Tips for managing summer pests

JACKSON, Tenn. — You may start noticing unwanted guests entering your home.

A local exterminator says that when the temperature rises, the pests begin to leave their vacation.

“It’s like they’re coming out of hibernation. We’re going to start getting a lot of spiders. Ants are a big big problem right now. Many people deal with ants. These are the things that we try to fight and control for people every day, ”said David Markowski, owner of Farm pest management.

Markowski says there are several places these pests will go.

“They’re going to be mostly the kitchen, the bathrooms, sometimes in the bedrooms, but they’re looking for those water and food sources more,” Markowski said.

He says there are several ways to help prevent them.

“Make sure there is caulking in their windows, their doors. Make sure the sills are good, especially for spiders. Spiders will use under doors to enter a house. Any kind of little crack or whatever, they’re going to go in,” Markowski said.

It also says to make sure you are using the right traps.

“If you walk into the store, look for anything specifically labeled for the pest you’re looking for,” Markowski said.

Markowski says his team uses different things than ants.

“Lots of ant bait. I just think they work better. They work more at the source,” Markowski said.

He says for spiders you can use glue traps.

“Glue traps. If you have a garage, put them on either side of the doors, that way they catch them when they come into the house,” Markowski said.

Markowski says if you use insecticides or traps, be sure to read labels and safety warnings when using them.

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