Pest Control News

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Spring Pest Control

Spring Pest Control

We may still be in the throes of a grey, cold winter but when it comes to pest prevention, it pays to be one step ahead.
Springtime is the time that wildlife wakes up. It is the season where eggs hatch and larvae pupate. It is the season where new life bursts forth meaning, it can also be the season during which pest problems take hold.
With these prevention tips, you could possibly prevent pest problems this year…

The Roof

The roof is a hotspot for bees, hornets and wasps. If you notice loose or missing tiles after the storms of winter, get these replaced and fill any other cracks with roofing cement. Make sure that gutters and drainpipes are cleared of debris and standing water. Check the underside of eves for nests and the like.

Air Vents

Air vents are essential to the ventilation of your home so covering them up is not an option. They are, however, easy access and egress points for ants and wasps. Rather than blocking the vent, have your air vents covered with ventilation covers. This makes getting in harder for pests but allows your home to breathe.

The Attic

The attic is the ideal place for pests to set up home and raise their young. Wooden beams and cardboard boxes, along with stored items, make ideal nesting material. Hornets and wasps love the attic.
Store things in plastic boxes and regularly inspect the attic for pests, such as testing wooden beams for termite infestation. If the wood is soft and spongy, you could have a problem.

The Bedroom

The bedroom is the place that bed bugs can lurk, as well as flies and wasps. Even though the warmer weather of spring is a welcome relief after winter, be careful leaving windows open for too long.
Inspect for signs of pests from time to time, especially bed bug. Wash bed linen at 60° every now and then, making sure to vacuum the mattress and bed frame on a regular basis. Always empty the vacuum once you have finished too, or bedbugs and other critters simply crawl out and back into your home.

The Garden

Most people are happy to see wildlife frolicking in the garden but when the population becomes too much, or the pests make their way into your home, you may not be too keen.
Full of food and places to shelter, your garden will attract bees, ants, flies, hornets, ticks and wasps, as well as foxes and rabbits too.
The top pest prevention tip for the garden is to keep the garden tidy, removing piles of garden detritus and debris so that unwanted pests don’t move in. Keep lids on bins, especially compost bins.

The Garage

And finally, you may not have taken too much notice of the garage over winter, far too cold a place to loiter. But, check the corners and stores items for nests, especially hornets and wasps. You may find a wasp that looks dead but is in fact, a mated queen deep in slumber waiting for the spring to wake up and build her nest in your garage.
Garages are also a haven for rats and mice too especially if there is plenty of nesting material around.

If the spring does bring an unwanted pest, call us for the best in local pest control service.