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What Are The 6 Most Common Spring Pests? Spring Pest Control

July 18, 2019

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What Are The 6 Most Common Spring Pests? Spring Pest Control 

Spring pest control season is upon us here at Aim Environmental Services. We’re primed and ready for an increase in callouts to deal with common springtime pests. As the daffodils bloom and the days get warmer, there are the 6 most common spring pests coming out of hibernation to make a nuisance of themselves.

They can wreak havoc across homes and businesses in different ways. If your property is invaded by pests, you will need a professional pest control service to treat the problem. Every pest problem requires a different treatment plan, which is why you should call the experts at Aim Environmental Services.

What Pest Control Services Might You Need In Spring

1) Ants

As the days get warmer, worker ants emerge from their nests foraging for food. Ant nests are difficult to treat yourself. Common treatment methods include pouring boiling water or vinegar into nests, or using off the shelf ant powders and sprays. They usually fail to eradicate the problem completely.

Ants often spread rapidly from multiple nests in your garden or masonry. All the nests need to be treated to stop the problem. We treat ant nests with industry-standard, non-toxic insecticide sprays and gels. The ants walking over these treatments take them back to the nests, contaminating it and poisoning other ants.

What you can do now:

  • Make sure food is stored safely, particularly sugar.
  • Act fast: if you spot one or two scout ants, don’t delay. You can remove the scent trails that other ants will follow with diluted vinegar or lemon juice.

2) Bees and Wasps

If you spot a bee hive or wasps nest in and around your home, don’t attempt to tackle it yourself. Bees and wasps get aggressive if they’re disturbed and you’re likely to get stung. Hives and nests can contain upwards of 1,000 individual insects.

Bees and wasps can make homes in air bricks, wall cavities, loft spaces and more. We treat bees and wasps nests with extreme caution, using the appropriate safety equipment. The first thing we do is block off entry and exit points. Then we treat the nest directly. Nests and hives can take about 24 hours to die and then we can remove them safely.

What you can do now:

  • Consider planting aromatic plants like thyme or eucalyptus to repel wasps.
  • Keep bins closed securely and away from doors and windows.
  • Check for nests regularly, to spot them before they grow big.

3) Cockroaches

Warm temperatures are ideal for cockroaches. Cockroaches commonly infest commercial properties, particularly restaurants. The warmth and a supply of food represent a perfect breeding ground. They are often found in or under fridges, kitchen units, behind washing machines, cookers and boiler cupboards. They’re a common springtime pest.

Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to kill. To treat a cockroach problem, we carry out a thorough survey in order to locate the harbourage. We then apply a combination of glue stations, bait feed gels and flushing sprays to eradicate the problem.

What you can do now:

  • Keep on top of building maintenance to block cockroach access
  • Clean regularly and keep food sealed tightly

4) Fleas

Your pets spend more time outdoors in spring and summer, so the risk of them getting fleas increases. Particularly among cats. A flea outbreak can spread across the entire house, infesting bed linen, clothes, carpets and more.

We administer residual insecticides, either as a liquid spray or powder, which is applied to all floor surfaces. We then recommend that you don’t vacuum or wash floors for at least two weeks to ensure that the treatment takes effect.

What you can do now:

  • Bathe your pets regularly and keep up anti-flea treatments, particularly in summer
  • Vacuum regularly and make sure to change the vacuum bags too

5) Houseflies

Flies are a nuisance for homes and businesses throughout spring and summer. The warm weather is ideal for maggots to hatch. Flies are attracted to food, so restaurants, exposed bins and even barbeques can attract swarms of these flying disease spreaders.

Our treatment plan depends on the type of fly we’re dealing with. Generally, we install fly screening equipment, insecticides and tackle the breeding site.

We usually treat residential properties by applying a biodegradable, residual insecticide to walls and ceilings. Flies land on the treated surfaces, and die once the insecticide takes effect.

What you can do now:

  • Stop flies from coming in with screens on windows and doors.
  • Restrict their breeding by taking rubbish out regularly and storing food carefully

6) Rats and Mice

Rodents are a problem all year round, but the spring and summer heat sends them in to overdrive. Rats and mice can enter properties through drains, pipes, air vents, gaps under doors, toilets and more. If they gain access, they can be a real problem for homeowners and businesses, calling untold damage and becoming a hygiene risk.

We use different rodent control techniques to catch and resolve problems quickly. This includes baiting, trapping and pest-proofing. We’ll start by blocking the rodents’ entry and exit points, before laying bait traps to stop them running riot.

What you can do now:

  • Clear and declutter, including garden debris that can provide shelter to rodents.
  • Trim bushes and trees with a 1m gap from your premises.

Call us to deal with your pest problem this spring

Need more spring pest control tips and support? Aim Environmental Services specialise in pest removal for commercial and residential customers, including for common spring pests. We have a reputation for a consistently efficient, professional and cost-effective service.

Aim Environmental are a member of the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA). Our West Midlands pest control technicians are qualified up to RSPH Level 2 and Lantra certified. For added peace of mind, our work is guaranteed and we’re fully licenced and insured.

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Call us on 01902 475175 or live chat with us on our website to arrange a same day callout.

 

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