Nothing ruins a fun day in the sun quite like pests.  Outsmart them with these six tips from Ehrlich Pest Control.

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1. Use an insect repellent

Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent when outdoors. Mosquitoes and ticks can transmit life-threatening diseases. West Nile virus and Lyme disease are some of the most common; however, there are several others to be concerned with as well.

2. Remove standing water

Mosquitoes only need a tablespoon or more of water to breed.

This doesn’t mean to drain your pool, toss your planters, or store your birdbath. We simply recommend treating, or the water in these items, weekly, to avoid a mass mosquito take over. Female mosquitoes can lay 100 eggs at a time and have them hatch in as little as 5 days. Backyard items with stagnant water offer a perfect breeding ground for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs in. This includes your pets’ water dishes, too!

3. Keep your lawn trimmed

Mosquitoes and ticks like to hang out in cool, damp and shady vegetation.

Overgrown vegetation and lawns make for the perfect mosquito and tick oasis. Mosquitoes love to rest on tall, shaded grass to avoid the hot temperatures. Ticks crawl up vegetation to wait for a passerby to latch onto, be it human or mammal. Keeping your lawn mowed and vegetation trimmed back will remove the habitat that ticks and mosquitoes need. It’s one of the easiest ways to prevent mosquitoes and ticks from lingering in your yard.

4. Keep an eye out for anthills

An anthill in your yard could result in an infestation in your home.

Ever notice a small anthill in your yard with a line of busy little worker ants coming and going? You reach for a magnifying glass and… No, you didn’t. Well under that mound of dirt is a colony of ants. It may start off small, but it has the potential to grow. Depending on the species of ant, it could grow into the thousands. Some ants bite, while others peacefully invade your home. If they are carpenter ants, they may gnaw into your home, causing extensive damage. With their ability to quickly spread and divide into more colonies, it is essential to treat anthills as soon as you spot one.

5. Check wood structures

Large bees flying around could signify the presence of carpenter bees.

With their large shiny and hairless abdomens, carpenter bees are sometimes mistaken for bumblebees. The main difference is that bumblebees have a fuzzy abdomen. While kind of cute and usually harmless to people, these bees can do extensive damage to homes as they bore holes through soft, untreated woods to build their homes in.

6. Watch out for stinging insects

Inspect your home and property for hives and nests.

Stinging insects seem to invoke fear in both children and adults. Children run and flail about, while adults swat at them with shoes, newspapers and hats. And, let’s be honest, some running may be involved, too. The problem with stinging insects besides the fact that they hurt when they sting is that they build all sorts of nests in all sorts of places and just when you knock down one nest, another nest is being built. So how do you keep stinging insects out of your yard? Due diligence and a certified stinging insect specialist, that’s how.

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