With March comes spring, and while the warmer weather is welcome, especially after months of freezing winter temperatures, the common March pests that come with it aren’t. March Madness is supposed to be about filling out brackets – not tearing out your hair because you’re inundated with pests you can’t control. Luckily, with professional pest control services, such as that Onyx Lawn & Pest Control offers, and education about what to watch out for, you can enjoy the dawning of spring in a pest-free environment.
Here’s what you need to know about three of the most common March pests you may encounter.
March is when termites officially start swarming, and this continues on into April. Termites are subterranean pests that feed on wood. There are two types: workers and swarmers. The worker termites are a problem year-round, but swarmers are more commonly seen during March and April. This is the time of year when termite colonies divide and seek new places to call home.
This is the only time of year when termites can fly and puts your home in significant danger of a termite infestation. Termites necessitate professional help to prevent damage to your home’s structure. If you notice tiny holes the size of a pinhead in your walls, this could be a sign that you have a termite problem on your hands.
You can work to prevent a termite infestation by reducing moisture in crawl spaces, not letting it accumulate by your foundation, not storing wood or debris near crawl spaces, and eliminating the wood that you have in contact with the ground.
Sweet though their name may be, having sugar ants infest your home is downright foul. Ants are another pest to watch out for in March, as they’ll be foraging for food, and with the warmer weather, you’ll likely be tempted to start eating out on your porch or patio and leaving doors open. Ants are the easiest pests to get and one of the hardest pests to eliminate. Sugar ants are among the most prevalent pests between March and September.
To eliminate your ant problem, you need to target the colony. Otherwise, they’ll just keep coming back. It’s very hard to do this independently, and many over-the-counter ant control products only worsen the problem.
Professional ant control will eliminate your sugar ant problem, and professional pest control technicians can also provide you with advice on how to stave them off in the future, such as by keeping your kitchen clean and organized with food tightly sealed away.
February may have been the month of love and romance, but rodents will take any opportunity to multiply, regardless of the time of year. Two mice can very quickly turn into dozens in a very short period, so if you see any rodents scurrying around your home, it’s safe to assume that you need to call a pest control professional as soon as possible before the problem gets the chance to get even worse.
Both inside and outside your home, rodents can wreak absolute havoc. Gophers can tear up your yard, mice can gnaw at your furniture, rats can tear up your clothing to make nests, and they can all be carriers of bacteria and diseases. Plus, they can leave their droppings all over your home, including inside your appliances.
Rodents come into your home seeking food and shelter and a place to mate. In addition to providing rodent control services, pest control experts can prevent rodents from coming back by educating you on methods you can use to stave them off, such as repairing any broken window screens and sealing any cracks in your walls.
Get Professional Help For These Common March Pests
Onyx Lawn & Pest Control offers family-friendly pest control services throughout the greater Ogden area. As a locally-owned and operated company, we’re very well aware of all the pests that rear their heads and seek to invade Utah homes and businesses every year. We’re dedicated to helping you live a happier, healthier, and safer life by eliminating and controlling pest problems and restoring full ownership of your home to you from the would-be conquerors.
Are you dealing with any of these common March pests or any that we have not mentioned here? Don’t wait for the problem to continue to worsen. Contact Onyx Lawn & Pest Control in Ogden to set up your pest control service today!