too: clean up any yard work piles or plant debris promptly and make sure to empty recycling and trash bins frequently.
- Have a green thumb? Some plants can help keep bugs away naturally. Sweet basil is great for repelling flies, marigolds and rosemary can fend off mosquitos, and chrysanthemums repel roaches (my personal arch-nemesis). Take a quick search and you’ll find that there are tons of herbs, flowers, and even carnivorous plants that can help repel (or ingest) unwanted pests.
…but sometimes you need to take action.
- Investing in sprays can be helpful if you’re looking to kill a couple bugs here and there. Brands like Terro and Raid sell sprays that can kill scorpions, spiders, roaches, ants, or wasps on contact. Just make sure that you’re spraying the right bugs with the right spray. For example, bees do not die from wasp killer. They just get angry.
- If sprays aren’t your cup of tea, consider alternatives like glue traps, boric acid (poisonous to insects but less toxic than pesticides), or diatomaceous earth (which dries out bugs with exoskeletons).
- Scorpions are nocturnal and, to make matters worse, they usually blend in with their surroundings. Use a black light to hunt them out (they’ll glow!). If you want to get the most return for your time spent hunting, do this during a full moon, when scorpions are most active.
Call in a pest pro.
- There’s no shame in calling for backup! If you’ve exhausted all other forms of prevention and action, or you just are tired of dealing with the pests yourself, an exterminator is your best friend. My only caveat is this: if you’re looking to eradicate a specific pest, like scorpions or termites or wasps, I suggest calling an exterminator who specializes in that Their knowledge of [insert annoying bug here] and all of its habits will typically exceed that of a “one stop shop” exterminator.
If all else fails…
- Burn down your house and RUN!!!! (kidding!)
Summer time can bring pests out in full force, so make you are prepared and have a plan to keep them at bay. Don’t hesitate to “call in the pros” if prevention isn’t working or you have already been invaded by summer’s unwanted house guests.