Spring is Here!
Spring is officially here which means the flowers will soon begin to bloom, the grass will appear much greener, and the temperatures will finally feel more inviting. All of this reminds us that summer is well on itâs way.
With that being said, flowers and new life arenât the only things that are growing and moving in this new season. Annoying and sometimes dangerous pests often use this change of season to arrive in full force. They can be found in your home as you are spring cleaning. Others may be found while mowing the lawn or moving leftover winter firewood.
You donât want pesky pests invading your home and ruining your familyâs spring fun. Letâs take a look at some of the most common pests found during the springtime and some DIY steps you can take to prevent a home invasion before the summer months!
Common Spring Pests
Ticks carry disease and are often found in yards and while doing outdoor activities. These tiny creatures jump onto the skin and latch on, surprising most people when they find them later. Be aware and always check yourself and your children for ticks after coming in from a day of outdoor fun.
Bees & Wasps
Bees and wasps begin to build their nests and hives for summer during the spring and they love the flowers that are budding around this time. Both creatures sting when they are threatened or encountered. Be on the lookout and listen for bees and wasps.
Yes, itâs that time of year again! Mosquitos, probably one of our most annoying pests here in the Southeastern United States, are beginning to reappear after months of cold weather. Mosquitos carry a number of diseases as well.
As always, be on the lookout for any pest that might come your way. In addition to these springtime pests, be on the constant watch for spiders, cockroaches, ants, termites, and more!
3 DIY Pest Prevention Tips
1. Create Physical Barriers- Pests often enter the home because we give them easy access to do so. Insects and bugs find their way into the home through holes, cracks, and crevices. Make sure to seal cracks around attic vents and in walls, replace old weather stripping around doors, and make sure to keep doors and windows closed when possible.
2. Use Chemical Barriers- Though we highly recommend calling a pest control company once an infestation or small problem is found, there are insecticides that homeowners can safely use as a first line of defense from a home invasion. As always, Breda Pest is always here to offer advice on home treatment and chemicals that will do the trick.
3. Eliminate Attractive Conditions- There are many things we, as homeowners, do that create the perfect environment for pests to thrive. Here are a few ways you can make sure you aren't creating a space conducive to a pest invasion:
Move plants away from your foundation and trim trees and shrubs.
Keep firewood outside, off the ground, and away from your home.
Keep water away from the foundation of your home.
Reduce mulch thickness
Store pet food in sealed containers off of the ground.
Turn off outside lights at night to avoid attracting insects.
Happy Spring! It is our hope that this blog will help you recognize the pests to be on the lookout for and the steps you and your family can take to be proactive. We want your yard, home, and property to be pest free for the entirety of spring and summer. Afterall, who has time to be worried with pests when there is so much fun to be had?
Remember, anytime you need a professional to help you tackle an invasion, whether it be a small problem or a large infestation, we are here for you. Contact us today for all your pest control needs.
Download our Homeownerâs Spring Checklist to ensure your home and all that is important to you is ready to combat the springtime bug blues!