Summer Tips To Ward off Pest Infestations

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May 2, 2024

As we transition into summer and welcome brighter days, it’s crucial to address the potential influx of household pests that may attempt to cohabit with you during this time. The shift in seasons often escalates the risk of pest infestations for many homeowners. Being well-informed about preventive measures and understanding how to safeguard your home can deter these unwanted guests from making your space their own. It’s not just about the nuisance they cause but also the potential health risks they pose, such as allergies, asthma, and the spread of diseases.

These practical tips serve as an excellent starting point for homeowners looking to protect their homes from common household pests.

Keep It Clean

These tips may seem pretty standard, but being as conscientious in the summer as possible means there will be fewer reasons for pests to enter your home. Avoid having food or drinks left out on the counter, clean away countertops after use, and wipe up spillages quickly. Pay particular attention to trash cans, garbage disposals, and leisure. There are no crumbs or food dropped on the floor around them, which can entice a great many pests. This goes for both indoors and outdoors and can allow you to reduce the risk of an infestation. Remember, it’s all about simple, regular maintenance to keep pests at bay.


Having piles of stuff lying around your home is essentially like a playground for some pests, especially those looking to make a home for themselves. To avoid an infestation, now is the ideal time to declutter and remove those household items you don’t want. Start by sorting items into ‘keep,’ ‘donate,’ and ‘throw-away’ piles. The less you have in your home, the less attractive it will be. But if you do notice an infestation during this period, then it can be a good idea to call pest control services to help you remedy the situation so it doesn’t get any worse.

Block Any Gaps

Depending on the types of pests in question in your local area, there can be a multitude of ways they can enter your property. From walking in the door or flying through the windows to coming up through gaps in crawl spaces, holes in walls, missing roof tiles, and anywhere else. The more places your home is exposed, the more opportunities there will be. So take a walk around your property, look at the places you could invite pests to join you inside and get them sealed out, effectively putting a no vacancy sign in the window! Common entry points for pests include gaps around pipes, cracks in the foundation, and open vents.

Clean Up After Pets

Not to be confused with pests, but if you have pets, then keeping everything clean can allow you to dissuade those who are enticed by your pets’ various odors and daily activities from wanting to live with you, too. This means cleaning up leftover food once they eat quickly, not keeping water bowls out overnight if you can help it, cleaning up toileting accidents in your yard quickly, and more. Use disinfectant to help ensure the area is clean and clear as much as possible, and don’t signal to local pests that they can come over for a visit. Remember, the key to effective pest control is consistency. Make these habits part of your daily routine to keep your home pest-free.

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