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Spring Pests You Should Watch For

As the weather warms for spring, the bugs and pests that have been dormant all winter start to make their appearance yet again. Whether this is your first or fifteenth spring season in your house, it's in your best interest to familiarize yourself with some of the pests that you're likely to encounter so that you can not only recognize them but also be aware of how to deal with them.


Ticks are widely publicized because of their risk for spreading Lyme disease. However, many homeowners dismiss the possibility of encountering these pests on their property. In most cases, ticks hide in shady areas, such as around shrubs or tall grass. As you or your pets walk by, they jump from their hiding spots to you. The best way to prevent them from settling around your home is to keep your grass cut frequently so that it stays below three inches in height. In addition, you should have all of the shrubs and yard perimeter treated with a pest control product that's designed to repel ticks.


Cockroaches like spaces that are dark and damp. That means that when the sunny spring weather hits, they flee their outdoor hiding spaces in favor of sneaking into your home to find more damp, dark areas where they can hide. If you have such spaces that are in close proximity to water and food sources, that's even more likely to draw them in. Bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are popular areas for cockroaches to nest. Barrier sprays will often discourage them, but if you end up with an infestation, you'll have to work with exterminators to treat your entire home to eliminate them.

Japanese Beetles

Starting the spring season as grubs, Japanese beetles are damaging to your property from the beginning. While in the grub stage, they eat the roots of your lawn, killing the grass and leaving you with brown and bare patches in your yard. As the weather warms up, they come out of the ground in their final beetle form. As beetles, they will eat the leaves and plants in your yard. In large enough numbers, these pests can destroy your landscaping. A pest control company can treat the yard with a deterrent, and you can apply grub killer to your lawn to keep them from developing.


Wasps will start to appear as early as the very beginning of spring. The warm weather approaching encourages the wasps to come out of hibernation and start building a new nest. Unfortunately, that new nest can often be problematic if it's built on your house or near the doors. Before the wasps can really establish themselves near your house, you should have the area treated by an exterminator. It requires killing all of the adults and then pulling the nest down to remove the rest. You can discourage wasps from nesting on your house by putting up nest decoys.


Termites are another common spring infestation. As the weather warms up outside and the ground gets warmer, termites become more active. They'll find their way into your house in search of food, or they'll eat their way through the base of your home if it's trimmed in or constructed with wood. Termites nest in colonies, and they increase in numbers rapidly. Since they eat the cellulose content of the wood in your home, a large infestation can seriously threaten the structural integrity of your home. You'll want to have a pest control specialist inspect your house periodically for any signs of termite damage, and have the property treated if any are spotted. The sooner you address them, the greater your chances of eliminating them easily.