How to Prevent Common Springtime Pests
Springtime brings life, abundance, and beauty to the world after the long chill of winter, but it also brings with it a troublesome piece of the earth’s new awakening. And often, it requires you pull out that number of your good old local exterminator and give them a call.
Preventing springtime pests can be a hassle, but the benefits outweigh the extra effort. As pests emerge from the long winter and begin to breed, your home can become a disco dance floor for ants, beetles, spiders, and rodents, among others. Massachusetts rodent control efforts spike during this season, and mice and rats begin to quickly populate and expand their broods.
To prevent pests from raining on your springtime parade, employ these preventative measures to keep your warmer weather full of fun and relaxation.
- Check your trash cans. Check the lids of your trash and recycle cans, both those under your kitchen sink, and outside your home. Anywhere that there are food scraps can be invitations to pests. Rinsing out your garbage cans can also help prevent pests.
- Remove overgrown trees and shrubbery. Get out those shears and start pulling those overgrown weeds away from the foundation and roof of your home. Weeds, trees and bushes can both hide areas where pests can enter the home, and can also provide conduits to home entry. Rodents can climb trees and get onto the roof, where the winter may have left shingles out of place and potential entryways open.
- Maintain Your Home’s Exterior. Shrubs and trees can hide entryways into your home, but it’s also important not to just cut back foliage, but also to patch up any existing holes and cracks in the exterior of your home. Check roofs, windows, and doorways to see make sure that your home is sealed and secured.
- Keep it clean. Another important part of preventing pests from entering your home, is keeping enticements out of reach. Take a spring-cleaning approach to your kitchen, pantry, attic, and basement and ensure that there aren’t scraps or broken bags of food lying around.
To avoid springtime pests in the Northeast such as New Hampshire, pest control is first in the hands of the homeowner. Take a good look at your home after winter’s long, lengthy toll, and make sure that it is clean, patched up, and that the home’s exterior is clear of debris.
Which Pest Issues are DIY, and Which Require a Professional?
DIY Pest Control
Unfortunately, this is not always a cure-all. There are some dangers to be had in attempting DIY pest control. Most pest control methods make use of poisons that may be harmful to you and your family, as well as your precious pets. It’s of ultimate importance that you follow all instructions for usage carefully and keep them away from kids, pets, and your food when attempting to control pests yourself.
Call in the Professionals
Some pest issues are best dealt with by professionals. Termite and bed bug infestations are two of these issues. Termites are difficult to eradicate with store-bought pesticides, and they can be difficult to remove from your home because of their size and their dwelling location inside the walls and wood in your home. Further, they can do some significant damage to the structure of your home in a very short period of time. Bed bugs can also be difficult to get rid of, and they generally do not respond well to store-bought pesticides.
Rodent infestations are another reason to call in professional New Hampshire rodent control services. There are numerous products that are readily available on the market today that give homeowners a solution for treatment of rodent infestation. However, rodents typically multiply quickly, and an infestation problem can quickly get out of hand. Their droppings can also carry pathogens such as the Hantavirus.
While pest control service may be expensive, it is recommended in certain cases that you call in the pros over a do-it-yourself job. This is particularly true for pests that are difficult to treat with store-bought treatments, those critters that carry pathogens, and the ones that can cause direct damage to your home.
Handling a Trail of Carpenter Ants
So one day you’re moving about your house, and you run across a thin trail of ¼ to ½ inch long, bowed-antennae ants marching across the floor. What are they and what do you do about them?
Carpenter ants, like termites, live in colonies and excavate damaged wood. They will often invade a home when looking for food. If you find a trail of ants, resist the urge to step on them. They will only redirect their path, and you may lose the trail altogether.
Follow these simple guidelines to rid yourself of carpenter ants:
- Remove moist, rotting, or old wood. Especially in the Northeast areas such as New Hampshire, carpenter ant control starts with removing old logs, dead trees, and other moist, dense areas of brush from your property. This means storing firewood away from the house. Replace any water-damaged pieces of wood. Ants will seek out this wood as it is easier to build nests in.
- Find the nest. If you can locate the nest and remove the carpenter ants (by destroying it or vacuuming out the ants) then you may be able to swiftly manage the problem. If you need help finding the source, call in a pest control professional to help you find and eliminate the nest.
- Remove entry access. Once you find how they got in, block off the entrance. If you have shrubs and trees butted up against the sides of your house in areas like New Hampshire, pest control starts with trimming this foliage to prevent carpenter ants from using them as bridges onto your house. Make sure you also seal cracks, fix leaks, and otherwise ant-proof your home.
- Reduce Moisture. Eliminate excess moisture and wet wood to make the environment less hospitable to ants. Fix leaks in the roof, pipes, and sinks. Insulate sweating pipes. Promote ventilation. Use vapor barriers when insulating outside walls. Keep puddles and areas of high humidity away from your house. Adjust the flow of water away from the building.
- Remove food sources. Make sure that you keep your house free from open food. Seal up open containers and keep food off of the floor and away from easy access entry.
Ridding your home of an ant infestation can often be a lengthy, trying experience. Call in a professional and be patient with the outcome. Many small changes around your property can dissuade these little pests from finding your house to be a suitable home.