Springtime is a very transitional period within the pest control industry. Whilst most pest control companies are dealing with the remainder of winters rodent problems, new insect pests are starting to appear.
The mild springtime weather can have a huge effect on the rest of the years pest population. If we have a warm March and April this will boost the countries insects. Which is fantastic for the garden and the countryside, as well as the entire environment. There's nothing better than a colourful garden in bloom and the smell of freshly cut grass.
Ants - It's around this time of the year that we start to notice the odd ant foraging for food in the kitchen or may be climbing around the window (probably trying to get outside). However, it's important to point out one or two ants are not classed as a problem or infestation. At this point most people will try and monitor situation or try and resolve the smaller issues themselves.
Bees and Wasp nests - Both species are will become more active during this time. Usually we will see queen bumble bees feeding on plants and flowers in the garden. And if you are very lucky you we see a swarm of honey bees looking for a safe place to rest or even nest. If this happens to you, please be patient as in most cases the queen may change her mind and decide that the location is not for her and then move. If this happens all of the workers will also follow her, please do not call a pest control company, as some pest controllers will treat them and will not relocate them. Please consider calling a beekeeper to relocate them, they will keep the safe. It's also around this point that a queen wasp will choose a location to build her nest. If a queen wasp picks your property of garden shed please take into consideration that a wasp nest can grow to a very large size and can very dangerous if located in an area that children and family pets are going to come in contact with.
Cluster flies - Its around this time of the year that cluster flies will wake up from their long hibernation period. It's not unusual to find them around windows and in loft and attics. You will however notice less of them as the weather gets warmer as we move into the warmer summer months. It's not until autumn that you may see them again as they return to hibernate again.
Recommendations - All of the above springtime pests can become worse over a warm spring and summertime. It's always down to personal preference whether or not a pest control problem should be treated or removed. We always advise customers to contact us if they require any pest control information.