Snow and ice begin to melt as the air gets warmer, and plants start to bloom. It’s a great time of year, but it’s also a great time for pests to get into your home. Read more to learn what warmer weather means for pest control indoors.
When water gets into cracks and freezes, it also expands. So when moisture is present in existing cracks in foundations and walls, the spaces will get larger. Most pests only need a quarter-inch to enter a home, and if water caused damage over the winter, it could mean new vulnerabilities that didn’t exist last season. Check for possible bug entrances with every significant temperature change, and fill new cracks with foam, screens and caulk.
As snow and ice melt, it leaves the ground soft, damp and easily picked up by shoes and pets. Lots of pests, namely ants, are more than willing to be transported indoors without having to find an entrance themselves. Keep a welcome mat by the door for visitors (and residents) to wipe their feet on. Bugs and insects are also attracted to dampness in attics, basements, and garages. Keeping these areas dry and free of leaks will make it less tempting for unwanted guests to move in.
Warm weather brings plants, plants bring pollen, and pollen brings bees. Equip all open windows with thicker screens to keep pollen out, and brush off pets after they’ve been out in plant-heavy areas.
Earlier winter thaws also mean earlier infestations. The majority of pests are most active in warmer climates, so be aware of when the temperature is expected to rise, and make the necessary preparations. Pest eggs hatch more easily in the heat, so an untreated problem can exponentially worsen. It may be best to book an exterminator agency in advance, as the demand for them will increase with the heat.