This is the time of year when you really need to ramp up your pest control services, whether that means controlling them yourself, hiring a professional, or a little bit of both. Let’s take a look at some of the annoying critters you can look forward to in the next several months and what you can do about them.
If you find evidence of termites in your home, there’s a good chance that their numbers are already quite strong. A colony will often consist of tens of thousands of the wood-eaters. While some homeowners will try to tackle an infestation themselves, it’s best to contact professional pest control services, because eliminating that many termites and making sure they don’t come back can be a very difficult process.
These little parasites are actually a problem no matter what time of year it is. But it’s important to mention them due to the recent “bed bug fever” that’s sweeping the nation … and not in a good way. These tiny creatures are hard to see, and often difficult (though not impossible) to detect, so if you think you have more than just a few, it’s probably time to pick up the phone and call professional pest control services.
Bees & Wasps
Not only is springtime in the air, but so are bees and wasps. For the most part, these pests don’t normally present any real danger, per se. After all, they don’t carry disease and they won’t try to eat your food. So a bee or wasp here and there isn’t a big deal. It becomes a problem, however, when a bee hive or wasp nest appears on your property, because the chance of being stung increases. They have even been known to invade the walls of an apartment or house. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it is important that you enlist pest control services with the skill and tools needed to remove a hive or nest. Whatever you do, DO NOT try to fix the problem yourself.
Chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp. No, that’s not the sound of a cute bird outside your window. It’s the annoying call of the male cricket inside your home. Move a couple feet and the noise stops, only to begin again later (usually when you’ve gone back to bed, of course). To prevent crickets from entering your home in the first place, seal up any entry points, including cracks and gaps that you find. For the ones that have already made their way inside, investing in a few cricket traps should do the trick.
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