Seasonal Pest Report
Pests constantly seek food and shelter, making homes vulnerable to infestation year round. As temperatures rise and fall, pest activity changes. This is why different pests become more of a nuisance during different seasons. Listed below are the most common seasonal invaders that make pest control a year-round necessity.
SPRINGSpring weather can bring rain showers and flowers, but it can also invite ants and other pests into your home and yard. Common spring pests include: spiders, aphids, wasps, ants, fleas, ticks, and pantry pests such as Indian meal moths.
SUMMERWasps and yellow jackets are active in warmer months, as well as ants, earwigs, millipedes, crickets, and outdoor cockroaches. Extended periods of drought and warm weather will affect food supply, forcing pests such as spiders, ants, scorpions and rodents to venture indoors for food and water.
FALLSpiders, beetles, box elder bugs, rodents, and other overwintering pests begin to move indoors as temperatures drop and cooler weather approaches. These pests like to use walls, voids, basements and attics as their winter retreats.
Warmth indoors attracts pests into your living spaces. Cold weather conditions bring inside rodents, silverfish, spiders, cockroaches, and fleas. Pests can also be brought inside on plants, food products, firewood, and other items.
Rainfall and moisture will continually aggravate ant colonies throughout the winter, forcing ants to seek dry ground indoors. Moisture can also promote pest reproduction and accelerate growth, thus increasing the need for pest control service maintenance.
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