(StatePoint) Thanks to an unusually warm, wet winter, experts predict that Americans will face an extra buggy summer.
According to the bi-annual Bug Barometer, a seasonal projection from the National Pest Management Association, conditions are ripe for pesky pests of all stripes to be out in full force. And more bugs outside will likely mean more bugs trying to enter your house.
“Expect pest populations to rise significantly as spring showers and summer sun make the perfect conditions for these vectors to flourish,” says entomologist, Gabriela Nine. “People should take the necessary precautions to prepare for approaching pests. These pests, such as roaches and ants, are knowledgeable at finding both food and shelter in our homes this time of year, habitually squeezing through the tiniest of spaces or walking through the front door to enjoy all our homes have to offer.”
To combat the spike in ants, cockroaches, termites and other pests, and ensure they don't encroach on your home turf, consider the following tips:
• Mind moisture. Survey your home and yard and take steps to manage any locations where there is moisture build-up on surfaces or standing water, which can invite mosquitoes and other bugs to breed on your property.
• Feed yourself -- not pests. Be sure to seal containers securely and store them properly in the fridge and cabinets. Sweep up the kitchen on a daily basis and wipe down tables and counters after preparing and eating meals to eliminate spills and crumbs.
• Spray with confidence. Over 90 percent of people are concerned about having bugs in their home, according to a survey conducted by Zevo. At the same time, almost as many -- 87 percent -- are concerned about the ingredients in traditional bug killer sprays for use in the home. The good news? There are effective ways to kill bugs using friendly ingredients. For example, Zevo Instant Action Bug Killer Sprays which work on a broad range of household insects, including ants, roaches, flies, fruit flies, gnats and spiders, are comprised of essential oils that target nerve receptors vital to insects, not people or pets. Made without harsh chemicals, Zevo sprays are deadly to bugs and safe for use around people and pets when used as directed, making them a household essential, particularly in the warmer months. For more information, visit www.zevoinsect.com.
• Defend entry points. Keep doors, windows and the garage -- the typical entry points for bugs -- closed as much as possible. You can also take additional defensive action in areas that get high bug traffic with Zevo Flying Insect Traps, which plug into outlets and use multi-spectrum light technology and a body heat attractant to lure in flying bugs for round-the-clock protection.
Insects are not only icky, they can pose threats to people and property. But there is no need to bug out. With a few preventive measures and the means to stop bugs in their tracks -- or flight path -- you can keep your home safer and more comfortable this season.
Photo Credit: (c) Melissa Baswell Williams / @bubbyandbean