Summertime Pest problems

Summertime is in full swing, kids are coming home from school, and you’re probably planning that first beach vacation or camping trip. But before you head off into a summer of fun, is your home protected against pests?


The fact is, pest activity reaches an all-time high during the summer, and if your home is not protected, you may face a sudden onset of pest activity.

But what kinds of pests should I be concerned about?


Wood Destroying Pests:


Summertime puts termite colonies into a feeding frenzy. These destructive pests can invade your home from below,  targeting any type of cellulosic (wood-based) materials such as framing, wallpaper, and furniture.


But termites are not the only wood destroying pest you should be concerned about. Carpenter bees, wood destroying fungus, and carpenter ants can also all cause major damage to your home.


Protecting your home against wood destroying pests is critical for avoiding expensive repairs and a lot of frustration.




Cockroaches are also a major issue during the summertime. German roaches, smokey-brown cockroaches, and wood roaches are all common species here in Georgia. Cockroaches often enter homes fleeing rain or scavenging for food.


Once inside, they often hide inside cracks, crevices, and other secluded spaces. Due to their rapid reproductive rate, they can be extremely difficult to eradicate. If they aren’t discovered early on, the population may grow to an extreme level, making a removal process longer and more challenging.


Rats, Squirrels, Snakes, and other Wildlife Pests:


Wildlife is also a concern during the summer season, particularly closer to autumn. For wildlife scavenging and seeking shelter, your home is an ideal location.


Nesting wildlife such as mice and squirrels may enter your home to establish a new home for their young. While predator species like snakes, lizards, and others may chase prey into the home by accident.


These pests can cause a lot of damage to your home and may carry disease and pathogens. Nesting wildlife may also damage insulation, wiring, and other building materials while constructing their nests. If these pests are allowed to establish themselves in your home, it can be difficult and sometimes even dangerous to remove them.


Typically, these pests exploit some crack or gap on the exterior of the structure to get indoors. Unscreened vents, open garage doors, or damaged gutters are also another way for these pests to enter.




Mosquitoes are also a major issue during the summer. Typically, mosquito populations reach their height during this time because the spring rain provides mosquitoes with plenty of opportunities to breed.


Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, and these eggs quickly hatch into many new generations of mosquito larvae. Mosquito populations tend to grow exponentially, and they can make your yard unlivable if they’re given the opportunity.


How to Protect Your Home From Pests This Summer:


Keeping your home pest free is a lot easier if you take preventative measures BEFORE pests arrive. Many times, an effective treatment barrier can deter pests and prevent a major problem from arising in the first place.


If you are worried about your home’s pest protection, you should schedule an inspection with a licensed pest control company. This inspection serves to identify vulnerabilities that pests may exploit and gathers necessary data for the formation of an effective treatment plan.


If you are a resident of Cherokee County, you can ensure that your home stays pest free this summer by calling Canton Termite and Pest Control! We have decades of experience in the pest control industry, and our trained pros have all the equipment and training necessary to tackle any insect or wildlife pest problem!


So get your home pest-proofed NOW so that you can enjoy your summer in peace! Call us today at 770-479-1598!

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