Five Most Common Pests To Watch Out For This Spring
After a long Winter, Spring is finally here in Maryland. There are a lot of wonderful things that come with the return of warm weather like the sun, greenery, and outdoor fun. However, warmer weather also brings pests. Most pests spend the winter months hibernating or lying dormant. Once the weather turns though, they come out in full force, looking to feed after the long season. Here are the most common pests you can expect to return during spring:
1. Ants: When the temperature warms up, ants leave their colony in search of food and to find new locations to spread. Ants are usually found outside, but they can enter your home looking for food. If you see a single ant this Spring, it means there’s a colony nearby that needs to be addressed.
2. Mice: Mice can be a year-round nuisance inside your home. However, like most mammals in the wintertime they hibernate and come out in the Spring to breed and find food. Mice can easily enter your home. They can fit through openings as small as quarter of an inch. Mice are great at hiding though. So the best way to check for them is to look for feces and signs of chewing. If you notice any signs, you should call an exterminator immediately.
3. Ticks: Ticks are a big problem in Maryland because they transmit Lyme disease. In the winter time, ticks will lay dormant in leaf litter and uncleared brush. In the Spring they can emerge fully active and ready to source food and reproduce. Ticks are most numerous in the Spring, so it’s the most important time of the year to implement pest control for ticks.
4. Wasps: Wasps stay dormant during the Winter months, but become very active in the Springtime. Springtime brings flowers, which brings their primary source of food. So they are usually out in full force in the Spring. Spring is also when they establish their hives and lay eggs. The best time to start treating for wasps is in the Spring.
5. Mosquitoes: Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes don’t die in cold weather. They don’t regulate their body temperature, so they just become dormant. In fact, female mosquitoes can even lay eggs in the winter time. When the temperatures rise in the Spring, it gives mosquitoes the energy to become active again. If you are going to treat your Maryland property to mosquitoes, it’s recommend you start as early as March.
All five of these Spring pests can be controlled by the extermination experts at BugOut Termite & Pest Control. If you see signs of any of these pests on your property, give us a call at 410-760-6065. We’ll come out, assess your property, and help put together a comprehensive plan to get rid of these nasty pests.