Summertime is bug time here in New Jersey. Learn about your enemy and protect yourself from swarms of summer pests that sting, bite, and foul up the place.
Carpenter bees live in pairs, not large colonies like honey bees. However, they will pollinate garden flowers just the same. The females compromise the strength of wooden structures by burrowing deep in them to build nests while males guard outside.
Varnish or paint your wood to keep these bees from burrowing and threatening the supports. They prefer the unpainted, weathered wood, especially softer varieties. Block off gaps or openings with caulking or wire in the eaves around your house to prevent them from entering (also works for the stinging pests below).
Wasps, Honeybees and Hornets
Wasps and hornets keep other pest populations in check, and bees pollinate flowers. However, their stings are extremely painful — deadly for those with bee sting allergies.
Eliminate places for these pests to nest, and your house becomes a less viable spot to call home. Remove old vehicles and yard waste or debris to give them fewer places to nest. Block off gaps or openings.
Pavement ants, nature’s clean-up crew, transfer bacteria wherever they walk. Carpenter ants not only bite but destroy property by burrowing through wood.
Store all food, for you and your pets, in secure containers both outside and inside your house. Clean all pet food bags, bowls and feeding areas to avoid drawing attention from ants, cockroaches and flies.
Clean food residue off your garbage and recycling bins so they don’t attract pests.
Weatherstrip your doors and windows to prevent creatures from simply crawling through the opening. Check and repair screens on windows and doors.
These precautions work equally well on termites. Though most will have swarmed by summer, they may still try to build mud tubes to get at the wood in your walls.
Mow your lawn so ticks and spiders have fewer places to lurk. They love tall grass.