It’s summer! Time for picnics, BBQs, camping, road trips, gardening, lots of outdoor activities. However, summer is also the time when bugs and rodents to come out to “enjoy” the summer too.
There are ways to prevent mother nature’s necessary, yet often unwanted, pests, from causing irritation and havoc during the summer.
Pest Control and Picnics
Summer is the perfect time to grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, leave the city of Birmingham and explore the English countryside. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
Yet hiding in the grass, wildflowers, and trees are small rodents and insects that can turn a tranquil picnic into an unpleasant experience.
Once the tantalising aroma of your food travels through the air, its almost like a smoke signal for insects, wasps, and ants to come join you.
It’s still possible to enjoy a picnic, just keep food covered and put away after everyone has their plate. Going back for a second serving and finding it covered with ants is no picnic (pun intended).
Control Pests in your Kitchen
Keeping with the theme of cleaning up, keep the kitchen in your home clean and tidy too. The fresh berries that were just picked from the garden will attract flies and ants even though they are indoors. Even crumbs from a fresh cobbler crust that seem insignificant are very significant to an insect that is not that much bigger than the crumb itself.
Composting and Pest Control
Composting is an incredibly environmentally friendly thing to do when it’s done the right way. The right way involves adding to it regularly and mixing it frequently. It is also good to leave some space around the compost container so you can see if rodents are disturbing it.
The wrong way to compost is creating an environment that is attractive to small animals and pests. Never add cooked food, meat, or diary to a compost pile. Not only does this ruin your compost, but it attracts rats and other insects.
Pests and the Garden
Pests are good for a garden, until the situation is out of control. In the spring, insects are building nests and taking care of the young who actually produce a sweet substance for the adults to eat. The problems come later in the summer when the young have grown and all the adult insects now look for other sweet things to eat. By this time, the berries in people’s gardens are ripe and flowers are in full bloom.
Prevention is definitely easier than the cure. Take care of your food and drink as you enjoy the outdoors. If a pest situation does develop it is best to call a professional pest control company, such as Advantage Pest Control of Birmingham, as soon as possible. Then you can get back to enjoying the summer.