Summer is almost here, which means so are the pests. You'll soon be seeing those pesky ants and fleas that work so hard to put a damper on your summertime fun. You want to keep them as far away from your home as possible. Which means you'll probably have to employ several different pest control methods, including professional insecticide treatments. Here are some additional methods you can use to keep the ants and fleas away.
There's nothing worse than going out in your backyard for a BBQ and getting attacked by ants. The pain they inflict when they sting is enough to stop fun in its tracks. Here are a couple simple tricks to get rid of the ants.
If you can locate the anthill, you can take of the problem in one trip to the kitchen. Cut two large lemons into pieces and toss them into a food processor. Turn the processor on to low and slowly add enough water to form a liquid. Pour the solution over the anthill. Be sure to get some of the solution down the opening of the hill.
Spice Things Up
Ants love to sneak in the house during the summer. The cool temperatures and easy access to moisture make your home an inviting retreat. You can keep them out by spicing things up a bit. Sprinkle a generous trail of cinnamon or cayenne pepper around the outside perimeter of your home – and along the doorway. Ants are repelled by the strong odor of both spices.
When fleas get active during the summer, you and your pets can quickly become their favorite snacks. Luckily, there are a couple simple steps you can take to get yourself – and your pets – off the menu.
Fleas try to avoid the smell of lemon, which makes it the perfect summertime spray. Cut a lemon into small pieces and place it in a pan with 2 cups of water. Bring the solution to a rapid boil. Allow the solution to sit overnight and then pour it in to a plastic spray bottle. Spray your pets with the solution before they head outside. You can also spray your legs and arms with the lemony solution to keep the fleas from snacking on you while you're outside.
Oil is Essential
Essential oils also work well to keep fleas off of you and your pets. To utilize the benefits of essential oils, simply fill a spray bottle with water and add about 15 drops of either lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus oil. You can spray the solution directly onto your pet or saturate a bandanna and wrap it around your pet's neck. To protect your own skin from flea bites, spray your arms and legs with the solution. Repeat at least once a day to keep the bugs away. As an added benefit, essential oil spritzes will also keep those pesky mosquitoes away.
If you're tired of being attacked by ants and fleas when you step outside for some summertime fun, use the simple tricks provided above to keep them away. If summertime pests become an indoor nuisance, be sure to call a local pest control technician like those found at Kettle Moraine Pest Control as soon as possible.