Tis’ the Season for Pests!

With the weather warming up, not only are we more likely to get out and about, so are pests or bugs. While it’s okay for them to crawl around outside, the problem is when they come into our homes or disturb us in some way.

For some, a perfect summer is a summer free of pests. The following are some tips regarding pest help in Rochester, NH, for some of the season’s most prolific pests.

  • Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are quite bothersome. Not only can they bite and make your skin irritated and itchy, in some cases they can carry West Nile virus. The best way to avoid mosquitoes is to remove moisture from your property, and keep door and window screens in good condition. Most mosquitoes are out during the day and at night after sunset, so if you’re out and active during these hours, either wear long sleeves or use insect repellant.
  • Ticks: Ticks may be small, as small as a head of a pin, but they can cause huge health problems during the summer. The most common type of ticks carry Lyme disease, which causes flu-like symptoms, fatigue, arthritis and in worst cases, neurological effects. Those who camp or live near wooded areas are more likely to encounter ticks. The easiest way to avoid ticks is to avoid tall grassy areas and to check your pets for ticks after they spend considerable amounts of time outdoors.
  • Ants: Ants are the most annoying pests in the United States. While they don’t carry diseases like mosquitoes do, they are attracted to and unfortunately can contaminate the food we eat. The most common type of ants, carpenter ants, can also cause structural damage to your home, because they feed on wood. The best way to repel ants is to cut back trees and shrubs that are close to the home and fill in any cracks. Ants will often use plants and find holes to get into your home. Make sure your kitchen or any food outdoors is clean and covered and remove any moisture around your home.
  • Bees: A bee sting can hurt an awful lot, and most people are often scared of bees for that reason. The best thing to do if you spot a bee is to leave it alone. If you leave it alone, it should leave you alone. Smoke is another way to keep the bees away. Build a campfire or light a smoky candle. Food can attract bees, so make sure you keep food covered and throw it away as soon as you’re done eating. If you have a pool or open areas of water, cover those areas as well, as bees like water too.
  • Hornets: Hornets can be dangerous and trying to get rid of a nest can be very difficult. Many sources say to call an exterminator or a professional to get rid of a hornet’s nest. Until an exterminator is called or is able to come help, spraying the nest with an insecticide can help. Make sure you wear protective gear when you do so.

If these methods don’t help or you notice more and more of these pests in and around your home, the best thing to do is call a professional to help you maintain a pest-free summer. For pest help in Rochester, NH, call Dependable Pest Solutions.

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