Welcome back to our blog! Summertime in Piedmont means a whole swath of annoying pests will become increasingly active as the temperature and humidity rises. Insects and rodents can make spending time outdoors a nightmare, and when they invade the interior of your home, it is incredibly unnerving. But there’s no need to fear! Our pest control team in Piedmont will be there to eliminate your pest problem safely and efficiently. Today, we’ll look at some of the most aggravating pests to look out for this summer, and we will share tips with you for how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your pets from these pesky critters. Should your home become infested with mosquitoes, bed bugs, ants, and more, Ray Pest Control is only a call or a click away.

Buzzing Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of the most irritating summertime pests. When these bloodsuckers bite, they leave behind an itchy bump, which can become irritated when repeatedly scratched. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, they can transmit a number of diseases to humans and animals, including West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Plus, mosquitoes carry the parasites that cause heartworms in dogs, which can be fatal if not treated.
To avoid having your yard overtaken by mosquitoes, remove any and all standing water. These are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and a choice location for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Next, keep your yard well-maintained, making sure to trim back vegetation. While female mosquitoes are the main bloodsuckers, male mosquitoes typically feed on plants. Having unkempt vegetation can provide them with a damp, cool place to eat, meet, and mate, so keep your yard pruned to avoid mosquitoes. You can also plant plants like lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint to repel mosquitoes. And always keep citronella candles handy.

Bloodsucking Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the worst summertime pests. While these critters stay active year-round, they tend to be more active during the summer because of the increase in travel. Bed bugs spread quickly once a pregnant female takes up residence in a home or in public lodging. Bed bugs are small, sneaky, and live in the dark recesses of homes. In our last blog series, we talked about bed bugs at length, sharing with you ways to avoid bed bugs this summer. Follow this link to read parts one and two of this short series. In short, you want to be careful when traveling. When staying in a hotel or motel, avoid setting your luggage on the floor and always check the bed and upholstered furniture before settling in. Try to avoid buying used furniture or picking up free furniture left on the curb. You never know why people are getting rid of their belongings, and if they had bed bugs, their bed bug problem can easily become your problem.

Call Ray Pest Control

If mosquitoes, bed bugs, or any other pests have taken over your home or property, call Ray Pest Control in Piedmont. We’ll eliminate your pest problem for good. Be sure to tune in for part two of this blog series to learn more about the summertime pests to watch out for and how you can avoid them. Until then, thanks for reading!