It’s hard to say a bad thing about summer, except for this: the bugs! Insects come out in hoards during the summer. When you set up for a lovely dinner on the patio, you forget that bees may start landing in your salad and swarming around your ice tea. When you go for a nice evening walk, you neglect to prepare for the mosquitoes that will be nipping at your legs. The heat brings out tons of flies and ants, but insects don’t have to ruin your summer if you’re prepared.
Stop suffering! Use these 8 simple tips to stop those buggers from coming in and ruining your summer.
1. Seal Up Your Home
Insects don’t need a very large opening to enter your home. Something as little as old, deteriorating bricks or tiny cracks in your walls can be big enough for insects to crawl or fly through. Carefully inspect your home at the beginning of each summer for rotting wood, a weak foundation, or any structural issues in your roof. People often find nests of bees living in their roof. This happens because one or two may have gotten in through a hole in the soffit and mated.
2. Potted Herbs
Keeping a few potted herbs in your windowsill doesn’t just mean you have fresh herbs to add to your salads and cocktails at a moment’s notice, it also helps keep ants away. Ants particularly dislike tansy and mint. Line your windows and entryways with a few pots filled with these aromatic herbs, and you’ll find that ants pass right by your home instead of inviting themselves in.
3. Replace Your Screens
Are all of the window and door screens in your home in perfect condition? Probably not. And insects only need a little whole or wide mesh to get into your home. Patch up any holes in screens and make sure they are 20-mesh or tighter to keep out the tiniest of bugs. If the damage is too great, replace them altogether.
4. Plant Catnip
Catnip keeps the mosquitoes and the cockroaches away, so plant a few bulbs around your garden. This can help you enjoy dining outdoors without constantly swatting away mosquitoes. It also eliminates the need for bug sprays and cockroach traps, which can be toxic to pets and humans.
5. Cover the Gaps
If you look around your home, you’ll see that most of your doors do not fully touch the floor. Doors usually leave a tiny gap, perfect for pesky critters. You can do several things to cover the gaps, including adding door sweeps and weatherstripping. You should also cover the gap between the sides of the doors and the door frame with some caulking.
6. Keep Your Yard Clean
Insects love big, hot, dry piles of debris where they can live and breed. Keep your yard clean during the summer to prevent their hanging around. Also, make sure that water doesn’t collect anywhere in your yard. Mosquitoes live and hatch their eggs on water, so small, sitting puddles can be the perfect nesting ground. If you notice that water collects in areas of your yard, make sure there isn’t a clogged drain somewhere.
7. Activate Alarms
Door sweeps and weatherstripping won’t do you much good if people keep forgetting to shut the doors and windows. Use your home automated system to activate alarms, so you know anytime someone leaves a door or window open. Consider installing hydraulics in your doors so that they shut on their own and you aren’t leaving anything to chance.
8. Keep Your Home Clean
In case you needed one more reason to keep your home clean, remember that bugs love a mess. Infestations often occur because the homeowners didn’t know a few bugs had started to reproduce in a small pile of old newspapers or garbage. By the time they did notice, they needed to call pest control.
Don’t let pests ruin your summer. You should be able to enjoy the warm summer breeze, dining al fresco and playing in the yard without worrying about bug bites and stings.