Summertime: lake days, pool parties, watermelon, BBQs, corn-on-the-cob, sunshine, camping ... We could go on, but in short, life is good. For a little while, anyway. Summers are already short in nature, and anything standing in the way of fun is a nuisance. And is there any greater nuisance than mosquitoes dive-bombing your family BBQ? Unfortunately, pests get in the way of many of our favorite summer activities. In order to limit these pests’ impact on your daily dose of fun, we’re sharing a few tactics to will help you keep the pests from putting a damper on your fun.
- Proper Clothing—Tank tops, shorts, and flip-flops tend to be the summer uniform. As much as these are great in the summer, they do little to protect you and your family from pesky pests. We encourage you to wear cotton, as this will allow you to both stay cool and create a bit of a shield from the bugs. Additionally, long sleeve shirts, pants, and closed-toe shoes provide much-needed relief. You can still stay cool in light-colored, breathable clothing, even if it’s covering your skin.
- Yard Maintenance—In order to prevent pests, we encourage you to think like a pest. What do they need to thrive? Long grass is a blessing to some pests, so keep your grass cut short to reduce their habitat. Firewood and piles of leaves are attractive spots for pests, so do your best to limit the extras in your yard.
- Get Rid Of Water—Keep an eye out for standing pools of water, as they are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools and grill covers are great examples of places where water can gather that you would never expect. Do you best to eliminate these standing puddles of water.
- Look over the yard—Remember, pests like to hide in some unlikely places! Do frequent checks in common areas of your yard to be sure they’re not infesting the area. Frequent checks will save you from large groups of pests later.
- Check Your Pets—Wondering where those unexpected bugs are coming from? Pests can be attracted to your pets and scatter throughout the yard or even in your home! Not only can your pets transfer pests all over, your furry friends could be in danger from certain diseases found in ticks and other insects.
- Apply Repellent—Last but not least, be sure to stay on top of applying insect repellent. Be sure that the repellent you apply has been approved by the EPA and reapply as directed.