Solving Summertime Pest Control Problems in Toronto
It’s a great of the year. Temperatures are rising and more and more people are enjoying the weather that a Toronto summer has to offer. Summer weather comes an increase in annoying pests. Mosquitoes, ants and various other pests are waiting to share the outdoors with you.
The combination of post-hibernation food searching along with breeding seasons makes pests very active in Toronto’s warmer weather. Even pests have a place in our local ecosystem, but you would probably prefer if they were not sharing your backyard with you and your family.
Here are seven common pests we see in Toronto during warmer weather and how you can stop them.
Mosquitoes – Everyone hates mosquitoes. These pesky, disease-carrying pests make a living by sucking the blood out of just about anything that moves, including us. In addition to leaving you with some nasty bites, mosquitoes can carry harmful diseases such as West Nile Virus. Plus, it’s super annoying when they are constantly buzzing around your head. The peak time for mosquitoes in Toronto is June.
The best way to prevent an outbreak of mosquitoes is to remove any standing water on your property. Mosquitoes need pools of standing water for their reproduction process. Just a few inches of water is all it takes for a female to deposit her eggs. There are also various products on the market that can help with an outbreak of mosquitoes. We’ve found that eco-friendly products such as citronella candles or mosquito traps can make a difference.
Ants – Many Toronto home owners have dealt with an ant problem at some point. Ants do not directly harm humans, but they are certainly a pain when they’re in your home. We find that ant populations in Toronto peak in late July. It’s important to deal with ant infestations quickly and correctly. It doesn’t take long for ant populations to increase.
Store your food in properly sealed containers. Also, be sure to clean up food scrapes right away and keep on top of your household garbage. Ants need a way into your home. Ensure that the sealing around your doors and window frames is well maintained.
House Flies – House flies are not fun. They are loud, annoying and can potentially carry harmful diseases into your home. House flies like sweet things such soda, fruit and other sugary foods. These bugs are very quick at reproducing.
It’s almost impossible to make your home 100% house fly free. Instead you’ll want to focus on stopping them from reproducing. Keeping your home clean can really make a difference. Wipe down all surfaces in your kitchen right away; it doesn’t take a lot to get the attention of a house fly. It’s an old technology, but a little bit of hunting with a fly swatter is a very affordable and practical solution.
Ticks – During the summer months ticks are scary. Pets are usually a prime target for ticks. Furry companions coming in and out of the house can carry a huge tick risk. Once a tick attaches itself to skin they have the ability to transmit some really scary diseases, especially if they have the ability to stay attached for a long amount of time.
The best way to stop a tick problem is to do regular skin inspections. Look through your pet’s fur and regular brush them, especially after a long walk. If you find a tick on your pet you need to remove it with tweezers right away. If needed there are some great commercial treatments and shampoos on the market that can help with eliminating ticks.
Termites – We don’t see termites in the winter because they bury themselves under the ground to stay warm. Once the temperature increases they are ready to find new food sources. If a nest is located near your house your property could be in serious danger. It doesn’t take long before termites can cause major damage to the wooden structure of your home.
Finding a termite infestation can be challenging, they usually gravitate to already damaged wood. It’s important to regularly check for damages and alert a professional if any major damages are found. This can save you a lot of money and also protect your home and its value for years to come.
Bees and Wasps – Bees are wasps both play a key role to the Toronto ecosystem. Unfortunately, their stings hurt and can cause serious health concerns for people living with allergies. These bugs will sting when they feel threatened.
Bees play an important role in nature. Removing them should only happen if they play a major risk to you and your family. The key to eliminating a bee or wasp problem is to remove the nest. It’s best to give this job to a professional, removing a nest without experience can be a very dangerous and even deadly task.
Cockroaches – Cockroaches will live in a home throughout the year, but they are usually much more active during the summer months. They reproduce quickly and a few cockroaches can quickly become an infestation.
Cockroaches want food and if you leave food scrapes around, they will find them. Again, keep your kitchen surfaces clean and take out the garbage as often as possible.
Although summertime pests are annoying they can usually be taken care of with a little bit of work and commercial products. If you feel like your home is being taken over it may be time to call a pest control professional. At Citron Hygiene Pest Control we’ve been helping people living in Mississauga, Etobicoke, Vaughan, Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Markham, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa deal with their summer pest problems. We’re a local company and our professionally trained Toronto exterminators understand how to best deal with pest control issues in our community.