Tips On Managing Common Pests In Late Summer
Summertime living can be easygoing, with vacations, outdoor activities, barbecuing, and more. However, people aren't the only ones living it up in the summer sun. Months such as August are at the peak of activity for all sorts of animals. With pests being more active, there are bound instances where humans and pests cross paths. In some situations, the pests can encroach on people and where they live. The Kness team will cover what the common pests for August are and what you can do to prevent infestations.
What Are Common Pests In August?
A number of different pests are active during the warmer months of the year, but there are a few in particular that can lead to infestation issues or health problems in people. Here are a few of the most common in August:
- Wasps - During the warmer months, wasps such as yellow jackets are busy searching for food and defending their nests. With people out and about enjoying summer, there is a chance of coming across these stinging insects. More often than not, wasps will build their nests in various structures and objects. If there is a nest on your property, it is a wise move to properly remove the nest and cherish the outdoors in peace once again.
- Ticks - While you may be having fun out in the yard with the family, you're not alone in the great outdoors; ticks thrive during the warm summer months. These relatives of arachnids live in areas such as grass, shrubs, and bushes just waiting to latch onto passing people or animals. Ticks are known to transfer Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis to humans. Be sure to check yourself and your pets for ticks after being outside.
- Spiders - With a boom in insects during summer, predators of these animals get ready for a feast. Spiders grow in numbers while it's warm to capitalize on the abundance of insects. This means that these eight-legged arachnids may move into your home and set up shop for a feeding buffet. If you start seeing more and more spiders around your home, it's time to take action, as it could be a sign of a spider infestation.
- Ants - These insects are always on the go to find food for their colonies, especially during the months of July, August, and September. This endless search for resources sometimes leads pests such as pavement ants or carpenter ants to move into a home where food and water are available.
- Cockroaches - Infestations of cockroaches are in full swing during hot weather. Generally, this pest is known for having a preference for warm, damp, and humid environments. As August commonly has the highest temperatures of the year, instances of extreme heat can drive cockroaches to find refuge inside homes and buildings that can meet their needs of food, water, and shelter. Because of this, infestations are most common during the summertime.
- Mice and Rats - In August, you might be relaxing outdoors while rodents attempt to go indoors. Both mice and rats take the opportunity during the summer months to explore and find new nesting sites that provide food, water, and a cooler shelter. People's homes typically fill that need and are a prime target of rodents. With mice and rats able to move inside and outside, these rodents can bring in other unwanted pests such as ticks, fleas, and lice.
How Can You Manage These Summer Pests?
Even though there are several different pests to watch out for over the summertime, it doesn't mean that you can't take steps to control the situation and help prevent infestations of these common August pests. Here are a few control tips you can implement for more pest-free summer:
Control Tips For Wasps
While wasps can make nests in various structures and materials, the best control method is to address the wasp problem as soon as possible. The safest way to do that is to arm yourself with wasp spray and–ideally–have protective clothing that covers any exposed parts of the body. Wasps are less active and aggressive at night. If you can identify where the nest is, you can spray it during nighttime to reduce the chances of being stung.
Control Tips For Ticks
To control ticks on your property, there are a few steps you can take. One option is to spray your lawn with a tick pesticide; either do it yourselves or contact a pest professional. Other control methods include keeping your grass short, trim tall weeds, and add mulch or rocks as a protective barrier around the perimeter of the lawn as ticks prefer the coverage of grass over open spaces.
Control Tips For Spiders
To get rid of spiders in and around the home, Kness Pest Defense offers the Kness Stick-All® Glue Trap. These arachnids often enter homes through small cracks and crevices in the foundation or through gaps around windows and doors as they search for food and water. Other prevention tips include sealing cracks in foundations, caulking gaps around windows and doors, installing door sweeps, and trimming trees and bushes away from the exterior of your home.
Control Tips For Ants
One solution to controlling ant problems is the Kness Ants-No-More® Bait Station. This specially designed bait station works by attracting foraging ants to take the bait back to the colony and eliminating them at their source. Ants-No-More can be placed indoors and outdoors. Preventative measures you can take include sealing cracks and openings in the foundation, using weather stripping to block gaps in doors or windows, clean up food scraps, keep a clean home, and remove areas of standing water around the house.
Control Tips For Cockroaches
When trying to prevent and control cockroaches during the summer, it's best to make your home as uninviting as possible for these pesky creatures. In order to do this, you must keep a clean home, never leave food crumbs on surfaces, keep food in sealed containers, fix any leaky pipes, keep trash in a container, and fix any cracks in foundations or gaps in windows and doors. If you suspect that you might have cockroaches, the best time to go looking is a night with a flashlight since this insect is most active at night. You can also set out sticky traps, such as the Kness Stick-All Glue Trap, in places like the pantry or in cabinets to see if any cockroaches are present.
Control Tips For Rats
There are many options for getting rid of rats; you can utilize a wide range of traps to capture and eliminate the problem. Consider using snap traps such as the Kness Big Snap-E® Rat Trap or the Stick-All Glue Trap for rats. Consider using the Big Snap-E Cover to capture rats more discreetly and keep traps out of reach for non-target animals. Use enticing bait to lure these rodents into the traps. A highly effective food-based bait is plain-old peanut butter. To prevent rat infestation, keep your home clean, remove clutter that could be used for nest building, store food in containers, seal foundational cracks, and other possible entry points into the home.
Control Tips For Mice
You have a lot of available methods to take care of mice problems. To catch a number of mice over time, you can use multi-catch traps, such as the Kness Ketch-All® Multiple Catch Mousetrap. You can also use snap traps and sticky traps like the Kness Snap-E® Mouse Trap or the Stick-All Glue Trap as a more permanent solution. Kness also offers a cover for the mouse traps called the Snap-E Cover. For mice prevention tips, it's a nearly identical approach as it is for rats–keeping a clean house, removing clutter, storing food in containers, sealing foundational cracks, and other possible entry points into the home.
Count On Kness for More Pest Solutions
Along with the traps mentioned in this article, Kness Pest Defense has many different solutions to help you get rid of pest problems, from insects to small animals. To learn more about what the Kness offers, explore all of the Kness Pest Control Products.