Pests can harm people, pets and even plants in and around your home. Yet if you have a lawn that is tidy and well-maintained, these home invaders somehow find their way into your property. Here are four reasons why pest control, including spring pest control, is a necessity for every homeowner.
1. PESTS ARE A THREAT TO HUMANS
Warm weather usually comes with increased activity from pests – particularly ants, flies, and termites. They often resurface after a rainstorm and invade your landscaping. Meanwhile, cockroaches, bedbugs and other insects that are active indoors can be spotted all year round.
Pests can be a threat to humans. Rodents, mosquitoes, and ticks are some of the known disease carriers. Hantavirus can be lethal when passed by rats to people. Lyme disease comes from ticks. Zika, malaria, and the West Nile virus are spread by mosquitoes. Without pest control, you are putting your household at risk.
2. PESTS CAN DAMAGE PROPERTY
Pests can do so much damage once they find a source of food in your home. Carpenter ants and termites hide inside your walls and under your floors – feasting on wood and weakening structures. Rodents gain entry into your home through the smallest cracks and then chew on wires and insulation. Organic fiber is a frequent target for silverfish and beetles, so your blankets, towels, and couches are no longer safe once these pests get inside.
3. PESTS CAN CONTAMINATE FOOD AND DESTROY VEGETATION
Pests are a bane in the food business. They also wreak havoc on vegetation and hamper plant growth in your garden. Those who manage restaurants often have to deal with rodents and cockroaches that can contaminate stored food. Meanwhile, homeowners try to ward off house ants and moths that are looking for their next meal in the pantry.
4. DIY MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH
Home remedies for eliminating pests often do not attack the root of the problem. Termites, for example, are not easy to treat as they live underneath the surface. Store-bought products might seem to be effective, but in reality, they are only band-aid solutions. Fortunately, a pest control professional can detect the source of the infestation and know how to get rid of these home invaders for good.
SPRING PEST CONTROL TIPS FOR RESIDENTS AND COMMERCIAL LAWN OWNERS
If you suspect bugs and other pests on your lawn, do not panic. You can take a proactive approach while you wait for a professional to confirm if you already have an infestation.
Anticipate where pests commonly breed and inspect these places regularly. You can ask pest control providers to send someone to your property once a week or once a month. They will be able to identify pest-friendly conditions such as moist wood and dry leaves near the foundation.
Repair or replace broken window screens to keep flying insects out. Install door sweeps to seal all entry points for crawling creatures. Move garbage cans away from your property and make sure the chute or compactor is always clean.
Inspect your sprinkler system and make sure water is draining properly. Mosquitoes love to breed around standing water. Trim bushes about two feet away from the wall. Cut down tree branches that are touching the house or building. Hire a turf specialist to maintain your ground cover and ensure that pests are not hiding under thick grass.
If you notice webs, eggs, and nests on your lawn, remove them right away to prevent pests from breeding. You want to eliminate any source of food or nesting place, so these creatures do not come back ever again.
Two things you do not want to do if you suspect a pest infestation:
- Try to fix the problem yourself, and
- Ignore the warning signs until the problem spins out of control.
Do not try to take care of the infestation with DIY treatments. There are different solutions for eliminating various types of insects. If the symptoms of infestation are already there, call a pest control professional immediately to check your property.
CONTACT A SARASOTA SPRING PEST CONTROL EXPERT TODAY
Got pests on your lawn? Let Turf Fox help you get rid of these unwanted visitors. Ants, spiders, ticks, fleas, earwigs, chiggers and other pests can be annoying and destructive whether you are in a residential or commercial setting. We target these pests while applying the least toxic pesticides to protect you and everyone on your property. In addition to keeping you safe from exposure, we insure every member of our team in case an accident happens while they are working on your grounds.
Turf Fox has the equipment and experience to provide full-service outdoor pest control solutions for Sarasota homes and businesses. Call us for a safe and pocket-friendly spring pest control service so you can enjoy your lawn this wonderful season.