With spring finally upon us, we get to enjoy the warmer weather and lighter days. Unfortunately, this also appeals to insects which is why they start to re-emerge from their winter slumber throughout March.
While these pests aren’t as problematic at this time of year compared to summer, we do start to see more infestations from spring onwards. It’s important to keep an eye on the signs of insects so that problems can be dealt with before they escalate.
Signs of an insect infestation
From ants, bed bugs, flies, bees and wasps to beetles, cockroaches, fleas, hornets and moths, there are many different insects and the signs of an infestation of each can vary. Generally however, look out for:
• Insects. Sounds obvious but if you have an infestation, you’re likely to spot them crawling or flying around. Also check hidden areas such as within cracks and crevices of shelves (especially if they’re made from wood)
• Insect remains including whole carcasses, body parts and cast skins
• Droppings (many look like poppy seeds)
• Piles of fine dust or powder
• If you have larger insects, you may also hear noises such as scratching or scurrying. These will typically come from the insides of walls or the loft
How do I stop insects from coming into my home?
As we’re more likely to keep windows open and be out and about during the spring months, it’s difficult to keep insects out of homes entirely.
There are a number of ways you can prevent a full-blown insect infestation however, such as:
Insects tend to gravitate towards mess because it can act as a food source and a good hiding place. One of the best ways to keep them at bay is to keep your home clean and tidy.
Wipe down kitchen surfaces regularly so there are no crumbs, vacuum at least once a week, ensure that all bins (both inside and outside) and covered and sealed and declutter.
Remove food sources
This is key with any pest. Remove easy food sources such as fruit and open cereal boxes on countertops. Also clean up pet food bowls and any debris they’ve left as soon as they’ve finished eating.
Also think about if you’re providing a source of water for insects. As well as providing a crucial way to stay hydrated, wet areas also serve as a breeding ground for insects. Don’t leave water standing in the kitchen sink, use a dehumidifier if you have damp spots or condensation and check pipes for signs of leaks.
Install window screens
It’s nice to let in some fresh air when it’s warm outside but open windows make it very easy for insects to make their way inside. If insect infestations are a problem, consider installing screens on your windows. This will allow you to keep them open without worrying about unwanted pests flying or crawling in.
What should I do if I notice insects in my home?
As well as carrying out the tasks mentioned above, the best thing to do is call a professional pest controller. They will be able to diagnose the problem, deal with it quickly and efficiently and teach you how to install preventative measures so future outbreaks don’t occur. Get in touch with your local Prokill team via our online contact form or on 0800 328 9354 and speak to a member of the team today.