Spring Pests Bulletin
Spring thaw means Spring pests are waking up just like some plants and trees. Pests are already showing themselves. Having a mild winter means lots of insect colonies survived. Insect populations will be up. Pest Control companies are going to be very busy. Sub-subterranean Termites are already swarming, here in Georgia, about a month ahead of schedule.
Although sub-termites are the number one Spring pest; there are lots of others to contend with too.
Top Spring Pests
- Ants, Carpenter ants, Bees, Carpenter Bees and Wasps (Hymenoptera)
- Flies (Diptera)
- Beetles (Coleoptera)
- Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera)
- Lacewings and Antlions (Neuroptera)
- True Bugs, Aphids and Cicadas (Hemiptera)
- Grasshoppers and Crickets (Orthoptera)
- Earwigs (Dermaptera)
- Cockroaches (Blattaria)
- Termites (Isoptera)
- Mantises (Mantodea)
- Webspinners = spiders (Embiidina)
Grocery store pest control products are flying off the shelves, but the people who buy them are not going to achieve pest control. They are going to kill some bugs and ants but until you begin to use professional pest control products you are just putting a band-aid on your pest problems. I spray ants twice a year with Taurus SC and I don’t have ants. Carpenter bees are taken car of with a simple trap and a perimeter treatment with a Bifenthrin product such as Bifen I/T (General product for the control of most household pests). I can purchase a bottle of Bifen I/T that will last me for 12-24 months for under $25. It takes care of roaches and earwigs too. I also don’t have spiders.
Doing your own pest control can save you money and give you a little exercise too. Give it a try. Most people enjoy the savings and the results can be better than hiring a pro exterminator.