If you’re like us you probably enjoyed another winter marked by unseasonably warm weather.
While a mild winter may mean less time spent shoveling your driveway, the warm temperatures may have a negative effect on bug levels this spring. A shortened winter combined with a moist, rain-dominated spring means bugs are going to be more problematic than usual.
“Our clients are concerned that pest activity will be high this year. I anticipate ants, spiders and termites to be out in full force come spring,” explained owner Matt Ostrander.
In order to prepare for these unwelcome pests, it’s highly recommended that you call Mick’s Exterminating today and schedule your spring home protection treatment soon. In the meantime, we’ve taken the time to highlight three pests to keep an eye out for and offer some at-home prevention tips.
We’ve all been there. You accidentally leave a sweet morsel on the counter for a night and come back to find it crawling with little black dots. That’s right, we’re talking about ants. Tiny and capable of sneaking in through the smallest crevices, ant numbers can quickly go from one to 100. Be on the lookout for two different types of Missouri ants. Brownish-black carpenter ants love to nest in wood and can cause damage to your home, whereas black odorous house ants typically infest kitchens and gardens.
Prevention tips: The best way to eliminate ants is to be proactive. Clean your home regularly, remove old and untreated wood, and ensure any and all food is sealed properly. Without a source of food, ants are unlikely to be attracted to your home.
Missouri is home to two kinds of spiders: Wolf Spiders and Brown Recluse. Both spiders are commonly found outside during spring and summer, however Brown Recluses also inhabit old homes and host a poisonous bite.
Wolf spiders prefer ground-based habitats like under flat rocks or logs and are often found in low vegetation or leaf litter, such as gardens. Take extra precaution when spending time in heavily forested areas.
Brown Recluse spiders present a danger both outdoors and inside homes. In addition to living in woodpiles, sheds, and otherwise dry and undisturbed places, these spiders can be found indoors near old cardboard, infrequently used beds, piled clothes, under furniture, and behind baseboards. For this reason, it’s smart to wear covered shoes and gloves while working or cleaning in these areas to prevent being bitten.
Prevention tips: Apply EPA-registered materials outside your foundation to protect your home by reducing spiders and eliminating their food source (other insects). Minimize clutter and be especially careful near dark or stagnant piles.
Causing over 5 million in damage a year, termites rank among the worst and most destructive pests in Missouri. These insects live in colonies and typically come in large numbers, making them extremely detrimental to vulnerable homes. Warm weather conditions may cause termites to swarm, forming a cloud of insects that is often mistaken for flying ants.
Knowing the differences between termites and ants is important and could prevent thousands of dollars in damage to your home. If you see or suspect a swarm, contact a Mick’s pest professional immediately!
Prevention tips: Ensure all cracks and crevices in doors, windows, and wooden areas are filled and sealed properly. If you suspect termite damage, call a Mick’s professional to learn more about our safe Sentricon System.
With the knowledge that a warm winter may cause an increase in spring pest numbers, the best advice for homeowners is to be proactive. Contact Mick’s today to schedule a free consultation and be sure to check out our Solution page for in-depth information on all the pests that could be bothering you.