Florida may be hot and humid during the summer, but when you live in paradise, it’s difficult to complain about the weather too much.

Now, the bugs — those are a different story! Just as you may enjoy year round gorgeous weather, easy beach access, and living among the palm trees, so do mosquitoes, spiders, termites, and ants.

Don’t let pests ruin your summer fun! As you enjoy beach days and lazy sunny afternoons with a good book, don’t forget to take a few moments to update your home’s defenses from common pests. After all, it’s easier (and safer) to enjoy paradise when it’s pest-free!

Trim and Tidy Landscaping

Bugs and insects love to hide. The best spot to sneak away from birds and other predators is in overgrown bushes, trees, vines, and shrubbery around your home! You can’t rid your landscaping of bugs, nor would you want to. Pests may be a nuisance in your home, but they are a vital component to an active ecosystem. However, you can keep them in that ecosystem — your yard — by maintaining your landscaping.

Trim bushes, crawling vines, and tree branches from your house. Think of these like bridges into your home. Bugs and other pests will climb through the overgrowth and right into your home. This can also protect your home from termites, which are not vital to your yard’s health.

Avoid Standing Water

Mosquitoes are a nuisance, and no one wants to spend their summer nights swatting at them and recovering from bites. While it’s difficult to avoid mosquitoes without proper prevention treatment, you may be attracting mosquitoes to your home without even realizing it!

Standing water is an open invitation for mosquitoes, who like to breed around water. (This is why mosquitoes are common in wet regions!) Avoid this in your yard to reduce the presence of mosquitoes. Think of places where water can collect. This includes buckets, wheelbarrows, watering cans, and blow-up pools. Dump them out regularly, and cover permanent pools.

Plug Holes

Small cracks in your home’s exterior and gaps in doorways and windows are a welcome sight for pests. These make it easy for insects, spiders, and even mice to crawl into your home and set up camp! Plug holes with exterior patch treatments and pay special attention to the sealing around your windows and doors! In Florida’s intense humidity, the right door and window materials can make all the difference in keeping your home locked up tight and secure.

Store Outdoor Items Carefully

Bugs, pests, and insects have survived this long on Earth because they have found a way to live virtually anywhere! That means you have to be vigilant with how you store your items.

For example, if you have a wood pile, don’t stack it along the exterior of your home and keep it off the ground. (Termites have a hearty appetite!) Cover your upholstered furniture at night to prevent overnight guests from burrowing into the fabric, and never leave food or containers outside longer than necessary. These become hotspots of pest activity!

Treat Your Home and Yard

The best way to prevent pests from infiltrating your summer plans is to thwart their plans! There are natural, effective ways to secure your home with a protective barrier against Florida pests. This allows you to enjoy your summer and encourages pests to find other sources of food and shelter.

At Prodigy Pest Solutions, our experts can provide solutions for your home’s specific needs. For example, if you live next to a lake or riverbed, our mosquito treatments may be just what your yard needs, so you can enjoy it all summer long. Our team is also well-versed in protecting wooden furniture from termites, too!

We’re proud to help you take back the control in your home. If you need help protecting your family and house from pests this season, contact Prodigy Pest Solutions to get the most out of your summer without all the pests that can come with it. 

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