Spring has arrived across California, and people are celebrating by getting outside and enjoying their yards, working in their gardens, exercising at local parks, and maybe even taking in a Major League Baseball game.
Another aspect of spring, and a less-enjoyable one that homeowners must contend with, is increased pest pressure in and around their homes. Following a warmer than normal winter, and with fresh plant growth blooming, pest activity is on the rise, according to Clark Pest Control Technical Director Darren Van Steenwyk.
Van Steenwyk recently spoke with the Lodi News-Sentinel about what homeowners can expect this spring when it comes to pests. Topping the “watch list” were the following:
You may see ants, especially pesky Argentine ants, begin to establish trails in search of moisture as the weather warms up. Freshly watered lawns will become a primary water source for ants, and you should make sure that irrigation systems are properly calibrated, sprinkler heads are not leaking, and that excess moisture does not collect.
Van Steenwyk says that blooming plants can also attract aphids and whiteflies, insects that secrete a sugary liquid known as honeydew – a highly prized food source of ants. Read more about Clark’s aphid control services.
Mosquitoes are another pest you’ll need to keep an eye on this spring as temperatures start to rise. Van Steenwyk advises you to make sure there is no standing water around your home. including bird baths, watering cans, children’s playground equipment, and patio furniture.
While rodents are a year-round pest, their activity levels can be more noticeable in the spring. It wouldn’t be unusual for someone lying in bed at night to hear roof rats or mice scurrying about the attic in search of new nesting materials or food.
In addition to the possibility of transmitting harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella to food, or to food preparation or eating areas (e.g., your kitchen), rodents can pose a threat to the structural integrity of your home. Rodents are a leading a cause of electrical fires in homes because of their innate desire to chew and gnaw on items, including electrical wiring in wall voids, attics, and crawlspaces.
You can read Darren van Steenwyk’s entire interview here
If pests are spoiling your spring, call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, I’m the Clark Man. Thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home and yard.