Just like us, pests also storm out of their shelters with the arrival of spring. Having been kept in the dark for few months with limited food supply, you should expect them to go on a little rampage. They’ll forage for food in your home and if they’re comfortable they’ll build their nest and lay their young there. Before you know it, there’s already an infestation. Here’s how I handle the little nuisance before it becomes a big headache.
Ants: Ants will begin to crawl out of their nests as soon as spring arrives. These insects search for moist areas so it’s not unusual to see them in bathrooms and kitchens. If your home doesn’t have heating ducts beneath its concrete floors, it is more prone to an ant infestation. Common insecticides can’t totally extinguish these pests. Ant baits can catch them but you’ll have to place them in numerous points in your home.
Any type of insecticide should be applied cautiously. Never spray or smear it on countertops, near kitchen utensils, food storage space or heating ducts. Keep your pets and children away until the treatment is completely dry. I also apply insecticides around the foundation of my home once the soil is dry and there ants are already visible.
Spiders: Spiders like to go on a feast after spring. You’ll see them crawling behind furniture, around unfinished areas and basement ceilings, searching for other insects. They hardly ever bite humans but the sight of them alone can be disturbing. Fortunately, they can be rid by common insecticides. Mouse glue boards can also be used to trap these insects. Just place these glue boards on areas that are likely to become spider dens. Inspect the traps to find out if there are other insects inside your property. Remove cobwebs right around your home, do this right after you spot them to stop their reproduction.
Asian Lady Beetles and Boxelder Bugs: Often found on the sunny part of the house, these pests frequent the sides of the doors and windows on warm days. These had been lured by the warm air of your home during late fall and because it’s already getting cold outside, they’d decided to stay behind the drywalls throughout the winter. You can use general insecticides to exterminate them but I think a vacuum cleaner would suffice. To prevent massive infestation, make it a daily habit to vacuum every nook. Seal small cracks on drywalls with clear caulk to remove potential hideouts for these pests. The best time to do this is early fall, but you can still save your place this spring with some simple treatments.
Centipedes, Millipedes and Sowbugs: Various small creeping pests try to get cozy inside homes during the later part of winter. Most of them will simply leave your home with the arrival of the warmer season, but the thought of them lurking around can give you goose bumps. Insecticides may not be very helpful because centipedes, millipedes and sowbugs live in difficult-to-reach areas. If an infestation is suspected, I suggest that you can professional pest control. To keep them out during warmer months, apply treatment around your home’s exteriors.