Spring is nature’s breeding season. Every species, even those that are active year-round, gets more active in the warmer spring months. When you pay attention to the signs of pests, you can prevent many infestations from getting worse, damaging your home or biting your family. Learn what signs to watch for in these five common pests that you might see this spring:
- Bed bugs
Although bed bugs live year-round, they are a big problem. A mature bed bug can live 7 to 12 months. They are often difficult to find. The signs of bed bugs include seeing fecal or blood stains on your bedding, shed bed bug skins or shells and/or finding raised, red welts on your body. Professional bed bug extermination is typically the best way to eradicate these tiny pests from your home.
Rats and mice are common household pests that can breed successfully very quickly. You might hear these rodents making scratching sounds in your attic or in the walls of your home, but they can be very quiet. Signs of an infestation include droppings, nests and urine-stained areas. To get rid of a mouse colony, you have to find and seal their entry points, then trap the mice or use a rodenticide to get them out of your home.
- Carpenter ants
Although these insects are often mistaken for termites, they can cause as much damage as termites. Carpenter ants do not consume wood, but they hollow out the wood to form their colony. You may see a swarm of insects in the spring as the workers form new colonies. Carpenter ants leave small piles of debris as they tunnel through the wood. Professional pest control is recommended to ensure that proper identification of the insect is made and to get the entire colony to prevent re-infestation.
In the spring, termites are almost in a frenzy as they come out to build new colonies. You may see colonies buzzing around your home. These insects are looking for a place to build a nest. Calling a professional for pest removal Tampa when you see the first signs of termites can reduce the amount of damage sustained. Another sign of termites is discarded wings.
- Wildlife, such as sparrows, pigeons, raccoons or bats
Wildlife can chew through wires and leave dropping behind that are hazardous to humans. One small creature can wreak havoc in a very short time. Watch for signs of wildlife and listen for noises in your attics and walls.
For bed bug extermination or pest removal in Tampa, schedule an inspection with Terminix for the best treatment plan.