With spring just around the corner, you might in the mood to do some seasonal cleaning around your home. Though you may be excited about the warmer weather, it’s important to also prepare for the pests that come with it.
We Understand your Concerns
We deeply understand the need to keep your home as clean and sterile as possible. Having any unwanted surprises in the form of pests is probably not what you want to wake up to on an ordinary morning. We’ve put together a list of common pests so that you aren’t left unwarned.
Pavement ants are typically found in gardens and in the soil. While this may not seem like that big an issue, they are capable of entering homes in order to find any excess food that you leave around. They often come from large colonies and will stick around if you don’t take action. Here are some ways you can prevent welcoming pavement ants into your home:
- Regularly clean floors and countertops.
- Ensure food is always cleared up and stored tightly. If any crumbs are left behind, wipe them immediately.
- Be mindful that items such as wood and stones can attract ants. We recommend storing or relocating these items during the spring.
- Avoid leaving food outside of the fridge. The more you leave out, the more access you’re giving to ants.
Wasps and Bees
That annoying buzzing noise won’t be the only thing frustrating you about bees during the warmer months. You might be wondering where they can come from. Throughout the winter, it’s likely that they hid out in your garage, walls, or attic. When they wake up, they look to establish colonies and look for areas that they can lay eggs in. If you come across multiple bees, do not let them stay near your home. Unless you’re okay with hosting a family of stingers, treat the area right away to avoid housing a colony.
Throughout the spring, you may come across a yellow jacket queen bee, a hornet, or a wasp. Be careful if you choose to handle the situation without professional pest control as eliminating them is harmful to our environment. They are an essential part of our ecosystem and should simply be relocated from your home.
Here are bees that you can watch out for:
- Honey Bee
- Carpenter Bee
- Sweat Bee
As cringe-worthy as they are, spiders are necessary as they prey on many other insects. This is a huge favour to all of us as spiders often prevent any infestation of those insects. If you’re noticing spiders around your home, this could be a sign that you have other insects as well.
Commonly found in garages, porches, basements, and sheltered places, spiders are usually on the hunt for insects or other sources of food. However, it’s important to familiarize yourself with different types of spiders as some of them can be dangerous.
We know how frustrating it can be to see flies swarming and zooming around your home. Trying to squish or catch them will only get you more upset, as they’re nearly impossible to grab. Instead, try to always keep the doors of your home closed. While it’s tempting to let some fresh air inside during spring, we would advise against it. Not only will it let flies in, but other pests can also see it as an invitation to have a slumber party!
Rats and Mice
Rodents can, unfortunately, be an all-year-round annoyance. From black rats to house mice, rodents are often viewed as the worst type of pest infestation. There are many steps you can take to avoid having to deal with them, such as:
- Block off any entryways, such as pipes, holes in walls, vents, roof gaps, and any other areas that they would fit through.
- Keep all sources of food stored away in airtight containers.
- Do not leave woodpiles near your home.
- Set up traps in any areas that you think rodents are hiding.
If you are a pet owner, you have a higher chance of coming across fleas in your home. Ensure that you give your pets regular baths and carefully inspect their hair. It is necessary to take extra precautions if you don’t want to come into contact with fleas. That being said, it’s still possible for pet-free homes to have a flea problem. To eradicate them, we recommend following simple house cleaning tactics and consistently sanitizing all of the rooms in your home. This could help avoid any potential outbreaks of fleas.
Warmer temperatures can often lead to carpenter ants as they search for new locations to live. Usually, they are looking for shelter and food. This type of ant can be found outside of your home, as well as inside of it. If they are coming from outside, it’s possible that they may have already formed a colony right inside the walls of your house. They are able to create tunnels with foundation, especially wood, which could have an effect on the structure of your home.
Not Sure how to Get Rid of Pests?
At Pestend, we’ve got your back. A crucial step in handling and preventing pest infestation is to remove all traces of pests from your home. Even though being cautious and mindful is a good start to combating pests, it often isn’t enough.
Let our professionals take care of it! From pest control to wildlife control to bed bug extermination, we offer a variety of services to help keep you and your family comfortable. We understand how frustrating it can be to feel unsanitary or unsafe in your own environment. Which is why we are happy to help you by offering expert assistance at an affordable price.