As winter turns to spring and temperatures rise, most people tend to feel more energetic, and more inclined to go out and adventure. Well, so do pests. Pest populations tend to grow in the beginning of spring, which can lead to increased infestations in and around your home. Understanding how spring weather influences pest behavior and taking proactive measures to prevent infestations can help you keep your home and property pest-free throughout the season. In this post, we’ll explore the most common pests that become active during spring, how weather conditions affect their behavior, and practical steps you can take to protect your home.

Weather Changes

In the spring, temperatures and moisture rise, and food sources become more plentiful. Animals start to come out of hibernation, and grow more active as they scavenge for food. As the soil moistens, it becomes more suitable for insects such as termites, cockroaches, and some ants. It also helps plants grow, creating more food for caterpillars, aphids, and other insects. 

Spring Pests

Some of the most common spring pests in Iowa include…

  • Flies: The house fly is the most common found in US homes. House flies can reproduce in large numbers, and can carry diseases.
  • Stink bugs: Stink bugs release a foul odor when they feel threatened or they are crushed, which can make your home a smelly and unpleasant place to be.
  • Ants: There are several species of ants that can be found in the Des Moines area, including carpenter ants, pavement ants, and odorous house ants. Each species has its own unique behaviors and habitats, and therefore requires a specific approach to control.
  • Bees: Bees can cause property damage as well as harm to humans if stung. If a swarm takes residency in a wall void inside a house, the hive and honey will damage the interior of the house if left untreated.
  • Termites: Termites have a reputation for destruction, which is well-earned. They feed on cellulose from any wood or wood by-products they come across, from fallen trees to paper products, to wood construction in houses.
  • Clover mites: Clover mites are plant feeders that occasionally invade homes. These mites are harmless to humans, but they can still be annoying. 
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How to Prepare

Spring is around the corner… be prepared! Here are some of the best ways to clean and prep your home before the pests become your new roommates

  1. Store food properly: food that is left out attracts pests! Be sure to seal your food in airtight containers, and put it away in the fridge, cabinets, or cupboards. Also be sure to sweep and vacuum areas that might have food residue or crumbs lying around.  
  2. Seal trash cans: your outdoor trash bins are targets not only for small insects, but also for animals such as racoons or possums. Be sure to put all of your trash in trash bags before it goes in the bin, rinse trash with food residue before it gets thrown away or recycled, and make sure the lids on your bins aren’t broken.
  3. Remove standing water: standing water attracts mosquitoes. Although they don’t come out until closer to the summer, it is great to be prepared. Standing water can be found in bird baths, flower pots, on top of trash cans, and in childrens’ toys.

When in Doubt

Call a professional. Calling pest control specialists such as Diam Pest Control is a great way to stay on top of keeping your home clear from pests. A professional can help you by inspecting your home, and identifying any issues that may provoke a pest problem. If you have a current pest problem, call Diam Pest Control at 515-244-3533.

Call us today for a free quote and enjoy a bug-free home all year round!