Spring is a magical time of year when the days get longer, the sun gets warmer, and the pests in and around your home may multiply. Okay, maybe the last one isn’t too magical. If you notice a heightened presence of bugs and other pests in the spring time, you’re not alone. There are many reasons for this and luckily many ways we can help you!
Ants, Bees and Wasps, Oh My!
The most common pests in the spring are ants of all kinds. Carpenter ants are particularly active in the spring and are larger than the average ant. When the sun comes out, they seek food and shelter which is why spring is the most important time to ant-proof your home. Carpenter ants tend to form colonies in walls and create tunnels within wood. Be sure to patch up any holes or cracks in your foundation before spring arrives. Include heavy sweeping and mopping in your spring cleaning as well.
While our environment relies on certain types of bees, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to keep them out of your home! Bees and wasps can be frightening and certainly frustrating when they make their way into your space. They often make colonies in walls and attics, so listen out for a low buzzing in the beginning of spring. If you notice signs of a bee or wasp colony, give us a call. Some species need to be safely relocated to continue serving their purpose to the environment.
Pests Both Big and Small
No matter the size, all pests are pesky. Mosquitos are small, but their bite packs a punch. Beyond the itch and irritation, a mosquito bite can often carry fatal diseases. To lessen the population of mosquitos around your home, remove all possible sources of standing water, trim your landscaping and keep the lawn mowed, and clear away yard debris. When you are doing activities outside, be sure to wear bug spray and even long sleeves and pants if possible.
Rats and mice begin spring breeding in April until June. While these pests are active year-round, spring is the time they come out in droves. Both homeowners and business owners struggle with keeping these animals out of their premises, and it can be very unsettling for all. There are some precautions you can take against mice, however. These include checking for holes the size of a quarter or bigger in your foundation, keep garbage cans covered, store woodpiles away from home and keep clutter to a minimum in basements, garages and closets.
Contact Healthy Home Today!
Give us a call before spring rolls around! Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control can help pest-proof your home so you can enjoy warmer weather with no worries. Dial 770-505-9040 or fill out our online form to get started!