The Dos and Don’ts of Summer Pest Control

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With summer in full swing, it’s normal to find pests lurking inside and around your home. You might catch some common critters like ants, mosquitoes and roaches cozying up in your backyard or kitchen and stinging insects, like bees, wasps and hornets buzzing around your home. The best way to keep pests away this summer is exterior pest control and pest prevention so you can catch them before they get inside your home. Home Pest Control is here to help you fight off unwanted insects and keep your family safe, happy and healthy. Here are the dos and don’ts to keeping your home pest-free all summer long.


  • DO eliminate or clean standing water. Roaches, mosquitoes and ants are all attracted to stagnant water because they rely on constant sources of water to survive. Getting rid of standing water or cleaning things like bird baths regularly will stop these critters from setting up camp around or inside your home.

  • DO keep gutters and downspouts clean: Cleaning your gutters might be the worst chore around the house, but if you leave them too long they’ll hold moisture and attract more than a few unwanted insects.

  • DO seal cracks around doors and windows & repair torn window screens: It’s no secret that insects like to creep inside the house whenever they can. Close off all possible points of entry by sealing any holes or tears to keep the bugs out, especially tiny ones like mosquitoes and flies!

  • DO keep your yard tidy: A cluttered yard can create a breeding ground for all types of pests. Keeping your grass trimmed and your yard clean will prevent bugs from settling down on your property.

  • DO check outdoor furniture: Out of sight, out of mind isn’t the best mantra when it comes to summer pest control. Be proactive by checking outdoor furniture and clearing it of any spider webs and egg sacks when you spot them. Also remember to keep the outside furniture out and the inside furniture in to make sure you’re not bringing bugs directly into your house.

  • DO keep your kitchen clean - Wipe up spilled food and drinks and remember to keep food stored tightly or you might face flies, ants, and roaches in your cabinets.

  • Do wear an EPA-approved insect repellent: The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to wear long sleeves and pants, and avoid going outside during dusk and dawn. However, if you are exposing areas of your skin, make sure you’re properly applying and reapplying EPA-approved repellent.



  • DON’T attempt to DIY your pest control. While there are ways to safely prevent pests on your own, getting rid of an infestation is entirely different. Many DIY methods prove to be ineffective, pricey and require more than one round of treatment. Home Pest Control professionals are trained to use safe, environmentally friendly pest control methods and properly handle chemicals. For proactive pest control you can trust, a professional will always be your best bet.


Home Pest Control is here to help you protect what matters - your family, your health and your home. Due to COVID-19, Home Pest Control will only be providing exterior pest control services at this time. This is to ensure both your safety and the safety of our technicians.

We are following all public health guidelines and the latest guidance from the CDC, including specific requirements that if employees are feeling unwell, they are not to report to work. We also ask that our customers take steps to prevent possible exposure to our staff.

With our current precautions in place, we are still committed to keeping your home pest-free and will continue to provide our services to the community safely and effectively.


Contact us to learn more about our exterior pest control services and packages. We are proud to serve the Coastal, Midlands and Upstate regions of South Carolina.

Download our Summer Pest Control Guide to learn more about keeping your family and home safe from pests this summer.

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July 22, 2020

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