Never too Early to Think About Spring Pests

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It may seem like we are just starting winter with all of the recent snow storms we’ve had in February – but believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. Before we know it, the temperatures will increase, the snow will have melted – and we’ll enter the season of mud! In addition to muddy shoes, spring introduces another challenge we should start thinking about, spring pests.

Common Spring Time Pests in New York

When it comes to damage-causing pests, the two worst offenders for New York homes in the spring include carpenter ants and termites.

Carpenter Ants - In the spring, carpenter ants begin to journey out from their colonies in search of mates. They will swarm, mate, and reproduce. If you see flying ants inside your home this time of year, it’s a good idea to call on professional pest control technicians to inspect your home and eliminate possible infestations. Carpenter ants can damage any wood that they infest. They don’t eat the wood but chew through it to make tunnels and nests.

Termites - Termites come out of their nests in the spring and look around to find a mate to start a new colony with as well. Because termites only travel a short distance from their nest to find a mate, if you see swarming termites in your home you can guarantee you have a termite infestation either in your home or is in very close proximity. Termites feed on wood and can cause so much damage to the structure of a home that it can be deemed unlivable. Termites are often invisible, hiding inside the walls and structures of your home, and damages go unseen until they are extensive. It’s a good idea to have a professional termite inspection and take steps to prevent infestation rather than wait until you have visible signs of termite damage.

Spring Cleaning - As the temperatures increase and insects come out of hiding and become more active, you can take steps to help prevent the insects from checking out your home as a warm and moist place to live. Give your home a thorough spring cleaning. If any window screens are torn or ripped, replace or repair them before opening the windows to let the warm air in. Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed, and seal any cracks and crevices in your foundation. Ensure all food is properly stored in sealed containers, and clean up all spills, crumbs, and garbage immediately.

Spring Pest Control Services

To prepare for the warmer temperatures that bring many pests out of hiding, give Thomas Pest Services a call. We can inspect your property to identify potential pests and suggest a year-round pest control plan for all types of spring pests that may target your home.


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