The beginning of March is not looking like record breaking temperatures across Mid-Missouri but at least we can expect the warming trend to continue. With the official start to spring less than a month away, it is time to start thinking about those pests who always seem to show their faces as Spring arrives. We are talking about spring pests in St. Louis that will be waking up from a long winter’s nap including ladybugs, boxelder bugs and cluster flies.
You may not have known that there were pests overwintering in your home but then again, how often do you visit the attic, crawl spaces or underneath the siding? It is possible that last fall as the temperatures began to cool down, ladybugs, boxelder bugs and/or cluster flies found a warm haven in your home to spend the cold winter months in peace and quiet. These pests, unlike rodents, are typically not going to make their presence known until the weather begins to warm up, which is right about now.
What will you see? The one thing that most of these overwintering pests have in common is that they congregate in large numbers. So it’s not just one or two little ladybugs or flies in the window but many, many more. You will know for sure if you had overwintering pests if a sunny window or door in your home is crowded out with bugs on a warm day in the upcoming weeks.
Unfortunately if these pests are already inside of your home, our fall pest prevention tips will not do much good right now but you certainly can help to prevent future pest problems this spring and summer by doing the following:
Sign up for a year round home pest control services. This is the best way to get rid of existing pest infestations and stop pests before they strike in the future.
Replace any broken or torn window screens if you are ready to open up the home and let the fresh air flow.
Trim back bushes and tree branches so they do not touch the side of the home. This will destroy that bridge many pests use to get into your home.
Remove clutter from the inside of the home...spring-cleaning anyone? Reducing clutter is a great way to reduce places that pests can hide, thus making it less attractive to them. Also, it makes spotting infestations easier.
Deep clean the kitchen and then keep it sparkling. What many pests in the spring and summer are after is the food debris found on the floor and counters or even under kitchen appliances or in other parts of the house. So to prevent future pest problems, eliminate any sources of crumbs, spills or other leftover foods and be sure to get rid of grease build-up around the stove.
For those living in St. Louis and Mid-Missouri, happy early spring! If you would like to learn more about spring pest control in St. Louis or our year round pest control services, please contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today. In addition to pest control, we are also here to help take off some of the stress of your outdoor lawn and landscaping projects with our St. Louis lawn care programs. Give us a call to learn more!