Guide to Seasonal Pest Control

Managing Pests in Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

Guide to Seasonal Pest Control

As we move through the different seasons, we tend to see certain pests pop up more frequently. Having a good pest management plan in place can help keep these seasonal critters from invading your home. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common pests in each season and tips for prevention, including professional extermination by Green Pest Control. Let’s get started!

Spring Pests

Ah, spring. The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. The pests are also emerging from their winter hiding spots. Some of the usual suspects this time of year include:

Ants

As the weather warms up, these stinging insects become more active and start foraging for their next meal. To help keep them out:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices where they can enter. A little caulk goes a long way!
  • Clean up any spills or crumbs that they might be attracted to.
  • Use baits or perimeter treatments outside to control nests.

Fleas

If you have pets, flea preventive measures are a must! Here are some tips:

  • Vacuum frequently to pick up eggs and larvae. Make sure to throw the bag away after.
  • Wash pet beds, bedding, and soft toys regularly.
  • Talk to your vet about flea medication for your furry friends.
  • Consider treating your yard to control fleas outside.

Stink bugs

These smelly guys start coming out of hiding as temps rise. Keep them away by:

  • Sealing up cracks around windows, doors, and siding.
  • Checking for entry points under light fixtures, vents, etc.
  • Removing ivy or debris near your home that they can hide in.

Summer Pests

The warm summer months bring their own unique types of pests. Some to watch out for include:

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. Stop them before they start by:

  • Eliminating sources in your yard.
  • Making sure gutters are clear of debris so rainwater can drain.
  • Using fans or citronella candles outdoors.
  • Applying an EPA registered repellent when outside.

Carpenter bees

These large bees drill holes in wood to make their hives. Prevent damage by:

  • Painting or sealing exposed wood surfaces.
  • Plugging existing holes after bees leave in fall.
  • Calling a pro to treat active nests. They use special dusts or sprays.

Cockroaches

Keep roaches from scurrying in with these tips:

  • Store food in sealed containers so they can’t access it.
  • Fix any leaks and keep things dry under sinks.
  • Use baits and traps to control populations.
  • Plug cracks and crevices wherever you can.

A pest control professional can definitely help rid of this problem.

Autumn Pests

Before you break out the pumpkin spice, make sure these fall pests don’t break into your home:

Mice

When the weather turns cool, mice look for warm shelter. Stop them with these tips:

  • Trim bushes and plants away from your home’s exterior.
  • Seal any entry points with caulk, steel wool, or other fillers.
  • Set snap traps along baseboards and in problem areas. Use peanut butter for bait.
  • Plug holes inside with copper mesh so they can’t chew through.

Multicolored Asian lady beetles

These look-alike “ladybugs” invade homes in autumn. Keep them out by:

  • Sealing cracks and gaps around windows, doors, siding, etc.
  • Vacuuming them up as you find them.
  • Avoid squishing them – they can stain!

Cluster flies

These flies look similar to houseflies but are a nuisance in fall. Prevent them by:

  • Closing up cracks and holes in siding where they enter.
  • Installing tight door sweeps below exterior doors.
  • Using a fly swatter or vacuum as you find them inside.

Winter Pests

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean pests take the winter off! Some to be on the lookout for include:

Bed bugs

These sneaky pests spread by hitchhiking on items like luggage and furniture. Stop them by:

  • Checking for signs of infestation like small dark stains or molted skins.
  • Putting down interceptors under furniture legs to trap them.
  • Treating infestations right away with specialized sprays or heat treatment. Don’t delay!

Indian meal moths

Check your pantry! These moths contaminate dry foods like flour, rice, cereal, etc. Prevent issues by:

  • Inspecting packages before storing. Look for webbing or larvae.
  • Freezing items for 4 days before storage to kill eggs.
  • Using airtight containers to store pantry goods.

Rats and mice

As it turns cold, rodents seek shelter indoors. Keep them out with these tips:

  • Plug any interior holes with copper mesh, caulk, or other fillers.
  • Use snap traps or baits to control populations.
  • Clear ivy, debris, and sources of crumbs or messes from around the exterior.

Other Helpful Tips

Seasonal Pest Prevention Guide

Here are some additional pointers to help avoid pests all year long:

  • Take out the trash regularly so it doesn’t attract pests.
  • Avoid leaving pet feed out overnight.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubs trimmed away from your home.
  • Work with exterminators to treat recurring or severe issues.
  • Practice good sanitation by cleaning and taking out the garbage frequently.
  • Store firewood and lumber at least 20 feet away from your home’s exterior.
  • Check for hitchhiking pests when traveling or receiving deliveries.
  • Inspect packages and luggage after trips for any signs of pests. Quarantine if needed.

Staying vigilant with good prevention and control measures can help you avoid headaches caused by seasonal critters. With a proactive approach, you can enjoy each season pest-free.