West Palm Beach Summer Pest Control Tips
August 09, 2022
Summer pest control in West Palm Beach is no easy feat. After all, pests love the heat, so summer is the perfect time for them to come out and play.
Ants, termites, fleas, cockroaches, mosquitoes and spiders are especially big fans of West Palm Beach life, so it’s hard to be surprised when you see them around - but they’re also a nuisance.
Lucky for you, we know ways you can tackle them. We’ve got the best DIY pest control tips and can tell you when it’s a good idea to call a professional pest control company.
A lot of pest control is being consistent with cleaning and sealing your home of any pest-sized openings. You’ll notice that we talk a lot about those habits in this post.
But there’s also more to it than that! Different pests are attracted to different things.
Summer Ant Control Tips
You might think ants aren’t a big deal but wait until you have an infestation and see tiny ants on the kitchen counter, in the bathtub, or in the tiny corners of your home. Summer is when ants are at their worst, especially in Florida.
Pavement ants, carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, big headed ants, sugar ants, argentine ants, and acrobat ants are all common ants in West Palm Beach. While they have differences, there are methods you can do for any ant problem.
How do you stop ants in the summer?
To stop ants in the summer, you’ll want to seal openings that are allowing them to get inside your home. You’ll also want to keep their food and water sources away by cleaning, storing food in airtight containers, and fixing leaky plumbing.
You can use a caulking gun to seal the smallest openings that are allowing ants inside. All of our technicians at Native Pest Management carry caulk and include exclusion in ant control services, but you can also buy one at stores like Lowes and Home Depot.
Outside your home, taking care of your yard can keep ants from building ant mounds on your lawn. Keep your lawn trimmed and watered regularly.
While ants love water, they don’t love living in it. That’s why ants can pile up in or around your home after a storm.
We know how rainy West Palm Beach can get in the summer, so most of the time you won’t need to run the sprinklers. If it starts to dry up, however, that’s when you want to start running your sprinklers.
You also don’t have to control ants alone in the summer - Native Pest Management understands ant control is difficult, and we’re ready to help.
You can set up an annual ant control plan today with just a phone call, so give us that call today and receive a free quote!
Summer Flea Control Tips
If you own a dog or cat, it’s likely that you’re concerned about fleas. We hate to see our pets uncomfortable, and if they're constantly itching, it’s a good idea to take action.
Plus, fleas go hand in hand with rodents, so you might have a few things to address.
How do you prevent fleas in the summer?
Preventing fleas in the summer can be difficult since fleas are more active in the warmer months. The best courses of action are to get your pet on flea medication, by using a flea collar or other options approved by your veterinarian.
You can also flea proof your home by vacuuming and washing bedding regularly.
Rodents typically carry fleas, so taking precautions against rodents by storing food properly will be beneficial. This doesn’t just prevent fleas and rodents, it prevents most pests in West Palm Beach like ants and roaches!
Professional flea control can also help prevent and get rid of fleas in your home. At Native Pest Management, we’re all about pet friendly.
It’s important to us that your pets are flea free and healthy, so we can help get rid of fleas in your home using our pet friendly products.
To learn all about our flea services, call us today!
Summer Mosquito Control Tips
Mosquitoes can make camping trips and outside dinners uncomfortable. While it’s a little easier to ignore ants, you can’t ignore being constantly itchy.
Especially if you can’t go outside without getting bitten, or if you even feel them while you’re trying to fall asleep!
You might think all you can do is cover yourself in bug spray and stay inside but there’s a little more to it than that. There are simple ways to reduce mosquitoes, so you can relax in your yard.
How do you get rid of mosquitoes in the summer?
You can get rid of mosquitoes in the summer once you understand mosquito breeding patterns. Mosquitoes need water to breed, and that’s why they love Florida so much.
The lakes and rain make Florida heaven for them - and they’ll stick around as long as it doesn’t dry up.
So by removing water sources, you can reduce the mosquito population in your yard.
Water sources for mosquitoes can include anything that pools water in your yard. Flower pots, bird baths, pool toys, and holes or dips in the ground can all help them multiply.
