On the Cusp of Spring – Pest Control Issues to Consider
March 20, 2018, is the official beginning of Spring – that sort of magical gateway to full-blown pest season. So, what can you do around your Bryan and College Junction homes to prepare for this year’s pest season? In this article, we talk about what you can expect.
Don’t Wait Until Spring
The ugly truth is that pest season is all year long. Sure, there are many insects that overwinter and stop pestering you, but there an equal number that don’t. Fleas are one example. If they can find a nice warm location in your home, on your pet, then they will be happy to raise a ruckus all year long. Bed bugs are another – Ants, spiders, and stink bugs will all enjoy the inside of your home throughout the winter.
Set Wasp Traps Early
The queens overwinter and in early spring and late winter, on a warmish day, the new queens will emerge and fly off to build a new hive. Taking out a queen now takes out an entire colony later. A single yellowjacket colony can reach above 10,000 wasps by the end of summer.
Consider Migratory Birds
Very soon, the migratory birds will pass through. Winter is also a rough time on homes. Be sure to check your soffit vent screens and if you have had bird pest problems in the past, check the eaves to make sure that there are not suitable nesting locations there.
Beware The Babies
Rats, mice, and squirrels are busy giving birth to a multitude of young. Raccoons, possum, and other mammals will also be teaching their young to forage. A mom with babies can be very aggressive. Make sure you are not attracting these critters to your yard by overfeeding pets or leaving food scraps in your garbage.
For more tips on how to deal with pests in your Bryan or College Station home, reach out to our team of professionals.