It’s summer, the days are long and the temperature warm, and pests are still very active. Don’t let them ruin your outdoor enjoyment! Below are the common late-summer pests you should be on the lookout for, and ways you can keep them off your property.
Which Pests Create Problems in the Late Summer?
- Ants: These tiny pests come out in the spring but stay around during the summer. They may move inside of your home after a good rainfall as they look for dry shelter.
- Bed Bugs: With their great hitchhiking abilities, bed bugs can infest any home or business. They are one of the most common pests found in hotel rooms.
- Flies: Flies like warmth and food. And since many people may be outside having picnics or BBQs, you may see an increase of flies outside your home.
- Mosquitoes: Summer is known for high numbers of mosquitoes, especially after rain, since standing water is a common breeding site for these pests.
- Stinging Insects: Bees, yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets prefer warm weather. They may become hostile if someone ends up near their nest.
- Termites: Subterranean Termites and Dampwood Termites are active in Washington and Oregon. They live in the soil and wood found around and in homes. They love wood, wallpaper, flooring, cardboard, and more. They can damage your home. Keep an eye out for them in old wood stumps, timbers, or other wood items around your home.
- Ticks: Ticks breed during the summer. They live in wooded, brushy, grassy areas or even on animals. Some are even harmful to humans as they can transmit diseases.
- Wildlife: Raccoons, squirrels, birds, and other critters are out and about this time of year. As summer comes to a close, these animals may be preparing for the colder months ahead and may damage your home doing so.
Tips to Control Late-Summer Pests
Now is a good time to be vigilant about pests. Below are some ways to prevent a pest infestation on your property.
- Maintain Your Yard: Keep your grass trimmed to prevent ticks and limit mosquitoes.
- Move Wood and Other Debris: Stacked wood is a prime territory for termites as well as wildlife, wasps, and bees. Keep the wood away from the house and make sure other debris like grass clippings and garbage is thrown away in a sealed receptacle.
- Remove Standing Water: Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and attracts other insects too. Removing any water from sources including buckets, birdbaths, and pots will prevent these pests from coming. Water after rainfall can accumulate in toys and yard equipment too, so ensure that water from these is dumped as well.
- Ensure Your Home is Properly Sealed: Taking the time to ensure your windows and doors are sealed will prevent flies, mosquitoes, and other insects from getting inside your home. This can also include making sure screens are intact and cracks in your home’s foundation are sealed.
Pest Control Near Me
If you’re experiencing a pest problem near your Portland or Vancouver area property Pioneer Pest Management can help! Our highly-skilled exterminators will come to your home and find a solution to your pest problem so that you can enjoy the rest of your summer pest-free! So contact Pioneer Pest Management today, we provide pest control in Vancouver, Portland, and surrounding areas.