Common Pests to Be Wary of This Spring
March 21, 2017
Spring is almost here! While many of us are excited for the warmer temperatures quickly approaching, there are a few things we may be forgetting; spring pests. As soon as we put winter behind us, the spring critters are ready to make their way into our homes and onto our property. Though this is a serious pain for homeowners, there is good news; you can take preventative action to avoid these critters.
Now, let's take a look at the spring pests that are sure to make an appearance this year and how homeowners can avoid this stress entirely!
Spring Pests | Ticks
A bug that is common throughout the spring that many of us forget about are ticks. Ticks are commonly found in wooded and extremely vegetated areas. What makes ticks unique from most other spring pests is that they feed on blood to survive. Each species of tick has a preferred host. However, most ticks will feed on whatever blood is available to them. This can consist of humans, deer, birds, reptiles, etc. Signs that you have ticks or have developed a tick infestation are noticing the ticks themselves. If you have found ticks on you or your pets' bodies, it is important to let a professional remove them rather than do it yourself.
Tick Treatment & Prevention
Easy ways to avoid ticks are to cover your body with long sleeves and pants when walking through wooded areas. A common misconception is that ticks can drop on you from trees. This is not true. Rather, they seek hosts from the ground level to about knee high on vegetation. To keep these pests out of your home, repair any open gaps in the structure of your home and keep your lawn and other vegetation cut short. Additionally, remove and dispose of any bird or rodent nests and materials, due to their ability to infest these items.
Spring Pests | Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are common throughout the year but especially during the spring months. Similar to ticks, bed bugs are known for feeding on blood to survive. These particular pests are found in any cracks and open gaps around a home, as well as mattress seams, furniture, etc. One of the most common ways to get a bed bug infestation is by bringing these pests home with you. Many people may not realize this, but you can pick up bed bugs from the gym, hotel rooms, stores, hospitals or offices.
Bed Bug Treatment & Prevention
Bed bugs can reproduce quickly. Therefore, an infestation can occur before you know it. To avoid this, check any second-hand furniture closely before bringing it into your home, dry linens on the hottest temperatures possible and thoroughly inspect your home after moving, trips, or overnight guests. If an infestation has occurred, Preferred Pest's Bed Bug Solutions can take care of the problem quickly and efficiently.
Spring Pests | Moles
A commonly overlooked spring pest are moles. Moles are sneaky critters but can cause an extensive amount of damage when left unnoticed. The diet of a mole consists of ants, grubs,, earthworms and other arthropods that live in the ground. Moles are active throughout the year. However, most homeowners notice these pests in the warmer months due to the destruction that they can cause to yards. One of the easiest ways to detect a mole infestation is by their subsurface runways which are mounds and ridges that show above the ground.
Mole Treatment & Prevention
Once a mole infestation has occurred, it is crucial to call a pest professional to take care of the issue. As for keeping moles out of your yard entirely, homeowners can invest in a mesh hardware cloth that can be planted 2 feet below the ground around the area that you would like to keep them out of. Whether that be your garden or your backyard, moles tend to tunnel closer to the surface especially through the spring months when the ground is moist.
Spring Pests | Mosquitoes
All Midwesterners can agree that one particular nuisance pest from spring to fall are mosquitoes. And with the warmer weather hitting earlier this year, there is no doubt that they will be in full force. Mosquitoes are known to be attracted to standing/stagnant water and dark, moist areas. Therefore, most homeowners tend to find these pests in their backyard and around their gardens due to their love of nectar from flowers. Signs that you have a mosquito infestation are seeing them in swarms consistently.
Mosquito Treatment & Prevention
Many homeowners may not realize that you don't have to tolerate these annoying pests throughout the summer months. And though it may seem like investing in repellent candles and bug spray is the only way to go, taking preventative action with Preferred Pest's mosquito service can keep your yard mosquito-free all summer.
Spring Pests | Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald ash borers are a lesser known spring pest. However, they are an emerging pest in the midwest and can cause serious damage. These pests are an invasive species and are known for killing millions of ash trees. Adult emerald ash borers simply feed on the leaves of the trees; it is the larvae that do the damage. Emerald ash borer larvae feed on the material under the bark of the tree, which eventually leads to the trees' inability to attain moisture and nutrients from the soil. This leads to the death of the tree altogether.
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment & Prevention
It can be a challenge to prevent these pests from causing destruction to an ash tree before it is too late. Therefore, it takes a unique approach to detect these pests. If you believe emerald ash borers are invading your ash trees, it is important to call a licensed tree care company to treat the trees and prevent them from causing further damage or coming back again. Additional helpful tips to keep these pests at bay are to avoid moving firewood from your property and burn the remaining wood from the previous season. This will help eliminate the potential of these pests spreading to live trees. And last but not least, prior to buying an ash tree and planting it on your property, inspect the tree to ensure that it is not already infested.
Avoid These Spring Pests With Des Moines' Leading Pest Control Service
Preferred Pest wants to ensure that you don't have any of these critters wreaking havoc on your property or within your home this season. Take preventative action before the problem unfolds with our Groundforce Elimination System. Call today at (515) 276-7277 or schedule an appointment online.
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