Top 5 Pests to Watch out for This Spring
March 21, 2018
Coming out of winter and into spring is something that most people look forward to. The thought of warm weather, beach days, and BBQ’s is enough to get most people out of the winter blues. One thing that most people don’t think about though is pests. With spring comes new life, and while the flowers and leaves are warmly welcomed, spring pests are not. Here is a look at the top 5 pests that can pop up this spring and what you can do about them.
Ants: There are many kinds of ants, and while some are no more than a nuisance, others are quite dangerous. Ants are usually quite small, have 6 legs and a three-part body. Though some can fly, many will crawl, and where there is one there is usually many more. Ants live in colonies and will usually come in large numbers. Many ants let off an odorous smell that can be much less than pleasing, which is minimal compared to something like the carpenter ant for instance. Carpenter ants chew through wood products within your house, and much like termites, can chew to the point of weakening the structure of your home and potentially creating catastrophic and irreversible damage. Even worse, ants like the pharaoh ant have been known to enter IV lines and open wounds presenting a real danger when they arrive. While many ants look similar and are usually easily identifiable, getting rid of any species of ant should be a priority.
Spiders: Typically identified by their eight legs and two-part body, most spiders also have 8 eyes. Spiders are another pest that comes in a wide variety. While many spiders are considered to actually help by catching and feeding on other bugs, some of them need to be taken very seriously. Though most spiders aren’t prone to bite unless bothered, some, such as the black widow and brown recluse, can do quite a lot of damage when they do. Generally, a spider bite can be taken care of by a medical professional, but the time in between getting bit and getting to a doctor can be quite excruciating, and in some instances can cause long-lasting effects.
Mosquitoes: You all know them as the annoying pest that never seems to go away. While buzzing around your ears, they often land, feeding on a host and leaving an itchy, swollen, raised red mark behind. They are easily identified by their long mouthparts that extend from their heads, faint buzzing sound, and two wings. But did you know that mosquitoes present a much bigger problem? Mosquitoes are known to carry a variety of diseases like chikungunya and West Nile virus. When they feed, they spread these diseases, making them much more dangerous and serious than they seem. Avoiding mosquitoes at all costs is important and should not be taken lightly.
Box Elder Bugs: Sometimes referred to as “Halloween bugs”, box elder bugs have a black colored body with an orange tint outlining their body. They also have two long antennae. They are a flying insect with two wings that lay flat on their backs. They are about a 1/2" in length, although mainly considered a nuisance pest, they have been known to come in large numbers, staining walls, floors, and ceilings in your home.
Cockroaches: Ranging in color from browns to reds and blacks, cockroaches are a very dangerous pest. Coming in at anywhere from a 1/2” to almost 3” in length, cockroaches are not only terrible to look at, they are also known to spread disease. Most often hiding in dark, hard to reach places of your home, cockroaches can be a hard pest to find. Cockroach droppings are also known to cause respiratory issues, so getting rid of them is crucial to you and your family.
Spring is inevitable and so are spring pests, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution. With our year-round pest control, pest professionals will first assess your home. While doing so, they will identify infestations, potential breeding and nesting sites, note the severity of the case and come up with the best control method in order to suit your specific case. Once we have assessed both the inside and outside of your home, we will implement available control methods to take care of the problem. Once we have removed the pests, cleaned up behind them, and put preventative measures in place, we will then follow up periodically to guarantee our work! Should pests pop up in the future, we will also come back! To ask about our Home Guardian SM Service call Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators today.