If you own a pool, no need to worry as long as you take care of it. Make sure your gutters are draining right.
So as long as you follow those mosquito control tips, you’re good to go - the only catch is you gotta be consistent with it, which is tough with busy lives.
You also might come to a spot where you’ve removed every water source in your yard, and you’re still getting bitten.
You don’t have to do all the work if you get help from Native Pest Management. We can provide backpack misting to your yard and apply biological larvicides to the water sources in your yard that will reduce the mosquito population in a pet and environmentally friendly way.
To get the whole scoop about our mosquito control services, call us today!
Summer Termite Control Tips
Termites are one of the most costly pests out there. Not only in a monetary way, but they can also damage your home.
One of the best things you can do for summer termite control is to understand the signs of termites so you can catch them early.
How do I know I have termites in the summer?
You’ll know you have termites in the summer in a few ways: Seeing evidence like holes in the walls or mud tubes, or, you might see them swarm right in front of you.
Late spring and early summer are when they swarm, and if you see swarming termites, the best thing to do is to call a local pest control company in West Palm Beach. Termites swarm after they’ve been in your home for about three years, which means there could be three years of termite damage in your home.
Native Pest Management is the home of experts when it comes to summer termite control in West Palm Beach. We can treat your home in the most environmentally friendly way that will keep your family and pets healthy.
If you haven’t seen termites swarming or even loose termite wings, you might also have termites if you find frass (termite droppings), hollowing wood, or stiff doors.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye of any possible termite evidence in the summer, and Native Pest Management is ready to help. We can inspect your home so you don’t have to worry about it.
If you’re concerned about possible termites in your home, it’s our job to give you your peace of mind back. Call us today to receive a free quote!
Summer Whitefly Control Tips
Although fewer people know about whiteflies than ants or mosquitoes, they’re still common summer pests in West Palm Beach.
Whiteflies are ornamental pests, meaning they're pests that infest the plants or trees in your yard.
They actually have more in common with scale insects, aphids and mealybugs than flies. They resemble a tiny white moth and can produce a sticky sweet substance called honeydew.
A whitefly infestation can cause an ant infestation because ants love the honeydew whiteflies produce. So if you find ants in your home, you should check your plants and palms for whiteflies and vice versa.
How can you get whiteflies off tomato plants?
You can get whiteflies off tomato plants and other plants by spraying them with water if you catch them early. If you just started growing tomatoes in your summer garden, you’ll want to keep a close eye on them for whiteflies.
If the infestation is severe, you can try using insecticides. You can use insecticides like insecticidal soap or neem oil to see if your whitefly problem slows down.
Or, you can also call a trusted pest control company in West Palm Beach. We know the best environmentally and pet friendly products so you can still let the kids and dogs play outside while you get the whiteflies in your yard under control.
Then you can enjoy your summer garden! Okra, sweet potatoes, and cherry tomatoes are just a few of the many fruits and vegetables you can grow in West Palm Beach.
And if you also love farmers' markets, the West Palm Beach GreenMarket has been listed in America’s 50 Best Farmers’ Markets!
If you’re a big gardener and want to hear all about our whitefly services to protect your plants, give us a call today!
Best Summer Pest Control In West Palm Beach
If you’ve tried all of these ideas and just feel unlucky, don’t lose hope! Native Pest Management is there for you when it comes to any pest infestation, no matter how big or small.
Whether your home is pest free and you want to keep it that way, or you find every kind of pest in your home, we personalize our annual pest control plans for all situations.
We also use products that are healthiest for your family and your pets. Summer doesn’t have to end - we want to help make it the best time of the year for your whole family.
When we treat your home, our goal is that you’re no longer worried about pests inside or outside your home.
If you’re outside the West Palm Beach area, we also provide our summer pest control services in Port St. Lucie, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and up in Tallahassee. If you want to make sure you’re in a service area, you can visit our service area page.
If you want to talk about setting up a summer pest control plan, we’d love to chat with you! Give us a call today and we’ll be ready to step in as a leading Florida pest control company.