Spring cleaning is a tradition that is practiced by many cultures. With the end of winter, spring brings forth the urge to remove the stuffiness of living indoors with sealed doors and windows.
Spring brings forth plants and vegetation, which unfortunately attracts and feeds unwelcome pests.
Here’s a list of pests that you may find in your home come spring:
- Flies – a very common pest and irksome at the very least. They breed wherever moist and organic matter can be found. It’s not uncommon to see them around dung and dead animals. If they get into your house they can land on your food, which can cause you diarrhea. Apart from that, they can cause eye and skin infections.
- Ticks – are very small insects that feed on the blood of mammals and reptiles. They prefer lodging in the ears of mammals as these areas have thinner skin and therefore easier to penetrate. Ticks carry bacteria and viruses, which can cause infections and fever. They have been implicated in typhoid type illnesses, Lyme disease, and hemorrhagic fever. A tick bite does not automatically lead to an infection, but they have to be removed from the host once sighted.
- Mosquitos – like ticks, mosquitos live off blood. As most of humankind has experienced, mosquito bites are itchy and cause swelling around the bite area. What’s more, their forays for food can cause a camping trip or outdoor party to be ruined. Like ticks, they are also carriers of sometimes deadly diseases like dengue, malaria, and zika. Mostly breeding in stagnant water, mosquitoes can also lay eggs in puddles that form in tree trunks and plant leaves.
- Termites – unlike ticks and mosquitos, termites are not known as carriers of disease for humans. Termites can cause allergic reactions or even asthma but these conditions are generally not fatal. Termites do cause damage to houses, specially houses made of wood. Obvious signs of termite infestation include tubelike structures along walls, hollow-sounding wood, and termite mounds. Once you see these signs, it is best to contact a pest control expert instead of attempting to deal with the problem yourself.
- Ants – although related to wasps and bees, ants don’t fly. Or at least the worker class doesn’t. They form large colonies underground and can get into your house through minute cracks in the floor or wall. Although there are more than 700 ant species in North America, only about 2 dozen are considered house pests.
- Rats – rodents are known disease carriers, reportedly able to carry up to 60 types of communicable diseases. The worst of these include meningitis, typhus, hantavirus, and leptospirosis. They are very difficult to eradicate as a single female can produce up to 2,000 offspring in a single year. A homeowner can at best keep rodents at bay using traps, poison, or domesticated pets like cats. Eradicating them from your premises is difficult without the help of a pest control export that knows rats intimately.
Apart from these common pests, there are many other animals that you may come into contact with when spring arrives. Depending on where you live, you may even encounter larg animals that prey on larger pests like rats, spiders, and even lizards. Ensure that your surroundings are clean to help discourage the influx of pests. Remember that having a clean environment will help prevent pests, while having unsanitary conditions in your home will attract them.
Thanks to San Diego home inspection team of Sea To Sky Inspections.