The first day of summer is just a few short days away, and with added heat and humidity comes a new batch of pesky pests. Not only can they ruin a picnic in the park, they can find their way into your home and make your summer fun turn unpleasant. With that in mind, we’ve gathered a list of five of the most common summer pests you need to keep an eye out for, as well as some tips for preventing them from getting in your house and what to do if they make their way in. If you have a pest problem, you need professional pest control to reclaim your home from those creepy crawlers. Call Termishield today to schedule your appointment!

-Mosquitoes

Although they thrive the most in dry heat, mosquitoes have a habit of popping up in the summer. Not only are their bites annoyingly itchy, they’re well-known to carry many different diseases like West Nile Virus. Many communities have begun spraying mosquito repellant to try to quell their invasion, but invariably some will slip through the cracks. Some of the ways you can protect yourself from these bloodsuckers is with citronella candles inside and torches outside. There are also many different sprays and lotions you can wear when you’re going to be outdoors to prevent them from making a feast out of you. To prevent mosquitoes from breeding near your home, avoid having any standing water around your yard, as this is where certain species will lay their eggs.

-Fleas

If you have pets, summertime is prime time for fleas. The combination of heat and vibration sends a signal to the flea pupae, letting them know it’s time for them to hatch. When that happens, it makes summer a bummer for both you and your pets. Check your pet’s fur regularly. If you find fleas, there are sprays and oral medicines you can give your pet that are both good methods of treatment and prevention. But what do you do for the rest of the house? Sweep wooden floors and vacuum your carpet on a weekly basis will help you out greatly.

-Bedbugs

These little buggers hate the heat, so the summer is when they like to hang out in the cooler areas of your home. They don’t have a season and are incredibly resilient, making them quite tough to get rid of. There’s nothing worse than going on summer vacation, only to find that they’ve made your bed their new home. Small in size and flat, bed bugs are exceptionally good at hiding in plain sight when they aren’t active. Most often, they’ll hide in mattresses, bed frames, furniture, baseboards, and other household clutter. While vacuuming bed bugs up can be somewhat effective, you will likely have to have it professionally treated. You might be tempted to do this on your own by starving them out, but remember, they’re very resilient.

-Ants

The arch-nemesis of picnics everywhere, ants love to find ways to get your food. They have a habit of making their way into our homes every summer looking for food and water sources. To stem their invasion, be sure you’re cleaning up food on a regular basis, and properly disposing of your trash on a daily basis. It’s also important to keep water from being close to nooks, crannies, and cracks in your home, as this will draw them in. If you’re being invaded with no signs of slowing down, contact a pest control professional and locate entry points to be sealed.

-Cockroaches

Thriving in an environment with a lot of moisture and old, rotten food, cockroaches are nasty, sneaky pests. When they are crawling, they can be tough to catch, but if they take flight it’s time to run. Cockroaches are a clear sign your house isn’t being cleaned properly, so double-down on your cleaning efforts to keep everything tidy. While you might be able to take care of a few of them with a can of bug spray or your old shoe, one cockroach is pretty much always the sign that there’s more hiding elsewhere. Call for pest control to boot these vagabonds from your home.

Pest control doesn’t just come into play in the summer, as there are pests that can make their way inside your domicile all year round. If you want to make sure your home stays pest-free, you need to find a pest control company you can trust. Instead of just searching online for “pest control near me”, call the South Bend pest experts at Termishield. Not only will we help you get rid of an infestation, we’ll also help set up preventative measures to keep them out in the future. Call us today to schedule your appointment and get ready for a summer free of the buzzy bugs and creepy crawlers.