Spring Pest GuideMarch 18th, 2019
The weather is getting warmer, and that means one thing – the rise of spring pests. As you start getting ready to spend time outdoors enjoying the spring temperatures, pests are starting to wake up as well, and they are looking for a place to live. In both your home and your garden, you may find that you quickly develop an infestation. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect as spring pests make their debut this season.
Most Common Spring Pests
While there are many different pests that can make their way into your home or yard, some are more common in the spring than others. This season, watch out for:
Ants – As ants start to wake up and search for ways to replenish their stores, your home will look very inviting. While all ants are problematic, odorous house ants are the most annoying because their colonies are numerous and widely distributed. Keep ants at by keeping food and food scraps properly stored and cleaned up.
Yellowjackets and wasps – Yellowjackets and wasps will start looking for a new place to nest in the summer, and your home or yard may be appealing. Often these pests spend time underground in the winter, and in the spring they start to wake up and look for a new place to establish a colony. If you don’t get rid of them, that colony may be in your home.
Spiders – Spiders like warm spaces, and your home is going to be the most appealing spot. Seeing spiders can also be a good indication that you have other insects, because spiders need a food source.
Houseflies – Flies start coming back in the spring, so keep your home pest free by watching for them.
Fleas – If you have pets, now is the time to start watching for signs of fleas. The sooner you treat for fleas, the better your results will be. Consider starting flea prevention early in the season to ensure you do not end up with a summer infestation.
Rats and mice – Rats and mice get more active in the spring, and if you don’t put a stop to them, they will breed quickly! If you notice a problem, make sure you find and block the entry point that the mice may be using, so they don’t return.
Are you noticing signs of any of these pests? Professional pest control services are important to stop the problem before it grows.
Common Pest Areas Around the House
The only way to stop spring pests is to find signs of them, and to do that you need to know where to look. Start your search in the bathroom. The warm, moist air of the bathroom can attract pests like cockroaches and silverfish. Eliminating water sources is the best plan of action here.
Next, move to the kitchen. The food of your kitchen will attract pests like flies and ants. Rats and mice are also attracted to your kitchen stores. The best way to eliminate the draw is to keep your food out of reach in a sealed, plastic container. Always wipe crumbs off of tables and counters and sweep the floor.
The darkness of your basement makes it the perfect place for mice and rats to nest and breed. Keep an eye out for droppings that indicate a problem. Spiders also find basements inviting, and their presence is an indication that you may have other insects as well.
Finally, don’t neglect to look around outside your home for signs of pests. Ant hills and wasp nests are clear signs of a problem, but if you have rotting or deteriorating wood, you may also have an infestation. Clogged gutters can draw pests as well. Taking care of these problems can help you keep your home pest-free this spring.
Found a Pest Problem? Get Professional Help!
If you found a pest problem, don’t worry. it’s all too common in the spring. All you need to do is give Senske a call for a free estimate for pest control services. Let us help you protect your home from invasive pests this spring, so you can enjoy a fun-filled, pest-free summer.