If you think that you have carpenter ants, spiders or other pests lurking in your home, it may be a good idea to get rid of them as soon as possible. While you may not notice these pests during the colder winter and early spring months, they will come out in full force when the air gets warm and humid. Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons to take care of an infestation before the summer starts.
1- Pests Are Easier to Kill When They Are Dormant
For the most part, pests go dormant when the air gets too cold to live comfortably. While they are asleep, they won’t be able to do much to combat the effects of pesticides or other efforts that you take to kill them. Even if they are awake, they are generally too groggy or disoriented to really do anything about their predicament.
In some cases, you may be able to target the queen and leave the rest of the colony alone. Getting rid of the queen reduces their drive to keep the colony going, which means that they may leave in search of another colony to join. If there are multiple colonies of pests in your home, you may need to get both the queen and other top worker pests.
2- You Don’t Want to Leave Your Home Vulnerable to Damage
By getting rid of the pests before the summer months begin, you reduce the odds that your home will be damaged or destroyed by whatever is living in your home. If you notice any signs of damage already in the home, you should take steps to have it repaired immediately. You should also schedule an inspection to find and eliminate the pest or pests that may be occupying your home.
While your insurance policy may cover some or all of the damage that is caused by insects or rodents, there is no guarantee that this will be the case. Therefore, it is important that you get rid of insects before your roof collapses or an important wooden beam gets turned to sawdust. If someone is hurt while working on your weak roof or by a falling beam, you could be liable for that person’s injuries.
3- Insects May Breed During the Summer Months
Insect colonies tend to grow in large numbers during the summer months. Therefore, allowing them to linger through the winter and spring seasons may be inviting disaster for yourself, your family and your house. The last thing that you want is to battle multiple colonies of carpenter ants or termites that wreak havoc both inside and outside of your home.
You may also notice that wasps and other flying insects may be prevalent throughout the months of June, July and August. By spraying for or trapping them when they are dormant, it may be easier to keep them away throughout the rest of the year.
If you notice any nests in the gutters, on the roof or anywhere else in the home, make sure that you knock them done as soon as possible. “As mosquitoes, termites and carpenter ants like to live near sources of water, make sure to drain large puddles or standing water on a regular basis,” said Choice Pest Management, Inc.
If you notice signs of a pest problem, you will want to take care of it as soon as possible. The sooner that you have an exterminator or another professional check out your property, the easier it will be to actually get rid of it. Letting pest problems linger may make your home an unsanitary and dangerous place to live. It can also reduce the value of your property if and when you choose to put it on the market.