In spring, everything comes back to life in West Chester, and you start to see more life in your yard. You may see ants crawling on your driveway. You may notice bees or wasps in your landscaping. You may find flies buzzing around your trash receptacles. Many of the critters that live in your yard are not going to be a problem when they're just in your yard. It is only when they get inside that things start to become frustrating.

Let's take a look at a few potential pest problems you might have in the spring, some tips for performing a spring pest inspection, home pest control tips to help you keep pests from getting inside, and what to do if you already have an infestation. As always, if you need immediate assistance with pest control in West Chester, you can use our contact page to schedule a service visit.

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Types Of Spring Pests To Look Out For

Common spring pests in West Cheser are ants, flies, spiders, bees, wasps, fleas, ticks, termites, mosquitoes, and rodents. While these are certainly not the only pests that can drive you crazy in spring, they provide a glimpse into the scope of how pests can impact your life. Each of these pests will need to be dealt with in different ways.

Here are some specific tips to help you with DIY home pest control:

  • Many ants eat honeydew. When aphids get into your landscaping, they can invite ant problems. Taking steps to prevent aphids can stop ant problems before they begin.

  • Flies often get into homes when doors open. If you don't have flies near entryways, you can prevent this from happening. One suggestion is to keep exterior trash receptacles well away from exterior doors.

  • You've probably noticed that spiders make webs on the exterior of your home. What you might not know is that webs can have eggs sacs with hundreds of eggs in them. Remove webs and you reduce spiders. This will reduce indoor spider sightings.

  • Spring is a good time to paint decks and keep carpenter bees out. It's also a good time to do a quick check for paper wasp nests and to fill in holes that yellow jackets can build nests in.

  • Fleas and ticks can be reduced by installing fencing to keep animals out of voids underneath structures. Wild animals bring these pests into your yard.

  • Termites can be deterred by removing stumps, logs, dying trees, dead branches, scrap wood, and other termite food sources.

  • Mosquitoes can be deterred by removing breeding sites. Most mosquitoes reproduce in stagnant water. Remove still water sources to reduce the mosquito population around your home.

  • Mice and rats love hiding places. If you have clutter in your yard, you'll catch the attention of these animals. Remove anything that doesn't need to be in your yard.

Combine these DIY home pest control tips with the tips listed below for the best results. Also, keep in mind that you can get added protection by getting residential pest control from Masters Touch Pest Solutions.

Where To Look For Spring Pests

The first step in pest control for your home is to do an inspection. This can alert you to issues and, in some cases, you can quickly correct the issues. A good example of this is finding a little starter nest being created by paper wasps. During the day, when the queen is away, you can use a broom to get rid of these tiny, umbrella-shaped nests.

Here are a few other places to look for spring pests:

  • The termites in West Chester are sneaky. Spring is a good time to look for mud tubes on your foundation, shed swarmer wings in spider webs, and tiny worker termites under dead branches.

  • Carpenter bees often create holes where you can't see them. A good place to look is under your deck. If you have carpenter bees, you'll see perfectly round holes.

  • When mice or rats explore your exterior, they leave their droppings behind. These are evidence that they could be getting into your home. Look for chewed holes that are the size of a quarter or smaller for even more confirmation.

Five Ways To Prevent Spring Pests From Invading

Along with the specific natural home pest control tips we provide above, use these five general home pest control tips to keep pests from getting into your home:

1. Pests get in because they can. Home improvement pest control is a great way to naturally deter pests. Replace rotting wood, window and door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.

2. Repair gutters and remove gutter obstructions to reduce moisture near your home.

3. Keep all trash in covered containers and deodorize your containers if they start to have a bad odor.

4. Replace exterior white lights with yellow lights to reduce insect populations near your home.

5. Address weed problems, particularly flowering weeds. You would be amazed how many pests eat nectar.

How To Deal With An Existing Infestation

If you are currently dealing with an infestation and you need pest control for your home, contact Masters Touch Pest Solutions. We have a few specific residential pest control programs that may immediately meet your needs, or you can customize to get exactly what you want. We're here to help. 

 

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