The weather is getting better. Flowers are blooming. Nature has once again announced herself – and so have many bugs and pests. In spring, sanitation is key. It’s time to do a little extra cleaning inside and outside your home. Eliminate opportunities for nesting outside, like piles of lumber, bricks, and other yard debris. And reduce your clutter inside by storing clothing in plastic bags. Below are several bad guys to look out for.
The key to controlling the cockroach is to find and directly treat the source. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves treating the attic, crawl space, and exterior cracks in the home. In many cases, your Terminix professional may be required to achieve long-term relief by finding and treating likely cockroach harborages throughout the entire property.
The Argentine ant can be nearly impossible to eliminate completely, but regular treatments will help keep ants from entering the home. Here are some tips for limiting ant infestations:
Sanitation is very important in reducing brown widow spiders around the home. Reduce clutter, and routinely use a vacuum cleaner inside the home and garage to remove spiders, egg sacs, and webbing. When finished, remove the vacuum bag and place in a sealed plastic bag for disposal. Potential hiding places – such as firewood, unused pots, building materials, and other debris – should be moved away from the structure of the home or disposed of. Any cracks, holes, or spaces around windows and doors should be sealed.
Carpenter ant control involves tracking down and treating satellite colonies inside and outside the home as well as finding and treating the parent colony. Accessing the parent colony may be difficult as it could be located in a tree or on a neighboring property. If conditions on your property create a high risk for carpenter ants, your Terminix service professional may recommend regular service to stop new infestations.
These tips will help you limit carpenter ant infestation:
Obviously, regular pet grooming is critical to minimizing flea infestations. For this reason, customers need to keep pets groomed and treated with on-animal flea control products, under the direction of a veterinarian.
In homes that have an active flea infestation, a residual treatment combined with an insect growth regulator should be applied. Your Terminix professional can take care of this for you. Efforts should be focused on the areas where pets rest or sleep, as these are the sites where most fleas will be located. Outside, treatment should be applied to shaded areas and beneath shrubs and decks where pets rest or sleep.
Flea treatment will be most effective if the home is prepared in advance by completing the following steps:
Because of the health threat posed by fire ants, it’s important to take steps to control the ants around the home and in the yard. Over-the-counter fire ant baits can be effective if properly used, but regular applications are necessary because the ants readily reinvade from neighboring properties. Your Terminix professional can also provide fire ant services.
Here are some tips for dealing with house spiders:
Professional treatment, sealing cracks and holes, and removing breeding material should greatly reduce the numbers of millipedes, but repeat treatments may be necessary due to millipede migrations.
The following actions will help control millipedes:
The best way to control smoky brown cockroaches is to find the source and treat it directly, usually with a cockroach bait product. To keep cockroaches from invading, follow these tips:
The best approach for controlling wolf spiders is to use sticky traps to capture spiders that may have entered the home. Keeping sticky traps behind furniture, to either side of exterior doors, and in the garage is an excellent way to intercept most spiders. Steps that should be taken to prevent new spiders from entering include:
Where wolf spider invasions are persistent, your Terminix professional should be consulted to conduct a thorough inspection and recommend possible treatments.