Spring Invaders (And How to Stop Them)
The windy city (and its surrounding suburbs) provides the perfect climate for springtime insect activity. But the last thing you want is for a family of bugs to move in to your living space, especially considering that bug families have lots—and lots—of aunts and uncles and cousins all traveling together.
So what’s the best way to keep them from invading your space? Here are the most effective ways to save your space from springtime invaders:
- Prevention. The first step you should take is defense—try to keep all bugs and spiders from finding access points into your home. Inspect your home’s structure and foundation, identifying any possible cracks or openings that could provide even the tiniest of entryways for bugs. Make sure to check foundation walls, under your siding, around any windows and doors, all vents, and any place where utility lines or piping enters your home. Use caulk, concrete, or screens to seal any cracks or gaps you find.
- Modify your home and landscape. As your yard comes to life after winter, bugs are coming to life as well and love taking cover in your plants. It’s recommended that you have 2-4 feet between your home and any plants or trees. If any greenery is touching your home, trim them back. If possible, use gravel or other inorganic materials in any beds surrounding your home. Mulch, soil, and grass retain moisture, which attracts all pests and can provide them with food. Identify and fix any leaky pipes or faucets, which can be party central for bugs. Since they’re also highly attracted to lights, consider using sodium vapor lights or low-wattage, yellow “bug lights” in your outdoor lighting.
- Call the professionals. There is only so much you can do to prevent and eliminate insect infestation—they are smart, resourceful, and persistent! Safe chemical control is a crucial part of eradicating problems, and although there are ‘DIY’ methods, they aren’t recommended and can even be counter-effective and dangerous, sometimes harming humans and pets. For safe and effective pest control, call a professional. Indoor application into nooks and crannies that harbor popular springtime pests such as boxelder bugs and lady beetles is recommended. In addition, the most effective way to control springtime invaders is through regular outdoor applications. These are applied around your home’s foundation and other points of entry, such as doors and windows, vents, and where utility lines enter.
Safe, effective pest control not only is our specialty, it’s our pride and joy. For the very best in defense against pesky springtime invaders, call Pointe Pest Control today.