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Preventing Summer Infestations: Tips to Protect Your Home from Insects This Summer

July 5th, 2024

Summer brings not only sunny days and pleasant evenings but also an increase in insect populations seeking refuge and food inside homes. To avoid infestations of ants, mosquitoes, wasps, and other pests, it is crucial to take effective preventive measures. Here are some practical tips to protect your home and family this summer in Gatineau and Ottawa.


  1. Eliminate Entry Points

Insects often seek out cracks and openings to enter your home. Regularly inspect your house for cracks around windows, doors, foundations, and water pipes. Use caulking to seal these potential entry points and limit their access. Also, ensure that doors and windows close properly, replacing defective seals as needed.


  1. Maintain Cleanliness

Food crumbs and sticky surfaces attract ants and other insects. Keep your kitchen clean by wiping down surfaces, storing food in airtight containers, and regularly vacuuming to eliminate crumbs and debris. Clean areas where food is prepared or consumed to avoid attracting insects.


  1. Proper Waste Storage

Open trash cans are an invitation for insects, particularly wasps and flies. Use trash cans with tight-fitting lids and empty them regularly. Keep them as far away from your home as possible to reduce the risk of infestation. Clean the bins regularly to remove food residues and odors that attract insects.


  1. Eliminate Sources of Standing Water

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Prevent this by regularly emptying saucers under flowerpots, cleaning clogged gutters, and checking irrigation systems for leaks. Ensure that water features or fountains are cleaned frequently. Pay special attention to areas where water can accumulate after rain or garden watering.


  1. Use Natural Repellents

To deter insects from entering your home without using harsh chemicals, use natural repellents such as citronella oil to keep mosquitoes away, or vinegar to clean surfaces where ants are likely to pass. Lemon or peppermint oil can also be effective against certain types of insects.


  1. Regular Garden Maintenance

Insects can hide and breed in plants and bushes near your home. Regularly trim your shrubs and keep them away from exterior walls. Control weeds to prevent them from serving as insect refuges. A well-maintained garden reduces potential habitats for insects and spiders.


  1. Install Screens

To protect yourself from mosquitoes and other flying insects entering through windows and doors, install sturdy screens and ensure they are in good condition. This allows for good airflow while keeping insects out. Regularly check screens for holes or tears.


  1. Periodic Professional Inspections

Finally, schedule regular inspections of your home by BW Nature Control in Gatineau and Ottawa. We can identify early signs of infestation and recommend appropriate preventive actions to protect your home throughout the summer. We can also apply targeted treatments to prevent insects from settling in.


By following these simple yet effective tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of insect infestation during the summer months. Protecting your home makes it not only more comfortable but also safer for the entire family. Adopting a proactive approach to pest prevention allows you to fully enjoy the summer season without the inconveniences of insect invasions. Contact BW Nature Control in Gatineau and Ottawa for all your pest control questions and needs.


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