5 Indoor Pests to be Wary of This Spring
As spring approaches, it’s easy to get excited about the quickly-approaching warmer temperatures. You start thinking about all the activities you can do that the winter cold prevents.
One of the things you might forget about is how spring brings pests. Pests love the warmer days just as much as you do. Those critters get ready to move into your home as soon as the cold weather is behind us. Although some of these pests can become a serious problem, the good news is you can avoid some of the pain by taking preventative measures.
Let’s take a good look at which spring pests you need to be aware of.
There are a variety of ants that make their way into your home as spring comes upon us. If ants stay outside, they can actually be beneficial to your yard. For example, they help make compost out of dead vegetation.
Ants become a problem when they march into your home through cracks and gaps around the house. Ants will start looking for water, food, and shelter and can even bring in sand from underneath the foundation. Take action to eliminate the threat of ants before they have the ability to gain entry into your home.
Termites will typically swarm in the spring. Swarms occur when some male and female termites leave their old colony in search of someplace to establish a new colony. You might see termite swarms in your yard or even inside the house.
Once they decide to create their new colony inside your home, you have a big problem on your hands. They shed their wings and start eating through your wood. You’ll notice a termite problem when you see discarded wings near windows or termite droppings near small holes in wood areas.
Call a professional immediately if you see signs of termites before these pests have the opportunity to eat through any structurally important beams.
Tick activity heats up as spring approaches. You’ll find ticks like to appear in:
- Outdoor areas
- Camping sites
- Inside your home
They start laying their eggs as the warmer months begin. Once the eggs hatch, you’ll start seeing signs of adult ticks. Unfortunately, ticks can cause health problems for your family. These pests have the ability to transmit Lyme disease if they’re allowed to stay attached to a person for anywhere from 36 to 48 hours.
If you’re not careful, you’ll mistake cluster flies for regular house flies because they look similar. Cluster flies are slower and a little bigger than house flies, however. House flies and cluster flies have different life cycles, too.
Cluster flies get their breeding cycles started as late spring turns into early summer. Be aware that some adult flies may show up in your house during early spring as they cluster around windows. These flies like to stay in rooms you don’t use often and are mostly just an irritating pest.
The most common forms of stinging insects are hornets, wasps and wild bees. Stinging insects start showing up during early spring and get started making their new homes. Some of these insects build nests inside homes, but they mostly build in tree branches or under your home’s eaves.
Most stinging insects play a positive role in our overall ecosystem. For this reason, you should work to protect them. This is especially true when dealing with honey bees. The only time you may need to take action is when stinging insects use the inside of your home to build nests or if wasps or hornets begin attacking you and your family members.
Use the above information to become knowledgeable about the indoor pests you might notice as we enter spring. You can then make the best decisions about how to deal with them.