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Summer is finally here. For many of us, that means enjoying time outdoors with our families, friends, and pets. Whether it’s grilling, playtime, pool days, or lounging around the fire pit, the summer months are the time to revel in your backyard.
Much to our dismay, our outdoor fun can also be interrupted by pests. The top culprits are:
Beyond the annoyance, each of these pests can pose its own risks and dangers. Here are Western Exterminator’s 5 top tips for each of these 5 pests. Follow them and keep pests from invading your backyard time and outdoor celebrations this summer.
Biting mosquitoes do more than cause itching – they can spread dangerous pathogens and parasites that cause diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika Virus in humans and heartworm in your canine family members.
Thanks to a relatively mild winter across the U.S., it already looks like a very active year for ticks. Scientists have predicted an explosion of tick-borne diseases this year, especially Lyme disease. Ticks are also responsible for the deadly Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and a number of other severe illnesses.
Bees, wasps, and hornets can all swoop in and ruin summer outdoors. Stinging pests can be attracted to foods and sweet, sticky food residues. Some people can have life-threatening allergic reactions when stung, so it’s always a good idea to assume that stinging pests can be dangerous.
The old cliché of ants at a picnic exists for a reason… ants are always on the hunt for food and drink! In addition to being a nuisance, there are some ant species – fire ants, for example – that can inflict painful and potentially dangerous stings. There are also dozens of ant species that can become an indoor problem for homeowners.
Although termites are unlikely to be a nuisance to humans, they can cause damage to homes and outdoor wooden structures that humans enjoy. If the damage is severe enough, it could create unsafe conditions.
With just a few simple actions, you can substantially reduce the likelihood that pests will crash your summer fun. Take time today to survey your backyard and review your summer plans to identify potential problem areas.
Need help? Contact Western Exterminator and your Specialist will be able to make recommendations to help you reclaim your yard from pests this summer.