In most parts of the United States, when the weather starts to warm up in the spring, the insects come out of the woodwork, sometimes literally. While most of these pests are harmless, no one wants to see bugs in their house. If you're facing an invasion, fortunately, there are things you can do to encourage this pests to leave your home in favor of the neighbor's house. However, how you deal with pests depends on what type of insect you have in your house.
Common spring insects and how to deal with them
1. Ladybugs (or Asian lady beetles) -- These colorful red bugs can be a spring problem in some parts of the country. Although they are beneficial to your garden, ladybugs can be a pest indoors, where they fly around and can even bite. However, removed from their food source, ladybugs quickly die indoors, so you really just have to wait them out. If you find that you have a large invasion every spring, you may want to have a pest control company spray the perimeter of your home in the fall.
2. Stink bugs (or Halyomorpha halys) -- These flat, beetle-like bugs were accidentally introduced into the eastern U.S. in the late 20th century and can be found from Maine to California. They typically enter a home via cracks around eaves, windows or doors, so it's a good idea to keep those areas well sealed. To get rid of those insects inside the house, vacuuming them up works best.
3. Ants. Those large black ants that invade many homes in the spring are more than just disgusting to look at. They can contaminate food and even damage woodwork and structural supports. There are more than 700 types of ants in North America, and they can be found in virtually every region of the country. Common varieties include carpenter ants, red ants, Argentine ants and odorous house ants.
4. Larder beetles. These large, oval-shaped beetles thrive on pantry items, like flour, oats, pet food and dried fish. Keeping such items in well-sealed glass containers is the best prevention. However, if you find you have an infestation, pesticides can be effective.
If you find that, despite your best efforts, you have a major infestation, it's time to call in a professional such as Xtermco Inc. Getting rid of a large invasion of bugs requires special equipment and training. It's best to let a professional pest control company handle such a problem.