Everyone is more active in the summer season, and that includes bugs and pests like cockroaches and ants! Here are some simple steps you can take to get rid of bugs:
The warmer season brings an increase in bugs and, with the abundance of picnics and bbqs during this time, these pesky creatures are spoiled for choice! You might spot a trail of ants popping up around the house or even worse, a cockroach hiding in the kitchen! While generally harmless, pests like this can be an unwelcome surprise when they do turn up. So why are they there, why won’t they go away, and how do you get rid of bugs?
Ants, and indeed cockroaches as well, share similar goals; both pests are likely to be searching for food. A big difference between the two is that ants protect and provide for a colony, meaning you are likely to see them around the kitchen or other areas with exposed food for them to forage. Foraging ants are only a small part of the colony and once they have found a food source, they produce ascent trail leading back to the rest of the ants. This explains the ‘trail’ you see them follow back and forth. Cockroaches on the other hand, are often seen on their own but don’t think that just because you got rid of one there won’t be more around the house. Cockroaches are attracted to warm places with food, moisture and shelter making your home a prime location for them to live. Once they find a spot they like, they settle in and lay their eggs.
Once an ant colony’s scent trail is established, they can become difficult to eradicate due to their foraging habits, especially if food is continued to be left out.As only a small percentage of ants in a colony are foraging, it is important to identify where the ants are coming from. They are willing to travel long distances for food which means the colony may not directly be on your property, making it a bit of a challenge to find the source of the problem. Removing cockroaches can be even more difficult to get rid of because they are survivors and flourish in both the heat and colder weather. They’ll probably survive long after the human race! They’re also nocturnal and hide in dark places. It might be worth noting that sometimes cockroaches can be introduced through bark in your garden.
When dealing with these pests the best place to start is prevention. Make sure to avoid leaving food out as much as possible. Make sure you wash those dirty dishes as soon as possible and put leftovers and food in the fridge or in sealed containers.
For both ants and cockroaches, it’s best to seek professional help to spot exactly where the pests are coming from. JAE’s pest control services can help do a full thorough inspection to help with any ant or cockroaches’ infestations around your home, while making sure to put your health and safety at the forefront of what they do. On top of this they can also help take care of a whole assortment of other summer pests including mosquitos, flies and spiders.
Read more about other Household Pests in our Guide to Pest Control in New Zealand
Got a pest problem you can’t seem to figure out? Call the friendly team at JAE today!