Summer is officially in full swing. The kids are out of school, the days are longer, the temps are rising, and there’s so much to explore. But the one thing that can put a damper on the summer festivities is pests.

Mosquitoes, ants, flies, ticks, spiders and stinging insects can turn your backyard oasis into a nightmare, ruin your summer get-togethers, and even get inside your home. We’ve all tried the typical tactics of bug spray, citronella candles and tiki torches, but have you tried UV traps? How about a bug vacuum?

If none of the usual tricks are working for you, try some of these out-of-the-box (no pun intended) solutions for reclaiming your home and saying goodbye to pests for good.

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Aspetek Wasp Trap
This pumpkin-shaped trap is designed to make trapping wasps as easy and not gross as possible. Simple mix together four parts sugar and one part juice (apple cider vinegar typically works well), pour it into the trap and watch the magic happen. It’s also reusable and watchable, so you can put it to work all summer long.

Bin Buddy
Bugs love trash, plain and simple. To keep them at bay, and give your home a nice fresh scent, try Bin Buddy. Bin Buddy is a trash deodorizer and bug repellent all in one. It contains an odor eliminator as well as citronella, so you and the bugs will never even know the trash is there.

BugZooka Bug Catcher Vacuum
Finding a bug in your home is never a great feeling. Nobody likes squashing them, and even trying to get them back outside can feel like an Olympic event. Nevertheless, you just want them gone. The BugZooka Bug Catcher Vacuum allows you to suck up these creepy crawlers while maintaining your distance and release them back outside with a removable catch tube. Best of both worlds!

Fruit Fly Traps
Whether indoors or outdoors, fruit flies and other insects will find a way to get to your precious plants. Place these traps in the soil around your plants to protect them. The bright yellow color attracts bugs, and the glue keeps them there. The best part is, they are waterproof and UV resistant, so you’ll know your plants are protected for weeks at a time.

Ultrasonic Pest Repellent
How about trying a more hands-off approach? This plug-in device delivers ultrasonic waves that disrupt the hearing and nervous systems of various pests including mice, spiders, mosquitoes, ants and flies. It’s inaudible to human ears and can cover an indoor area of up to 1,600 square feet.

Super Ninja Fruit Fly Trap
The smallest and least harmful of pests can also be the most annoying. The Super Ninja comes in a tiny and easily hidable bottle that contains a non-toxic juice attractive to fruit flies. All you have to do is shake it, open the top and let it do its magic. Just wipe out the top funnel whenever needed, and your trap will last up to three weeks.

Raid Max Ant Baits
If you have an ant problem in your home, this product is for you. The Raid Max Ant Baits allow you to be discreet and highly effective without much work. Simply place the trap in a high-traffic ant area. It contains an attractive but deadly bait that ants will eat and then bring back and spread to their colonies. Within three days, you can expect a significant population reduction.

ZAP IT! Bug Zapper
Although not the most effective at eliminating pests en masse, the ZAP IT! Bug Zapper is definitely the most fun. The rechargeable electric bug zapper is a modern take on the fly swatter, delivering 4,000 volts with a single swing. Its glowing indicator light and triple-layer safety mesh ensure the bugs are the only thing getting zapped. This is perfect for outdoor get-togethers like camping and barbecues, but can also be used indoors.

Combat Ant Killing Gel
One of the worst parts about having an ant infestation is figuring out where it's coming from. This gel contains an odorless insecticide that ants think is food. You apply it to high-traffic ant areas in your home, the ants gobble it up and take it back to their colonies to share with the other ants, eliminating the group within days.

Mesh Food Cover
Pests can ruin a summer barbecue very quickly, swarming all over the food you worked so hard to prepare. Protect your food and keep the pests away with these mesh food covers. The durable steel metal won’t blow away in the wind and is washable and reusable. You can even use them indoors for fruit bowls and desserts that don’t need to be refrigerated.

KATCHY UV Indoor Trap
This indoor trap combines all pest control methods in one. The UV light attracts bugs, the fan sucks them in, and the sticky glue inside traps them there. Ideal for fruit flies, gnats and mosquitoes, this trap has a sleek and modern look meant to blend right into your home.

If none of these clever solutions seem to do the trick, call the professionals at Pestmaster. Our trained technicians will do a full evaluation of your home and provide you with customized solutions to resolve the issue once and for all. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your service!

Tags: home pest control | summer pests | diy pest control |

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