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Steering Clear of Pesky Ants and Mosquitoes

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Keeping away pesky ants and mosquitoes during the summer and fall requires a combination of preventive measures, natural remedies, and proper sanitation practices. Here’s a guide to help you keep these pests at bay:

For Ants:

Cleanliness and Food Storage:

  • Keep your living areas clean and free of crumbs, spills, and food scraps.
  • Store food in airtight containers and keep countertops and floors clean.

 

Seal Entry Points:

  • Seal cracks and gaps in windows, doors, and walls to prevent ants from entering your home.
  • Trim branches and plants that touch the exterior of your home.

 

Natural Deterrents:

  • Sprinkle cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or baby powder around entry points and ant trails to deter them.
  • Create a mixture of vinegar and water to clean surfaces and disrupt ant scent trails.

 

Diatomaceous Earth:

  • Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth around entry points and areas where ants are active. This natural powder damages their exoskeletons and dehydrates them.

 

Bait Traps:

  • Place ant bait traps near entry points to attract and eliminate ants. Make sure to keep these out of reach of pets and children.

 

For Mosquitoes:

Eliminate Breeding Sites:

  • Empty, cover, or treat standing water in containers, gutters, and flowerpots, as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
  • Change water in birdbaths and pet bowls frequently.

 

Install Screens:

  • Use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Repair any damaged screens to prevent entry.

 

Natural Repellents:

  • Use natural mosquito repellents containing essential oils like citronella, lavender, eucalyptus, or lemon. Apply these to your skin or use them in diffusers.
  • Burn citronella candles or torches when spending time outdoors.

 

Dress Appropriately:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks when going outside, especially during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

 

Insecticide Sprays:

  • Use mosquito repellent sprays on exposed skin and clothing. Choose products containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

 

Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants:

  • Incorporate plants like citronella, lavender, marigolds, and rosemary in your garden or outdoor living spaces.

 

Professional Treatment:

  • Consider hiring a professional pest control service to assess and treat your property for mosquitoes.

 

Remember, consistent efforts are key to effectively controlling ants and mosquitoes. A combination of these methods should help you reduce their presence and enjoy a more comfortable summer and fall season. If you find yourself still needing help call Antex Exterminating at 910-822-0099 in the Fayetteville area, or 910-295-5881 in the Pinehurst area for professional pest control services.