Diamond Exterminator’s Guide on Common Seasonal Pests
November 12, 2019 - Occasional Invaders
Diamond Exterminators would want to claim that we’ll visit your home once and only once to rid you of your pest problem. But we don’t want to lead you on. Even with our excellent services, a one-time job won’t guarantee that your pests are gone for good.
In fact, you’ll need at least a yearly contract with any pest control company worth their salt to be and stay pest-free.
Several types of pests could infiltrate homes in Virginia Beach, VA at any given time; you might need pest control help to extinguish them all. More importantly, different pests are active at different times of the year — some annoy us during the warm months, others bug us when the weather turns cold.
The (only) positive side of having seasonal pests is that they are predictable. You can prepare for them, even before they try to infest your home. To show you how you can head off the problem by being vigilant all year, Diamond Exterminators compiled a list of pesky critters according to when they become active. Then we show you what to do to help make sure they won’t bother you or your family.
When flowers abound, so do pests like ants, termites, mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and spiders. They’ve been lying low during the winter, seeking shelter deep within. But, as the surroundings begin to thaw, they come out — and they’re hungry, cold, and eager to breed. Warm human homes never looked so inviting.
- Ants leave their colonies, where the food supply has been depleted during winter and venture farther out to replenish their stock. Moreover, spring rains flood their colonies, so they migrate, in droves, to a warmer, drier place (our houses). To prevent an ant invasion, vacuum your home regularly, and store food in airtight containers.
- Bees and Wasps are dormant in the winter. The former has no flowers to pollinate, while the latter has no smaller insects to eat. Spring, therefore, is their active season; they resume activities and build new nests. Keep them out of your house by sealing cracks and holes that they could use to enter your home.
- Mosquitoes are most active in the summer, but their breeding season starts in spring. Rain leaves lots of breeding grounds for mosquitoes — puddles and shallow pools of water — that other seasons, especially winter, cannot provide. Make sure that your home and backyard has no stagnant water (old flower pots, birdbaths, and rain gutters could be a culprit) around to keep these pests from reproducing.
- Termites breed in the spring when they leave their nests and start new colonies. As old colonies mature, they produce termites that are old enough to mate and start a new colony. To ward off these pests, eliminate or reduce sources of moisture in and around your home. Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, or AC units, or any other home repairs.
Hotter days mean more opportunities to feed and breed for insects like flies, mosquitoes, and bed bugs. Summer is their peak season. We recommend concentrating the bulk of your prevention efforts in anticipation of this season.
- Flies are most active during summer when they freely fly around to seek waste, hover over garbage dumps, and drift towards foul-smelling rotten food. Summer is also their breeding season, which is why they multiply tenfold over the warm months. Seal cracks and holes in your walls to keep them out. If you install a fly zapper, keep it away from doors and windows, so you don’t lure flies into your home.
- Mosquitoes also breed abundantly during summer, thanks to summer rains that form stagnant pools of water. Get rid of stagnant water in and around your home to prevent them from multiplying further.
- Termites start colonies in the spring, but you feel the full effect of their infestation come summer. By this time, they’ve established formidable colonies and have a queen that continuously lays eggs to expand. Get rid of the moisture in the wooden parts of your home to prevent the spread and give your home termite treatment. If the termites have attacked a movable wooden piece, place it under the sun; termites can’t stand the heat.
- Bed Bugs cause trouble no matter the season, but huge populations thrive during the summer because people and animals travel more. The bugs can hitch a ride on visitors, newly purchased furniture, or a pet that you looked after for a day. To prevent bed bugs, you have to be proactive; inspect the mattresses after guests leave, inspect the beds in hotels, and inspect your pets for traces of bed bugs.
As temperatures drop, pests look for someplace warm and dry to burrow in and wait out the cold. Dropping temperatures force certain critters like cockroaches, stinkbugs, and rodents into human shelters, where they prepare for hibernation.
- Stinkbugs won’t harm people, but they emit an extremely foul smell when they feel threatened, making your home less livable. They are native to Southeast Asia, which is why they are more sensitive to the cold. Once they find a nice place to perch (that is, your home), they release a pheromone to call its peers, and infestation occurs. Since stinkbugs are attracted to moisture, so fix your leaky pipes and faucets if you want to keep them away. Patch up holes and cracks to keep them outside. If you spot one at home, kill them outside; the smell of a dead stinkbug can warn the others.
- Cockroaches are also vulnerable to frost, so they seek refuge in warm homes. Another plus for them: your home is filled with food and water, so they don’t have to go through the trouble of foraging for their meals. To keep your home a cockroach-free zone, store your food in sealed containers, and clear any spillages as soon as you can. De-cluttering goes a long way, too; the smaller the mess, the less likely roaches will nest in your home.
- Rodents have an abundant source of food outside during the warm months. Come fall, however, food becomes scarce, and the outdoors grow too cold. So, they head indoors, where it’s warm, and there’s easy access to food. Seal up the holes where they can enter and keep food in airtight containers to discourage rodents from making camp in your place.
During the winter, the insects are mostly dormant, feeding on the stock they’ve accumulated over the past months. The star invaders this season are rats, mice, squirrels, and roaches, which, instead of hoarding food, plunder people’s stores.
- Rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels feel even more at home in your home, when the white expanse of snow and freezing temperatures outside drives them indoors. On top of sealing possible rodent entryways, dispose of garbage regularly so as not to attract them.
- Cockroaches can live on almost anything, even glue and paper. Your living space, however, holds better food sources than snow, so roaches prefer to roam about your house more during the winter. So, control your clutter and clean up spillages immediately.
Staying on top of every seasonal pest invasion can be a real challenge, but familiarizing yourself with them isn’t as hard as you think. When your home needs protection from the pests that accompany the seasons, you don’t have to do all the heavy lifting—hire a pest control service in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads.
Get in touch with Diamond Exterminators, and let’s discuss your year-round pest control plan.