With springtime just around the corner, it is crucial for homeowners to be prepared for the potential pests that may try to invade their homes in the upcoming months. Check out the following list of the most common springtime pests and how to deter them.
Springtime is also termite season, which means that termites are creating new colonies and reproducing. These little guys love to eat wood, and the amount of damage they could inflict on your property is endless. Avoid termite infestations, making sure to check your roof and attic regularly, as well as your foundation and the ground underneath your home, repairing any broken tiles on your roof, removing cardboard boxes from your home, and dehumidifying your roof if you find it is damp.
Like termites, spring moisture also invites cockroaches to roam throughout a homeowner’s property. Even though cockroaches do not threaten your property in the way termites do, they can carry dirt and bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, which can easily be transferred to you and your family if they enter your home and come in contact with the things you touch. To deter cockroaches, eradicate sources of excess moisture around pipes and weather-stripping.
When it comes to spiders, any hole becomes a pathway for their entry. The best way to deter them is to reduce any potential pathways. If you see a web, look at the area close by to try to see where the spiders infiltrated, and patch the hole. In addition, re-caulking your windows is a good way to decrease the number of entryways spiders can crawl through.
Spring rain compels ants to seek comfort inside, making them one of the most common springtime pests. But luckily, they are not too hard to deter. The number one way to prevent an ant infiltration is to make sure your home is cleaned on a regular basis. Do not leave food or sugary drinks out overnight, as this is a great way to ensure that a pile of ants will end up on the scene the next day.