Summer is here, and if you own a home in Greater Loveland, CO, you have probably seen increased pests, especially cockroaches and ants, stinging insects, and even spiders and rodents. Pest activity rises in the summer for several reasons, including temperature, moisture, food sources, life cycle, and longer daylight hours. Most homeowners don’t worry about pest control until they experience a problem. The experts at Effective Pest Services recommend being proactive and staying ahead of pest infestations with regular inspections and pest control.
Why are there More Insects & Pests in Summer?
1. Temperature: temperatures increase in the spring and summer, which has a detrimental effect on the development and behavior of many nuisance pests. In extreme temperatures, many species of insects will attempt to gain access to homes to avoid the heat and find water and food sources.
2. Humidity & Moisture: Water is an essential element for survival. For many species of insects finding water is much more important than food, especially when the heat outside increases. All pests thrive in moisture, heat, humidity, and summer rain, creating the perfect combination for pests and insects to multiply.
3. Food: Flowers, shrubs, and grass are prolific during the summer, and homeowners must mow the lawn more often and trim back bushes to keep their yards looking tidy. Unfortunately, your lush green yard shrubs and trees are an open invitation and a necessary food source that will attract pests, including ants, stinging insects, spiders, and rodents.
4. Increased Daylight Hours: one of the best parts of summer is extended daylight, but longer daylight hours also allow pests to not only feed longer but also to become uninvited guests gate crashing your outdoor gatherings
5. Pest Lifecycle: Many species of insects are cold-blooded and will hibernate over the cold months of winter. Many pests, like ants, will increase the colony’s size during the summer to ensure their survival during the winter when they hibernate.
Why are Bugs & Pests So Bad in the Summer?
Pests during the summer are not only a nuisance; they can spread diseases and inflict painful stings and bites. Some wasp species found in Colorado, including bald-faced hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps, are aggressive when disturbed and capable of stinging repeatedly. Spiders such as the black widow and brown recluse can inflict painful and poisonous bites. German cockroaches can quickly take over the interior of your home, spreading intestinal diseases that result in food poisoning, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, and other illnesses.
What is the Best Way to Prevent a Pest Infestation?
Along with your Effective Pest Services scheduled pest inspections and pest control services, there are several things that you can do to protect your home during the summer. Gutters are the perfect breeding ground for annoying pests. Keep them clean and clear of debris so water can flow unobstructed. Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks and crevices. Seal voids with water-resistant sealer. Inspect the weather stripping around doors and windows for damage and repair or replace them when needed. Limit plants and shrubs and keep vegetation at least 2 feet away from the exterior of your property. Seal exposed pipes and repair plumbing leaks. Ensure your trash cans are cleaned regularly and have tight-fitting lids to keep rodents away.
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To learn more about professional pest control inspection and pest control services for your Greater Loveland, CO home and to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Effective Pest Services today.