Spring Pest Control and How to Prevent Them
Spring Pest Control
Spring may bring beautiful flowers, but that also means it might bring some unwanted visitors. Dealing with these insects can be annoying and frustrating, that’s why you need to stay ahead. It’s easier to prevent a pest infestation when you know the type of pest likely to infest your home.
There are three main types of pests that are likely to invade your home, flies, ants, and termites. All these pests are known to lie low when the temperatures are below 50 F only to emerge when it gets fairly warmer.
Ants are the leading nuisance in most homes. Ants rarely travel alone, they live and travel in colonies. Springtime household ants are hard to detect, but once located controlling the situation is easy. The trick to getting rid of the entire colony is to follow their trail back to their nest. While you are at it, look out for pharaoh ants, fire ants, and carpenter ants.
Mosquitoes are fond of humid and hot weather. When the temperature starts rising, mosquitoes will start appearing and multiplying. This is the time to get ride of the tall grass and excess water to prevent a major infestation. Mosquitoes are attracted to sugar, so if they become too much of a bother, place a bowl of wet sugar outside to attract them elsewhere, or call your exterminator.
Termites are known for their gluttonous appetite and fester by eating your furniture. When the termites start swarming, you need to act fast before they form a nest and settle. Termites can deal a lot of damage in a very short time. Not all termites infest your home at the same time. These pests often have a wide assortment of mealtime variety in your home and office. There are some signs you can use to detect a termite infestation including:
- Hollow sounding wood
- Mud tubes on walls
- Distorted paint
- Sagging roof and floor
- Chips of debris
- Discarded wings
Flies are around throughout the year but significantly increase around spring. During winter, they remain dormant, and the slightest increase in temperature brings about their infestation. Since they live within such proximity to people, they are a nuisance. Moreover, they can cause a variety of diseases. The bacteria, viruses, and fungi flies can contaminate food and water.
Steps to Prevent Infestation
The best strategy is to have a program that helps you stay ahead of the infestation. You can do this by anticipating and inspecting then taking proactive action. There are pest control management service providers who offer weekly or monthly inspection on your property and mitigate any outbreaks. Some of the indicators they use include moist wood which attracts termites and blowing leaves around the house which form nests for ants.
Moreover, fixing broken screen windows helps in keeping flies out. The designated refuse collection points and garbage cans should be as far away from the house as possible. Use door sweeps and seals to keep the ants out.
When a pest infestation has settled in your house, you will need to call a professional to handle the situation. A good pest management professionals will use the least toxic method and eliminate all pests. While prevention is recommended, trying to get rid of the pests yourself can backfire. For instance, killing a spider might leave its eggs behind to hatch. A pest control master can ensure no bug will be left behind, which is one less thing to stress about this spring.