Preparing For Spring

As spring approaches, the resurgence of wildlife activity coincides with the emergence of seasonal pest control challenges. Wildlife seeking food, shelter, and nesting sites can pose significant threats to homes and properties.  

Seasonal Pest Control Challenges

Increased Activity of Spring Pests:

  • Springtime often brings a surge in pest activity as temperatures rise and breeding cycles accelerate. Common pests such as ants, termites, mosquitoes, and ticks become more active, requiring proactive pest control measures tailored to the specific challenges of spring.

Breeding and Nesting During Spring:

  • Pests like rodents, birds, and insects seek out nesting sites in and around homes during the spring months, leading to increased infestation risk. Inspect attics, basements, and outdoor structures for signs of nesting activity and implement pest control measures accordingly to address spring-specific breeding and nesting behaviors.

Assessing Vulnerabilities

Inspect Exterior Structures for Vulnerabilities:

  • Conduct a comprehensive inspection of your home's exterior to identify potential entry points for both wildlife and pests that become more active in spring. Look for gaps, cracks, or openings around windows, doors, vents, and utility penetrations that could serve as access points.

Evaluate Landscaping for Spring Attractants:

  • Assess your landscaping for conditions that may attract pests during the spring, such as overgrown vegetation, standing water, or debris accumulation. Clear debris, trim vegetation, and eliminate standing water to minimize pest harborage sites as these become more prevalent in spring.

Implementing Protective Measures

Seal Entry Points to Prevent Spring Intrusion:

  • Use durable materials like steel mesh or hardware cloth to seal openings in your home's exterior, preventing wildlife and pests that are more active in spring from gaining entry. Focus on vulnerable areas such as attic vents, chimneys, and crawl space entrances.

Reinforce Structures:

  • Strengthen weak areas of your home's exterior to prevent damage from pests and wildlife. Repair or replace damaged soffits, fascia boards, and siding, and install metal flashing or barriers to deter chewing and nesting, which may increase in spring.

Deterring Wildlife and Pests

Install Motion-Activated Devices:

  • Deploy motion-activated lights, alarms, and sprinklers to deter wildlife and pests from approaching your home. These devices startle intruders and disrupt their activity, reducing the likelihood of infestation during the spring months.dan

Use Natural and Chemical Repellents:

  • Employ natural repellents such as predator urine, peppermint oil, or vinegar to discourage wildlife and pests that become more active in spring from entering your property. Natural repellents can also include plants like basil, lavender, and mint. Additionally, consider using chemical repellents or insecticides approved for outdoor use to create a barrier of protection tailored to spring pests.

Securing Outdoor Spaces

Manage Garbage and Food Sources:

  • Secure garbage bins in sealed containers with locking lids to prevent access by wildlife and pests. Dispose of food waste promptly and store pet food indoors to minimize attractants during the heightened activity of spring.

Install Pest-Resistant Fencing:

  • Erect sturdy fencing around your property to deter wildlife and pests. Choose fencing materials and designs that are resistant to chewing and burrowing, effectively blocking access to your home during the increased activity of spring.