With the promise of summer also comes the promise of bugs. Homeowners have to stay vigilant, lest they find ants - or worse - rifling through their food.
Grandparents Magazine suggested that homeowners increase their pest proofing efforts, especially if they see one or two ants in their home. These are typically "scout" ants that are looking for food and water - and they may bring many more ants with them if they find a food source. The publication suggested cleaning up any messes which could attract these pests, including stray crumbs in the kitchen or spilled dry goods in the pantry.
The next step is to tightly seal any foods in your cabinets. Since ants love sweet foods, place fruits in the refrigerator, which will slow the ripening process - and give you a chance to eat it before ants do! Don't overlook your trash: It has banana peels, egg shells and leftovers from dinner - all of which ants may love. Take out the trash regularly and use a can that has a tight seal on it. This prevents ants from finding a food source. Yahoo noted that dry dog or cat food is an attractive food source as well. House ants love greasy foods, reported The Standard Times, making these the perfect snack.
In addition to removing food sources, owners should remove standing water inside and outside their homes. That means keeping your sink empty of dirty dishes, Grandparents Magazine advised. You should also check plants in your home that may have standing water: It can be the perfect place for ants to make a home.
Take preventative measures and wipe down your counters and cabinets with white vinegar. It removes any ant trails as well as keeping these pests away, as they hate the smell. However, the pungent odor of vinegar affects homeowners too! There are other do-it-yourself methods you can use. Salt is an effective deterrent. This basic condiment creates a barricade that ants refuse to cross, AOL noted. You can use leftover coffee grounds with lemon juice, as ants hate the smell.
You may also need to turn your attention to the grass right outside your home. AOL suggested spraying the area of your lawn party with a solution of water and peppermint oil to keep the ground free of ants. With these tips, you can keep your home ant-free and enjoy the warm weather!
You probably already know that most people are repulsed by the simple sight of cockroaches. If you are personally dealing with a cockroach infestation, the feelings of disgust are probably even more intense. Unfortunately, the cold winter weather tends to be one of the reasons this pest ends up in your home in the first place, according to Any Pest. While you may know that you don't want to share your home with cockroaches this winter, there are a number of interesting facts about this pest that you've probably never heard.
Because of the high amount of traffic and the versatility of the facilities, pests are naturally attracted to long-term care institutions. Many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other care facilities include on-site kitchens and cafeterias as well as private rooms and common spaces. All of these places are susceptible to attracting pests because of the presence of food, water and viable habitats.
During the summer months, some people love to go camping with family and friends. Yet this fun trip can be ruined with a few unwanted visitors, most notably different types of bugs. Crawling spiders, hungry mosquitoes and buzzing flies can become annoying quickly. How can you avoid these pests when you're outdoors? Consider these tips to keep bugs out of your campsite.
Carpenter ants can chew through the strongest studs and stringers in a house as they hollow the wooden beams out for nesting. The resulting damage can weaken the home's structural support and require expensive repairs. Professional pest control workers can remove a colony of ants, but the best practice for homeowners is to learn the best ways to keep out an ant colony and prevent the problem before it begins.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway: