What Are the Most Common Spring Bugs and How Can I Keep Them Out?

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Pests can cause big problems for your home interior. Especially in the Springtime, you may see more and more bugs and rodents appearing in every room.

By taking certain precautions and staying informed, you can get ahead of the problem and start to patch up any holes where that might be allowing them inside.

Keep reading to learn the best ways to keep spring bugs out of your home and property!

Pavement Ants and How to Keep Them Out

The most common spring insects are ants. Pavement ants are usually found outside of your home in soil. They will likely enter your home to find food and travel in big groups.

With these ants especially, you really can’t get rid of them without finding a treatment that works. Since they’re attracted to the food in your home, it’s important to make sure food is kept away and cleaned up.

You can also keep food sealed in your refrigerator using tight containers. Make sure when you clean up, you’re clearing away all food scraps from the floors and counters.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants will also appear in your home when it becomes warmer outside since they’re looking for food and new shelter. If you’re seeing them inside it’s possible that they’ve already created a colony in your walls. Carpenter ants might create tunnels in the wood and damage the structure.
Along with keeping your home clean from food, you can also check out the exterior of your home. Look for any cracks or crevices where ants enter the home.

If you find any, calling a professional that will take the proper steps to seal it up is your best bet for keeping them at bay for years to come.

Spiders in Springtime

You’ve likely seen a spider or two in your home before. These pests are typically found in garages, porches, basements, and other areas.

They’re looking for food and other insects. So finding spiders might mean that you have other home bugs. Keeping spiders around can actually benefit you since they prey on other insects. This can help prevent the infestation of other bugs.

But there are dangerous spiders, so understanding which are poisonous will keep you informed about which should be killed.

Houseflies

Houseflies are one of the most annoying pests to have in the home, especially if you have a regular problem with them. Once the weather starts warming up, especially in places like Memphis, you will probably see the common housefly gravitating to lights and food inside your home.

The best way to keep them out is to keep doors closed. But you can also deter them with oil diffusers and citronella candles. You may even try a horsefly trap to attract them and kill them.

Mice and Rats

Rodents are a problem year-year, but can often be found in the springtime. These are some of the worst pests to have in your home. Even the smallest mouse can leave droppings and chew through your items.

The most important thing for keeping rodents out of the home is to search for all their points of entry. Check for any roofing and pipe gaps, along with doors, vents, and radiators. However, it’s best to call a professional since sealing up every possible entry point is difficult.

It is also best to seal up any food any trash to not attract them. Consider also keeping piles of wood and anything similar on your property as far away from your home as possible.

Fleas

Any family with a dog knows that fleas are a common problem once the weather starts to get warmer. Giving your pet regular baths and flea treatments can prevent these pests from infesting your home.

Houses without dogs or pets can also get fleas since these bugs come from wildlife. Cleaning and sanitizing your home will help prevent and limit the outbreak of fleas.

Wasps and Bees

Wasps and bees are often some of the scariest pests for people who are worried about being stung, especially if you have an allergy. You might see a wasp or yellow jacket in your attic or basement.

These insects could be looking for a place to create a colony, so it’s best to treat any areas where they might be entering. Be careful while handling any bees and try to release them outside.

Check your property for any beehives or wasp nests, since you might find one in the springtime. Gutters, awnings, and corners are popular spots for these types of nests. Spraying them now can prevent you from having a swarm in your backyard later.

Common Rooms in Your House with Pests and How to Remove Them

If you haven’t seen any pests in your home so far, you may just be wondering how to keep them out. So what are the common rooms where pests might appear and how can you prevent them from entering? Keep reading to learn more.

Keeping Pests Out of the Kitchen

As mentioned above, ants are attracted to your home because of any food left out. This typically draws them to kitchen spaces. Ants will often be found climbing on countertops and kitchen floors, looking for any spills or crumbs that have been left out.

The best way to prevent ants from infesting your kitchen is by going through your pantries and refrigerator to find loose food.

Remove all the items from your pantry and discard anything that is expired and anything that hasn’t been sealed up. Make sure baking ingredients are put into plastic bags since this is a common attraction for bugs.

You should then vacuum behind your appliances, so pull your oven out from the wall. You will likely find a lot of dust and loose food particles.

Finally, you can clean your kitchen counters and floors. This should prevent common house pests from being attracted to your kitchen and food spaces.

Bugs Found in Bathrooms

Springtime pests are especially attracted to moisture. Insects like silverfish and cockroaches can often be found in bathrooms.

Since they cannot live without water, it’s important to eliminate the sources of water that they access in the bathroom. Plug your shower and sink with stoppers when they’re not in use. Also, clean the shower curtain and liner.

You may also want to do a deep clean of the bathroom, checking under the sink and around the tub. Keep an eye out for any moisture issues that might attract pests.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Basement

Although basements are not that common throughout Memphis, some areas of Midtown have homes with basements. In these homes, many of the common spring pests can be found in the basement, including spiders and rodents. These insects usually hide in dark corners and like cluttered spaces.

This is why clearing out clutter and taking the time to go through the items stored in your basement can help with any pest problems you have.

Also, avoid using cardboard for storage, and instead opt for plastic containers. These typically have secure lids that will keep out any dust and bugs that try to get in. Also, search your basement for holes or cracks where the insects could be entering.

You can try to caulk the areas to keep out mice and bugs. Remember that they’re likely entering through even the smallest of cracks.

Checking Your Home’s Exterior

One of the best ways to keep bugs from entering your home is by checking the exterior. Take a look at the perimeter of your home and search for any cracks or damage that may have caused holes.

Check your roof for any missing shingles and deteriorating wood. You should also consider cleaning your gutters. Finally, repair anything that is meant to keep bugs out like ripped screens or unhinged doors.

It’s Important to Learn How to Keep Out Common Spring Bugs

Springtime lifts the spirit as the warm weather brings everyone outside. But while you’re enjoying the sun, you don’t want bugs to be entering your home.

By following the tips above, you can prevent these spring bugs from infesting your house. Be sure to keep any loose food out of your kitchen and other areas. Plus, prevent water in your bathroom from attracting insects. Finally, keep pests out of the basement by sealing any holes. 

Contact us today for professional assistance with bug removal to make sure your home is free from annoying pests.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is President of Inman-Murphy Inc., one of the fastest growing pest control companies in Memphis, TN.