How To Enjoy A Bug-Free Summer
August 05, 2019
With Canada’s summer well underway with hot sunny days, we’re not the only ones who come out to explore. Turns out, bugs like the warm weather too. And while they serve an important role in ecosystems, some bugs can actually cause critical damage to our properties and outdoor spaces. While completely avoiding bugs isn’t possible, we can aim for healthy boundaries between the indoors and outdoors.
Here are some ways to prevent your property and ensure you can enjoy the beauty of nature, somewhat bug-free.
Block bugs from entering your home
It sounds obvious but giving the perimeter of your home a quick overview can go a long way in preventing bugs from entering your home.
- Check window and door screens for any holes and patch them up if possible.
- Check along the caulking of doors and windows to make sure that your sealant has survived through the winter.
- Weatherstripping around windows and doors also helps to ensure there aren’t any cracks or areas for bugs to get into your home. It may need to be repaired or replaced.
Remove any areas of still water
Still water is an optimal breeding grounds for bugs of all kinds, but especially mosquitos. Walk around your property to assess if there are any areas of still water. Check along rain spouts, shifting patio stones, or garden equipment like wheelbarrows that you leave outside.
If you own a pool, definitely take note. Dirty water collects on the top of your pool cover all year long and has to work through your filtration system for the first few days after opening your pool.
To minimize issues with bugs, do you best to keep any ponds or pools filled with clean water and purified with either salt or chlorine or install a waterfall or fountain to keep the water moving.
Maintain your yard to avoid overgrowth and tall grass
Bugs love tall grass, bushes and trees that are near a house.
Make sure to mow, rake and weed your lawn and keep your landscape tidy. Unraked grass and leaves can act as a safe haven for bugs to burrow and nest. And long grass is a tick’s favourite home!
Buy Traps and Other Deterrents
If you have a pest problem you might be able to solve the problem yourself. If your kitchen becomes overrun with ants use ant poison or sticky traps to get rid of ants. House flys are also a common issue when the weather is nice, sticky traps can also be an effective way to get rid of them. Fruit flies always come buzzing around fresh fruit left on the counter. To get rid of them put red wine vinegar in a small bowl and add a drop of dish soap and cover with cling wrap and poke holes. In a few days, the bugs will have fallen into the trap and be gone!
Mosquitos are the bane of our existence in Ontario, try bug sprays or citronella candles to keep them away.
Keep your firewood protected
If you enjoy a campfire be sure to protect your firewood from moisture — as this is the perfect environment for termites to call home. Firewood that’s stored directly on the ground can rot easily. Instead, store your firewood in an elevated, dry space. Or try other firewood storage options such as bins specially designed to keep your firewood protected from bugs.
Don’t wear your outdoor shoes, indoors
Your shoes may seem pretty clean, but even small debris can cling to the bottom of shoes and boots. Keep outdoor shoes for outdoors and vice versa. Also, keep a mat at all doors so people can leave their shoes there and wipe their feet before stepping inside. If there are toys laying around outside, wipe them down before bringing them in — little creatures and cobwebs are often hiding inside your dog’s favourite chew toy.
Call a pest control company
If your bug issue is truly terrible, call a pest control company. This is especially important in cases where bed bugs are present or pervasive ticks keep ending up on your dog’s fur. All across Canada, ticks have recently had an increase in population South along the provincial lakeside. Which is when a pest control company might be required. A quick Google search will help you find a pest control company near you. Make sure to double-check what kind of native bugs and rodents they specialize in and can treat for.
Get property insurance
If you haven’t already, make sure that your property insurance policy includes protection for excessive damage that could be done to the interior or exterior of your home by bugs. They may be little, but their damage can be mighty. Our team can help you find the right coverage for your soon to be bug-free home. Contact us today.
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