This summer, you want to be relaxing on the beach, having a barbeque with your loved ones, watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, and taking in the natural beauty of North Carolina. One thing you definitely don’t want to be doing is worrying about pests. Unfortunately, there is only so much that products you buy in the store for pest control can do for an infestation. During the warm weather of summer, more pests come out, and you don’t want them to spoil your fun. Therefore, it is wise to give Ray Pest Control a call at the sight of any signs of these summertime pests. In the meantime, read on for a list of some common pests that you may encounter on your property this summer, and what you can do to prevent them.
There is no greater buzzkill during the summer than mosquitoes. Not only do these tiny pests suck your blood, leaving behind an itchy bump, they also pose serious health risks as carriers of several viruses. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can prevent mosquitoes in your backyard, reducing your chances of getting one of those pesky mosquito bites or far worse.
No Standing Water
The first step to mosquito prevention is eliminating any standing water from your property. There are four stages in the life cycle of a mosquito: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The first three stages all occur in water. If there is no standing water on your property, then mosquitoes cannot reproduce. Contrary to popular belief, mosquitos don’t suck blood for sustenance; it is in order to reproduce. After a female mosquito sucks blood, it goes in search of water in which to lay its eggs. The first three stages of the life cycle occur within two weeks. You can interrupt mosquito production by making sure there is absolutely no standing water on your property. Even leaving some as small as a thimble of water can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure that your property is completely free of standing water to prevent mosquitoes.
Prune Your Vegetation
When mosquitoes aren’t looking for blood to help their reproductive efforts, they are in search of plant nectar to eat, so if you have heavy vegetation in your backyard, you could be serving mosquitoes their lunch. Additionally, during the heat of the day, mosquitoes like to congregate in places with heavy vegetation because it is damper and cooler there. Prune your vegetation and keep your lawn mowed to repel mosquitoes.
Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants
There are a couple of different plants that naturally repel mosquitoes. You have probably heard of citronella candles repelling mosquitoes, but you may not know that citronella plants have the same effect. Other plants that repel mosquitoes include lavender, basil, catnip, and peppermint.
Call in the Experts
As hard as you may try to prevent mosquitoes on your property, you may still find yourself swatting them away this summer. In this case, it’s time to call in the professionals. We can apply mosquito control products to your property to ensure that you can relax in your backyard without having to worry about your comfort or health.
Ants do more than ruin picnics; they can also spread bacteria into your home. As the weather gets warmer, ants start invading many homes, and if you have noticed one or two of these pesky pets in your kitchen, there will soon be 20 more to follow. With larger colonies, there is not much you can do but call the experts at Ray Pest Control to come in and address the issue. However, if you only have a couple of ants hanging out in your home, you may be able to try these techniques for repelling ants.
Block Points of Entry
Preventing ants from entering your home in the first place can go a long way towards your efforts. Block all potential points of entry, including underneath doors and any small holes that may give ants a way into your kitchen. You may consider caulking any cracks in the windows or doors to block their way.
Try Peppermint Oil
Ants hate the smell of peppermint, so you may be able to deter them with peppermint oil. After thoroughly cleaning your counters and table, spray peppermint oil on a clean cloth and wipe down the surfaces. Best case scenario, no ants, worse case scenario, your home smells like toothpaste!
Use Dish Soap
Using a line of dish soap around areas where ants congregate such as baseboards, windows, and doors can repel them. If you know where the ant hill is, you can also pour soap directly on there as a way to stop ants in their tracks.
Spray Lemon Juice
More ants invade your kitchen by following the scent of the ants that came before them. You can eliminate this scent with lemon juice! Spray lemon in points of entry to prevent ants.
In our next blog, we will go over more pests to look out for this summer. In the meantime, if you need help managing summertime pests in Piedmont, contact Ray Pest Control! We can help you with any pest on your property.