Spring is officially here! While this time means that the weather is warming up and the flowers and plants are blooming, it also means that pests are coming out of hiding. Make sure you’re prepared for the increased activity with these tips.
Common Spring Pests and How to Get Rid of Them
With over 40 kinds of ants, Arizona is home to the most species in the United States, which also means the area more is susceptible to ant infestations than anywhere else in the country. Harvester, carpenter, and fire ants are the most typical ants found in the state, and despite how small they’re, some do pack a painful bite and sting.
Ants are scavengers, so they’re most attracted to food and drink. While you may do your best to keep a clean house, if you miss even the smallest bits and crumbs, you could find yourself with an infestation. The best practice to prevent ants is to make sure you wipe up any spills right away as well as sweep and mop the floors frequently during the spring and summer.
If you still have issues with ants after that, you should call the experienced team at Arizona's Best Choice Pest & Termite Services for a comprehensive and proven method of removing ants and keeping them out of your home and yard. Store-bought products can sometimes help if there are only a few ants, but most of the products available to homeowners are not strong enough to completely eradicate the issue.
With the flower finally reaching full bloom mid to late spring, bees and wasps are most active. However, it’s not unheard of for them to come out early, so it’s still a good idea to prepare for them now.
While bees and wasps aren’t looking to invade your home like ants, they will swarm and build hives near it. This can pose a risk, as those stung too many times in a short period or who have an allergic reaction to stings may suffer severe injuries or even death. Arizona also has Africanized honey bees, which are very territorial and aggressive, and will sting for almost no reason, so despite how important bees are to the environment and the ecosystem, it’s best to get the hive handled.
If you have a beehive or a wasp nest somewhere around your home, it’s best to leave the situation to professionals because most store-bought products are often not strong enough and will only aggravate them. The team at Arizona's Best Choice Pest & Termite Services have the proper tools and experience to handle the hive safely and effectively and will ensure that the bees can’t recolonize.
With increased bug activity during the spring, spiders also become more active. While these creepy crawlies don’t often infest homes in large numbers, some can be dangerous, and others are just unpleasant to have to deal with. They tend to sneak in through cracks, holes, and small openings in windows. If you have spiders in your home, it is likely because they are looking for shelter and a place to find food.
Many spiders pose no threat to you and your family as long as you leave them alone. However, Arizona is home to two of the most dangerous spiders in North America, the Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders, so if you see either in your home, you should contact pest control services immediately!
One way to rid your home of spiders is to clear out their webs when they’re away to prevent them from coming back. This is a great way to get a spider out of your home without killing it. If you spot a dangerous spider, it’s always best to call a pest control company, who can expertly remove the spider without risking a dangerous bite.
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No matter how big or small your pest problem is, the team at Arizona's Best Choice Pest & Termite Services has got you covered! Call at (480) 418-3068 to schedule your appointment today