We are all familiar with the old adage “Spring showers bring May flowers.” Unfortunately, Spring showers also bring an array of unwanted visitors into our homes. This time of year, insects are drawn from their winter domiciles by rainy weather. Ironically, it is the spring rain that awakens household pests from their dormant winter retreats. This is the result of the rain washing away their food supply, forcing them to venture out in search of new sources of nutrients. Naturally, households offer a cornucopia of food sources that presents easy pickings for the pests.
The world of insects encompasses an almost countless variety of species. The average home hosts more than 100 different types of these bugs. In August 2016, The Los Angeles Times Science section published the results of a study that was conducted in 50 private homes. It was carried out by entomologists at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The search revealed the identification of 10,000 home-based bug specimens which took nearly 2 years to categorize. But, before you reach for the can of Raid in a state of panic, rest assured that most home occupants will never encounter the vast majority of these critters. Most of these are harmless and will spend their lives in the home in total seclusion.
Interestingly enough, the home infestations were found to be more common in upscale neighborhoods where biodiversity in the form of outdoor plants and flower beds proliferate. These gardens offer a lush refuse for the critters. Also, larger homes provide more entrances into the domicile for which the tiny invaders are able to gain in-door access.
Termites Lament “Please Pass the Salt”
Termites easily make the list as being among the 10 least wanted insect presence in your home. Termites can cause extensive home infestations, which, in turn, can wreak havoc on a structure. Termites are equal opportunity house eaters. Contrary to popular belief, termites don’t favor older homes. A new home can experience termite damage just as easily as an older one. Many homeowners experience sticker shock when they receive the repair bill for structural damage incurred by termites. Depending on the extent of the damage, the repair costs can reach into the thousands of dollars.
Early signs of a termite infestation can be observed by the presence of fly termites. These adventurous alates are comprised of both male and female termites who have left their nests in search of a new home where they begin to procreate prolifically. They then proceed to raise an army of like-minded critters and literally attempt to eat the homeowners out of their residence. Swarming flying termites are attracted by light emanating from the home. An indication of a swarm residing in your home can be determined by observing them being attracted to light sources in the evening hours.
The 10 Least Wanted
Other pests making the 10 Least Wanted list include ants, cockroaches, centipedes, moths, wasps, hornets, silverfish, and dark-winged fungus gnats. Keep in mind that not all insects are bad guys. In fact some, such as spiders, provide a service by consuming other more annoying insects like black flies and book lice.
If your spring is being ruined by an insect infestation, contact us today.