MOSQUITOS, SPIDERS & TICKS… OH MY!: THE PESTS OF SPRING

The sun is shining, the trees are budding, the temperature’s rising; everything is coming back to life after that long and seemingly endless winter. Along with the arrival of spring comes the reemergence of springtime pests. YUCK!

Every year we look forward to the melting snow and springtime growth, but frequently forgotten, along with those beautiful days come some less-than-lovely creatures. Mosquito bites, crawling ticks, unwanted wasps nests, endless battles with ants, and bursting spider nest sare all part of that inevitable spring thaw. Here’s what you need to know about these dreaded springtime pests and how to manage them. 

PESTS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE SPRING:​

HOW TO MANAGE PESTS IN THE SPRING

Don’t let these pests prevent you from enjoying your spring. Here are some tips for preventing these springtime pests, before they become a problem: 

  1. Clear your yard of debris. Rake leaves and dispose of leaf piles properly. Trim the bushes and hedges. Remove weeds and other plant life that has accumulated over winter. 
  2. Remove any woodpiles. Make sure your woodpiles are not stacked against the side of your home or any other buildings on your property. 
  3. Seal all cracks and openings. Winter weather can cause cracks and gaps to form around your home’s exterior. Check your house for any areas that are not properly sealed like your home’s foundation, window panes, screens and doors. 
  4. Clean the gutters. Clear all of the built-up leaves and debris from your home’s gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to standing water, which in turn, turns into pest pools.
  5. Remove standing water. While it’s not possible to dry out every puddle after it rains, it’s important to remove any standing water that you can around your yard. Dump out kiddy pools and other children’s toys that may collect water. Tip-over empty planters, containers or buckets, and make sure your yard has a functioning drainage system. 
  6. Clean indoors. Time for spring cleaning! Make sure to vacuum regularly, wipe up spills and crumbs and store your foods in airtight containers.

These tips are helpful for avoiding unwanted pests from your property, but if you’ve taken all precautions and still have a pest problem, the best tip is to call a professional. Effective and efficient pest control is what Madsen Pest does best! If you suspect a springtime pest is invading your home, give us a call at (715) 791-4777. Our expert technicians are productive and thorough, allowing you to get back to enjoying your spring!