One of the biggest annoyances to the summer season is the increase of the insect population. You may be outside enjoying the warm weather, only to be swarmed by a bloodthirsty lot of mosquitoes, loads of flies around the house with the open windows, or you’ll find ants all through the back garden after your weekend BBQ.
But no worries, because we have assembled the most important Bristol pest control tips to help you avoid those pesky insects, and enjoy the sunny, summer weather as much as we get in the South West.
Keep reading to learn how you can protect your home and outdoor living spaces.
1. Remove Any Areas of Standing Water
When suggesting that you should eliminate areas of standing water, we’re not implying that you should get rid of your inflatable swimming pools we’ve all needed with these heat waves.
Instead, we’re suggesting that you stay on the lookout to remove any standing water in buckets, flower pots, and other areas where water can form a puddle of stale, standing water. Standing water is a favourite spot for mosquito breeding grounds, and nobody wants to deal with those pesky (and potentially dangerous) annoyances!
2. Garden Maintenance Leaves Less Potential for Pest Habitats
A tidy and well kept garden makes for less areas for bugs to hide and nest. Not only does it assist with pest control in Bristol, it also reduces the potential habitat for some of the most destructive garden insects. Try to keep up with removing yard waste and debris, keeping your grass mowed, and trimming the hedges.
3. Properly Store Your Firewood
Were you aware that termites love firewood? You could essentially be giving them a massive feast before they begin making a meal of your home! The further away you are able to store your firewood from your house, the better! At least 3 metres away from homes, garden sheds, or wooden garages is the bare minimum. Place the firewood on racks of some type, and cover with a tarp if possible. Placing firewood on the ground is just an invitation to pests!
4. Eliminate Shelter & Food Sources for Snakes
Another common pest issue that you can take steps to avoid is snakes. It is very important to eliminate potential shelters for snakes, such as lawn debris and thick shrubbery. It also helps to make sure that snakes do not have a food source, such as mice and rodents. If you see evidence of rodents and cannot easily get to, or remove them, it would be wise to call in support from a Bristol pest control specialist.
5. Inspect Your Holiday Home or Hotel to Prevent Bed Bug Infestations
Some bug bites are more severe than others. Whilst, there are plenty of remedies out there to relieve bug bite irritations, some insects produce bites so severe, that it’s almost impossible to stop the itching. Bed bugs fall into this category of insect. If you’re staying in a hotel or holiday rental, be sure to pull back the sheets (including the mattress cover), and look for bloodstains or other signs of insect habitation on the surface of the mattress. Running a credit card along the edge of the mattress can also expose bits that you might otherwise miss. You definitely don’t want to bring any of these pests back home with you!
6. Seal Your Doors & Windows
No matter which of the common summertime pests you’re talking about: mosquitoes, wasps, or even spiders, keeping a good seal around your doors and windows is the most effective way to keep them out. Check for points of entry in your doors and your window screens, and seal or repair any gaps that could allow pests in.
7. Use a Bristol Pest Control Service
Insect repellent is a great way to keep the bugs away when you’re out and about, but when you’re at home, you shouldn’t have to worry about bugs. Unfortunately, many homeowners struggle with repetitive pest problems almost every summer.
The good news is that you don’t have to let pests bug you at home! Advance Pest Control in Bristol provides the best pest control services available – and our techniques are safe, friendly to the environment, and highly effective to end your summer pest issues. Contact us today so we can answer any questions you may have, and to schedule a service to protect you and your home.