When spring arrives, there is a collective sigh of relief that the harsh winter months have finally ended and the warm, pleasant days of spring are upon us. It seems that we look upon spring as a perfect season, not too warm, not too cold, it's just right! Although there are a lot of chores required to prepare for the upcoming summer, we don’t really seem to mind. It feels good to get outside and breathe in that fresh air and feel the breeze blow through our hair. In fact, as we awaken from our long winter’s slumber, we somehow fall into the perception (or misperception) that we have arrived in a vortex of perfection; but it isn’t so. Spring has its own list of problems. Sure, they don’t include sliding on icy roads, or clearing off snow and ice from the windshield, or lugging wood and stoking stoves; but spring surely can have its own hidden dangers.
Consider the fact that as we awake from that long winter’s dredge of survival mode, so do pests. Many pests that have been lying dormant in the great outdoors or in the depths of your home begin to wake up, snuggle up, and reproduce. And don’t lose sight of the fact that they are hungry little beasts. Their main goal is to find a food source and begin their top two priorities of reproducing offspring and tormenting you. So, what exactly are the main threats this spring? Well, there are some old, faithful nemeses and one very important newbie. Let’s take a look.
Termites – these little creatures always top the list because they are extremely elusive and extremely destructive. As these creatures begin to arouse with the warm temperatures, be sure to be on the lookout for the signs they leave or, to be certain they are not feeding on your home by setting up a termite inspection. Don’t take a share in the billions of dollars worth of damages these insects cause each year!
Carpenter Ants – the danger these pests pose are commonly overlooked. While they do not eat wood as termites do, they do tunnel through wood to make nests and byways with which to easily access food sources through. The damages that carpenter ants cause can rival that of the termite. Be on guard!
Mosquitoes – with all the talk about the Zika virus, mosquito awareness is at a peak. While these pests do not pose a threat to the stability of the structure of your home, they certainly do pose a threat to the health and well-being of you and your family. Zika is only one of many viruses that mosquitoes are known to carry and spread. West Nile, malaria, and dengue round out the top of the list for illnesses obtained by a mosquito bite.
Ticks – it is no secret that these little bugs pose huge threats to your health, and this year promises to be a banner year for ticks. It is more important than ever that you protect yourself from these creatures.
Emerald Ash Borer – this is the new kid on the block. These creatures from Asia have recently invaded Missouri and are a real threat to our ash trees. While they are not known to carry or transmit diseases, they do cause severe weakening and death to ash trees. The damages they cause make the possibility of falling trees a real threat and the cost associated with having these damaged trees removed from your yard before they can topple onto your home is staggering, often reaching into the thousands of dollars in some yards. The average cost of removing one damaged ash tree is in the neighborhood of $500! That’s a lot of hard earned cash flying out of your wallet!
The answer to each and every one of these very real threats is simply a phone call away. Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions has been on the leading edge of pest control since 1956. Our highly trained, knowledgeable, and certified technicians can tackle any spring pest issue that you can throw at them. Keep your spring pest free with the help of Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.