April showers bring May flowers… unfortunately, it brings spring pests too! This is the time of year when all of the pests that found their way into your home before winter start to come out of hiding. In Pittsburgh, you're likely to see cluster flies, boxelder bugs, ladybugs, stink bugs, and yellow jackets emerging from your attics, walls, and exterior siding. Carpenter ants, termites, earwigs, spiders, silverfish, and roaches will all become more active this time of year, as well.
Problems Spring Pests Cause
Some of the common spring pests are more of a nuisance than anything else. Bugs like stink bugs, silverfish, and ladybugs aren't going to cause much, if any, damage to your home and do not transmit diseases – but you still don't really want to share your home with the creepy-crawlies. Carpenter ants and termites can damage the wood in your home, causing extensive and costly damages – while yellow jackets can sting or cause more severe issues for people with allergies.
So what can you do to help avoid the pest invasion and minimize damages caused by these pests?
Preventing Spring Pests
You can help prevent problems from spring pests with some spring cleaning tasks:
Trim trees and shrubs –If you have decorative shrubs or any trees near your house, make sure you trim them. Branches touching your roof are basically an invitation for rodents to get into your attic space.
Keep the yard picked up – Did you leave some piles of your fall leaves around? These piles are ideal nesting sites for pests, especially spiders and ants. Use your spring cleaning time to pick up and dispose of them.
Seal cracks - Walk around your home and use caulk and other materials to seal any cracks and crevices in the foundation. Check that your window screens are intact and replace any that have holes or rips.
Get rid of standing water – Mosquitoes are nasty pests that make their appearance as soon as the weather warms up. If the swing set, flower pots, or other objects are holding on to water, now is the time to dump it out and keep it from returning. Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Protect Yourself From Pests All Year
The best way to minimize the spring pest invasion is to protect your home with a year-round pest control solution from Witt Pest Management. This solution provides services in the fall designed to prevent pests from overwintering in your home and therefore eliminates the spring pest problems as they come out of hiding. Give us a call today to learn more about our year-round pest control solutions to keep your home pest-free throughout every season.