Which Pests Are Beginning to Stir This Spring? Things to Know About Springtime Pests
Spring truly is a beautiful time. Plants and animals begin to wake up, flowers bloom, and we can enjoy our favorite outdoor hobbies again! Unfortunately, springtime pests also wake up, which can mean trouble.
Keep reading for helpful information on common spring pests—and what you can do to deter them!
Springtime Pests to Watch Out For
Here in Alabama, we have no shortage of bugs. And while we typically associate summer as the season when they’re most annoying, they come out in full force during the spring! Watch out for these pests:
Mosquitoes—likely your most detested pest. There’s nothing like high-pitched buzzing and itchy red spots ruining outdoor fun! Because springtime in the South is so rainy, it creates the perfect breeding ground for these annoying insects.
One of the best things you can do to keep these pests away is to remove standing water around your yard as soon as possible. That’s no easy task when it rains for several days, but it can make a big difference in the number of mosquitoes you see! While it isn’t as much you can do with natural puddles, be sure to overturn buckets, toys, pots, or anything that could hold water.
Ants will hunker down in their colonies during cold weather. As things heat up outside, they’ll begin venturing further and further from home to find food. One irritating (but fascinating!) thing about ants is that they can leave pheromone trails. That means when one ant finds your pantry, the entire colony knows about it.
Immediately store all of your food in airtight containers. Wipe down sticky surfaces, vacuum up crumbs, and take out your trash regularly! If ants don’t find what they’re looking for in your home, they’ll continue searching elsewhere.
The start of spring is synonymous with the onset of termite season—when they begin leaving their colonies to mate and create more termites! Keep an eye out for tiny holes in and around your home and wood shaving on windowsills.
You’ll want to keep any wood (like firewood) stored away from your house. That way, if termites decide to make your wood pile their dinner, they won’t move onto your home for dessert! If you notice signs of termite damage, you must call the professionals as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
It’s Time to Invest in Springtime Pest Control
Continuing your pest control services throughout the winter is your best defense against springtime pests. If you took a break, it’s time to get things going again. Not only are the pests beginning to stir, but the spring rain can also drive them to seek shelter inside your home!
Call Vulcan Termite & Pest Control today to get started, and look forward to a pest-free spring!