Roaches are another pest that thrive in summer heat. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), roaches can be an allergy trigger because their saliva, feces, and shedding body parts act like dust mites, aggravating symptoms when they are kicked up in the air. The NPMA’s best advice for cockroach control is to practice good sanitation. To prevent cockroaches from infesting your space, vacuum often, keep a spotless kitchen, seal all entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup.
Some people are allergic to insect stings, and of course wasps and other stingers are more common during summer. To keep wasps away from your home and yard, treat any wood fences and deck railings with a repellent oil to deter wasps from collecting cellulose from the wood. The NPMA also suggests checking plants for wasp nests before trimming shrubs and hedges or picking fruit. Here are more tips for avoiding insect bites and stings.
Hornets are attracted to fruit, so make sure you remove any fallen fruit from trees promptly to avoid an unwanted swarm. The NPMA also advises changing exterior lights to yellow bulbs to reduce this pests’ attraction to your home or property. Vinegar or bucket traps can be made to trap hornets, but it’s not advisable to do this yourself if you are allergic to their sting. If there’s nobody who can do it for you, contact a hornet pest control specialist.