According to the calendar, summer officially arrives on June 21st, but for pests that wish to become a nuisance in your home or business the weather calendar already says “SUMMER IS HERE!”
Summer brings with it a whole host of activities from camping trips and sun-drenched days at the beach, to ballgames, backyard cookouts and working in the yard maintaining a beautiful landscape.
What summer should not include are unwanted pests spoiling your fun by invading your home or work environment, biting or stinging your guests, or sampling the tasty spread of food you have laid out for your cookout!
With over 90 summers battling annoying and sometimes harmful pests under my trusty Top Hat, I have come up with a list of the Top Five Summer Pests, which are:
- Stinging Insects
Flies love smells – just about anything, but especially foul ones – and are attracted to decomposing food and waste. Anything from rotting produce and stagnant water to garbage and animal feces satisfies their very unrefined pallets! And as temperatures rise and the decomposition rate speeds up, house, phorid, blow, bottle, and fruit flies are in their glory. Flies also transmit – by hanging out in the filth and then landing on food or food preparation surfaces – harmful and potentially deadly bacteria and diseases that are leading causes of food-borne illnesses. For more on flies see my May 23 blog.
Living Pest-Free Tip: Make sure to clean up party residue, or anything else that can attract flies, and keep the debris in a tightly sealed container or trash can.
Mosquitoes are more than just an itchy nuisance; they can pose serious health threats. Mosquitoes – both the northern and southern house breeds – can spread West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis and dog heartworm, and that’s just for starters. They are drawn to standing water such as bird baths, barrels, wading pools, stagnant ponds, and even a small saucer of water like the kind you would find under a potted plant. Adult mosquitoes are active from dusk to dawn in search of a tasty blood meal, and it is the female mosquito you really have to watch out for.
Living Pest-Free Tip: Wear long-sleeve clothing when outside and make sure to eliminate any water sources that might work for mosquito nurseries.
3) Stinging Insects
Yellow jackets, hornets and honey bees (their colonies can include as many as 80,000 buzzing members!) can put a damper on any summer event. Did you know that according to the National Pest Management Association, stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year? Stinging insects call a variety of locations in and around a structure home. They can live in trees, bushes, the ground, attics, crawlspaces, gutters, building overhangs, and decks.
Living Pest-Free Tip: Teach children to proceed with caution when they encounter these insects. Staying away from them is the best way to not get stung, and remember that bees can still sting even if they are dead.
While ant trails are fascinating to observe – they do move with such a sense of purpose – the location you would prefer them not to be heading toward is a trail head in your kitchen or bathroom. For example, Argentine ants are keen on sweets, and will aggressively forage and feed for oil, protein foods, fat, and meat. Their trails can be found along sidewalks, up sides of buildings, along branches of trees and shrubs and much to the chagrin of homeowners along baseboards, up sink plumbing and under edges of carpets.
Living Pest-Free Tip: To discourage ants, make sure that even the tiniest of spills is cleaned up promptly, and don’t leave pet food out overnight.
We like birds just as much as the next ornithologist but nuisance birds such a pigeons can pose a serious health threat to everyone. The unsightly droppings they leave on sidewalks, tables and chairs, and windshields (I really don’t like it when that happens!) also contain harmful bacteria. In addition to a high ‘ick’ factor, the nesting material of nuisance birds is very flammable and can block ventilation systems.
Living Pest-Free Tip: Sometimes a fake owl or larger bird of prey can help to dissuade nuisance birds from roosting. Colored or shiny surfaces that move can also help make birds less likely to land in those areas.
The professional pest management experts at Western Exterminator, yours’ truly included, are ready to put a halt to flying, crawling or roosting pests that are intent upon gaining access to your living or working space this summer. If you have any problems with pests where you need assistance to control them, Western Exterminator Company is here to help If you have any questions about pests, please send me an e-mail with the details at AskMrLittle@WesternExterminator.com and I will get back to you right away with more information.
Until next time, enjoy the summer and thanks for making Western Exterminator Company “The Final Word in Pest Control®”
Have a pest free day.