Pests for Every Season

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

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:

Pests for Every Season

  • Ticks
  • Flies
  • Cankerworms
  • Mosquitoes
  • Ants

Summer

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:

  • Cockroaches
  • Spiders
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Bed bugs
  • Wasps, bees, and hornets

Pests for Every Season

Fall

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:

  • Rodents
  • Bats
  • Slugs and Snails
  • Stink Bugs
  • Birds

Winter

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
  • Raccoons
  • Firewood bugs
  • Termites
  • Cockroaches

Pests for Every Season

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 info@pro-pest.ca.

Halting Ant Infestation in Its Tracks

Ants are helpful to farms and serve a purpose; they’re natural predators and often feed on insects that can cause damage to the roots of plants. They also help pollinate flowers and distribute seeds. But when ants take over your indoor living space, it’s time to eradicate them. Ants can be destructive to property. Expert pest control companies will eliminate the ant nest, remove their food sources, and recommend barriers to prevent new ant infestations. Continue reading

Hard to Miss Symptoms of Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are tiny and freakishly flat. They can easily hide and nest in the vicinity of resting areas — beds and sofas are among their favorite haunts. These give them easy access to an idle and unwitting host they can feast on for hours. They can also travel unnoticed, often hitching a ride on belongings like luggage or used furniture acquired from a local garage sale.

As simple as a bed bug’s means of transportation might be, there are also a few simple and hard-to-miss signs they’ve chosen your mattress as a permanent bed and breakfast. Continue reading

Pest-Proof Your Food Processing Facility or Restaurant

When it comes to food processing facilities and restaurants, it is very important to have a pest control plan in order. First, the facility should hire a professional pest control company that is fully bonded and insured. This will protect the food processing facility against liability. The technician who comes out to assess the pest problem should be able to provide identification, certification, and a license prior to touring the facility and searching for pests of any kind. Continue reading

Eco-Friendly Pest Control Protects Your Home

Sometime in the beginning of the industrial age, pest control took a big turn. Chemical byproducts with suspicious origins began to be used against fleas, ticks, flies, cockroaches, etc. While these mass-marketed sprays and insecticides seemed effective, few people understood the poor side effects for humans. Today we’re more aware that pesticides made from artificial substances are poisonous to humans and animals. There’s now a surge in popularity for natural or eco-friendly products. Continue reading

If you are seeing Carpenter Ants walking around your home in early spring, it’s because they have been living in your home from the year before, or for many years. As it gets warmer the ants are seen less and less, to the point that it seems the ants are gone. The reality is they will live with you until you take a course of action to get rid of them. We at Pro Pest will come out to inspect your property, identify the extent of your problem and find a solution. Call us today!

Every spring, all wildlife prepares for their young. That means they are looking for nesting areas, like in your attic, in walls, stove vents, in garages etc.

Do some prevention before this happens to you. We can do an inspection of your property to determine if there are weak points or current issues.

Call now for an inspection.