Spring is here, and the change in seasons also means a change in pest control needs. As the weather gets warmer and the sun starts to come out again, certain pests will also emerge and become more prevalent over the next few months. Keep reading to learn about five pests to watch out for this spring, and remember that when it comes to all your residential and commercial pest control needs, you can always count on our experts at proof. pest control to get the job done.
The Top 5 Spring Pests
- Ants: Many kind of ants, such as the common carpenter ants, are drawn to sunlight. As a result, the warmer weather and higher temperatures of spring may bring more ants onto your property. Ants can enter homes through piping and telephone wires, from under your foundation and in between cracks, as well as via your attic and vents. They are also willing to travel far from their nests for an available food source. The good news is that you can help stop an infestation simply by cleaning up and storing your food properly. Listen for rustling sounds in your walls or shavings of wood around your house if you see an ant, as these are common signs you may have an infestation.
- Mosquitoes: While mosquitoes have traditionally been associated with summer, due to the effects of climate change, it now isn’t uncommon to deal with mosquitoes in spring and fall, too. In addition to leaving nasty, itchy bites on your skin, mosquitoes carry diseases including Zika, Encephalitis, Malaria, and West Nile Virus, so it is important to do everything you can to ward them off. Make sure to eliminate any standing water on your property, and keep all trees and bushes trimmed. If your mosquito problem does get out of control, do not hesitate to call proof. for fast and efficient mosquito control.
- Termites: Termites cause roughly $5 billion of property damage every year, so it is essential to contact an expert right away if you believe you have a termite infestation. Termites are often attracted to moist, rotted wood, so it is common for them to pop up in the spring after it rains. Look out for termite mounds, a hollow sound in your walls, sagging floors and ceilings, mud tubes, cracked surfaces, and discarded wings from “swarmers,” as these are all signs that you may have a termite problem.
- Rodents: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more rats have been abandoning cities, where restaurants are closed, and fleeing to residential neighborhoods in search of food and shelter. As a result, the last year has already been a heavy one for rodent activity, and this problem isn’t likely to go away in the spring, as this is rat breeding season. Signs of a rat infestation include droppings, tracks, “rub marks,” scurrying sounds in the walls, and wood that has been gnawed on. Fortunately, you can help prevent a rat infestation by sealing up your property as much as possible and generally cleaning up/storing food properly.
- Spiders: Although spiders breed in the fall, they may start to emerge in the spring. Look out for these arachnids hanging out in basements, attics, crawlspaces, and other dark corners of your house, such as air vents. Sealing windows and doors can help keep spiders out, and you will also want to eliminate excess moisture on your property. Like many other pests, spiders are drawn to mess. Why? Because discarded food and waste attracts their prey. As a result, when you help eliminate the presence of other insects, you help eliminate the presence of spiders, too.