How to Deal with Spring Pests
Spring signals a new beginning, as well as the unwelcome appearance of spring pests and insects – all of which can find their ways into your yards, gardens and outdoor-based activities, such as picnics and BBQs. Beware termites, ants and stinging critters (bees and wasps), as well as furry pests such as various kinds of rodents (moles, gophers, mice and etc). Thankfully, there are easy and preventative ways to keep an infestation from occurring. Just stick to the following tips and make sure that your spring cleaning efforts pay off, and your outside activities remain pest-free!
Ants. As temperatures go up, outdoor ants (pavement ants) and/or carpenter ants may become an increasing issue, as they will be searching and foraging for new places for food and shelter. Carpenter ants specifically may drop in from an outside nest and can create tunnels and colonies in your home. Because regular ants are also likely to feed on anything that humans eat, be sure to keep crumbs and food scraps cleaned from floors and counters, as well as other foodstuff tightly sealed.
Bees & Wasps. These stinging critters are capable of making a surprise appearance in the spring from being dormant all winter – in your home, they can typically find shelter in walls and attics before making their springtime emergence. Especially if spotted in your home, it’s best if you call a pest professional to deal with this sort of infestation, especially before they create a colony in your abode.
Spiders. Ironically, spiders are usually a hint that other insects are scurrying about within your walls, as they have followed a food source into your home. They are commonly found in places that have remained undisturbed, such as attics, basements and garages. Be sure to keep your home clean and dust-free to keep an abundance of spiders and other insects from making an unwelcome appearance.
Moles. Moles are notorious for causing major damage to lawns and landscapes with their tunneling and mounds. They typically follow their food source, which includes grubs, worms and other soil-based insects. Aside from DIY trapping methods and poison, the best method for getting rid of moles and other lawn-destroying pests is to call the professionals.