There’s almost nothing better than watching the snowmelt while flowers and trees begin to bloom after a long and chilly winter. At Anchor Pest Services, we love the beautiful transition from winter to spring and, unfortunately, so do many of the area’s most problematic pests. As part of our commitment to providing our local communities with exceptional pest control services, we’ve written an in-depth guide to help you keep springtime pests out of your home. Continue reading below to learn more, and get in touch with us if you need to schedule pest control services for your home!
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With the snow finally melting and the temperature beginning to climb, ants will be making their way out of their nests and into the surrounding areas. New Hampshire is home to a variety of ant species, but carpenter ants are by far the most common and troublesome pest homeowners face. They play a vital role in local ecosystems by breaking down wood and promoting environmental growth, but they can cause serious damage to homes when left untreated.
Although you may see carpenter ants making their way inside your home as winter transitions into spring, you’re more likely to see flying winged ants — also known as swarmers — near windows and doors before seeing worker ants, as they usually remain inside of walls and other wooden structures. If you notice swarmers or their wings near vents, window sills, and other entrances, we recommend scheduling an ant pest control inspection as soon as possible.
In contrast to the previous section, you should always contact a professional pest control company if you see wasps around your property during spring! Although they are not always aggressive toward humans, accidentally stumbling upon a nest or attempting to handle an infestation on your own could provoke the entire colony to attack.
It’s difficult to keep wasps from creating nests on your property due to the fact that they can create nests virtually anywhere. They often nest under eaves, decks, children’s play areas, and in trees and bushes. Keep an eye out for single wasps flying around your property and, if possible, follow them from a safe distance to determine whether you have a colony on your property.
If you notice several wasps or find a nest, contact us as soon as possible to schedule a wasp pest control appointment. We use effective, eco-friendly wasp control methods that keep you and your family safe!
Fully grown ticks are approximately .125 inches in size, but they’re easily one of the most dangerous pests not just in New Hampshire, but around the country. They are known to harbor and transmit several serious diseases, Lyme disease being the most common.
Ticks take refuge in tall grasses, wooded areas, and anywhere else that allows them to attach themselves to a host — including pets. This makes it extremely important to take preventative measures both around your home and whenever you’re out enjoying the beautiful summer weather.
If you plan to hike, camp, or spend time in the outdoors, be sure to check yourself for tick bites. Some of the most common areas that ticks tend to attach themselves include the scalp, groin, armpits, and behind the ears. At home, you can keep ticks away by creating a barrier between your property and wooded areas, mowing your lawn frequently, removing leaf piles, and calling our tick control experts for a personalized plan.
Springtime showers bring beautiful flowers, and that means that you’ll start seeing bees a few weeks into spring. Although many people are concerned about finding bees on their property, the majority of bees are not aggressive and will not sting humans unless they are provoked or feel threatened.
If you find bees on your property, don’t panic or rush to spray them with pesticide. Bee populations are already declining and, while you might find yourself surprised to see bees swarming in an area of your yard, they will likely move on. If they don’t, local beekeepers are almost always willing to capture them for free!
Spruce up Your Landscape
If you want to keep pests out of your home and away from your property, the area around your home is one of the best places to start. Pests need food, water, and shelter, and your landscape might be providing them with easy access to all three as the weather warms and we receive more rainfall.
Firewood, mulch, piles of leaves from last winter, and anywhere that standing water accumulates are all some of the most common areas that could be drawing pests to the area around your home. Be sure to wear gloves if your spring landscaping involves reaching under or into an area that could be harboring pests, and always check yourself for ticks once you’ve finished.
Check Your Windows
There’s nothing better than opening your windows and letting the fresh spring air fill your home, but it’s important to make sure that you're not inadvertently letting pests inside in the process. Start by checking your window screens for tears and punctures and either purchasing new screens or making the repairs yourself before leaving your windows open. Then, examine the space between your window frames and your home’s exterior for gaps. Cold temperatures can cause frames to contract during winter and expand as the weather gets warmer. The shifts are small enough to go unnoticed each season, but they can create visible gaps that provide pests with easy access to your home.
Don't Forget Your Spring Cleaning!
Keeping your home clean won’t guarantee a pest-free spring, but it will reduce the risk of unwanted visitors making their way inside. As you dust throughout your home and get rid of items that have been cluttering your home all winter, don’t forget to look in less frequently used areas of your home for pests. Basements, attics, crawl spaces, and guest room closets are all some of the most common places pests may have taken up residence during winter.
Once you’ve tackled everything on your spring cleaning list, follow these tips to keep pests out for the rest of the season!
- Keep your kitchen clean and free of crumbs.
- Store flour in the freezer and make sure that other perishables are stored in airtight jars.
- Fix leaky faucets and invest in a quality dehumidifier if any rooms in your home are particularly humid. Laundry rooms and basements are the two areas you should check first!
- Make sure that your trash can’s lid fits tightly and that you’ve thoroughly rinsed anything that’s going into the recycling bin.
You shouldn’t have to pay in order to keep pests from making your home their own. Look for a company that offers free, no-risk estimates that allow you to understand both the extent of the problem as well as the available options.
Pest control is like any other service — you deserve to work with friendly and helpful staff members who take the time to understand your needs and answer any questions you have. If you don’t feel like a company cares, it’s time to move on.
Make sure that you understand exactly what you’re paying for when you sign a contract. The best pest control companies will provide you with a clear and transparent quote that doesn’t include hidden charges or fees.
The only thing worse than having pests in your home is having them return once you’ve already paid for pest control services. Look for a company like Anchor Pest Services that offers a pest-free guarantee on every job.