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Spring Pest Guide

Friday, March 7, 2014

Updated January 2018

It's that time of year when temps begin to rise in the Great Lakes Region. This also means spring pests will begin to emerge from their winter hibernation in search of food, shelter, and mates. Below are the pests to watch out for and what you can do if you see them.

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Stink Bugs & Asian Lady Beetles

Although not a direct threat to your home, Stink Bugs, and Asian Lady Beetles appear in large numbers and can be quite a nuisance when they emerge in the spring. Unfortunately, the time to treat for these overwintering pests is in the fall before they enter your house. Your best defense in the spring is a good vacuum cleaner.

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Termites

Termites emerge in the Spring and begin to swarm as they look to establish new colonies. Termites and Ants are amongst the most destructive pests that emerge in the Spring and are best left to professionals to diagnose and treat. Left untreated Termites will establish around your home, using it for food and shelter. Visit our Termite page for more information about the identification and treatment of Termites.

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Ants

There are many different types of Ants and each of them presents different types of threats and require unique treatments. Left untreated Ants will establish themselves in and around your home looking for food, shelter, and moisture. Keeping your home clean, dry and sealed is the best defense against an Ant infestation. See all of the different types of Ants and how they are treated in our Pest ID library.

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Flies

Flies can be a threat to the health of your family as they are noted for carrying and spreading many types of bacteria and other potentially harmful pathogens. Surfaces, where food is prepared, is a sensitive area that must be protected in order to prevent contaminating food. In order to avoid inviting Flies into your home, keep all areas clean, pick up after pets and seal home as well as possible.

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Mosquitoes

The most infamous Spring pest, mosquitoes make their presence known in search of food. Make sure you protect family and pets with bug spray and drain any standing water where mosquitoes can breed. If you live near woods, ponds, lakes or streams you will want to have a reputable pest control company treat these areas for breeding mosquitoes. 

Our team of pest control professionals has put together a checklist of spring pest prevention tips.

Check the exterior of your home for any cracks, holes or openings that critters and bugs can get through. Check all the windows in the home and if there are any screens with tears, they should be replaced before you attempt to open up the home and let the spring air flow through. 

  1. Inspect the exterior of the home for any cracks or holes along the foundation, window frames or door frames. Seal off these areas as to avoid offering pests another way inside.

  2. Trim back bushes, shrubs and tree limbs that are touching the side of the home. Anything touching is offering a bridge for insects to get closer to the home and even inside.

  3. Remove any sticks, twigs or fallen tree branches as to remove moist, decaying wood that will attract wood destroying pests like carpenter ants and termites. Also, keep firewood stored up off the ground and away from the exterior of the home.

  4. Put on those cleaning gloves and pull out kitchen appliances to get rid of built-up food debris and grease collecting around the stove, fridge and any other areas in the kitchen.

  5. Commit to taking the trash out on a regular basis and keeping it stored in a bin with a tight closing lid so that critters do not help themselves to your garbage. One mans trash may be one pest’s treasure but not in your home!

  6. Make sure that water is directed away from your home. Standing water is the perfect breeding ground for many pests.
  7. Keep all open food stored in airtight containers so that ants, roaches, or any other pests are not able to access it.

  8. Clean up crumbs and spills right away after cooking, baking or eating to eliminate any source of food for pests.

  9. Spend a little time organizing the attic, garage, basement and any other storage areas in the home. The less clutter, the less hiding space for pests.

  10. Sign up for Rose’s Home Pest Control Service Program today for professional inspections and treatments to keep your home in pest free.

 

If you live in Rose’s service area and have noticed signs of pests getting an early start to their spring rituals in your home or property, contact Rose Pest Solutions. We can inspect your home, identify the source of the pest problem and present a treatment plan to protect your home and family throughout the year.

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