Watch Out: Bugs Become More Active In the Spring
Springtime has been said to be an awakening for many reasons. One reason that you may not be excited for spring is that many home-invading insects become active this time of year. In fact, once the temperature hits approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit, many bugs celebrate a new life cycle with a vengeance that may hit homeowners hard.
While some home-invading insects are harmless — some are already said to be helpful, like spiders — some insects can bite or sting and some can already damage your home. No matter what creepy crawly invader has taken up residence in your home, most people do not enjoy sharing their living space with anything that has more legs than we do.
Bees and Wasps
One kind of insect you’ll want to address early on if you end up seeing them close to your home are stinging insects like bees and wasps. Unfortunately, bees and wasps may enjoy the wintertime in your warm, dark attic or eaves then appear in the spring. You’ll want to treat the areas you see these pests coming in and out of as soon as you can so they don’t habited near your home and end up reproducing, making more insects that can harm you and your family.
Although spiders are creepy and incite irrational fear among many, you might want to think twice about killing them. Spiders truly prey upon other insects, preventing them from being more of a nuisance in your home. However some spiders do bite and can be bothersome. Rarely are house spiders a danger to people.
Termite colonies produce swarmers in the spring. Termite swarmers are winged adults that leave established colonies to start a new colony a short distance away. Presence of termite swarmers in or around the home does not necessarily average the house is infested, but it is reason to have the home inspected for the presence of a termite infestation.
These pests are quite shared and can be a big nuisance to homeowners. Most ants are harmless, but can be very hard to get rid of once you have them in your home. They like to venture inside a home, many times in the kitchen, to find food supplies. If you leave food out on your counter the ants will find it. If you don’t catch them early on they may form a nest in your home and copy and satisfy as long as you let them. Carpenter ants are a different story than regular small black ants. Carpenter ants are large and black and they can eat by the wood in your home, similar to termites. These larger ants can cause structural damage to your home, and if you see them in large numbers they may have a colony inside your walls. Call an expert to get rid of them closest to protect your home from future damage.
Just try and keep houseflies from getting inside your home! It seems like any time a door to your house is open these pesky insects find a way inside. This species is always found in association with humans or the activities of humans. Not only are house flies a nuisance, but they can also transport disease causing organisms.
The house centipede is up to 1 ½ inches long and has 15 pairs of very long, almost thread-like, slender legs. House centipedes are found both indoors and out. However the ones found in the bathroom sink or in the bathtub are the ones that cause the most concern. House centipedes satisfy on small insects and – like spiders — could be considered advantageous (although most home owners would disagree!)
Get ready to proportion your home with the oncoming onslaught of insects looking for a warm place to grow. It’s up to you what you can live with, but for the more unhealthy bugs you can always call a local specialized to help protect your home.