As the weather warms up, people begin to go outside more. With the heat, insects begin to thrive again. Most insects do better in warmer weather. As you prepare to spend outdoors this spring and summer, it is important to protect your family and home from insects that may start to invade your property.
Prepare for Tick Season
Ticks carry a number of serious illnesses like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The best strategy is to prevent yourself from getting bitten. You can prepare for tick season by purchasing a quality bug spray that contains DEET. You should be aware of the areas that are tick-prone. Ticks like meadows with long grass, and bushes or areas that are overgrown. Many people associate ticks with hiking or other outdoor activities, but you can get a tick at a local park or even in your back yard. It is important check for ticks regularly and to know how to remove them properly. You can also treat your yard to prevent ticks.
Plan for Mosquito Season
There are steps you can take to prepare for mosquito season. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water, and it is important to address any standing water on your property. You can plan your garden to include plants that naturally repel mosquitoes like lavender and marigolds. It is important to wear insect repellent when you go into areas where mosquitoes thrive. Finally, you can have a mosquito barrier treatment applied to your yard, which means that you can stop worrying about applying bug spray every time you go outdoors.
Protect Your Property from Termites
Termites swarm to form new colonies in the spring. While termites do not hurt people in any way, they can wreak havoc on your property. You may not realize that you have termites until they have established a colony and done real damage to your home. You can take steps to prevent termites like scheduling regular termite inspections and setting up a monitoring system. Keeping wood away from the sides of your home by storing firewood somewhere else and trimming back trees and bushes can help. Removing dead and rotting from your yard can also help.
Address Issues with Other Insects
Ants and other insects also become more active in the spring and summer. Keep an eye out for wasp nests and deal with them as soon as you notice them. Keeping your home clean and sealing up the cracks around your windows and in and around your foundation can also help keep insects out of your home.