When temperatures rise, many pests seem to come out of hiding. Don't let them put a damper on your summer fun. Consider these simple pest protection tips for you and your home.
With approximately 170 varieties in North America, power in numbers is the mosquito mantra. Especially problematic around dawn and dusk, mosquitoes’ threats range from itchy bites to dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus. Use insect repellent, cover exposed skin and drain any standing water in your yard.
Ticks thrive in damp, wooded, leafy or grassy areas, so keep to the center of walking trails. Cover up and use insect repellents to avoid serious tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. After being outdoors in wooded areas, shower and inspect yourself head to toe. Dry your clothes on high for at least 10 to 15 minutes before washing to kill any ticks.
Those buzzing bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets are likely just as scared of you as you may be of them. Stinging insects attack when they feel threatened, so don’t swat, but move away slowly. Watch for them in insect-prone spaces such as gardens, picnic areas and house crevices (eaves, attics, gutters and branches) where they may breed. Wear neutral, solid-color clothing and avoid sweet-smelling cosmetics.
These unwelcome guests arrive in the spring (sometimes earlier in warm climates) and can wreak havoc on your home by gnawing through wood, flooring, wallpaper — you name it. Know where they lurk, and if you find signs of infestation, contact a termite control professional.
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