Spring Pests and How to Avoid Them

As the weather warms up in the spring, insects that have been inactive to survive the winter begin to wake up, and eggs that were laid in the soil in the fall start to hatch. While coming into contact with some of these pests may be unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself, your home, and your property from being damaged. Below are some of the pests you might expect to see and what steps you can take to prevent them.

Ants

As the weather warms up, ants will emerge from their underground homes in search of food. This search often leads them into homes and businesses, seeking crumbs that may have been left lying on floors or countertops. Because of this, it is important to sweep often and clean counters after cooking. Also keep screens on windows that might be opened, and seal any cracks that might allow them to find their way inside. If you have an ongoing problem with ants, you may have a problem with carpenter ants, which nest inside your walls. If this is the case, you will need to speak with a pest control professional to help get it under control.

Wasps

Wasps are inactive throughout the winter, but when spring rolls around, they begin to emerge, often with new queens looking for a location for their nest. If a wasp chooses your home as this good location, you will likely need professional help to get rid of it — and it is wise to do so quickly, before the nest grows to be too large. While some breeds of wasps are great pollinators, they can be aggressive and their stings can be painful or even dangerous to those with allergies.

Fleas

Anybody who has pets knows that warm weather means the rise of some of the tiniest pests: fleas. Fleas cause pets no end of itchy frustration, and if they end up in your carpet or furniture, they can also bite any humans they happen to hop onto, causing itchy red welts. To help prevent fleas, wash your family pets regularly and speak with your vet about what flea prevention methods can be used for your pets — some use neck drops while others may use pills or flea collars. If you already have fleas in your home, there are sprays and powders that might help, along with regular vacuuming, but if the problem persists a pest control professional can help exterminate the pests and establish prevention methods.

Ticks

Like fleas, ticks can be dangerous to pets, but these pests can also be incredibly dangerous to humans. Ticks are common throughout the spring and summer months, when people and animals are most often outside where they can be picked up. Ticks carry dangerous diseases like Lyme disease that can be passed on to humans. To help prevent ticks on your property, keep your grass trimmed, keep trees and bushes to a minimum, and use appropriate insect repellents.

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