Often the best pest deterrent is taking early steps toward pest prevention before problems begin to appear. Once you finally notice that rodent and insect invasions have occurred, it may be too late to combat the problem on your own.

Often the best pest deterrent is taking early steps toward pest prevention before problems begin to appear. Once you finally notice that rodent and insect invasions have occurred, it may be too late to combat the problem on your own. By following some basic rules upfront, the chances of encountering pest concerns will greatly diminish.  All it takes is some diligence and forethought, and you will be very glad you made the effort.

Combating rodents

Mouse extermination is a last resort if you find the problem is out of hand and mice have already taken up residence with you for the long term. Rodent infestations can be one of the most frustrating summer pest problems. Not only do these vermin carry disease, but they leave droppings and chew through wiring and other materials, wreaking havoc and making noise, especially noticeable when you are trying to sleep. A good plan to avoid the presence of rats and mice altogether is to clear all brush from contact with your home and blocking any openings, both large and small with wire wool. Also, be sure to collect and dispose of any falling fruit from trees which will attract rodents and alleviate any passage to your attic where they may nest if access is present.

Eliminating spiders

Spider control is important during the summer when certain dangerous varieties, such as black widows and brown recluses tend to breed heavily. Although most spiders are good for our environment and pose no threat, those that can harm us need to be deterred from taking up residence beside us. First, remove any outdoor debris and excess moisture, both of which lure spiders and can allow for cool, dark breeding grounds and habitats. Remove rock and wood piles, as well as excessive vegetation as another means of population control. Caulk and strip windows and doors to deter entry. Check all household spaces, cracks and plumbing that may allow for easy passage as well. Glue boards and bug lights can aid in eliminating these insects if necessary. Natural and chemical repellants are also available.  If you do encounter a full infestation, your best bet is to summon a professional service.

Ant control

Ants are one of the most common summer pests, ruining everything from outdoor picnics to parties. Invading ants are naturally drawn to food and water, so be sure to cover and remove all edibles once you have finished your meal. Don’t forget about covering pet food, garbage and cleaning your floors and countertops adequately. Ant trails leave a scent for the colony to follow. A simple solution is to use natural citrus repellants to erase the odor. Liquid ant baits are recommended as safer for children and pets. These can be set out to allow the foragers to take bait back to the colony source, eventually destroying it. Be sure to seal off any entrance points to your home that may have been overlooked. If the problem persists, contact a qualified and reputable pest control company to aid in your plight. No summer is worth being ruined by the constant presence of ant guests.

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