The Top 5 Summer Home Pests And How To Get Rid Of Them

Unless you happen to be a licensed pest control officer, removing pests from your home can seem like a tall order. Most Canadian homes have both a basement and attic that can act as breeding grounds for many types of pests. Although the following pests can be a problem at any point in the year, here are the five most common pests that may stress you out this summer. We’ll show you how to get rid of them.

#5. Wasps

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Wasps are an especially worrisome type of pest as their sting is so painful and may prove fatal to people suffering from anaphylaxis that go into anaphylactic shock when stung. Both bees and wasps may also swarm and kill dogs if their hive comes under attack. Hive wasps such as paper wasps, hornets and yellow jackets die in the fall leaving the queen to hibernate over winter and build new hives in spring.

Solution: Wasps require professional pest control if there is a hive in your home or on your property. The only effective cure is to locate and remove the nest, seal up any points of entry on your home and spray insecticide to ward off any other would-be intruders.

#4. Ants

Ants are one of the most common pests that people suffer from in the summer. Depending on where you live in Canada, Carpenter ants, Pharaoh ants and Pavement ants are the three most common species you’ll come across.

Solution: The only way to deal with an ant infestation is to call pest control to locate and remove the nest. If the nest cannot be found, most ants can be baited with sugar-based baits. The home and perimeter of the home can be sprayed with insecticide to ward off other pests from entering.

#3. Bedbugs

Bedbugs are an increasing concern for homeowners as the number of infestations are increasing and they are being discovered at previously unheard of locations such as luxury hotel rooms. Bedbugs feed off blood and the females lay over 200 eggs per day. The eggs can survive for up to a year and half without food.

Solution: Bedbug infestations are extremely difficult to treat, as you have to repeat the process several times over a period of many weeks. Use a wet vacuum cleaner to clean your carpets, curtains and furniture before applying a bedbug spray to every possible infected area. Use a waterproof, hypoallergenic, zippered mattress cover for all of your mattresses to reduce the chances of an infestation taking hold.

#2. Fleas

Fleas are active year-round but increase during April in Canada. Fleas don’t cause the problems that other pests do but they are pervasive and you’ll notice this if you have a pet such as a dog or cat.

Solution: Your pet will be one of the main hosts to fleas, although not the only host. Use a reputable brand of flea and tick preventative suited to the size, breed and type of your pet. Most solutions last for one month, after which time they must be reapplied.

#1. Termites

Termites take the top spot on our list for a variety of reasons. They are not only a very common summer pest problem; they attack the wood in your home and potentially cause massive and costly damage, unlike any of the other pets on this list.

Solution: The cost of dealing with an advanced termite infestation is usually measured in the tens of thousands of dollars. Consider calling all an experienced pest control firm annually to check that the wood in your home isn’t harboring any termite nests.

Conclusion

These are the top five summer pests you are likely to encounter in Canada. Remain vigilant and always contact a professional for an inspection if you are unsure. Many pest control firms offer a no-obligation inspection free of charge, so what have you got to lose?

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