Winter doesn’t last long in Atlanta. Even though this winter was one of the worst on record, it came and went in a matter of weeks. But those weeks were enough to drive pests into your home. It only takes a tiny hole for ladybugs, cluster flies, stink bugs, house spiders, box elder bugs, and a host of other nuisance pests to get inside. During the cold, insects go into a form of hibernation called diapause. This is a low energy state in which all development of the insect stops. They simply wait for the cold to pass and allow their bodies to eat themselves in order to get the energy they need. Now, with spring temperatures returning, they are going to start becoming active again.
If you already have these pests inside your walls you may have had them coming into your common areas all winter: stink bugs in your curtains, house spiders in the bathroom, cluster flies on a wall that gets some sun. This emergence is only going to get worse. Here are the two ways you can control these bugs.
Take care of your current infestation.
You can deter overwintering pest from coming into your common areas by reducing food sources. Clean spills and crumbs up off the counter and underneath the toaster. Clean floors and carpets regularly. Don’t leave fruit or other food out. Put pet food down only during a set meal time. Keep your trash sealed. And don’t leave dirty dishes with food on them. You’ll still get the occasional scout passing through, but those are easily taken care of with a fly swatter or a shoe. You might also want to have a pest control company do an inspection and offer you some ideas on how to effectively rid your walls, attic, and basement of all pests present.
Protect against a future infestation.
The best way to get rid of spring pests is to not allow them into your home in fall. Use a caulking gun to seal rotted holes, gaps, and cracks. Be sure to get around the air conditioner, pipes, outlets, and other objects that pass through your exterior walls. Look closely, because it doesn’t take much of a hole for bugs to squeeze in. Be sure to inspect all your screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping. And, look into having your eaves pest proofed. This is a popular entry for many pests.
Now is the time to seal your home and keep it sealed. Pests are active through all the warm months, and they can look to get into your home at any time. Keep them from nesting and overwintering by removing all entry points this spring.
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