16 Dec The pests who love Christmas just as much as you do!
We’ve all seen the memes. You’re either a Grinch, glaring out your window as the Christmas lights begin to go up around your neighbourhood. Or, you’re Will Ferrell, dressed in a delightful elf costume jumping up and down with excitement at the prospect of the festive season. Whichever is closer to your level of festivity, I’m not here to judge you. I don’t mind a bit of Chrimbo spirit myself but, I do have to tell you that it’s not just us humans who embrace the joy of Christmas.
Look, if we’re going to be totally accurate, it’s more the warm weather which truly entices cold-blooded insects out and about. Insects love to find a warm place to hide and survive during the cooler months which means they are fully winged, hungry and looking for a mate about this time of year. However, in the spirit of the holiday season, let me introduce them as the pests who love Christmas just as much as you do:
- Flies – there are SO MANY reasons why flies love Christmas. The main ones being that their life-cycle is synced with the warm weather and, there are lots of delicious food options around for them. It’s important to remember that flies aren’t just a minor summer annoyance, they will eat ANYTHING. This means, germs they pick up from some of their more questionable food choices, get caught in their hair-covered bodies and will easily transfer to your uncovered Christmas spread. To get rid of flies around your house, clean up food and drink spills immediately, check your fly screens for any holes and get onto pet poo in your yard as quickly as possible.
- Mosquitos – something you may not have considered is, it’s possible to enjoy an Aussie summer without one of these guys buzzing in your ear! Now that their (kind of) hibernation period is over, mozzies love to fly around biting, spreading germs and being an all-round pest. The best way to keep your mosquito population low is to get rid of any still water around your property eg. paddling pools, dripping taps. Mozzies also love to hide in cool, dark and damp areas, so it’s important to keep your plants pruned and dispose of any excess branches.
- Spiders – I mean, with the insect buffet going on in your backyard, of course spiders are going to be out and about and ready to feast! Similar to above, to avoid a spider infestation, prune and clean up overhanging branches close to your house. I would also suggest doing regular web checks, especially in sneaky outdoor hidey holes and under outdoor furniture before offering it to a guest.
- Ants – I’m the first to admit that ants (and other insects for that matter) are great for our ecosystem, it’s just that they’re not great for our food, or as a houseguest. The way they traipse through your home, without wiping their feet, leaves you liable for all kinds of contamination. To leave ants outside where they’re best, keep your bins and food covered and always, always wipe down kitchen surfaces.
When you’re enjoying a balmy summer evening this Christmas, rejoice the beautiful bees pollinating your garden, relish in the butterflies as they flit past and relax in the gentle hum of cicadas without slapping at a mozzie or brushing ants off your food.
For DIY summer pest control, start by maintaining your garden and staying on top of house cleaning, to best enjoy the gorgeous, long afternoons outside. However, if you feel like you may need some help with some unwanted, pest-guests at your place, please get in touch for your free quote or pest inspection.