As the seasons change, different types of pests become more common in residences and commercial buildings. It’s helpful to know how these seasonal changes affect pest control throughout the year. Here, we break down everything you need to know so you’re ready all year long.
Springtime brings warmer weather, and the flowers bloom. Many pests come out of their winter resting places, such as wasps and bees, termites and ants, usually looking for higher ground during heavy rains. Some pests might also look to build nests in your home. It’s a good idea to neutralize these issues early so that you aren’t overwhelmed later in the year.
Spring is usually when household pests are most weak, so pest control this time of year is mainly preemptive to help stop problems arising the rest of the year. Steps you can take yourself include:
- Checking for nesting places that you can dispose of, such as piles of debris or old tires.
- Sealing cracks and other entry points into your home.
- Clearing gutters.
The hottest period of the year brings with it an array of summer pests. Common pests you’ll find in summer include mosquitos, fleas, and ticks. Due to summer vacation travel, there’s an increased risk of bed bugs, so a lot of pest control work revolves around this issue. Other typical jobs include neutralizing nests inside your home, as some pests will use it as a way to avoid the heat.
Make sure your kitchen and eating areas are always tidy. As summer days are longer, many insects will stay up longer foraging for food, and your home is the perfect place for it. Food left out in the open will attract ants, flies, and cockroaches.
When we enter fall, pests will begin to prepare for winter. This time of year, you’ll see an influx of spiders, cockroaches, and ladybugs choosing your home as a way to avoid the cold. Rodents, which can carry diseases and damage the wiring in your home, will also try to nest in your house over the winter.
To prevent this from happening, you should check for and seal entry points into your home. Pest control professionals will usually set up traps in access areas and seal areas that are hard to get to on your own.
The cold season will see most pests try to find shelter to survive the winter. Rodents will nest and hibernate during this period. Your work securing your home against pests in the fall will pay dividends in the winter. If you fail to seal entry points properly, pests will likely nest in your home while waiting for warmer weather.
Steps you can take include:
- Keeping attics and basements dry and ventilated.
- Ensuring that window cracks are sealed.
- Tidying any clutter where pests can hide and nest.
If you see evidence of pests nesting in your home, it might be worth contacting professional pest control services to neutralize the problem. Tri-X Pest Management is here to help!