Methods Of Summer Pest Control Around Your Home

The following blog post about summer pest control (something we probably all need) is being submitted by guest blogger Paul Martin

Pests can become out of control in the summer. They can enter your home and bite you while you sleep. They can also cause damage to the structure of your home by eating wood and burrowing their way into your walls and floors. For this reason, pest control becomes increasingly important during the warm summer months.

 

There are many ways to tell if you have an infestation of pests in or near your home. Termites will leave sawdust droppings around the places where they have been munching on wood. If you see small piles of sawdust around then you likely have a problem with termites. You may also want to check the wood in the areas around where you have found the sawdust. To test the wood, you simply knock on it with your hand. If the wood sounds hollow, then it is a sure sign of a termite problem.

 

One way to help and repel bugs and pests away from your home is to plant and grow certain plants. Window boxes can be installed below windows in order to hold plants that can help and repel insects. Pennyroyal can help to repel fleas and mosquitoes as well as flies. Lavender is effective in repelling ticks and moths as well as mice. Marigolds are effective in keeping away asparagus beetles and tomato worms as well as mexican bean beetles. Planting the tansy plant can help to eliminate ants and flies as well as japanese beetles and moths. Mint can help reduce the amount of ants and aphids and fleas around the home. Basil is also effective at getting rid of flies and mosquitoes. Catnip will cut down on ants and aphids as well as cockroaches and beetles. These flower boxes will also provide a nice decoration for around your home. Basil can be grown in window sills and then used in recipes as a fresh spice.

 

Another way to spot signs of pest infestation is to look for items such as wings and legs of flies and other creatures. If you find these signs then you will want to search for nests around the outside of your home. Hornets will build their nests below gutter lines and other areas that overhang off of the roof of a home. Their nests can often be found under decks and porches. Hornets will slowly eat the wood away from an area and then regurgitate a paper like substance that they will then construct into a nest. It is best to take great care when attempting to destroy the nest of hornets. Wear protective clothing and be certain that you have an escape route after attacking the nest. Hornets will not normally attack but they will if they feel like their nest is in danger. There are certain poisonous substances that can be used to eliminate hornets. Using these substances in conjunction with destruction of the nest is the best way to eliminate these creatures from your home.

 

If the problem is simple ”over the counter” solutions aren’t enough, hiring a professional company might be the right thing to do. It is usually not hard to find a good company like Rove Pest Control by searching online. Also, it is usually easy enough to tell if a company services your area by looking around their site for a “locations” page like found here on Rove Pest Control.com. This makes it easy to find the right office location and phone number to talk to the right person.

 

Thanks Paul for some great info.  —  Joan Parcewski  Woods Real Estate

joan@woodsre.com   978-376-3978

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