Anyone that lives in Washington knows that pests are a problem year-round, but infestations surge in numbers every spring. As the weather warms up, pests that may not have been as active in the months prior come back with a vengeance! However, spring is just the beginning of pest season.
Now is the time to safeguard your home or business against pests in spring, summer, and fall! Keep reading for expert tips from the team here at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest.
Most Common Spring Pests in Washington
While some of these pests are active year-round, there tends to be a peak in activity this time of year. The pests you should be aware of in spring include:
- Ants. Warming temperatures encourage ants to start invading once more.
- Flies. In the spring and summer, flies are more active than ever and can be a big nuisance.
- Rodents. Although they’re active year-round, rats and mice are a problem in the spring.
- Stink bugs. After overwintering, people report a resurgence in stink bugs.
- Stinging insects. Wasps and hornets are gearing up to build nests this time of year.
Spring Cleaning Tips for Pest Prevention
If you’re already planning on deep-cleaning your home this spring, why not implement pest prevention measures as well? To keep pests out of your building, it’s important to adhere to a number of protocols. On a regular basis, inspect your property for pests or vulnerabilities that could contribute to a pest problem. Thoroughly sanitize, ensure doors and windows are securely sealed, and focus on keeping a tidy environment free of clutter.
Spring cleaning applies outside, too! Keep a tidy yard, get rid of debris, trim tree branches and shrubs away from the foundation, and clear out gutters.
Preventing and Controlling Seasonal Pests
If you’ve done all you can to prevent pests this spring but still are dealing with flies, rats, or stink bugs, it’s best to enlist the help of a professional pest control company. Here at Western Exterminator, our team will work with you to ensure you, your family, and your home is safe from pests this spring and all year long.