Common Springtime Pests
April 14, 2017
Spring has arrived, and it brings with it warm weather, rainy afternoons and blossoming flowers. Unfortunately, that’s not all it brings. As the temperatures increase, many insects come out of hiding with a renewed energy and a strong desire to multiply. Now that spring is upon us, every homeowner in South Florida should be prepared for and be on the look out for termites, chinch bugs, stinging insects, and ants.
As spring rolls in, so does the notorious termite swarm season. The warm spring weather and the humidity following the classic spring showers create the perfect climate for termite mating season. Winged termites are usually seen swarming in the late afternoon and evening hours, and even more likely to swarm after a rainstorm. If you happen to spot a swarm of winged termite in or near your home, you should contact your local pest control company right away to set up an inspection as soon as possible. Homeowners should mess around when it comes to possible termite infestation.
Spring is well known for being nature’s mating season, so pest and insect populations tend to increase during this time of year. Naturally, insect activity in your lawn and garden will be on the rise as well, which means that its time start spending more time on lawn care and more time making sure to keep the growing amounts of harmful insects out of your garden. Chinch bugs, among others, become especially problematic in the late spring months. They cause visible damage to your grass in the form of dried-out brown spots, but they are especially problematic because the damage from a chinch bug is often mistaken for sun damage and then not given proper care.
During the winter they stayed hidden by snuggling up in little crevices to sleep the cold away, but, now that spring is here, these stinging insects are waking up from their long nap full of energy and ready to multiply. Stinging insects like wasps and hornets will immediate start to search for safe place to their eggs and start their colonies. Beneficial bugs like bumble bees will venture out towards the garden to begin pollination. No matter which one it is, you don’t want any of these stinging bugs in the house or on the patio and you should go ahead and treat them soon before they can establish themselves. However, the best move is to call your local pest control company and ask them to help. A trained professional can remove any nest safely and completely, so that you are not at risk of a painful sting. In addition, a professional will be able to properly relocate a bumble bee hive so that the bumble bees can continue to benefit our ecosystem somewhere that is safe for us and for them.
As the temperatures get warmer, we want to spend more time outside: having cookouts, go swimming, and just enjoying the weather. It seems like the ants have the same idea. The ants gravitate towards all of the food leftovers and left-behind soda cans from our fun-filled outdoor gatherings. It’s no wonder the ants are more active in the spring. Ants are just nuisances for the most part, but you should definitely watch out for giant fire ant mounds the next time you visit the parks. Accidentally stepping on one those can be quite the painful springtime experience.
If you have or begin to have any of these pests issues please contact us today. We have trained professionals that will help take care of your pest problem.
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