Now is a good time to bring our attention to pests, especially that spring is coming closer. Many pests that include ants, termites, stinging insects, spiders, and rats and mice will come back to life as the temperatures begin to start up. The presence of these pests can bring mayhem and problems to your home.
Most Common Pests During Spring
When the temperatures warm up, carpenter ants may come out and forage for new locations. They will seek for food and shelter. These ants can be seen inside and outside of your home. They may be coming from an outside nest and may have already made a colony in the walls of your home. They can create tunnels in wood that may damage the structure of your home.
Pavement ants are normally found outside in the soil, but can also enter homes to find food. Their colonies are large and will not decrease until you find treatment.
Ants are likely to feed on almost anything we eat, so be certain that:
- • Your food is always cleaned and cleared away
- • Keep food in the refrigerator or in a tightly sealed container
- • Food scraps are also cleared from floors or countertops
- • Relocate any items such as under boards, wood, or stones that ants might live into
Bees and Wasps
You may be seeing a wasp, hornet or yellow jacket queen bee that may have stayed in your wall voids and attics during winter. Once they wake up, they will look for a place where they can lay eggs and establish their colonies. Do not let these insects stay in your home. Make sure to treat the areas you see coming in and out as soon as you can so that they will not be able to create a colony. Be careful when handling bees. Make sure to have these bees relocated and not eliminated since bees are essential insects.
Spiders are commonly found in basements, garages, porches and other sheltered places. They usually come out to search for food and other insects. Their presence in your home is an indication that you have insects at home.
Although spiders can be creepy, you still might want to think twice before killing them. Spiders are also necessary since they prey upon other insects, preventing the infestation of other insects. However, some spider species bite and can be dangerous, especially to children.
It seems like any time a door opens, these pesky insects find a way to get inside. It is so annoying having these houseflies around. The only solution you might have for them is to keep the doors always close.
To control a potential flea infestation this spring, it is necessary to take care of the family pets. Give them their regular bath and treatments. It is also possible for pet-free homes to get an outbreak of fleas as a result of fleas coming from an outside wildlife. To get rid of fleas, use even your basic household cleaning tools and conduct proper sanitation. This can go a long way to limiting the potential outbreak of fleas.
Rats and Mice
Rodents are not just a problem every spring since they can be an all-year nuisance. From the house mouse to the black rat, these pests are often found to be the worst type of pests in homes. To stop them from entering our homes, better search out their entry and block any potential entry points. Areas such as ill-fitting doors, vents, roof gaps, and pipes travelling through wall spaces are a potential entry way for these pests. Make sure that all sources of food are kept and stored in tight containers. Also, store woodpiles or similar items away from your home.
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