Every season has its own distinguishable characteristics. These conditions determine which kind of flora and fauna thrive at different times of the year. Some creatures do so well during a particular season that their population increases are regarded as “pest levels.” Identifying seasonal pests is a handy skill to prevent infestation.
Spring sees the reawakening of plant life after winter hibernation. Flowers, trees, and shrubs aren’t the only living things that regenerate in the warming months. With a moderate and moist environment (and renewed food supplies), spring is an ideal season for pests like:
Insects love the heat of summer. They can also move faster during this season and evade predators. They can eat and breed — and multiply. Common summer insects include:
- Yellow Jackets
- Bed bugs
- Wasps, bees, and hornets
In the autumn months, most animals are preparing reserves and establishing nesting grounds for the winter. Small animals, however, are more vulnerable during this time and would likely choose a permanent fixture (e.g. gardens, homes, and other buildings) as their winter retreat. Pests that can become problems at this time are:
- Slugs and Snails
- Stink Bugs
During the winter, most plants and animals slow down. Potential pests (or insect eggs) hide to survive until spring. With your home providing warmth and food, more potential pests would try to build their nesting ground indoors. The most common winter pests are:
- Mice and rats
- Firewood bugs
How to prevent possible infestation
1. Remove food sources. Clean food spills and crumbs, seal food containers, and properly dispose of food waste. With no food source, hungry pests are less likely to raid your pantry.
2. Dry out moist areas in your home. Moisture attracts pests like ants and flies.
3. Seal all openings. These include cracks in your walls, attic windows, and chimneys. Repair window screens and replace door seals. Pests (like rats and mice) can sneak into places with very small gaps.
4. Hire pest control and removal service experts. Some pests can’t be managed by simple home remedies, and you might end up worsening your pest problem. Professional pest controllers know how pests behave and know how to eliminate the problem.
Professional pest control and removal services are available all seasons. Call Pro-Pest today if you have seasonal pest problems: (416) 487-4179 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.