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The Best Way To Keep Spring Pests Out Of Your Mooresville Home
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The Best Way To Keep Spring Pests Out Of Your Mooresville Home

Everything seems to come back to life in the spring. All of the mosquitoes that disappeared during the winter months come back. All of the ants that hide in the ground start crawling all over your back deck. All of the wasps that went into hiding in the fall emerge to create nests on your property. What can you do about all the pests that are coming back to life in your yard? The trick is to get ahead of pest problems with all-natural home pest control and residential pest control service for your home. Join us today as we look at each. We will discuss common Mooresville pests that start to appear in spring, the problems they create, and tips to help you with DIY pest control for your home. If you stick with us to the end, we'll tell you some of the advantages of professional pest control for your home. If you want to learn firsthand, feel free to call us at any time. Our technicians are more than happy to answer your questions and guide you toward an effective solution that meets your needs. We offer smart, advanced solutions for pest control in Mooresville. With that said, let's take a look at spring pests.

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Common Spring Invaders In Mooresville

When pests start to get active in your yard, it is only a matter of time before they find a route indoors. Each pest is a little different. If you know how they differ, it can help you to keep them out.

Mosquitoes: These are accidental invaders. Mosquitoes don't breed indoors and don't prefer to hang out inside your home. The reason they come indoors is that they may breed near your exterior doors and accidentally enter when you go in and out.

Ants: There are many ant species in our Mooresville service area, all of them are motivated by food. In the spring, they'll start to eat food sources in your yard. If worker ants enter your home and find indoor food sources, you can invite an indoor infestation.

Wasps: Yellow jackets, paper wasps, and other wasp pests establish nests around your home. Some create nests in ground holes or in structural voids. Some create aerial nests in trees, bushes, and on the sides of structures. Wasps enter homes when nests are near or on the exterior. They enter through open doors when you go in and out. It is even worse when a nest is created in a structural void. Wasps may start appearing inside frequently or in large numbers.

Flies: Many flies are attracted to decaying organic matter. They'll buzz around your trash receptacles before they get into your home. If you have trash in your garage, they'll find the tiniest of gaps to enter. If they detect the scent of kitchen trash, even faintly, they'll enter your home. 

Centipedes: These bugs are predators. They feed on the insects that enter your home. So, failing to address general insect pests can increase your chances of having these big, ugly, multi-legged bugs crawling around indoors.

Spiders: Most spiders create webs. In their webs, they construct egg sacs that can contain hundreds of eggs. If hundreds of eggs hatch in a web that is attached to your exterior walls, spiders can find their way indoors through cracks, crevices, and other entry points only a tiny speck of a spider could use as an entry point.  

There are more pests we could mention, but this list provides a well-rounded example of the pests you're up against. Before we discuss how to use the facts we provided to help you keep these pests out of your home, let's quickly discuss the way they present problems. Doing so will provide the motivation you may need to roll your sleeves up and apply the home pest control tips provided below.  

The Many Problems A Pest Infestation Can Create In Your Home

Most of the time, Mooresville residents get pest control when pests start to become a nuisance, which isn't the best time to deal with pests. Not only is reactive pest control less effective, but waiting to deal with pest problems allows pests to impact your health and damage your property.

  • Certain mosquito species spread harmful diseases and viruses. They also impact pet health by spreading diseases such as heartworms. In general, mosquitoes are a constant source of mild illness.
  • Ants climb around in trash receptacles. When they climb on counters, cutting boards, plates, and dishes, they spread germs. They also contaminate food when they get into stored food packages.
  • Wasps sting. That alone is enough of a reason to keep these pests out of your home. But it is essential to understand that some people are allergic to the venom of wasps and may have severe or life-threatening symptoms.
  • You know flies are dirty, but are you aware that houseflies are known to spread more than 65 diseases? It's true. Flies should never be allowed to remain inside your home.
  • House centipedes are almost entirely harmless to humans. The main issue with these pests is that they show up when you least expect it. You may flick your bathroom light on and find one just above the switch. You may go to step out of the shower and almost step on one. You may have one run over your foot while you're sitting at your computer.
  • All spiders have venom and fangs, but not all are a threat to humans. Some have weak fangs and are unable to bite. Some have weak venom that causes minor symptoms, such as puffy welts, itching, and soreness. Only a handful cause localized pain, and only one causes medical symptoms. The spider to watch out for is the black widow spider. She can make you very sick.

The main issue with spring pests is that they are a nuisance. But, as you can see, there are other concerns. That is why it is essential to take steps to keep pests out of your home. Let's look at six natural pest control tips to help you do it.

Six Natural And Effective Springtime Pest Prevention Tips

We mentioned six common pests that attempt to get into Mooresville homes in spring. The springtime pest prevention tips below are directly linked to these pests and pests like them. Here's what you need to know.

  1. Mosquitoes breed in still water and require humid habitats to stay hydrated during the day. They're not the only insects that need humidity to stay hydrated. When you take steps to maintain a dry perimeter and remove containers that capture rainwater, you'll deter mosquitoes and other moisture pests. The reduction of these pests helps keep them out.
  2. Ants and other pests are attracted to food sources. If you want to keep pests away from your house, you need to consider the foods they eat. Decaying organic matter is certainly the most important. Sanitation is essential for effective and sustainable pest management.
  3. You can deter wasps preemptively. As they create little gray starter nests, you can knock those down during the day with a broom. Make sure no momma wasps are around when you do this. You can also deter wasps, and several other insects, by addressing a sweet food source in your yard—namely, flower nectar. If you have lawn weeds, deal with them quickly to reduce nectar on your property. 
  4. Flies, and many other insects, are attracted to light. While a dirty receptacle is sure to attract flies, a light source near your exterior will also bring them close to your exterior doors. Move trash receptacles away from your exterior doors and install motion-sensitive bulbs in entryways to keep flies and other insects out.
  5. Centipedes and other pests can enter your home through gaps. Home improvement pest control is one way to keep them out. Use expanding foam to fill in voids behind joists and gaps around pipes. Replace damaged wood and use a caulking gun to seal gaps around window and door frames. Replace or repair damaged screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.
  6. Spiders are somewhat unique. While you can reduce spider activity by reducing the insects they eat, the primary way to reduce spiders is to target the webs they create. Remove the webs and crush the egg sacs to prevent hundreds of spiders from hatching.     

These are just some of the ways you can deter pests in your yard and keep them from entering your home. They require work. If you don't have the time to do that work, or you want the best pest management possible, professional pest control is the solution.

The Advantage Of Professional Pest Control For Your Home

Pest control requires specialized knowledge. The primary advantage of hiring a professional is that we control and manage pests for a living. We're continually learning and adapting to find the best solutions to reduce pests and exclude them from man-made structures. We apply spot treatments to reduce pests in your yard, mist treatments to knock down mosquitoes, dewebbing to reduce spiders, wasp nest removal to quickly address wasps, liquid crack and crevice treatments, and so much more. We'd love to tell you more about how our service packages provide ongoing protection from targeted pests.

If you live in Mooresville, reach out to us. The Lake Norman Home Services team is here to help.

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