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Summer Nights Without the Bug Bites

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The only thing that can stop summer fun dead in its tracks are bugs and pests that come out during warm weather. From ants and flies to mosquitoes, these insects have been a challenge for as long we can remember. And, with come off of this year's mild winter, insects are expected to be particularly challenging in the months ahead. That’s why we’re always trying to find the best ways to keep them out of our homes.

In this post, we’ll go over some helpful ways to keep you and your family safe from these bugs while protecting your home from insect invasions.

Antagonizing Ants

Ants work in colonies of THOUSANDS, so it can be difficult to fully get rid of these bugs from your home. 

Thanks to the scent trails they leave behind, the other ants will keep coming back no matter how many you kill, so try to avoid smushing any that you see. Instead, try to solve the problem from the source.

Ant Prevention

Deep cleaning your home and making sure to properly dispose of any food is a sure way to prevent ants from coming in. Try to eliminate any moist, dark places in your home by checking for leaking pipes and regularly cleaning your bathroom. 

Not only will your home be sparkling clean, but you’re also more likely to break the scent trails after using plenty of cleaning products to mask the smell.

If you’re still finding ants after your deep cleaning efforts, then it’s time to attack the source. Figure out where the ants are normally gathering, and place Terro Liquid Ant Baits. The liquid, which contains borax, is designed to attract worker ants who will return it to their colony. As the bait circulates through the colony, it kills the ants you see and the ones you don’t. Note: complete control may take up to two weeks. 

To get the ants before they come into your house, you will will want to use a spray like Ortho Home Defense around the perimeter of your home to keep them from coming in. This non-staining and odor-free spray kills bugs inside and creates a bug barrier with up to 12-month control indoors for ants, roaches, spiders, ticks, and more home invading insects. 

Virginia Mosquitoes

As one of the most feared bugs during the summer time, mosquitoes are a hassle at best and a dangerous pest at worst.

 These bugs breed in sitting pools of water, easily multiplying and striking when you least expect, leaving an itchy bite mark in the process.

Mosquito Prevention 

First things first, is to stop mosquitoes from breeding around your home by getting rid of any standing water, cleaning out your gutters, and removing any piles of leaves. If you have ½ inch of standing water, that’s enough for these pests to start breeding, making it easy for them to hide in smaller pools of water. 

For water that can’t be removed (bird baths, flower pot saucers, roof gutters, etc.) you'll want to use mosquito dunks, a natural mosquito larvicide which kills mosquito larvae, but is harmless to birds, fish, wildlife, and pets. Just place these tablets in the water and they kill the larvae before it matures.   

If you can’t find the source, you can hose-end or aerosol products like Cutter Backyard Bug Control over your entire yard, including grass, shrubs and bushes for mosquito control. Simply hook to a garden hose and spray. Lasts up to 12 weeks, even after it rains!

Additionally, you'll want to use mosquito traps & repellers like our new customer-favorite, Thermacell . Thermacell mosquito repeller is available in several portable options and provide a 15ft protection zone (and lasts up to 12 hours when turned on!).

Battling the Wasps & Hornets

Treating wasps and hornets should always be done after dusk when they're all in the nest and far less aggressive. Hornets nests have a single opening (typically toward the bottom) where the wasps enter and exit. 

When you find a nest under roof eaves, around carports, doorways, window frames, and other outdoor areas, you'll want to use a spray or a spray foam like Ortho Home Defense Hornet & Wasp Killer, which reaches nests up to 20 feet above the ground! The foaming spray traps wasps and hornets inside the nest, providing rapid knockdown and kill. It also kills the hornets and wasps that return to the nest after it has been sprayed. 

Please note, most wasp and hornet sprays can cause the insects to drop instantly when contacted by the insecticide. Standing directly below a nest increases one's risk of being stung and allow 24 hours before removing the nest. 

That’s Not All!

While we’ve tried to include as much information as possible, there are still plenty of bugs and pests out there, and even more ways of getting rid of them. If you want more ways to handle your bug problem, Taylor’s Do It Center is here to help your family this summer. Along with our helpful associates in-store, we also made this video to inform you about more products and methods we provide to keep the bugs at bay. Any questions? Feel free to contact us today!