Summer is a time of fun in the sun, backyard barbecues and splashing around in the pool. The only problem is that while you’re out of the house, pests are looking for a way into your house. Here are 5 annoying summer pests and how to get rid of them. Summer is the peak season for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous summer pests. They are known for their annoying biting habits, which leave itchy, red bumps. What people don’t know is that they are dangerous because of their ability to transfer numerous diseases such as: West Nile virus, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Encephalitis. A way to prevent mosquitoes from biting is by trying to avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes are most active during these times. Another way to avoid those bites is buy eliminating or reducing still water on your property. Mosquitoes must have standing water to breed, lay eggs and mature. Regularly dump out buckets, cans, bird feeders, or similar items that could contain water. If you have a swimming pool, keep it clean and chlorinated. Fun Fact: only female mosquitoes bite! Check out our Summer Special on Mosquito treatments. Ticks As the weather gets warmer, ticks start to become more of a problem. Ticks pose as a threat because they can transmit Lyme disease.With the rapid growth in Staten Islands Deer population, Deer Ticks have also become rampant. Lyme disease can affect joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated. To prevent the possibility of being bitten, be sure to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes while outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grass. Be sure to trim your grass or any bushes and trees on your property. While enjoying the outdoors wear a repellent that contains at least 20% DEET when outdoors. Stinging Insects Yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects are just a few among the summer pest that can ruin any barbecue. Stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. To make sure your not stung this summer, avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes and though it may be reflex, do not swat at a stinging insect. Swatting at stinging insects increases the likelihood of an aggressive reaction. Be sure to remove all garbage and keep trashcans covered. Seek immediate medical attention if stung, as reactions can be severe. Getting rid of a hive takes a professional, never try to remove it yourself! Ants Ants are the most common pests and usually the number one call to an exterminator. Some ants can inflict painful stings, while other types can potentially damage your home. Ants are constantly looking for food and will detect even the tiniest crumbs. So be sure to clean up any spills or crumbs immediately and remove your garbage on a regular basis. It is important to seal all cracks and holes in your home’s exterior to ensure that ants have a harder time entering your home. Eliminate all pooling water throughout your home because these water sources are vital to their survival. Using Ant sprays and traps can be helpful, but to defeat the problem forever you need a professional to find the source and protect your perimeter. Flies Flies can be one of the most annoying pests in the summer. It is almost impossible to prevent flies from entering your home, but you can take different steps to prevent them from multiplying. First, make sure that you always clean your home. Most effective ways are to wipe all counters with disinfectants, take out the garbage on a regular basis, and make sure all food is properly stored and not left out for long periods of time. Also, keep all doors, windows and vents without screens closed when not in use. Once you have eliminated the things that attract flies, it will be easier to control the flies from entering and staying. When to call a professional: If home you’ve taken all measures to prevent Summer pests and you have still lost, give Superior Pest Elimination a call. With summer solutions, and year round care, we can help give you the pest free home you desire.