Summer can be great for its weather and sunshine, making it easy to get out there and enjoy your favorite outdoor activities. However, the heat also makes it more difficult for rodents, insects, and other pests to find water. This makes it more likely that they’ll find their way into your Arizona home, creating a summertime pest infestation in your house. Here’s an overview of some of the most common summertime pests and what you can do.
Mice and Rats
These and other small rodents often sneak into people’s homes during the summer. The problem is that once they get inside, they don’t want to leave. In addition, these little critters are known for multiplying exponentially, so just a few in your home can quickly turn into a full-on infestation.
While setting out traps and poison may help you get rid of some of the rodents, with their rapid breeding rate, you’ll only be making a small dent in the larger population. It is far easier to stop them from getting inside in the first place than it is to get rid of them. Mice and rats can squeeze through remarkably tiny openings, so seal off any access points from the outside, like the vents to your garage and along your eaves near the attic. Do your best to keep your yard neat and tidy to minimize possible hiding places and creating a pest infestation in your house.
You can find cockroaches just about anywhere, and Arizona is no different. These bugs often gross people out, and for good reason: they are known to carry bacteria and disease with them, transferring it from their bodies to your floors, walls, and other areas of your home.
There is a running joke that the cockroaches of the world will still be around, even after all other life has failed. This is because they are notoriously difficult to get rid of. They like to hide out in damp, dirty areas, so keep your property as clean as you can, especially when it comes to piles of wood, leaves and other debris. To help prevent this type of pest infestation in your house, spraying pesticide around the entrances to your home can help keep them from getting in as well.
Termites can infest your Arizona home at any time of the year, but we often see a higher concentration of this type of bug infestation in houses during the summer. This is because spring and summer are the swarming seasons for many species of termites, including those common in Arizona. During the winter, they often burrow underground, but when they emerge in times of warmer weather, they come in droves, creating bug infestations in homes throughout the region.
Termites eat wood and other plant structures, so you’ll want to minimize this type of debris on your property. This means keeping it free of any branches and leaves pruned from your trees and bushes, as well as those that have fallen on their own. Inside your home, minimize moisture, like from leaky faucets. Always drain your sinks and bathtubs fully after each use rather than leaving a bit of water in the bottom. If any roof shingles or other aspects of your home’s construction have sustained water damage that caused the wood to rot, replace it immediately.
Call on the Professionals at Budget Brothers Termite and Pest Elimination
If you suspect that you might already have a rodent or pest infestation in your home, call the experts at Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination right away. We are familiar with all of the pests that call Arizona their home. Reach out to our team today to schedule a pest inspection.