5 Springtime Pests To Watch Out For

5 Springtime Pests To Watch Out For

Springtime is a time for reawakening. Insects of all kinds become more aggressive and active. Residential pest control services will become very busy as homeowners notice various species around their property. It is important to keep an eye out for particular springtime pests to keep your home and property safe.

1. Ants

Spring rains will often force ants to seek shelter inside as outdoor environments are put under stress. However, rain is not the only reason ants will make their way inside. Ants are constantly seeking food and suitable sites for colonies, especially after the long winter. 

There are many species of ants, including carpenter and sugar ants. No homeowner wants ants in their house, but carpenter ants are more destructive than most species. The best way to prevent ants is with good cleaning habits, especially in the kitchen or areas where food is likely to be present.

2. Cockroaches

Cockroaches live everywhere but are more prevalent in coastal communities or damp areas. Home pest control services commonly find them near sewers and drains. The primary issue with cockroaches is present health risks because of their sewer living habits. Also, many people are allergic to cockroaches.

Because these insects are attracted to moisture, the best prevention is to keep moisture levels in your home at healthy limits. You can help maintain moisture levels by installing dehumidifiers and keeping up with plumbing inspections. Also, check seals and weatherstripping around your house, replacing them as necessary.

3. Rats and Mice

Rodents are common neighbourhood and city pests. They present several health and safety risks to homeowners and communities. 

Mice multiply rapidly. The animals have short gestation periods and reach sexual maturity within weeks after birth. It is common for a rodent infestation to escalate from a few mice to hundreds or thousands in less than one year. 

Besides carrying diseases and reproducing quickly, mice and rats chew incessantly. They have to. Rodents’ teeth never stop growing, so they chew to file them down. Unfortunately, rats and mice don’t care about what they chew, so they often chew through home wiring, causing significant fire hazards.

4. Spiders

Spiders control the pest population. They also present little risks to humans in most cases. That said, the presence of several spiders in your home is not a good sign because spiders only congregate where there’s food. Therefore, if you have a lot of spiders in your house, it indicates you have an insect problem.

Before you kill any spiders, think twice. Spiders are crucial members of the ecosystem, and they help control the insect population around your house. Obviously, you don’t want them inside, but there might be more human ways of getting them out of your home.

5. Bees and Wasps

There are many species of bees and wasps. While bees can sting, most are non-aggressive. Wasps are more aggressive than bees and can sting multiple times. Regardless of which is nesting on your property, it is best to have hives removed.

Bees are significant ecological players, so it is often best to seek out humane removal methods. Still, sometimes hive size and location makes safe removal challenging. It is best to talk to a pest control specialist to figure out the best way to deal with a hive of any kind. They can assess the situation and present you with several options.

Are you in need of a pest exterminator or a pest control professional? If so, contact Truly Nolen Canada and schedule a property inspection. The company will send a qualified team to assess your situation and offer mitigation solutions and maintenance strategies.