New England winters feel never-ending so once summer is back, it’s important to enjoy every minute of it! Summer brings warmer weather, longer days, and tons of summer fun. Unfortunately, it also brings some annoying summer pests. Pests can bother you both inside and out of your home. Experts recommend preventing pests before they become an issue. Prevention is cheaper and easier than removal once pests are settled into your home! Let’s take a look at some of the most common summer pests in New England and the steps you can take to prevent them.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are something that any New England resident knows all too well. Fleas are small, hard to spot, and have an incredible jump-span so they’ll be on you or your pets before you know it. One or two fleas from outside making their way into your home on your clothes or your pet’s fur can turn into a full-blown infestation before you know it. Fleas bite numerous times leaving itchy, painful spots. Fleas can be prevented using flea collars and treatments on all of your animals. You can also spray your yard and around the home with a chemical that prevents fleas from entering the home.
Ticks are similar, but even more dangerous. Ticks are commonly found in tall grasses and bushes. Anytime you go for a walk or hike, check yourself and your pet thoroughly for any ticks. Ticks can carry Lyme disease and become extremely dangerous if you don’t know one is present. Lower the risk of tick bites by wearing long sleeves, pants, and full coverage shoes anytime you’re in an area that’s prone to ticks.
Yellow jackets leave painful stings and often sting more than once. If you have yellow jackets in or around your home, it can become a seriously painful and scary experience! The best way to prevent yellow jackets is to inspect your property inside and out multiple times each year. Look for signs of a nest or hive, as well as any areas that seem to have a suspiciously high number of yellow jackets flying around. Contact an exterminator at the first sign of a nest or hive.
Mosquitos come out during warm weather and leave itchy, red bites. They can also carry a variety of dangerous diseases. You can prevent mosquitos in and around your home by getting rid of any standing water outside the home. If you have a fountain or pond, be sure it’s treated with chemicals that protect against mosquitos living and breeding near the water. Citronella candles and bug sprays are great tools to keep on hand too!
If you’re battling unpleasant summer pests in your New England home, contact Creature Catchers today to schedule a service! We provide quality pest control services in the Boston area and the South Shore of MA.