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What's in your backyard this spring?

Spring is finally here! The trees have buds on the ends of their branches; the flowers are starting to grow and prepare to bloom, and the rain is steadily falling. Living in the midwest, springtime is a much needed revival and awakening for all, including insects. It's the time of year when insects wake up and start foraging inside homes for food and water. Many insects reproduce in the spring and establish nests for the season. We specialize in identifying, targeting, and treating common spring pests. Here are the pests you’re most likely to encounter in your backyard this spring.

Ants

Ants, not groundhogs, are the real tell-tale sign of spring's arrival. Ants are social insects that live in colonies. This is why you rarely see a single ant; they are often traveling in straight lines, because ants release pheromones to alert other ants of food or shelter. Outdoors, ants live in hollow spaces, like logs and under rocks, or underground. They prefer dark and moist environments, which is why wall and floor voids in homes are a preferred place.

 

If you see a few ants every spring inside of your home, you likely have a satellite colony within your home. There are several different roles in a colony - queen, reproduction, building colony, defense, and foraging. The ants you see in your home are foraging for food. You may only see a few ants, but you’re only seeing a small part of the bigger picture. There could be a gi(ant) problem of 1000s of ants unseen in your home or business. Due to their highly social behaviors, we recommend ongoing maintenance and management for their control.

Boxelder Bugs

You may have remembered seeing boxelder bugs last fall, as they tend to be most commonly found in homes and businesses in the fall and spring. They are small, oval-shaped, black insects with red on their backs. Boxelder bugs migrate, en masse, indoors in the fall, and can be found entering homes on the sunny side of the home. They overwinter in wall voids, which provide a warm enough space to escape the brutal winter weather.

 

In the spring, they re-emerge and exit the home and spend the summer outdoors; but oftentimes they get lost and end up stuck indoors. When they finally make it outdoors, they begin breeding for the season. Due to their behavioral patterns of mass migration, boxelder bugs are another insect that are best combated with regular maintenance and management.

Wasps

Whether you’re enjoying an outdoor meal, gardening, or just enjoying time on your porch - you’re likely to encounter wasps that pack a powerful sting. The most common wasps you’ll encounter in your yard are paper wasps and yellowjackets. Paper wasp nests are easy to identify, as they are visible and often seen in the eaves, on decks, and in corners of houses. Yellowjackets are notably more aggressive than paper wasps, and their nests are also harder to locate, due to their nature of building inside of cavities like behind siding and in the ground.

 

Wasp season starts in the spring as they establish and build their nests. By the fall, the nests are well established and wasps become more aggressive as their food supplies dwindle and they sense the oncoming winter. Regular maintenance and management maintains a barrier of protection from wasps, but ensures that if you are battling wasps, your services are guaranteed.

Spring pests are no match for Spidexx

Whether you’re battling ants in your bathroom, boxelder bugs on your windows, or a wasp nest around your house, trust the experts in spring pest control - Spidexx Pest Control. We’re already working hard to resolve pest spring pest problems, so that they don’t turn into severe concerns in the spring and fall. Contact us to

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