Pest Trends for Spring 2019
March 21, 2019
Spring is near! While this does mean more pleasant weather for you to enjoy, it also means wet season; that more flies, gnats, and termites (to name a few) are going to be out and about enjoying the weather too. This unfortunately means that pesky pests will soon start making moves to invade your home. Luckily, we’re here to tell you the sort of pests that you should be looking for this spring, and what you can do to keep them out of your house. So let’s take a look at pest trends in the coming months.
What Pests Do I Need to Look Out For?
Ants: Ants are one of the insects that can most easily infest your home, and it doesn’t take much to attract them. They tend to reside most in the place in your house with the most consistent water and food supply for them: the kitchen. Ants are particularly attracted to sweet foods and beverages: honey, sugar, soda, fruit, and honey will all draw them to your home in the hopes of getting a taste.
Because of their size and nature, it is relatively easy for them to get into your home through even the smallest opening or crack; they can reside in walls, ceilings, and even air conditioners, and they come in large numbers.
Elder Bugs: Elder bugs, much like ants, infest homes in huge numbers. They typically enter the home in the autumn through roofing and siding, and then hibernate through the winter; when spring comes, they come out of hibernation, and it is at this point that you realize you have a problem. Elder bugs don’t carry disease, but they do fly around the home, and emit a stinky odor when crushed, which makes them quite a nuisance that you’ll want to avoid or eliminate.
Ladybugs: While ladybugs have a reputation for being pretty and harmless, they become much more than that when large numbers of them infest your home. They don’t pose any sort of health risk, and won’t nibble on your food or fabrics, but you probably don’t want huge numbers of them taking up residence in your living space. If you see a handful of stray ladybugs, it’s not much to really worry about; they are known to invade spaces, though, so if you start seeing large groups of them gathering around your home, you’ll probably want to call in an expert.
Termites: Of all of the pests listed here so far, termites are the most nefarious and damage-causing; they will eat away at what are called “cellulose-based materials,” which are found in every home. They’re capable of infesting your home without obvious visible indicators; often termites will eat away at the wood and other materials inside of your walls and ceilings, making it hard to know that they’re even there until serious damage has been done. If you discover even one termite in your home you almost certainly have a hoard of them, and will want to contact a professional pest control expert immediately.
Flies: Nearly everyone has experienced some level of fly infestation, and there’s nothing quite as annoying as a fly periodically buzzing in your ear. But flies also pose more serious threats when they get into the home: they can spread a number of different diseases, contaminate food, and to be frank, they poop everywhere. They are attracted to warmer air currents; the bursts of condensed warm air that come from homes is what will generally attract them at first, as well as left-out food and garbage.
Fruit flies: Fruit flies come in huge numbers; they can lay up to 500 eggs at a time. This can make their infestation difficult to get rid of. Some fruit flies are particularly attracted to fruit, and will wreak havoc on the fruits in your fruit bowl.
Gnats: Fungus gnats are attracted to fungi and decaying plant roots, which means your houseplants could be targeted as well as your backyard. These little bugs can drive you nuts, and sometimes they even bite.
Bees and Wasps: Bees and wasps can be an especially threatening infestation: They not only cause structural damage, but the bees and wasps themselves become very defensive and aggressive once their hive begins construction, and that aggression can be directed at the residents of the home they’re infesting.
Bees and wasps look for isolated, cool environments to build their hives, so even a hole as small as an eighth of an inch can be an opening for an infestation. If they feel threatened, they can attack you in swarms with painful stings; this can be even more dangerous if you or someone else in your home has an allergy, so it’s especially important to eliminate a bee/wasp infestation as soon as possible.
So What Can I Do?
The number one measure you should take is preventative; a licensed, professional pest control company can seal any cracks or other holes and entry points on the exterior of your home, so that the pests never have the opportunity to get in, as well as providing home inspections to look for and fix any potential problem areas. If you do find yourself with a pest infestation, professional pest control can come to your home to assess the situation, and then work with you to discuss an elimination plan. In either case, you’ll want to have reliable people that you can trust to keep your home safe, secured, and pest free this coming spring!