As the weather begins to heat up, spring pests begin to make their appearances. Hopefully you made it through the winter without pest sightings but when the air becomes warmer in the spring, many pests are going to wake up from their long winter nap and get busy back to work, searching for food, mating, and maybe even invading your home. If you are one of the many homeowners hoping to avoid any spring pests, there are some preventative measures that you can take in order to keep the pests out of your home and off of your property.
Common pests budding in the spring
Ants – There are a few different types of ants that could be spotted in homes. Carpenter ants that form colonies in moist or decaying wood and can cause a lot of structural damages in your home by hollowing out wood. There are also many species of small ants that form colonies in or near homes and are found foraging for food in kitchens.
Termites – These wood destroying insects are the result of billions of dollars in structural damage each year as they destroy wood structures in homes. A colony of termites can be identified by the damage and also by a termite swarm which is likely seen in the spring. Swarmers will emerge from the colony in an attempt to find a mate and form a new colony.
Stinging insects – Bees, wasps, hornets, you name it. When the weather gets warm, the stinging insects are back at it and can be found in nests on your property. Although not all bees sting, they are generally not a pest you want hanging around too close to your home.
Ways to prevent spring pests from making a surprise appearance in your home:
- Seal off any cracks on the exterior of your home. Creating a barrier between the outdoors and your home is one of the best ways to keep any critters from getting inside.
- Trim back bushes and shrubs from the exterior of your home as they are great ways for insects and bugs to get closer to your home and perhaps even inside.
- If you have standing water near your home, try to eliminate it or redirect it as this is a great place for insects such as mosquitoes to breed. Also the added moisture to the soil will make a great home for termites.
- Keep your kitchen and food surface clean and disinfected. Many pests including ants are on a hunt for food so by eliminating their source they are less likely to invade your space.
- Keep any open food stored in containers with tight fitting lids so that you do not attract pests. Most pests, if they get into your food, will leave it contaminated and unsafe for consumption.
By following these tips to keeping spring pests away and continuing your routine pest control services, you will not have to worry about the bugs as the weather gets warmer. After all spring is meant to enjoy, not to be spend worrying about how to deal with infestations. If you are living in Columbus, Cleveland, or elsewhere in Ohio or our pest control service area, contact Rose Pest Solutions for more information on any pests that may be trying to invade your space.