Plenty of people love that summer brings warm weather, longer days, and plenty of fun. But no one loves that summer also brings plenty of bugs. All the mosquitoes and other annoying insects we were glad to be rid of in winter have returned to wreak havoc on our outdoor activities. While it may be hard to avoid them on summer hikes, it’s easy to bug-proof your home and keep your family and friends free of itchy bites.

Get Rid of Standing Water

If you have any areas of your yard — such as flower pots, bird baths, and clogged gutters — that hold standing water, drain them. Standing water is the perfect spot for mosquitoes and other pests to lay eggs. All but adult mosquitoes need water to live, so get rid of the water, and get rid of the bugs.

Add Bti to Your Still Water

If you can’t sacrifice your bird bath or have areas that continuously fill with water, pick up some “dunks” of Bti. This chemical is lethal to mosquitoes but is totally safe for humans and other animals. Adding it to your standing water can kill eggs and larvae and help bug-proof your home.

Stock Your Pond

If you have a pond or other small body of water in your yard, goldfish can be very helpful in getting rid of mosquitoes. Even though ponds are still water, the goldfish will eat the mosquitoes, eggs, and larvae, preventing them from bothering you.

A popular spot for mosquitoes to breed is clogged gutters since the leaves provide protection and the water provides a breeding ground. Keystone Gutter Helmet’s gutter protection system prevent leaves from getting into your gutters in the first place, helping bug-proof your home. For more information or to get a free quote, call us at 610-372-4383.