The top 6 summer pests you might find in your home and how to deal with them

09 June 2017

Summer is here…and so are the pests

With the longer, warmer days come a range of pests that can invade your home. If you rent your home, it may not be clear if you or your landlord is responsible for dealing with any pests.   It may depend on many things like whether it’s detailed in your tenancy agreement, if your home was infested before you moved in, if it’s been caused or made worse by disrepair or if you’ve done something (or not done something) that has led to the problem.

The key to keeping your home pest free is to make sure you act as soon as you see signs of pests. By getting rid of pests before they become too much of a problem you will keep your home and family protected.

Common pests found during summer

Here are some of the pests you are likely to start seeing during the summer months.  

Rats and mice

Rodents can be a problem all year. Many think they are the worst type of pest to have in homes, so to stop them getting in you need to find and block the entries they are using. Badly fitting doors, vents, roof gaps and pipes going through wall spaces are all potential entries for rats and mice. Make sure that all food is kept and stored in airtight containers. Keep woodpiles, compost heaps or similar items away from your home. If you spot rats or mice call in the professionals and they will safely bait traps and should make at least three follow up visits. 

Ants

Many homes and gardens will be infested by ants during the summer. Keep your eyes open to catch them early; they are easy to spot and treat then. However, if they are left until you have a full-blown infestation you may need to call in the professionals to get rid of them.

Flies

All homes will have to face the challenge of keeping flies under control. As the weather warms up flies start coming out. If a small fly problem is left uncontrolled it will soon turn into a serious infestation. Keeping your home clean and tidying up split foods can help keep flies away. There are many treatments available from sprays and traps to electronic fly killers.

Cockroaches

Summer is also the time when cockroaches emerge. They are known to carry serious diseases like Salmonella, Dysentery and Gastro-Enteritis and so are a real threat to you and your family’s health. They breed rapidly and can soon overrun a property. Cleaning your home regularly is one way to keep them at bay. Make sure you mop your floors cleaning up any food residues. Also make sure you clean away any grease and dispose of your rubbish regularly and properly. To get rid of cockroaches in all their life cycle you will need to call in a professional pest control service.

Fleas

Fleas are usually associated with homes where cats and dogs live. The main problem with these pests are their bite which can result in an itch or rash. Fleas also carry a type of tapeworm which can infect humans. Any treatment must include treating your pets as well as your home. Regular vacuuming to help remove eggs, larvae and adult fleas along with sprays or powders are the usual treatments. If left untreated professional pest services may be the only way to rid your home of these unwanted pests.

Wasps

As we head towards the warmer summer months, wasps become most active. As the weather gets warmer they wake up and start to look for somewhere to build their nests, often building them under the eaves of a building. They will also come indoors if they can get access. Nests are dangerous to handle and should only be dealt with by the professionals. You can also buy wasp traps, including WaspBane traps.

Professional pest control

It is best to call in professional pest controllers as they have the know-how as well as the tools to make sure that all the critters that wreak havoc in your home are eliminated. They use different techniques and equipment for different types of pests. When you hire their services, you can rest easy knowing that your home and your family are safe from all the threats that bugs and other pests bring. With professionals taking care of pest control, you can prevent damage to your home and keep diseases away from your loved ones and the greenery in your garden.

Abate Pest Management Services are experts in pest control. Call us on 0800 980 9767 to find out how we can help you deal with your pest problems.

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