3 Common Pest Control Problems Found During Hot Weather

The intensity of the heat during the summer months can harm your home’s pest control. High temperatures bring about many changes in the behaviors of pests and their natural habitats. These new behaviors and habitat changes pose new problems for homeowners. It’s important to know what to expect from pests during the summer to stay one step ahead of the problem.  During the summer, pest control problems will become more common due to the increased activity of pests and changes in the environment.

1. Disease

As temperatures rise, ticks and fleas are more active. The tiny creatures are an annoyance all year long, but they can become a serious health threat when they spread the disease during the summer. These diseases can be transmitted to your children through insect bites or by touching an animal that carries the disease. Hot weather increases the risk of fleas and ticks spreading disease.

2. Deviation from Natural Habitat

When summer heat rises, many pests that live in your home’s environment will no longer be able to survive in their natural habitats. They will stay indoors and begin to become more active during the day, increasing pest trouble. For example, cockroaches and spiders become more active after sunset when temperatures fall; this behavior will often lead them into your home when you are sleeping at night. By understanding the variations in your home’s environment, you can prepare for and better handle summer’s problems with pest control.

3. Physical Damage

Pests are not always a nuisance. Some can be destructive, causing costly damage to your home and belongings. Homeowners are often faced with the summer problem of pests damaging their stored food products. Ants may find their way into your pantry or other food storage area. They will then bring in other pests, such as spiders, which may spin webs over your food supply to protect the ants so they can eat undisturbed.

How to Deal With Summer Pest Problems

Organize Your Space

When dealing with summer pest problems, it’s essential to organize the areas where these pests tend to gather. By doing this, you can get an idea of the areas of your home that are most affected by the pest problem. If mold or chiggers have taken over part of a room, you would want to find those areas and treat them to rid the room of pests.

Eliminate Moisture

When dealing with summer pest problems, it’s essential to look for ways to eliminate moisture and humidity in your home. These hot temperatures and high humidity levels will encourage pests to move indoors with hopes of finding an excellent spot. High humidity levels also contribute to mold, attracting many pests throughout the year. To eliminate the risk that moisture brings to your home, ensure you have enough air circulation in your house through fans and air conditioning.

Develop a Plan

Finally, when dealing with summer pest problems, it’s essential to have a plan to keep your home free from pests. For example, knowing what time of day pests are more active will help you anticipate pests’ most active time and take preventative measures against pest infestations.

When pests can cause much trouble for your home’s environment and furnishings, summer is a time. Understanding what to expect from pests through the summer months will help you stay one step ahead of the problem.

Brett Sartorial

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