your summer plans are, don’t let obnoxious pests interrupt them.
Use our guide below to identify some of the most common pests you
could encounter this summer so you know how to better avoid them and
enjoy the warm weather.
the bane of everyone’s summer existence, mosquitoes can cause quite
the annoyance. These flying, biting insects not only leave itchy
bumps that irritate your skin but they can also spread diseases such
as West Nile, and, more recently, Zika virus.
prefer to live and stay near stagnant, standing water so they can
easily lay their eggs. They’re also more active between sunset and
sunrise, in the shade, and during cloudy weather.
the rise in summer temperatures comes the higher desire for outdoor
gatherings—and these get-togethers typically feature food.
Unfortunately, ants can quickly and easily find and get to your yummy
dishes and treats. Once one ant finds a viable food source, it will
leave behind a chemical trail, allowing other ants to follow the path
to the food.
are dozens of species of ants around, and while some thrive off the
same food you eat, others only live off wood. They also live near
plentiful water sources, such as open pools or leaking spouts.
ants, cockroaches also survive from the same food you eat and water
you drink. They can also live off of garbage and decay. Homes are
particularly ideal for cockroaches because of the sustainable food
and water sources, consistently warm temperatures, and protected
do shed their skins and leave their feces and dead relatives
scattered on your property. And since these critters live in water
and even sewage pipes, cockroaches can cause allergies to act up or
even spread bacteria and diseases to humans.
can be found running around inside and outside homes to find food,
water, and shelter. Common rodents you may see on your property
include mice, rats, raccoons, and squirrels. These creatures can make
a mess of your home and compromise your home’s structural
the smallest of holes in your home can be the perfect entry way for
rodents like mice and rats, and easy access to your attic and roof’s
insulation makes the area an ideal home for raccoons.
brown recluses and black widows to daddy longlegs and yellow sac
spiders, you’ve probably encountered more arachnids than you’d
care to admit. Spiders prefer the dark, damp spaces of crawlspaces
and basements, but you can also find these insects outside in shady
many spiders benefit you and the environment by eating other insects,
some (like black widows) can be harmful to humans.
you notice any of these pests in your home or anywhere in your
a professional pest control expert
away. He or she can perform an inspection of your property, diagnose
the source of your pest problem or infestation, and get rid of
pests—any species and any size—in no time.
a professional’s help, you can more easily enjoy your summer. Don’t
hesitate to contact Paffy’s Pest Control whenever you need pest