When the weather gets warmer outside, pests wake up from being dormant in the winter. Knowing what rodents, insects and bugs to look for in the spring can help you protect your residential or commercial space from an infestation.
This guide to common spring pests explains how to manage and prevent them from making a home on your property.
Spring Pests to Look Out for in New York
Flies reach full maturity at the beginning of spring when they search for food, especially sweets and liquids. Since cluster flies travel in large groups, you’ll notice a lot of them on your property if you have an infestation
These insects emerge from hibernation in the spring to eat and reproduce. Stink bugs usually don’t damage plants until late summer, but you’ll see them roaming around your house or commercial space once the weather gets warm after winter. They also produce a foul odor when they feel threatened.
Ladybugs can get rid of spider mites and aphids that could damage your garden plants. However, they can become a nuisance if they come inside and crawl all over your walls, windows and surfaces.
These insects fly around your home or business looking for shelter, food and water. They’ll probably even create a nest under the building or in the yard. Since carpenter ants eat through water-damaged wood throughout your property, you’ll need to deal with them to prevent severe structural damage.
Bees and wasps look for breeding spots in the spring to prepare for the summer. They usually stay outside, but they might come inside when looking for food. When these insects feel threatened, they’ll sting, causing itchy bumps and even allergic reactions in some cases.
How to Manage and Prevent Spring Pests
Follow these tips to keep spring pests away from your property.
- Seal up gaps and cracks: Pests come into your home or business through small openings in your foundation, windows, doors and walls. Seal these gaps with silicone caulk.
- Remove moisture: Dump any standing water you have around your property to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Flip over kiddie pools and buckets, and make sure your draining system works.
- Store food in tight containers: Avoid leaving open containers or easy access to food in your kitchen. Since rodents can eat through cardboard boxes, you might want to invest in plastic or glass containers to protect your food supply.
- Clean up after meals: After you finish cooking each meal, clean the residue off your kitchen counters. It also helps to regularly take out the trash to reduce odors that attract pests.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed: Long branches that brush against your house or business provide an easy entry for insects. Trim your greenery often to prevent pests from coming inside.
- Get rid of debris and clutter: You’ll need to keep the inside and outside of your property clean to eliminate pest hiding spots. Pick up dead branches and items that may have blown into your yard during a storm. You may also want to go through old boxes inside and get rid of possessions you don’t need.
- Maintain your yard: After the snow melts and the weather starts to get warmer, mow the lawn and rake dead leaves to remove potential hiding areas.
- Clean out your gutters: Mosquitoes breed near standing water, and other insects eat leaves and other debris that might accumulate in the gutters. Clean out your draining systems so water can flow away from your property.
Why Invest in Integrated Pest Management?
Though you can maintain your property to keep out pests, the most efficient pest control is integrated pest management (IPM). This method gives peace of mind to everyone who visits, works or lives on your property. It’ll also save you money by preventing pests instead of hiring a specialist every time you have an infestation. Your employees at your business or your loved ones at home will also be healthier instead of breathing in allergens, viruses and other contaminants.
IPM is a safe, environmentally friendly way to prevent all rodents and insects from infesting your home or business. Instead of using harmful chemicals to eliminate pests, we control the environment and remove potential hiding spots to keep them from coming inside or populating in your yard.
About Our Integrated Pest Management Services
Our IPM services focus on what we know about each pest’s life cycle and what attracts them to your home or business. We customize our services based on your property’s specific environment, giving you our full attention all year long.
When we inspect your property, we’ll identify the common pests in your area and plan to limit their population. We’ll protect your home or business with treatments that have a lower environmental impact, such as non-synthetic pesticides, pheromones or traps. After eliminating any existing pest infestation, we’ll help you prevent them from returning by sealing gaps and cracks and cutting off their access to food and water.
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Pestech offers year-round preventive pest control to keep rodents, insects and bugs away from your residential or commercial property in New York. For more information about how we can help you keep your home or business safe from pests, contact us!
Pests may be a year-round problem, but at Pestech, we offer year-round solutions. Keep an eye out for these rodents or insects that may sneak into your property in any season.
You might transport bed bugs into your home or business through luggage, shipping equipment or secondhand furniture. These pests gravitate toward mattresses, carpets and fabrics, and they’re most active in the middle of the night. They can live for a long time without feeding, and they can usually survive all year long.
These bugs like to hide in quiet places, so you might not notice them right away on your property. Check the cardboard boxes and window moldings around your home or business to see if you can catch any. Spiders eat flies and mosquitoes, so they might be helpful to have on your property. However, they also breed quickly, and some species are also poisonous.
These pests eat fabric such as curtains, carpets, bedding or clothing. Their prickly hair can also cause itchy, red bumps to form on human skin.
These insects come into your home or business through store produce. They can contaminate your food supply and multiply quickly.