Your Summer Plan – Keep Control Over the Bugs

Summer probably has you thinking about a lot of things, like days at the beach, or spending time on the golf course. One thing you may not have thought of, though, is early summer pest control. And while the warmer weather is certainly appreciated, people aren’t the only ones enjoying it. Bugs have also emerged after the long winter, and unless you take action, it won’t be long before they’re calling your house home.

Pests to Watch for

IPM1There are a number of pests to watch out for in the early summer months. Ants are common household pests that usually make their appearance when the weather turns warm, invading kitchens and other living areas. And, if you see one ant, you can be certain that there are more lurking nearby. Ants release a pheromone trail to let other ants know that a food source is nearby, and if they’re not stopped in their tracks, soon you will have ants marching by the hundreds. Another pest to look for during early summer months is bees, who are busy looking for flowers and other plants. While these creatures are beneficial in terms of pollination, they can also be harmful and/or destructive depending on the type of bee. Bedbugs are a problem year-round, but because many people travel during the summer months, the insects pose an even bigger threat. Bedbugs spread easily, hitching rides from place to place like they’re on some sort of Bedbug Expressway.

Preventative Measures

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent pests from entering your home, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your chances of infestations. Seal cracks around doors and windows; most bugs need only a fraction of an inch to get inside. Use caulk or other methods to fill spaces that provide an entry point for pests. You can also use insecticides in and around you home to kill existing bugs and deter others from coming in. Clean up food spills, remove garbage, and eliminate debris in and around your home that could provide shelter or a food source for bugs. And remember to stay vigilant – look for not only the pests themselves, but also any signs they leave behind, such as sawdust or bites.

Dealing with an Early Infestation

If you’ve got an early infestation, it’s best to call an expert for advice. A pest service company can assess your situation, determine the severity of the infestation, and decide on the most effective course of action. Whether spraying around the foundation or a whole-house fumigation is in order, a professional can help you eliminate the problem and offer tips to prevent it from recurring. Call Ransford Environmental Solutions in Framingham for a pest inspection at 508-626-2847 or visit us online today.

 

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