It has been so nice to have a break from mosquitoes, but most of us are ready for spring at this point. With the warm weather, though, property owners need to be ready for the most common spring invaders like mosquitoes, ants, termites, and stinging insects. Each of these pests can cause some major trouble, but if dealt with proactively are much less of a threat to our health and property.
Mosquitoes love standing water of any kind in order to lay their eggs. They can be active day or night, and the females have biting mouthparts to feed off humans and animals, as surely everyone has become familiar with. The females need the blood for protein for their eggs and are considered a threat due to the possibility of transferring infectious diseases. Mosquitoes can carry encephalitis, malaria, filariasis, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and the Zika virus.
Termites live underground and create mud tubes or tunnels while spreading out in search of food. They feed on items that contain cellulose like wood, leaf debris, and soil. Termites actually have hard, saw-toothed jaws that bite into pieces of wood in order to eat it, but aren't likely to bite humans. They get into homes when they forage for food, coming inside through cracks in exterior walls and foundations. Termites are extremely destructive, as their feeding habits can compromise or even collapse a home and cause costly damage for the homeowner.
Ants come in a variety of species that can be found indoors or out. Some are just a nuisance and can create odors. Others can bite and cause a red raised itchy reaction with their sting, which could be serious for humans, and even life-threatening for pets. Carpenter ants are considered the most dangerous species in cooler regions, because like termites they can cause massive damage to wood products and structures.
Stinging insects come in a variety of types like the yellow jacket, hornet, wasp, and bee. They make nests in high and low areas depending on the type. Typically they are attracted to sweets and protein-rich foods, and most of them do not like to be disturbed and can become aggressive, making them a hazard to have around.
The great thing about year-round pest control is that you don’t have to worry about pests all year long. If you live in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, you can count on Witt Pest Management for effective pest control. We have smart solutions to help you protect your home and yard against unwanted pests. Our year-round services are customized into three comprehensive plans: TopCare, TopCare Plus, and TopCare Complete. These plans are designed to give you the best coverage possible for your specific needs. To start your journey toward a pest-free home, just pick the plan that best suits your needs and budget. Spring is quickly approaching and spring pests will be invading homes and properties again this year, so call us today to get your pest protection in place.