Did you know that insects outnumber humans 200 million to one? That’s not too surprising though, seeing as how they’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years!
The good news is that most of them are harmless. In fact, only one to three percent of all known species are considered to be pests.
Are you dealing with a bug problem? Looking for a guide on how to identify pests? Then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ll be going over some of the most common summer pests below. Keep reading to learn more!
Mosquitos are one of the most common bugs that you’ll encounter during the summer. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can also spread diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to keep them at bay. For one thing, you can eliminate their breeding sites by getting rid of standing water (e.g. water in tires, birdbaths, pots, etc).
You can also install insect screens on your windows and doors—that’ll prevent them from entering your home. Another option is to use a mosquito trap. If you want, you can even make your own; all you need is a plastic bottle, sugar, yeast, and some hot water.
Ants, like most social insects, are especially active during the summer. For instance, it’s not uncommon for them to enter homes in search of food and shelter. Some of the most common species include carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and fire ants.
Seeing as how they’re attracted to food, the easiest way to keep them away is to keep your house clean. This means wiping your floors, countertops, and other hard surfaces on a regular basis. Not only that, but you want to caulk and seal all entry points (e.g. cracks or gaps in the wall) as well.
If necessary, you can also use natural ant repellents such as white vinegar, coffee grounds, mint, and cinnamon. Simply add them to the area where you’ve seen the ants.
3. House Flies
House flies are attracted to decaying organic material such as rotting produce or meat. They’re also known to carry pathogens that can cause potentially life-threatening diseases. For example, they can spread tuberculosis, cholera, salmonella, and typhoid.
To prevent them from invading your home, make sure that all doors and windows are sealed and free of holes. Also, be sure to use a garbage can with a tight-fitting lid and take it out as soon as it’s full.
Don’t leave any glasses or dirty dishes out on the counter and clean up any animal feces (e.g. litter boxes) right away.
Knowing How to Identify Pests
And there you have it—a short guide on how to identify pests in your home. Remember, preventing a pest problem is always easier than treating one. Given that, it’s crucial that you do what you can to keep them away!
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