Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Living Space

Tips to stay pest-free in your Marysville WA yard - Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt PestBugs and pests are a common part of outdoor life. If you’re spending more time outdoors this year than ever, you’ve likely noticed the influx of insects! Especially here in Washington, pests are at full-force in the summer and early fall. But they don’t have to ruin your time spent outside. To avoid mosquitoes in your birdbath, ants on your barbecue, or wasps in your deck, it’s important to learn how to make your yard less attractive to pests. At Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest, we are committed to ensuring our customers live pest-free—both inside and outside their home. Keep reading to learn more about our best bug-free outdoor living tips and tricks.

Top Tips to Prevent Pests in Your Yard

Most pests are simply a nuisance. House flies surrounding your outdoor trash cans or spiders crawling around in your garden are to be expected. But what about mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas? Because these pests in particular can be dangerous for you and your family, it’s important to learn what to do to prevent them. Our top tips to keep pests away from your outdoor living space are:

  1. Remove standing water. Mosquitoes only need a half inch of standing water to breed.
  2. Keep your lawn and shrubs trimmed. Overgrown grass provides mosquitoes and ticks with shelter.
  3. Be on the lookout for ant hills. Even a tiny mound can contain thousands of ants inside.
  4. Thoroughly inspect wood structures. Your deck or porch may be vulnerable to termite or carpenter bees.
  5. Regularly clean up your outdoor space. Crumbs or spilled liquids will attract ants and other insects.
  6. Burn a few citronella candles. While not a long-term solution, this will repel mosquitoes.
  7. Try replacing light bulbs. Yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights will not attract as many insects.
  8. Apply an insect repellent. Any repellent with DEET will help repel mosquitoes and ticks.
  9. Wear appropriate clothing. If you are going to be outdoors for a longer period of time, consider wearing long sleeves or pants to keep pests from biting.
  10. Use a tight-fitting lid on your trash can. Food items in an unsealed container will attract all types of pests.
  11. Store firewood away from the home. Piles of wood are a magnet for multiple kinds of pests.
  12. Plant a garden. Certain plants and herbs, including marigolds, mint, and basil, act as a natural insect repellent.

Hep With Outdoor Pests

To avoid a pest infestation inside, you need to prevent them outside first! If you are looking to implement pest prevention into your yard maintenance routine, the pest control and lawn care experts at Western are happy to help. Call our team today to learn more!

Are Insects Carriers of COVID-19?

Mosquitoes do not cause coronavirus worldwide. Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest in Everett WAAt Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest, our team is aware of how uncertain times are right now during the current pandemic. With a dedication to the health and safety of our communities here in Marysville WA, we are keeping up-to-date with all of the information coming out each day about COVID-19. There is a lot of misinformation spread about the nature of the virus, and we are here to set one of those myths straight. From what we know according to the CDC, COVID-19 is not transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks. Although these two insects play a role in the transmission of some of the most deadly diseases across the globe, coronavirus is not one of them. Keep reading to learn what we know so far.

Mosquito Bites & Coronavirus

There has been no research or evidence to suggest that mosquitoes or ticks transmit COVID-19. From what we know, coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread to pass from person to person. Droplets from saliva or nasal discharge are often the cause of transmission, often generated when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Contaminated surfaces also are contributing to the virus, which is increasingly being considered an airborne virus. Infection are best avoided by avoiding exposure with infected persons. Diseases that are caused and spread by mosquitoes and ticks are spread and transmitted in an entirely different way.

What Diseases do Mosquitoes and Ticks Transmit?

Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are considered vectors for a number of infectious diseases. Vector pests are organisms that transmit diseases to humans through bites. Mosquitoes and ticks especially are capable of transmitting a few very dangerous diseases:

  • Malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, and more are just several of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Lyme disease, which is currently the most common vector-borne disease in the nation, is transmitted by ticks.
  • It’s important to know how these are transmitted. When these vector pests feeds off a diseased host, they can transmit pathogens that may infect other hosts it subsequently bites. 

We Are Here For You!

Mosquitoes and ticks may not transmit coronavirus, but they can still be dangerous. More so than ever, it’s important to take caution in the presence of pests and to always enlist the help of a professional exterminator to prevent dangerous insects. The team at Western Exterminator is proud to continue to provide essential pest control services to our communities during these times and all year long!

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we want to encourage our customers to seek more information and follow guidelines released by the WHO and the CDC.