How to Protect Your Home from Common SoCal Summer Pests

How to Protect Your Home from Common SoCal Summer Pests

No, we’re not talking about ice cream trucks or people with pamphlets or ding-dong-ditchers. We’re talking about the smaller, sneakier variety of pests that tend to scamper around in the summertime. Typically, the kind of pests that nobody wants to see, and especially not in their homes, which is why we’re here to tell you how you can keep them out!

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Wasps

Most wasps die in the winter and begin to rebuild their colonies in the spring, meaning that you’ll need to keep an eye out for them even earlier than those early summer months! Spray, remove nests, set up traps, whatever you have to do to deter those cranky, stinging creatures from setting up house near your home.

Rodents

Voles, moles, gophers, squirrels, woodchucks, you name it. They are all there to burrow and munch in your yard and on your garden; however, it’s the rats that you mostly have to worry about when it comes to the inside of your house. Rats are the ones who won’t settle for what your garden or your shed has to offer, especially when there’s an attic or a kitchen to explore. So keep an eye out, have plenty of traps (or cats), store your food well, and keep a clean space because, without a cozy place to hide or any food to eat, they’ll have to find someplace new.

Ants

Some of the most common types of ants in Southern California are as follows: carpenter ants, Pharaoh ants, pavement ants, Argentine ants, and red imported fire ants. Even though some of them can sting and some can track bacteria into your home, they are most often thought of as simple nuisances. These creatures are drawn to areas where water and food are readily available and, especially in the dry summer months, it becomes important to keep your home free of these things. Seal cracks in your foundation and around doors and windows and make sure to keep shrubs and branches pruned and away from your home.

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Mosquitoes

There is nothing more annoying than hearing a fly buzzing around your room at night right? Well, imagine if that little fly could suck your blood! Or give you some sort of virus! That’s what many people have to worry about in the summer months – mosquitoes. These pests will even lay their eggs around your home if they can find standing water. That’s why it is imperative to keep the surrounding area near your home healthy and dry, your doors closed, and your bug repellent at the ready!

 

Spiders, flies, bats, ticks, and fleas make the list as well, although, many of the protective methods are the same. Keep your home clean and dry and free of available food, seal off easy-access points near doors, windows, and in foundations, and be aware! Check your animals for bugs, make sure your window screens don’t have holes, and buy some bug repellent candles. Summer is a month full of invasive creatures but remember pest prevention is easier than pest removal!