When warmer months come, so do pests. This is why it's a good idea to get in the habit of taking steps to prevent your home from being overtaken by pests as soon as you see those temperatures start to rise each year. You may know some of the more obvious things that you can do to prevent pests, such as keeping a clean house and making sure your screens don't have rips and that they fit properly, but there are also a lot of other things that you can do to prevent them from getting in your house. You can also take steps to make your home less appealing to them to begin with. Here are some of the things that you want to be sure you are doing each year when summer starts approaching:
Find a new spot for your trash cans
Take a look at the location of your trash cans. If you are like most people, then you probably have them sort of close to your home so you don't have to walk as far to take the household trash out. However, if the cans are located close to any part of your home, even the garage, then you are asking for trouble. The can will attract flies and ants, and they can attract spiders. They will all want to make their way inside your house where they have shelter as well as access to food and water. Move the cans out in the yard more to avoid issues with pests due to their location. Cleaning them out by rinsing them with a high-powered hose once in a while can also help.
Don't neglect your yard
A neglected yard can also attract pests that will try to come inside your house where they can be just as comfortable in it as you are. Make sure you stay on top of the grass, bushes, trees, and weeds so pests don't use those areas to make their homes. Also, don't allow your sprinklers to go too long and overwater the grass or you can be leaving a calling card for mosquitos.
Don't buy too many fruits and vegetables
If you buy more fruits and vegetables than your household eats quickly, then fruit flies and ants are going to be very tempted, and you will find yourself having a problem. When you only buy what will be eaten in a few days or so, you'll find you deal with these pests much less.
Don't toss meat in your can to sit for days
Many people take their meat scraps right out to the trash can and throw them away, not giving much thought at all to when the next trash pickup is. This is a very good way for you to find your property and then your home inundated with flies and ants. Instead, you can wrap the meat up, mark it as bad with a marker and throw it in your freezer until the night before trash pick up. Then you can throw it out knowing it will be picked up the next morning, so you won't deal with those pest problems.
Contact an exterminator like those with Jones Bros Capitol City Pest for more advice on keeping pests out.