Published on April 12, 2020 – Written By Erin Gerken
Punxatawney Phil has made the call that spring will come early, but with spring on the horizon, there’s a lot of pests and nuisance wildlife that will be making a rather unfortunate reappearance in our lives. What are some of our top springtime pests? We’ve outlined a few below so you can be prepared for what is to come when spring arrives.
Insects are the main pest that we deal with upon the arrival of spring. They can, sometimes literally, come out of the woodwork once the weather warms. Asian lady beetles, boxelder bugs, and stink bugs all make a reappearance with an increase in temperatures – although many of you may have noticed that already on the warmer days we’ve had these past few winter months. During spring, these three insects (and others such as cluster flies) are all reemerging from their hideaways. Unfortunately, these hideaways often end up being in or around your homes and can result in what feels like a constant stream of both living and dead bugs inside. As someone who lived for many years in a home frequented by boxelder’s, I understand all too well the irritation of being woken up in the middle of the night by a boxelder bug sharing your bed.
Ants are also a standard springtime problem, particularly more if the spring is a wet one. These insects will head inside in the search for drier conditions as well as food. During this time they are also looking for a location to form a new colony. Homes and other human structures are prime areas to launch these reconnaissance missions, as they cannot survive frigid overnight temperatures on their own.
When it comes to nuisance wildlife, what animal isn’t causing a problem in the spring? Raccoons and squirrels are both in the process of having babies or looking for safe locations to raise said babies, which far too often ends up being in, on, or around homes. Woodchucks are coming out of hibernation and causing damage to new gardens, as well as mating and expanding their tunnels, possibly damaging the foundations of sheds or other human structures.
Regardless of whether you have a raccoon family in your chimney, squirrels in your attic, or boxelder bugs coming out of the woodwork, Advanced Wildlife Control is here to help with any and all of your pest and nuisance wildlife control needs in spring, and all year round.