Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
Mosquitoes can be quite a nuisance during the spring and summer months. In addition to leaving painful bites, these insects can also spread diseases. Sadly, homeowners often fail to take proactive steps to limit the population of these insects on their property.
Prevent Pools Of Standing Water From Forming
One of the most effective measures that you can take to minimize the spread of mosquitoes is to prevent standing puddles of water from forming. These bodies of water are essential for allowing mosquitoes to breed. While you may assume that puddles of water on the ground are the main source of this threat, there can be many other sources of water for these pests. For example, garbage cans are excellent at trapping water, and you can combat this by drilling small holes in the bottom of the can. To identify all the areas of standing water, you will want to thoroughly tour your property after a heavy rain so that you will be able to identify areas that are accumulating water.
Keep Your Gutters Maintained
The gutters around your roof are critical for protecting your home against uncontrolled rain runoff from the roof. However, homeowners often allow leaves and other organic matter to gather in the gutters. You will want to remove these substances since they can retain moisture, which can also serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Place Citronella Candles Near Outdoor Areas You Frequent
Unfortunately, removing all of the breeding areas for the mosquitoes will not completely eliminate this problem for your property, as these pests can fly great distances. Luckily, it is fairly easy to discourage mosquitoes from frequenting the areas you use the most by burning citronella candles. The smell from these chemicals is extremely unpleasant to mosquitoes, which will cause them to avoid areas where these candles or torches are burning. For best results, you should light the candles at least several minutes before you plan on spending time outside so that the mosquitoes will have time to leave the area.
Use Mosquito Screens For Your Windows
For homes that are located in areas where mosquito problems are particularly severe, it can be common for these pests to make it inside the house. Often, the mosquitoes will gain access to the home through small gaps and cracks in the windows. By placing mosquito screens on the exterior of your windows, you will be able to block these pests from using this as a way to enter your house. If you continue to have issues, contact a mosquito control service in your area to help eliminate this problem.