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“This time of year, the best prevention is to stop (pests) before they enter the home,” said Dan Pankratz, owner of Bug Off Team in Pewaukee.

A good rule of thumb, he added, is to remember that “insects like the same things we do.” That includes warmth, water and food. Make sure things are tidy and clean inside the home to eliminate pest temptations.

Remove any standing bodies of water in and around the home. Items in the yard and clogged gutters are great places for water to collect, creating the prime condition in which for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Make sure firewood is kept away from the house, and keep all plants at least a foot away from the home’s foundation. These are prime areas for insects to nest and live.

Additionally, make sure screens don’t have any holes. Caulk any edges and seal any holes that pests might be able to enter through, especially around pipes sticking out of wall.  Using a dehumidifier in the basement is a good way to keep insects from finding homes there.

If you’re traveling this summer, be sure to check the beds and rooms for bed bugs. Signs are often seen in the corners of mattresses and between the mattress and box spring.

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