Which Spring Pests You Need To Watch Out For
Spring has officially sprung in Alabama! Temperatures are rising, we have an extra hour of sunshine, and summer is just around the corner. However, with all the positives of spring, the rise in temperature, unfortunately, brings back a few pests that have been away for the winter. Though you may see a decrease in pests such as rats and mice, as your home is no longer the warmest place for them to burrow, you will most definitely see an increase in cold-blooded insects that are coming out to enjoy the warming temperatures. Here are five of the most common pests you will see this spring, and what you can do to get rid of them.
Wasps stay indoors during the winter, but the newly warm temperatures wake them right up and send them buzzing around your house. They are eager to build their nests, which may lead to a summer full of stings for your family. Make sure to get a good look at exactly what kind of wasp or yellow-jacket is forming a nest near your home so that your exterminator will know exactly how to take care of it. Most importantly, make sure to identify that it is a wasp and not a bee. Bees are essential pollinators and should not be exterminated. If you or someone in your family happens to be allergic to bee stings, contact a local honey producer or beekeeper and they will happily remove the bees from your home.
Though more indicative of the arrival of summer, the early heat of Alabama makes spring the perfect time for mosquitoes to start breeding in your yard. Arguably one of the most annoying pests, mosquitoes breed in any amount of standing water. Pour out collected rainwater in buckets, watering cans, planters, and make sure to change the water of any fountains or birdbaths every few days. If your mosquito problem persists consider contacting a professional exterminator for help.
These pests are one of the few springtime insects that will actually help you. Spiders are known for eating other insects like mosquitoes and can help prevent an infestation in your home. That being said, some spiders do have a poisonous bite. The only poisonous spiders in Alabama are the brown recluse and black widow. These spiders like to live in dark, sheltered areas like woodpiles, garbage cans, garages, or basements. Check these areas for any cobwebs that may be indicative of spiders taking up residence and be sure to wear gardening gloves when reaching into dark areas to avoid an unexpected bite.
Termites come alive during the spring and can cause massive damage to the wood in your house or other nearby wooden structures like decks or sheds. Watch for the signs of termites like black powdery droppings, mud tunnels on your homes’ exterior, and hollow-sounding wood. Termites are definitely an infestation that can ruin your spring, so if you suspect that you may have an infestation, call your exterminator immediately.
You may love your dog or cat but you know who loves them even more? Fleas. If you have a pet keep a close eye on them this spring especially if they love to run around outdoors. Any excessive scratching may be a sign that fleas have taken up home in their fluffy coat. Try to use a flea comb on them at least once every few days to catch any pests that may have latched on during those long spring walks. If you find a flea there are plenty of at-home flea medications available at your local pet store or contact your vet for the best way to get rid of the fleas. Being proactive will prevent a costly infestation and keep you and your pet healthy and pest-free.
Enjoy The Spring Flowers And Weather
Spring is one of the best seasons, flowers are blooming and the world is coming alive again after winter. Keep an eye on the pests around your home to make sure that you have a fun spring free of any kind of infestation or nasty pests.
If you find yourself dealing with unwanted pests, give us a call and we’ll make sure they leave. You can call us during normal business hours or reach out through our online contact form that’s available 24/7. We’ll make sure to give you a good price and work with your schedule to the best of our ability.