Before heading to the beach or a backyard BBQ, Better Termite & Pest Control in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, is warning that summer pests will be out and about looking to join in on the fun. From stinging insects that send over 500,000 Americans to the ER every year, to mosquitoes and ticks capable of transmitting diseases, experts are urging the public to take proper precautions before heading outdoors.
While it’s nice to relax and enjoy the summer sun, it’s important to not let your guard down when it comes to pest prevention. Taking proper precautions against mosquitoes, ticks, stinging insects and even some species of ants is crucial in protecting against a multitude of pest threats that can be dangerous to your health.
To help keep you and your family safe from pest threats this summer, Better Termite & Pest Control and the NPMA are sharing the following prevention tips:
- While mosquitoes are active all day long, activity peaks around dawn and dusk so avoid the outdoors at those times to reduce the likelihood of getting bitten.
- Be sure to properly apply an EPA-registered insect repellent with at least 20% DEET to deter biting pests.
- Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grasses, can help prevent tick bites.
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house to deter pests.
- Avoid wearing cologne, perfumes or other sweet-smelling products, as these could attract stinging insects and mosquitoes.
- If you suspect an infestation of any kind on your property, be sure to schedule a free evaluation today!