Protecting Yourself from Waterfront Pests

water wasp

One of the only downsides of the summer season is insects and other pests. It’s a reasonable trade-off for the beautiful warm weather, but it can still be quite the annoyance. I recently had to contact my friend, who is a Markham exterminator, to take care of a wasp problem, and I’ve had to deal with various other pests over the years at my waterfront property.

According to, the top five pests for cottages are WASPS, hornets, ants, spiders, bats, and rodents. My home isn’t a cottage per se, but most cottages are the waterfront, so it’s fair to assume I have a similar pest problem to many cottage owners. Indeed, I have encountered all the pests mentioned in the article.

Unfortunately, some pests are just going to come with the territory of living somewhere nice. If you don’t want insects bugging you, move to Alaska! The best we can do is attempt to limit pests by using preventative measures.

Most of the time when a pest enters your territory, it’s because they are looking for food. Some of the simplest things you can do to prevent this are just to practice neat and tidy behaviour, which is good for your mind and well-being anyway!

This includes:

  • Always cleaning your dishes right after a meal rather than leaving them out with food scraps to take care of later
  • Properly securing and stashing away all garbage – this goes beyond putting it in a garbage bag, you also should make sure that the container you put your bag in is completely sealed

You should also make sure all windows, doors, and other potential critter entrances are sealed. Plainly put, pests are not going to get in if they don’t have a way in!

No matter what preventative measures you take, you are still going to encounter some pests that you will have to deal with. So, stock up with bug sprays, mouse traps, and other fixes, especially if you are staying at a cottage that doesn’t have quick access to a store that sells these items.

Sometimes, the pest problem can get so out of hand that you need to call a professional. If you are within 2 hours of Markham, then I recommend my pest control friend. If you’re not, don’t worry, pest control services are everywhere because pests are everywhere!

The pros of living or staying at the waterfront greatly outweigh any negatives, so don’t waste your time complaining about pests. Keep calm and pest control on :).