As the temperatures begin to heat up, the bugs start to come out in droves. In search of food, shelter, and a place to reproduce, these creatures will take over inhabited areas. For those who live in rural homes or neighborhoods, the pest problem can be a little more difficult to control.
To successfully fight off mosquitoes, keep all sources of water emptied when not in use. Rain barrels should be covered and treated, open containers should be flipped so that rain water cannot collect, and mosquito pond treatment should be applied to larger bodies of water. Mosquitoes will travel in search of food, but reducing their ability to reproduce will significantly reduce their numbers. With the risk of illnesses like West Nile Virus or Zika Virus, mosquito control is very important.
Ticks are another concern for humans and pets during the warm growing season. Ticks are known for spreading diseases as well, and they can also cause anemia in pets with heavy infestations. Ticks have a very long life span, and will feed in three cycles. Just a few ticks can be a big problem. To control ticks, make sure that the grass is always cut short around the home. Purchasing guinea fowl and chickens for tick control is also an excellent idea. Pesticides can be used in the yard, but chickens and guineas will do a far better job controlling the ticks in many cases.
Spiders can become a big nuisance on porches and decks, with webs all over everything. Sometimes, dozens will infest even the smallest porch in search of a good meal. To keep spiders at bay, keep outdoor lights off to ward off prey, such as moths and beetles. Spiders will congregate in the same places that their prey does. Bug zappers are also excellent options when outdoor lights need to remain on.
Controlling bugs will keep the family healthy and happy, while keeping indoor infestations at bay. Bugs can quickly breed out of control without natural predators or population control.