Insect Control: 10 Tips and Secrets from a Professional Pest Control Expert

September 14th, 2016

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Insects can be a major problem, especially in the extra hot, humid summer months of Southwest Florida. From no-see-ums and mosquitos to cockroaches and bees, we’ve handled all sorts of insect control issues throughout the area. But luckily, there are some things that you can do to help control insects without having to pick up the phone and call a pest control company. To save you time and money, we’ve compiled this list to help you stop annoying insects from invading your life. Keep reading to learn tips and secrets from a professional pest control expert!

1: Seal Up Cracks!

It seems like a no-brainer once it’s brought up, but homeowners often forget that openings/cracks/holes are the most common way that insects get inside your home. Ants, spiders, and bees can get inside and take up residency if you leave them an open-door invitation. To prevent that, check screens for holes, double check exterior doors and window seals for gaps, as well as vents.

2: Add Screening

If you have vents that don’t have a protective layer of screening, you’ll want to add that to prevent insects from coming inside, and remember to keep dryer vents closed when not in use.

3: Stay Clean

Well, it’s no secret that insects love a good mess. By making sure you’re not leaving crumbs or food available, you’re being proactive and not giving insects an environment that they would thrive in.

4: Maintain Your Lawn

Many insects thrive in tall grasses and weeds. By keeping your lawn cut and flower beds well maintained, and by raking up debris, you’re taking away access to an inviting home from bugs.

5: Eat Your Fruit

Well, you don’t necessarily have to eat all your fruit, but don’t let it begin to rot on the counter. Once fruit flies take hold, they can be difficult to remove.

6: Dump Standing Water

Mosquitos live and grow in standing water, so if you have anything in your yard that can collect water, be sure to dump it out after a heavy rain.

7: Clean Up Animal Feces

Yes, you read that right. By regularly cleaning up your dog’s feces, you’re preventing a breeding ground for flies, which can carry diseases just like mosquitos.

8: Add Insect Repelling Plants to Your Garden

Some plants are actually natural deterrents to insects. For example, plants like mint and basil can repel flies. Additionally, lemongrass and citronella plants can deter mosquitos.

9: Monitor for Termites

By keeping a close eye on your home, you can see if termites are present before they cause significant damage. If you aren’t sure what to look for, we can help you spot them and inspect your home’s exterior.

10: Call an Expert BEFORE It Gets Bad!

Sometimes, what you do just isn’t enough. Before a problem gets really out of hand, be sure to call your local pest control company. It will be less expensive and easier to eliminate if the problem is caught early and maintained on a monthly basis.

Hopefully, these insider tips can help your home and property be bug free! Remember to call Alford Wildlife for any pest control problem you may have.

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