As we all know, this summer is beginning to look a little different than it has in years past. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Texas festivals, county fairs, rodeos, and other large gatherings are being rescheduled and, in many cases, cancelled. Because of these changes, many of us are spending time with our friends and families right in our own backyards. Unfortunately, between bugs and the weather, the outdoors can be unpredictable. And believe it or not, these two factors go hand in hand when it comes to seasonal pest prediction.
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This year, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has shared which pests Houston residents can expect to see more of this summer. Based on this year’s weather patterns and seasonal trends, we’re likely to see increased tick, termite, and cockroach populations across the Lonestar state.
Here are some ways to prevent this summer’s most active pests:
Summer 2020 Termite Action Plan:
What You Can Do: When it comes to termites, it’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive. Eliminating moisture in and around your home is key to termite prevention. This includes checking for leaky faucets and damaged water lines. In addition to reducing the moisture in and around your home, you will want to limit wood to soil contact including wooden fences around your property. Click here for more tips to keep termites away from your home.
What Holder’s Can Do: Have you scheduled your home’s yearly termite inspection? Get ahead of termites before they make a dent in your home and your wallet. A professional pest control technician will do a thorough inspection of your home, checking areas that you might not have thought of. Give us a call at (281) 561-9999 or contact us online to schedule an inspection.
Summer 2020 Cockroach Action Plan:
What You Can Do: Seal up any small cracks or openings around doors and windows to prevent cockroaches from finding their way inside. Aside from making these repairs, you’ll want to keep your home free of crumbs and spills. Check behind your fridge and under cabinets for crumbs, as these places are often missed in our everyday cleaning routines. Click here for more information about cockroach prevention.
What Holder’s Can Do: If you suspect you have a cockroach problem, you’ll want to contact the professionals at Holder’s right away. Cockroaches are a dangerous pest that can carry disease and bacteria throughout your home.
Summer 2020 Tick Action Plan:
What You Can Do: Ticks “bite”. See what we did there? Since ticks common to this area can cause Lyme disease and Rocky-Mountain Spotted Fever, we recommend wearing a repellent that contains at least 20% DEET and checking yourself, your pets, and your children for ticks after spending time outside. It’s also important to keep your lawn well-trimmed as grassy areas are a tick’s favorite hiding place. Check out these other tips for tick prevention.
What Holder’s Can Do: Did you know that professional mosquito and tick control starts at just $39 per month? Plus, our team only uses EPA-registered materials that are safe for pets and children. Click here to learn more about Holder’s mosquito and tick control programs.
However you plan to spend your summer, Holder’s wants to help make it a great one! Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.