Common Pests by the Season
Welcome to the world of seasonal nuisances, where nature’s creatures have a tendency to make themselves a little too comfortable in our humble abodes. From the subtle fluttering of wings to the faint rustling of leaves, each season brings its own unique set of challenges when it comes to dealing with pests.
Knowing exactly which pests are common to each season can help you effectively deal with them whether preventing them or dealing with them after they’ve nested.
As spring rolls in, you’ll want to be on the lookout for a variety of pests as many will be coming out as the weather warms up.
One of the most notorious spring pests is the termite. These pesky insects thrive in warmer weather, making spring their initial breeding season for them to become menaces in the summer. Handling them now is easier than later on if you can manage it.
Another common pest to watch out for is the ant. As the weather warms up, ants become more active and start invading homes in search of food. Ensuring you don’t have any food laying around can help prevent an invasion, but especially so if you’re sealed up properly and remove and scouting ants you come across.
Lastly wasps and bees will also become more active in the spring as more and more flowers are blooming. They’ll be more likely to be flying farther from their hives as well, meaning the chances of running into them are higher than usual too, so be mindful, as they’ll like avoid you in favor of a flower if you don’t provoke them. But if a hive happens to be in a heavily trafficked area, we recommend calling in the pros.
Now that spring is transitioning into summer, it’s important to be aware of summer time pests, as the temperature rises, so does their activity.
Mosquitoes, for instance, thrive in warm and humid conditions, making them a nuisance during summer evenings as you likely know already. These pesky insects not only cause itchy bites but can also transmit diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus. Taking prevenatitive measures in regards to mosquitos is never a bad idea.
Another common summer pest is flies that become more prevalent in the summer months. Flies can often sneak into your home through the smallest of openings, when your windows are open, any time you open a door, etc. Once in your home, it’s very easy for flies to find food. Luckily they can be easily handled with a little dedication, but if you need help, we’re always here to help.
With the arrival of fall, a new set of pests starts to make their presence known. As the weather cools down, certain pests are drawn to the warmth and shelter of our homes.
One common fall pest is the house mouse. These small rodents can squeeze through tiny openings and make their way into our houses, searching for food and nesting materials. They’re very crafty and often hard to catch without traps and bait.
Another pest that becomes more active in the fall is the stink bug. These insects seek refuge indoors to survive the colder temperatures. They release a pungent odor when threatened or crushed, making them a nuisance to deal with. If they happen to get into your home, grab a tissue and gently pick them up with it, releasing them outside.
Additionally, spiders tend to be more prevalent in the fall as they search for mates and build their webs. Often this can actually be beneficial to homeowners as spiders are natural form of pest control for smaller insects that might also be around your home.
To keep these fall pests at bay, it’s important to seal any cracks or openings in your home and maintain cleanliness to minimize food sources. Not only will that help keep you pest free, but less cracks during the colder months means a smaller heating bill!
Winter brings yet another new set of pests that can invade your home.
Winter is prime time for cockroaches to infest your home. They’re attracted to warmth and moisture, making kitchens and bathrooms their favorite hiding spots.
Silverfish are another for similar reasons to cockroaches as you’ll typically find them around bathrooms and in basements, but often wherever moisture is more common.
As temperatures fluctuate throughout the year, your home remains susceptible to a variety of pests that can invade and cause damage. While some pests are more active during specific seasons, there are certain pests that can bother you year-round.
These persistent pests include ants, cockroaches, rodents, and spiders. Ants can be particularly problematic as they’re attracted to food and can quickly infest your kitchen and pantry. One day you’ll go into your pantry to get a snack, the next day you can easily find a swarm of ants with how quickly they work.
Cockroaches are known for their ability to survive in various conditions, even if your home offers next to no resources for them. Rodents, such as mice and rats, can cause damage to your property by causing foundation damage, especially within insulation that they can create holes in and knock down.
Spiders, although mostly harmless, can be a nuisance and their webs can create an unsightly mess depending on where they choose to. If you have spider webs up in the corner of a room, we have the tools to get them down easily.
Whether it’s the buzzing mosquitoes of summer or the sneaky rodents of winter, pests can be a nuisance all year round no matter what. By staying informed about the common pests in each season, you can take the necessary steps to protect your home and prevent infestations.
Remember to regularly inspect your property, seal off any entry points, and maintain good hygiene practices. With a little vigilance, you can keep these pesky creatures at bay and enjoy a pest-free living space throughout the year.
For added security, the pros here at Fenix are always ready to come out at a moments notice. Give your local Fenix location a call today and be pest free sooner than you know!
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