The 4 Most Common Spring Pests – And How to Keep Them Out
Spring is finally here in most parts of the country, and for Spectrum Pest Control, that means an uptick (no pun intended) in phone calls about some of the most common spring pests. While we’re always happy to help, we also recognize that you’d probably rather prevent pests from entering your home in the first place.
Keeping pests out requires a combination of luck and strategy. We can’t help you with the luck part, but here are some strategic tips to help you avoid at least a few of those nasty spring pests.
When the warm weather arrives, house flies and fruit flies can appear, seemingly from nowhere. What can you do to keep them away?
First, keep in mind that flies are attracted to things with strong odors. That means that ripe fruit, trash and pet waste are all appealing to flies. You can help keep them out of your house by:
- Covering or refrigerating ripe fruit and other foods instead of leaving them out.
- Investing in trash bins with tight-fitting lids that keep odors from spreading.
- Keeping your cat’s litterbox clean and your yard free of waste from other pets.
Of course, the other thing that you can and should do is make sure they don’t have an easy way into your house. That means keeping the doors closed and repairing any holes in your screens to make sure they can’t sneak in.
Ants are most likely to enter your home in search of food and water – and in fact, they are commonly a very big problem in drought areas when water is scarce outside. Here are some things you can do to keep ants out of your home:
- Don’t leave food lying around where it can be accessed by ants, and clean up all crumbs and food spills immediately.
- Do the same thing with water spills.
- Ants tend to congregate near water sources, so make sure to wipe out your sink and tub after using them.
You should also inspect the outside of your home to look for entrance points and nests. If you locate any, you should:
- Repair any holes or cracks in the foundation
- Treat the nests with the pesticide or remedy of your choice
You may also want to consider spreading some diatomaceous earth around your home to discourage bugs from coming inside.
Wasps, Hornets, and other Stinging Insects
Some insects you can deal with on your own, and some require professional help. It’s not uncommon for homemakers to notice that wasps, yellow jackets or hornets have built a nest in their roof or walls over the winter.
Obviously you don’t want to have a nest of stinging insects in your home, particularly if you have children or pets, or if someone in the house has an allergy.
However, it’s not a good idea to try to deal with a wasp nest on your own unless you have experience in handling them – and the right equipment.
For that reason, this is one instance where we strongly suggest calling Spectrum Pest Control to come handle it for you. We have the expertise to do it without getting hurt.
Pest control professionals tend not to think of spiders as pests.
Why? Because they eat insects, including flies, ants, and termites. They can be beneficial and help keep your home pest population under control.
That said, we do understand that some people just don’t want spiders in their home. And of course, if you have an issue with poisonous spiders such as black widows, you’ll need to get it taken care of right away.
Spiders tend to be drawn to dark places and dusty corners. You can discourage them from taking up residence in your home by sweeping and dusting frequently.
If you do notice a spider that you think might be poisonous, you should get rid of it and make sure that you don’t have a nest somewhere. There aren’t many truly poisonous spiders in the United States, but black widows are a problem in certain areas and you certainly don’t want to be bitten by one. If they’re a big problem around your house, we’re here to help.
The arrival of spring is a reason to celebrate – and a reason to be on the lookout for pests. In many cases, you might be able to keep them out by using the remedies recommended here. And if not – Spectrum Pest Control is here to help.