The mild winter we had on Long Island this year was great for people who hate shoveling snow or dealing with super cold temperatures. But does a warm winter increase spring pests?
Insects react to extreme cold in various ways. Some types of insects die off but leave behind eggs that can survive extreme cold, and then hatch in the warmer weather of spring. However, a warm winter and early spring means that less of those insects have died off so you’re dealing with them and their hatching eggs.
Most Common Spring Bugs
While many kinds of insects emerge in the spring, certain species are especially prevalent. Among those are ants, carpenter ants, spiders, earwigs, termites, and wasps.
Short, mild winters also mean insects have a larger breeding season. The early spring can lead to an especially buggy summer.
What Bugs Come Out in Spring?
As the old saying goes, to everything there is a season. That especially holds true for most insects. Among the bugs that come out every spring are:
- Carpenter ants
- Carpet beetles
- Carpenter bees
In some cases, the early spring means that some insects, like ticks, start their season earlier rather than with increased numbers. So be prepared to take tick precautions about a month earlier and consider talking to us at Arrow about tick control services. Similarly, mosquito season is likely to start earlier this year due to the weather so avoid having standing water near your home and call us for mosquito treatment.
Termites usually swarm in mid-spring, looking for mates. An early spring means this can happen also happen sooner than usual. Most homeowners aren’t aware of an existing termite infestation until they see a swarm or find damaged wood. A termite inspection can help you discover and treat termites faster, decreasing damage.
Spring Cleaning Advice to Prevent Pests
As the weather gets warmer, you don’t want your home to become an attractive haven for insects. Follow these maintenance and cleaning tips to prevent a bug infestation:
- Keep your kitchen clean
- Store food in sealed containers
- Keep trash tightly lidded
- Trim trees and shrubs away from the house
- Seal cracks, gaps and crevices
- Don’t use mulch near the house
- If you have mulch already, turn it periodically so it dries properly
- Repair screens and doors
- Clean gutters
Call Arrow To Handle All Spring Insect Infestations
If termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees or other insects are invading your home or business this spring, call our pest control experts at Arrow Exterminating to help you. We’ll help identify problems, and then we’ll explain our plan to stop your infestation. To get started, contact Arrow today.