How to Avoid Pests When You’re Spending Time Outdoors
1. Find a Great Insect Repellent
When you’re spending time outdoors, you’ll want to make sure you use an insect repellent that is EPA-registered. Insects that are commonly found outdoors, such as mosquitoes and ticks, can be disease carriers. If you don’t take steps to protect yourself, you could be putting your health at risk.
It’s a wise idea to look at the CDC’s list of ingredients that are effective at repelling these insects. You can apply the repellent to your clothing or your skin. What’s important is that there is a barrier between you and these insects. You can enjoy your time outside and avoid insect bites.
It’s advised that you take other safety measures as well, such as wearing clothing in lighter colors and avoiding the outdoors between dusk and dawn. This is when mosquitoes are most active.
2. Get Rid of Standing Water
Even a tablespoon of standing water is enough for mosquitoes to breed.
Although birdbaths, ponds, and pools can improve your yard’s appearance, they can also provide a place for mosquitoes to lay eggs. Buckets and water dishes can also cause problems. That’s why you’ll want to treat stagnant water on your property. Alternatively, you should change your water on a regular basis. Mosquitoes can lay as many as 100 eggs at once, and eggs can be hatched in just five days.
If you take care of standing water, there will be fewer mosquitoes in your yard, which means you’re less likely to suffer mosquito bites.
3. Trim Your Lawn
Both ticks and mosquitoes are drawn to areas that are damp, cool, and shady.
That’s why you’ll want to trim your lawn regularly and get rid of vegetation overgrowth. You’ll have a better-looking lawn, and your mosquitoes will have fewer places to hide. It’s very common for ticks to lurk on tall grasses until a person or animal walks by.
If your grass is nice and short, your yard will be less inviting to these insects.
4. Watch Out for Anthills
If you have an anthill on your property, your house could become invested with ants.
A small anthill may not seem like a big deal. It’s important to remember that hundreds or even thousands of ants could be lurking within that anthill. If the ants perceive you as a threat to their colony, they could leave you with painful bites. Ants can pose a serious problem even if they don’t bite. When ants are searching for food sources, they often find ways to enter homes. Ants can spread quickly, and one ant colony could lead to many more. That’s why you’ll want to treat any anthills you see right away.
By taking a few precautionary steps, you can keep ants from invading your home.
5. Keep an Eye on Wood Structures
If you have noticed large bees, it’s possible that there is a carpenter bee nest on your property.
These bees look similar to bumblebees. However, bumblebees have fuzzy abdomens, while carpenter bees have a hairless abdomen. Even though carpenter bees are pollinators, they can cause a great deal of damage to wood structures. They build their nests by boring holes in softwoods that are untreated.
If you’re able to find the entry point for a nesting point, you may want to plug it up. With that said, if you’d prefer to play it safe, you may want to talk over your options with a pest control expert.
6. Be Wary of Insects That Sting
Take a close look at your property and see if you can spot any insect hives or nests.
It isn’t always easy to treat flying insects. Not only do they sting, but they tend to build nests in areas that are difficult to access. These insects tend to be more active as temperatures rise. This is because insects need to collect food during this time. Nests can be found in many different places, including wall voids, beneath your neck, and in trees. Treatments require can vary based on the insect that you’re dealing with.
If you want to control stinging insects, you’ll want to get a better sense of the habitat and behavior of that insect. You can deal with the problem without getting stung if you work with one of our licensed and certified pest control specialists.
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