The guiding principle of any war is to know your enemy. As spring starts to swing a series of incursions will be made against your home. The best way to protect yourself is to know what you should be looking for. And how to stop your foe.
The Five Most Common Springtime Household Pests in Charlotte
Ants are an ever-present problem. But as spring temperatures rise after the winter lull, ants start to move again. And given the opportunity, they will move into your home. It’s temperate. It’s dry. And best of all, it has more food than any ant could ever dream of. Ants aren’t subtle though. They don’t leave footprints or delicate piles of scat. If you have an ant problem, you’ll know it because you’ll see them. Probably in numbers. You may also notice a nest in your walls or foundations – they like dark, quiet places. You can deter ants from entering, but once they are in they’re hard to evict. Noosa Pest Management ant control can help.
Although cockroaches can be found all year round, some hibernate. This means that numbers can seem to dramatically increase in springtime. Aside from the fact that they’re ugly as sin, scientists are discovering more and more reasons why you don’t want ‘roaches to stay in your home. You’ll probably smell cockroaches before you see them, then you might notice their droppings – 2mm dark brown cylinders. They also leave odd smears on surfaces. If you just have one or two, they can be pretty easy to get rid of. If you have an infestation, you’re probably going to need a roach exterminator.
There is no such thing as termite season. They do slow down in cold winters, but they are always around. However, spring is when most termites swarm. This is when maturing grubs develop wings and start looking for places to set up colonies of their own. Aww, it brings a tear to the eye, seeing your babies grow… Especially when they start to decimate your property. If you see termite swarmers – or signs of them, like discarded wings – around your home, it’s a good idea to act quickly. Noosa Pest Management termite control will help you take care of the problem.
Although at their peak in summer, spring is when mosquitoes start to appear. Like ants, mosquitoes don’t leave any hints to show they’re there. They’ll just appear. Then start drinking your blood and tormenting your pets. Personal repellents can help, but if you’re dealing with a largescale problem then a mosquito control or misting system is worth considering.
Like so many other pests, fleas like warmth. They can survive in cold temperatures. They can survive in cold, empty homes for years. But it’s warmth that makes them active. And that’s why spring and summer can be such a miserable time for your pets. And a frustrating time for you. Once you have a flea infestation, it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. Clean all you like, but all it takes is one egg being left behind and the cycle will begin again. Within three weeks you’ll be back to square one, because fleas scatter their eggs like cluster bombs. They detonate across a vast area, making them very hard to control without the help of a professional flea extermination service.
Spring is such a wonderful season because it feels like the world is coming to life. Unfortunately, not all of that life is welcome in our homes. At least if you know what to look for you can be prepared and take action early, before unwelcome guests become permanent residents.