While most of us are thrilled to see warmer weather is here, springtime gives many pests the climate they need to thrive. Ants are some of the first insects to appear this season, but soon bees, wasps, spiders, crickets, mites and beetles will be popping up too. Pests can create problems for business owners and home owners alike, and should be dealt with swiftly to prevent the issue from worsening.
Before the official start of spring, we already received numerous calls for ants and even a few for stinging insects. Now is the time to prevent pest invasions before they get out of control.
Inspect your property for stinging insects: Check the exterior of your business, home, shed and garden for wasp and bee nests. Stinging insect nests can be found low in the ground or high in your attics or gutters. Rafters and vents are very common places for wasps. If you discover a nest, call a pest control company to remove it safely. Nest treatment and removal is best done early in the morning or later at night.
Look for cracks and crevices: Cracks and holes along the foundation or windows of a building are common entry points for pests. Ants are especially good at finding ways in and can become a real problem once they find a way into your property. Seal any cracks you find.
Cut trees and shrubs from structures: Plants near your home or business can encourage insects to live closer to your structure and enter it more easily. Tall grass near a structure's foundation can provide shelter to insects that can eventually invade your property. Clear plants away from your property better prevent pests.
Maintain a clean kitchen and store food properly: Wipe kitchen surfaces, wash dishes, sweep and mop floors, and make sure your food containers are sealed tightly. Prompt cleaning and storage can go a long way, as crumbs and open containers are very attractive to pests. Pet food should also be stored properly and thrown away promptly if not eaten.
Use a tight fitting lid on trashcans: Discarded food will attract pests-make sure garbage is stored properly. Also pet waste should be thrown away immediately.
Move firewood away from buildings: Firewood can act as food or shelter to many insects, especially termites. Keep it away from your buildings and off the ground if possible.