The bugaboo of summer

The bugaboo of summer

There are ways to keep mosquitos and other bugs at bay this summer.

Spotting more bugs than usual around the house? While a pest problem can cause embarrassment and concern, this summer you can take comfort in the fact that not only are you not alone, there are new ways of dealing with insects that can help you manage the problem without harsh chemicals.

A warm winter and a humid, wet spring set the stage for insect populations to thrive in summer, according to the National Pest Management Association.

Finding a roach in the home ranked number one in terms of “Grossness,” beating out cleaning the toilet, cleaning the gutters and removing hair from the shower drain, in a recent survey conducted by Zevo, a maker of bug killer sprays and traps that are safe for use around people and pets when used as directed. But beyond the “eee-ew” factor, households will want to manage pest problems for health and safety reasons. Cockroaches and filth flies can serve as mechanical vectors for diseases, and ticks and mosquitoes can transmit pathogens that cause disease.

Consider these tips to keep bugs in check this summer and beyond:

  • Keep food sealed and stored properly. Get rid of crumbs around the kitchen or anywhere else you eat around the house. Regularly sweeping and wiping down counters can help.
  • Prevent moisture buildup on surfaces and remove standing water to prevent mosquito (and other bug) breeding around the home.
  • Never bring in unwashed, used furniture and other objects. Before introducing such items into your home, inspect them carefully.
  • Bugs often enter homes through garages and open doors. Set up a line of defense by keeping windows, doors and garages closed as much as possible, and by placing chemical-free traps, such as flying insect traps, in your garage or other areas that get high bug traffic.

Source: StatePoint