Spring has come!!! What a wonderful time of year.

It seems like months since we could enjoy the warmth of the sun on our faces. I hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy the spots of sun and warmth we’ve had so far.

It seems like months since we could enjoy the warmth of the sun on our faces. I hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy the spots of sun and warmth we’ve had so far.

During these warming days and cold nights, insects that overwinter will start to take advantage of those warm sunny days too. Ants will start to forage and even swarm, as well as termites as they expand their nests and start new ones. Stink bugs, wasps, hornets, bees and beetles will start to come out and make their way to start their warm weather life cycles once again. Outdoor nature sort of comes to life again. As snow melts and the water table becomes high during the spring, you may encounter those bugs with a “thousand legs”, millipedes or centipedes (millipedes have two legs per body segment and centipedes on one pair). Spiders will be on the move too, since they like to eat bugs. And don’t forget those wonderful pests that help us with our swatting exercises, FLIES!

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a most enjoyable summer, pest free.

  1. Standing water / water sources: Bugs need water. As you go about your Spring cleaning, even before you schedule that, look around your home inside and out. Address any areas where you may have leaks or standing water that will encourage bugs to set up camp and even multiply.
  2. When you look around your home, pay particular attention to the areas where you may find crumbs from celebration activities during the winter months. Clean those hard to get at places leaving no crumb behind. If a bug can’t find food, they won’t stick around.
  3. Over the winter, certain damage may occur to your home. Weather stripping may get torn, or small cracks, or holes may result. These are open doorways for pests of all types to wander in and look for food and shelter. They don’t pay rent, so don’t let them in. You can do a good inspection on your own and seal up those points of entry, so they don’t get a chance to see if they like it in your home.
  4. Yard maintenance: Pick up branches and other organic debris around the yard that can be an attractant to pests. Dead trees are a great place for all kinds of bugs to set up a home. Around the foundation, clean up any leaves left on the mulch or rocks around the perimeter of your home (ask us why we recommend pea stone around your foundation). Shrubs, bushes, and trees that touch your home are a bridge for pests to cross and explore your home for a place to live rent free and possibly damage your hard-earned property.
  5. Prevention: The best defense is a good offense. You’ve worked very hard to have the home you live in. The last thing you want is an uninvited pest creating stress and anxiety, or even worse, attacking your investment. In addition to good maintenance practices in and around your home, a barrier of protection can give you that sense of assurance that your home is protected, and you can enjoy it in peace. Garfield Pest Control can help create that barrier of protection and give you peace of mind. We use products that are developed to address specifically the pests you are concerned about and safe for you and your family.