4 Spring Pests to Be Aware of in Western New York

 Flowers aren't the only thing popping out of the ground this spring. Unfortunately (for most), bugs are a necessary part of our ecosystem and deserve their time in the sun; however, spring shouldn't mean there are pests entering your home or business left and right. While winter weather lasts far too long for some in the Buffalo area, spring pests are still waking up and looking for places to forage and breed. Here are four common spring pests to look out for (and how to avoid them) in Western New York:


Flies

It seems like they never stop coming -- once you squish one fly, you spot another. As the weather warms up, flies search for places to lay their eggs. Like other biting insects, flies are naturally attracted to carbon dioxide; even just breathing we can attract flies! A fly infestation can cause serious health risks. Flies are known to spread various diseases through food contamination, including Salmonella and E.coli. If you have a history of fly problems, try taking these prevention tips:

  • Keep points of access controlled and closed off (seal openings in doors and windows)

  • Add flyscreens to windows for further protection

  • Consistently wipe down kitchen surfaces and clean any food debris from under appliances, garbage, etc.

  • Cover all food sources to prevent contamination


Termites

One spring pest that needs immediate attention when signs arise -- termites. Known as one of the most damaging pests to have in a home or business, termites can cause severe damage to the structure of a building if they are not treated by professionals. An infestation of termites will feed on wood 24-hours-a-day. That's a big problem for a home or business owner. Common signs of termite activity include: damaged floor and ceiling, cracks in foundation or walls, termite droppings or weakened or hollow-sounding wood. What can you do to prevent termites eating away at your home or building structure?

  • Get rid of stored wood, debris and materials from anywhere around your property

  • Repair leaks (high moisture levels can attract termites)

  • Ensure proper ventilation throughout your home or building (moisture reduction)

  • Use termite-treated wood and in your garden, fences, etc.

  • Remove dead trees and stumps from your property


Bees & Wasps

While not quite the same pest, bees and wasps begin building nests in late fall. Bees and wasps, like yellow jackets, are known to defend their nests to the death, with wasps generally being more aggressive. A bee or wasp nest in your hard or home can be problematic for children, for people with a bee allergy -- it can even be life-threatening. While the dangers of bees and wasps may be known to most, it's important to note that bees are a vital part of our ecosystem. When removing bees, you'll want to call a professional to avoid breaking any state or local laws. In the meantime, here's what you can do to prevent bees and wasps from infiltrating your property:

  • Regularly check your home and property for nests in early spring; it's likely they will be the size of a walnut or golf ball at this time of year (pay special attention to lofts, garages, gutters)

  • Make sure bins and receptacles outside are tightly closed

  • Keep in mind that bees and wasps are attracted to sweet perfume, bright colors and sugar foods (try to limit these when outdoors)

  • Early treatment on nests will eliminate the chance of painful stings and the problem growing


Ants

Ants are often the first pests we spot when spring hits! While mostly entering your home in search food, ants will nest nearby if they like what they find in your kitchen. Depending on the type of ant, you may be at risk of damage to your home. Not only do ants contaminate any food they find, their numbers grow quickly -- leading to more problems. Where you find one ant, there's more than likely thousands more close by. So, what can be done to keep ants out this season?

  • Clean food and liquid spills right away; sweep up floors and wipe down surfaces

  • Store food in tightly closed containers

  • Seal entrance points and make sure there's no cracks or holes in windows/door frames

  • If you have a pet, try limiting the amount of time your pet's food is exposed (or create a "moat, which you can learn more about here)


Enjoying Spring In A Pest-Free Home


Of course, we all want to enjoy a spring season filled with sunshine. The good news is you still can! If your prevention tips fall short and you find pests entering your home or property this spring, contact Ehrlich for a free estimate to solve your pest problem quickly and safely -- guaranteed.


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