You may have heard the popular saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” during the beginning of spring. Typically, as the weather gets warmer, plants really start to bloom and all the spring festivities begin.
But, the warmer weather also welcomes a host of pests—including flies, bees, and ants—to come out and play. With all the rain that’s about to come your way, take note of the bugs that are attracted to high moisture areas.
“Down Came The Rain”
Here are just a few of the bugs that are attracted to or come to play during the rain:
While ants aren’t necessarily looking to splash in the puddles during a spring shower, they are on the hunt to find somewhere warm and dry to take shelter.
As soon as the rain subsides and puddles form, keep your eyes out for an infestation of mosquitoes. Why? Well, mosquitoes breed in the still water—and rapidly! Additionally, they carry many harmful viruses; therefore, be proactive about eradicating them from your property. Dump out any standing water collected in birdbaths, pots, or other containers shortly after a rain shower.
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again. Termites are horrible—no doubt about it! They’re highly attracted to wet, damp areas, so during the rainy season when water sneaks into your crawlspace, termites love it! Fix leaks and keep soil away from the foundation of your home to decrease the chances of a termite infestation.
Have you ever heard that cockroaches could live through an apocalypse? Well, if they can live through one of those, then they sure can live through the rain! These pests contaminate food, spread diseases, and lurk around your home.
“Washed the Spider Out”: April Showers and Bugs
We covered a few of the common pests during the spring season. Now, we also want to provide you with a list of things that you can do to keep pests away.
- Clean your gutters,
- Fix leaky faucets,
- Get rid of buckets or other areas where water can settle,
- Cut your grass regularly,
- Clean your kitchen,
- Vacuum regularly,
- Wipe down your window screens, and
- Seal the food in your kitchen—both in your refrigerator and your pantry.
“Out Came The Sun”
In the next couple of weeks and months, when there is an abundance of rain, keep your eyes on the lookout for the bugs attracted to the wet and high-moisture areas. If you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to come to your property to check out the bug issues you may be experiencing.
In the meantime, just sing that old nursery rhyme for good measure!