14 June 2023

Keeping your property pest free during the summer months

As summer approaches, many of us look forward to enjoying warmer weather and outdoor activities. However, the summer season also brings with it an increase in pests that can invade our homes and gardens. 

From ants and mosquitoes to flies and rodents, these unwelcome visitors can quickly become a nuisance. 

At Shield Pest Control we help customers deal with all types of pests throughout the year, however we always see an increase in call outs during the summer months. Despite this, there are things you can do to prevent pests becoming a bigger issue when the weather is warm. In this blog post, we will discuss effective strategies to keep your property pest-free and ensure a pleasant and worry-free summer season.

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Seal Entry Points

The first step in preventing pests from entering your property is to seal off any potential entry points. Inspect your home for cracks, gaps, and holes in the foundation, walls, and windows. 

Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal these openings, preventing pests from finding their way indoors. Pay special attention to areas where utility pipes and cables enter your home, as they can serve as entry points for rodents and insects. 

Keep a Clean Environment

Maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment is crucial in preventing pests from infesting your property. 

Regularly clean your kitchen and dining areas, ensuring that all food scraps are properly disposed of and surfaces are wiped clean. 

Store food in airtight containers to deter pests like ants and flies. Don’t forget to clean up pet food and water dishes promptly to avoid attracting pests. 

In the garden, remove any fallen fruits, debris, or standing water, as they can attract flies, mosquitoes, and rodents.

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Proper Waste Management

Improper waste management can be a significant factor in attracting pests. Ensure that your bins have tight-fitting lids and are regularly emptied. 

Rinse out recycling containers before disposing of them to minimise odours. 

If you have a compost pile, use a sealed compost bin and avoid adding meat, dairy, or oily food items that can attract unwanted pests. By managing your waste effectively, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of attracting pests to your property.

Landscaping and Vegetation Control

Well-maintained landscaping and vegetation control can help prevent pests from invading your property. 

Trim trees and shrubs away from your house, as they can provide easy access for pests. Regularly mow your lawn and remove any overgrown vegetation, which can harbour pests like ticks and fleas. 

Consider using gravel or mulch instead of organic materials around your home’s perimeter, as they are less attractive to pests. Additionally, keep firewood stored away from your home and elevated from the ground to discourage termite infestations.

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Regular Pest Inspections 

Schedule regular pest inspections with a professional pest control company, such as Shield Pest Control, to proactively identify any potential issues. 

These experts can assess your property for signs of infestation and offer effective treatments and preventive measures. 

Early detection is crucial in preventing pests from establishing themselves and causing significant damage. Furthermore, professionals can provide advice on specific pest control methods tailored to your property’s needs, ensuring a pest-free environment throughout the summer and beyond.

Regular Pest Inspections 

By implementing these strategies, you can enjoy a pest-free summer season and maintain a comfortable living environment. Remember to seal off entry points, keep your property clean and free of clutter, manage waste properly, maintain your landscaping, and schedule regular pest inspections. 

Prevention and early intervention are key to avoiding the hassle and potential health risks associated with pests. With these simple steps, you can keep unwanted visitors at bay and fully enjoy the warm and sunny days ahead.

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