Soon the weather will be warming up. It isn’t just us humans who like warm temperatures, bugs do too. Experts say the bugs survived just fine after our cold, snowy winter.
Now is the time you might start seeing insects inside the house. You often see those bugs on or around your window sill. That's because the bugs are actually trying to get out of your house, and they're drawn to the sunlight.
You may think bugs are invading your house every spring, but you've actually been living with them all winter. They're already in our home, the ones you're seeing today are the ones that came into your house last October and November. But they've been inactive because of the cold weather.
Right now they're in a place where they're insulated from the cold, like in a wall void or in the insulation. When the wall void gets to 63 degrees, those insects wake up and come out of hiding.
Another pesky spring bug is ants, which are attracted to water and food, so this often means you find them in the kitchen. You could find 10-12 different kinds of ants in your home, most are harmless. But the kind of ant you really don't want in your home are carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants live in damp or moist areas, so where you have wood rot, you could have carpenter ants. They don't eat the wood, but they do hollow it out and burrow within it. This can cause extensive structural damage to your home.
In the spring the carpenter ant nests become fully active. You will find them in lots of places in your home. If there's a nest in your house you're going to see the workers.
But with most other spring insects, you can vacuum them up. But if you start to see carpenter ants, you should call an exterminator, they can do quite a bit of damage to your home.
If you need help identifying the insects or ants you see in your house, capture them in a jar or glass and keep them for the exterminator to see.
For more information on exterminating harmful carpenter ants and insects from your home, contact EHS Pest in Norwood.