As spring weather approaches and leaves start to grow back on trees, you might already be starting to feel the wrath of the spring pests. It’s a yearly occurrence, but if you want to stay ahead of an infestation this season, it’s good to know how to get rid of the most common spring pests you’ll encounter.
Mosquitoes are the most common pests you’ll encounter when having friendly backyard parties on the patio. You’ve probably tried a few mosquito repellant treatments and sprays, but have you cleaned out the trash around your backyard? Mosquitos love trash and garbage and will play hide and seek with you all day if you let them.
Most importantly, clean out pools of standing water that accumulate in your yard on any surface. Mosquitoes spend most of their lives in water, so eliminating a vital home base for these rebels is key to winning the battle.
Fleas and Ticks
Take charge of flea infestations by cleaning your pet regularly and taking them for groomings. You should also check their coats periodically and wash if they’ve spent a bit of extra time outdoors. When washing, be sure to use approved flea control shampoos and conditioners, especially when they’re about to go out.
Tick bites are dangerous, and you want to avoid them from leaching onto your family or pet. Ticks love shady and covered areas and bushes and weeds, so be sure to trim them, so they don’t brush up against people in your yard. Keep your pets out of areas with moist wood, and be sure to throw away the wood as soon as possible.
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can present real issues if they are constantly attacking you and your family. Consider mosquito, flea, and tick treatments for your yard to rid of them once and for all.
Houseflies are another spring pest, and while they won’t pack the punch that mosquito bites offer, they nonetheless sneak into your home and lay eggs in inconspicuous locations. To avoid them, get ahead of the season by tracking down any entry points and re-sealing windows and doors. Consider purchasing a screen for your most commonly used doorways as well.
Just like mosquitos, houseflies love to spend time around stagnant water. You can knock out two birds (bugs?) with one stone by avoiding pooled water.
Bees, Wasp, and Hornets
There’s nothing worse than the stinging insects getting ahold of your arms and legs. While mosquito bites may carry diseases and are annoying and dangerous in their own right, bees, wasps, and hornets are in their own special category.
These insects can stay hidden in your walls and voids for the winter waiting for the right time to come out and build their nests. Fortunately, you can prepare your home with dryer sheets and mothballs, as bees and wasps hate the smell. Wear long sleeves when operating outdoors around nests, and be mindful of an attack at any moment.
Tip: Be careful when handling bees, as they are an important species to keep alive due to their positive effects on the ecosystem. Consider having them relocated and not eliminated to avoid reducing the population further.
Ants are another common household spring pest, and getting rid of an ant infestation isn’t always easy. Fortunately, you can protect your home from different types of ants with common ways that you’re probably already doing around the house.
Carpenter ants come up during the warmer weather and forage for new sources of food and shelter. They bury themselves in the wood in your home or can come in from the outside to damage your home structure. Keeping your home clean and sealing all food containers is a great way to keep these ants away. Remove any piles of garbage and other debris that the ants can nest in. If you have an infestation, spray vinegar to disrupt the scent and scatter the ants.
Occasionally pavement ants can sneak into your home looking for food. These huge colonies are extremely difficult to get rid of, so you might want to call on a residential pest control professional to remove a pavement ant infestation. The best tip is to keep all your food and beverages stored away and clean up any droppings and scraps instantly.
Call On the Pros to Handle Those Pesky Spring Pests
Maybe this year, you’ll be able to enjoy your backyard and home without having to worry about new residents that don’t even pay rent! With Go Green Lawn and Pest Control, you can eliminate every mosquito, fly, wasp, hornet, and any other pest invading your home. Reclaim your home from the vermins by calling us today and scheduling your appointment!