Warm weather means more than just melting snow and the packing away of all the winter gear for the season. As much as we all love to feel that warming sunlight on our cheeks it also brings out the insects and other pests that have been hibernating all winter long. Where, you ask? Many pests are noticed in the bathrooms and basements of homes, where the moisture is prevalent. And the kitchen is a bug magnet because of the food sources it can provide. Bugs, like termites, spiders and carpenter ants, tend to spend their winters hunkered down but are ready to roll again in the warm weather.

You might think one or two of these pesky bugs are not a big deal but it won’t take these pests long to reproduce! Reproduction for bugs is not one or two, its hundreds or even thousands of new, tiny guests inside your home. Even your yard can be under siege as the weather gets warmer. Bees, wasps, and mosquitoes buzzing around your gardens and family all summer long is never a fun way to spend this long awaited season. Outdoor activities can potentially lead to itchy mosquito bites or a painful sting, if you are unaware and do not use precautions to protect yourself. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can discourage bugs from thriving in your home or yard.

  1. Pests can find their way into your home through tiny cracks around siding, doors, windows and pipes. Make sure that all of your screens and weather stripping is in good repair and water pipes, sewer pipes and other lines leading into the structure are sealed tight with caulking.
  2. Pests, like mosquitoes, need water to breed. Any standing water in pots, trash bins and puddles are breeding grounds for them. Make sure they are emptied and any pipes that are leaking are repaired. If you live in a wet area, mosquito repellent is a must to protect your family.
  3. Store any wood or brush away from the exterior of your home. Bugs frequently set up housekeeping here and can easily be transported into your home, if you are not careful.
  4. Whether it is inside or out, keep all food in airtight containers. All pests are on the lookout the entire season for a new food source. Pet foods, bread, grains and other edibles we tend to leave out or in the original containers they came in are easily detected.
  5. Keep your grass and shrubs trimmed and away from the home. Bugs will use what is natural to them as a highway to your house and then creep in under the siding to build nests or find other access to the inside.

If you do find that you have a pest problem inside your home, call your local pest professional for advice and an inspection to keep your home happy, healthy and pest free this spring.