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Summer is here in Central Florida and that means it’s time to enjoy the outdoors more than ever. But nothing ruins an outdoor BBQ like a line of ants or a swarm of mosquitos. Kids off from school waking up in the morning to a spider or a cockroach is no way to start the day either.

Keep bugs and pests away from your home this summer with these 7 helpful pest control tips:

  1. Block Their Access to Your Home

The best way to keep pests away is to make it difficult for them to even find an entry inside. Check screens for holes, and repair any you find. Check doors and windows for small cracks or gaps, and replace window stripping when needed.

  1. Clean Up the Kitchen

Even a small pile of crumbs on the counter or floor is a treat for ants and other insects. Let pests find a snack outside and far away from your home by making sure you keep your kitchen clean. Wipe the counters, sweep up the floors, put food away immediately in airtight containers, and regularly take out the trash.

  1. Don’t Throw Meat or Produce Outside Too Soon

Try not to throw meat or over-ripened produce scraps into your outside garbage unless the garbage will be picked up in the next 48 hours. The combination of rotting food and summer heat could bring unwanted pests to your yard fast than you think.

  1. Maintain the Yard

Avoid your yard overgrowing by maintaining it on a regular basis over summer. An overgrown yard is a perfect nest for pests. Trim bushes and trees that are near the house, rake up debris, and pull weeds.

  1. Remove Any Standing Water

Ridding the inside and outside of your home of standing water is the first step to controlling mosquitoes. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. With Florida’s regular downpours it’s important to routinely walk your property to check for it. Look in rain spouts, make sure no planters are flooded, check for any leaks near your A/C unit, and pick up any toys in the yard.

  1. Store Firewood Properly

If you’re going to have a summer bonfire or light up the fire pit don’t give termites free access to your home by leaving wood out. If you store firewood, keep it away from your house or shed. Five feet should be the minimum distance, and store it on a rack above the ground.

  1. Use a Pest Control Service

Call a local pest control service like Drake to come to your home and regularly spray for bugs and pests. A professional pest control company will provide more protection and assurance than you can do on your own. Enjoy summer with the peace of mind you’ll receive knowing you have an expert protecting your home.

Even though there are a lot of things you can do to try and prevent pests from invading your home, sometimes you just need help from a professional. Get a FREE inspection when you schedule an appointment here or call 1-866-498-DUCK. Keep these tips in mind to take control of your yard and enjoy a pest-free summer!