How to Control Pests in the Summer Months

Pests can be a major nuisance all year-round, but they are particularly annoying during the summer months, as many people in Southern Oregon spend more time outside. Nothing destroys the fun of a day at the beach or a backyard barbecue like a horde of unwanted guests.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes, ticks, and other common warm weather pests like the summertime just as much as we do, so it is vital for homeowners in Southern Oregon to take preventative measures as a means of preventing pests from ruining their summer fun. Use the following tips as a guide to help you keep summer pests at bay during the hottest months of the year.

Mosquito Prevention

To deter the presence of mosquitoes, it is important to understand that they require water to breed. Mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in small puddles of water within your yard, so removing these water sources can help you avoid masses of mosquitoes in your yard this summer. Here is what you can do to limit the breeding ability of mosquitos.

Reduce stagnant water: Routinely throw out buckets, cans, pots, or anything that may have water sitting in it in your front and back yards.

Create drainage: Drill small holes on the bottom of your plant pots and garbage cans to prevent the development of water pools, or place lids on the cans to deter water collection.

Clean your pool: If you have a swimming pool, be sure it is fresh and chlorinated throughout the summer months.

Remove trash: Make sure your front and backyard areas do not have trash or garbage that can collect water in the event of rainfall.

Tick Prevention

Ticks are not only annoying, they can be hazardous. Thankfully, taking the following steps can help you deter ticks and protect your family this summer.

Cut your grass: Mow your lawn regularly to deter ticks from covering themselves in areas with high grass on your property.

Remove debris: Ticks also like to hide within piles of leaves and sticks, so do your best to prevent them from accumulating on your property.

Use repellents: Look at the CDC’s website for the latest information on tick repellent options.

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