As winter comes to a close and springtime takes its rightful place, something not as nice comes along with it. The return of spring means the return of spring pests as well. As much as humans are clamoring to get outside after a long winter, pests are looking to enjoy the warm weather as well. Once these pests emerge from hibernation, you’ll quickly be reminded of why you have a couple of bottles of pesticide sitting in your garage. Let’s take a look at some of the more common pests that you’ll be contending with this spring.
One of the more irritating springtime pests are mosquitoes. Almost everyone has dealt with a mosquito bite at some point in their lives, and they know exactly how itchy the bites can be. This is especially true with a handful of bites instead of just one. Additionally, some mosquitoes carry diseases with them due to the different sources of blood they feast on. These guys are typically attracted to any water or shrubbery around the house, so be cautious in those areas and remove any extra debris in the yard you can.
Another annoying, disease-carrying pest that emerges in the spring is the tick. Ticks are also blood-sucking pests that can transmit Lyme disease to those it comes into contact with. Heavily wooded areas are where ticks tend to hang out, so watch your skin if you’re out camping or walking in the woods. Consider wearing long sleeves and pants when traversing wooded areas.
Nothing says spring quite like a bee sting in the arm. Once the flowers and plants start to bloom outside, bees are never too far behind. Spring is also the hive-building season for bees, so they are especially active this time of year. Bees die after just one sting since they lose their stinger afterward. Wasps, however, can sting multiple times without dying. If you see a bee or wasp whizzing around your yard, it’s best to avoid them and look for methods to get rid of them.
Flies love the spring as well, especially horse flies. Spring is the time for these flies to lay their eggs, so expect to see plenty of them around. While an average house fly is typically harmless, horse flies can pack a painful bite and are also looking to feast on blood. They are especially troublesome at night time, so be aware when the sun goes down....