How to Prevent Mosquitoes This Fall

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With colder temperatures rolling in and days getting shorter, mosquitoes are probably the last thing on your mind. However, this time of year is actually one of the most important for preventing mosquitoes long term. By taking a few extra precautions, you can eliminate these pests from your property and lower your chances of an infestation come next summer. Follow these steps to prevent mosquitoes this fall:

Remove All Sources of Stagnant Water

Mosquitoes begin breeding in the early fall by laying eggs in stagnant water. These eggs go dormant in cold weather, which allows them to survive even the harshest of winters. Since most adult mosquitoes die off during the cold season, eliminating their eggs is a great way to prevent infestations from growing or spreading.

To keep mosquitoes from breeding on your property, you’ll want to remove any sources of stagnant water that you can find. These pests only need about an inch of water to reproduce, so you’ll want to be as thorough as possible. Check for standing water in places like:

  • Playground equipment
  • Old tires or buckets
  • Ponds and puddles
  • Garbage bins
  • Planters or garden tools
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Grill covers
  • Bird baths
  • Pet food bowls

Clean Your Gutters and Fix Leaky Plumbing

Overflowing gutters and leaky plumbing can cause serious damage to your home, all while making your property the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. To keep your house in great shape, save money on utilities, and prevent pests, it’s a good idea to address any plumbing issues and dirty gutters as quickly as you can.

Keep Your Landscaping Tidy

From overgrown shrubs to piles of lawn clippings, there are lots of spaces that mosquitoes can hide in a messy yard. Maintaining your space makes it much easier for you to identify areas where these pests may be reproducing. To keep your property tidy, follow these steps:

  • Trim back your landscaping
  • Regularly rake leaves and debris
  • Remove lawn clippings
  • Store toys and tools indoors

Get Professional Mosquito Extermination Services

Mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest insects on the planet for all of the diseases that they are capable of transmitting. Even though they aren’t a huge problem in the fall, now is the time to eliminate these pests and prevent infestations next year. While it can feel overwhelming to mosquito-proof your yard, you don’t have to handle it all alone! At United Pest Solutions, it’s our goal to help you protect your property all year long. Just give us a call to get started!

Common Summer Pests in the Pacific Northwest

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Few things are better than sitting outside on a warm summer’s day… that is, unless you’re having to battle pests the whole time! It can be difficult to relax if you need to defend yourself from bugs every few minutes, which is why it’s useful to know what pests to expect in the summer and how you can avoid them. Here are the most common summer pests in the Pacific Northwest and what you can do to keep them away:

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are infamous for their annoying buzzing and itchy, irritating bites. Though these pests are one of the most common in the world, they are also one of the most dangerous. Since they are blood-sucking parasites, they are capable of spreading serious diseases to their hosts – despite only feeding for a few seconds or minutes. While it may feel impossible to completely avoid mosquitoes, there are a few preventative measures you can take to avoid infestations or bites:

  • Remove sources of standing water from your property
  • Wear thick and long-sleeved clothing when possible
  • Consider wearing an EPA-certified insect repellent

Bees, Wasps, & Hornets

Stinging insects are one of the most feared summertime pests, and understandably so. Stings can be quite painful and for some people could even be deadly. Especially for individuals with allergies or vulnerable small children, it’s important to avoid these pests as much as possible. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to stay safe from bees, wasps, and hornets:

  • Properly dispose of trash and food scraps in lidded bins
  • Avoid leaving out pet food or other possible food sources
  • ALWAYS contact a wasp specialist if you encounter an infestation

Ants

A pile of ants can be unsightly – especially if they start moving toward your home or kitchen. Since these pests are most active in warm weather, it’s useful to know how to keep ants at bay no matter the season. Here are some ways you can keep ants out of your home this summer:

  • Regularly clean your floors and countertops
  • Avoid leaving food out and store trash in lidded bins
  • Seal any cracks or openings that lead into your home

Bed Bugs

Since bed bugs are active year-round and primarily infest indoor spaces, many people are surprised to discover that their populations surge in the summertime. Bed bug infestations are more likely to occur during the warmer months for two main reasons: first, the heat encourages the insects to feed and breed. And second, humans do a lot more traveling over the summer. Luckily, there are some preventative measures you can take to avoid bed bugs even while traveling:

  • Carefully inspect hotel or guest rooms before staying the night
  • Vacuum your luggage and wash your laundry upon returning home
  • Cover your luggage as you travel or use a hard-backed suitcase

Your Local Pest Control Experts

While there are several steps you can take to keep yourself safe from the common summertime pests here in the Pacific Northwest, sometimes infestations are inevitable. If you are dealing with pests in your home or property, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at United Pest Solutions! We have proudly served the Seattle metropolitan area since 1960, and it’s our goal to provide you with effective, affordable, and long-term solutions that you can rely on. Contact us today if you need help getting rid of your summer pests!