Now that spring is getting into full swing here in Vancouver, all those little rodents and critters will be starting to wake up from their winter naps. The first thing on these pests’ minds will be obtaining some food, and of course, some shelter. Unfortunately, that means some of us will end up paying host to an unwanted house guest. To help make sure that doesn’t happen to you this spring, or to help you get rid of any spring pest that may have already found its way indoors, take a look at the guide we have created below.
Types of Spring Pests in Vancouver
There are plenty of common pests and critters that can become a nuisance year round such as mice, ants and squirrels, but springtime tends to feature some particular pests in Vancouver especially. Take a look at some of the more common examples of pests that emerge primarily in the springtime.
You may have seen this red and black beetle like creature crawling around your window and door thresholds in early spring. This pest is attracted to warm air, which is why it tries so hard to get inside. Once it is inside, you may notice some unsightly stains on curtains and fabrics and walls. You may also find that your indoor plants have become some bug’s dinner. If this is the case in your house, you are likely dealing with a Boxelder Bug, also known as a Garage Beetle or Maple Bug.
Bees, Hornets and Yellow Jackets
Bees are great for the environment, and homeowners throughout Vancouver should be delighted to see them in their outdoor gardens. Where they become a problem is when the bees, or their other more aggressive cousins, yellow jackets and hornets start nesting inside. In this circumstance, you should make sure to eliminate the issue at the source as soon as possible, since the nest will only continue to grow if left unchecked.
Fleas and Ticks
The issues with fleas and ticks seems to be getting worse and worse each year. While fleas aren’t harmful to humans, they can be a major nuisance for pets, which is why you should make sure to get your dog or cat some flea repellent medication as soon as springtime rolls around. Ticks on the other hand pose a serious threat to humans, and some can even cause Lyme disease. Deer Ticks in particular are dangerous to humans, and they are quite common in rural and naturally forested areas of BC.
How to Stop Pests From Invading Your Home This Spring
Keeping your home free of pests this spring is best accomplished by following a few key guidelines in and around your home. First, you should take the opportunity to clear out any old leaves and debris from your yard, and empty any standing water to prevent insects from propagating in those areas. You can then move indoors and do a thorough check of your attic, basement and any other remote or hard to reach areas such as a crawlspace. If you notice any signs of pests such as rodent droppings, chewed wood or insect nests, now is the time to nip the issue in the bud before the pests are allowed to spread further into the house. Identify the pest you are dealing with as best you can so you can take the most effective and appropriate measures to tackle the problem. This can sometimes mean calling in a professional if traditional traps and repellents fail to work.
If you are in need of some quality pest control in the Vancouver area this spring, then don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Atlas Pest Control today.