Each new season brings several changes: in addition to changing weather and surroundings, every season also brings different house pests. During the spring, warmer temperatures cause many pests to come out of their winter hiding places. In search of food and water, they may decide to take a look inside your home. Awareness of these springtime pests can help you more effectively pest-proof your home. These are some of the most common house pests in the spring to keep an eye out for.
The months of April, May, and June mark one of two breeding seasons for rats. As such, rats are especially prominent home invaders during the spring. Because rats can often harbor and transmit various diseases, it’s important to prevent them from entering your home. To do so, seal off any gaps in your home’s exterior that are larger than the size of a quarter, and keep all garbage cans covered.
Another prominent spring pest is the carpenter ant. As the weather warms up, these little insects tend to come out of their hiding places in search of food and shelter. They’re tiny, but they can end up doing serious damage to your home. Carpenter ants are notorious for creating colonies in the walls of homes and tunnels in wood, which can result in structural damage. Carpenter ants frequently enter homes through piping, attic vents, electrical wires, and small cracks. As such, it’s important to carefully seal off these areas to block their entrance.
Spiders love the spring. They often enter homes through air vents, poorly sealed widows, and utility pipes, and they typically like to spend time in basements and garages, where temperatures are lower. Many types of spiders you may find in your home are harmless—and they can even be beneficial, since they eat other insects that may wander in. However, certain species such as the black widow or brown recluse are extremely poisonous. As such, you should take measures to rid them from your home immediately. Furthermore, because spiders often enter homes in search of prey, there’s a good chance your home has other insects if you find spiders crawling around.