Spring is springing… Dogwoods are blooming… Kids are playing outside …
“Just like you, your children and myself, the pests are really enjoying this warm weather!” says Roy Crain Jr., State Certified Operated of Live Oak Pest Control. He continues on “… We’ve had such a winter with only one or two hard freezes that helps to eradicate the larvae of harmful and invasive pest species – you can expect to see pests earlier and in larger numbers than you normally do.”
Though final national numbers won’t be available from federal scientists for a couple of days, what is known is that more than 270 cities and towns across the nation had their warmest February on record, according to The Weather Channel. Per the National Park Service, the iconic cherry tree blossom bloom period could be one of the earliest ever in Washington D.C. with spring coming 22 days early this year.
The early onset of spring can greatly affect our health due to more pollen and allergen levels and bring seasonal disease carriers like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes much earlier. Spring doesn’t officially start until March 20th and we’re already seeing lawns with ant mounds! Every pest has a different management strategy to eliminate the problem which is why it’s so important to call your Pest Specialists right away when you spot any issue!
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Here are some pests you can expect to see this Spring
– Tawny Crazy Ants: Nylanderia fulva
Tawny crazy ant, crazy ants, raspberry crazy ants, hairy crazy ants… call them what you want but one thing is for sure – this non-native species from South America is widely invasive and found in warm climates.
They get their name from their erratic behavior. What’s so “crazy” about them? They’re attracted to electrical equipment. It’s estimated Crazy Ants cause $146 million annually in electrical damage. When electrocuted, they release a pheromone – signaling other ants to find the “attacker” and creates a domino effect. As more ants are electrocuted and more pheromones released, more crazy ants come to the location. If enough dead ants pile up – they can short an entire electrical system.
– Red Imported Fire Ants: Solenopsis invicta
RIFA are found in all Florida counties and besides being painful to humans, fire ants can cause damage on homes, crops, trees, electrical equipment and many other structures. They frequently invade home lawns, school yards, athletic fields, electrical equipment, pavement cracks and parks.
Red Imported Fire Ants are densely occupied and contain in upwards of 25,000 ants. They can build nests below sidewalks, within wall voids, under carpeting, in water meter casing and even in TV sets and computers. LEARN MORE
– Eastern Subterranean Termites
These havoc-wrecking hidden invaders feed on wood around the clock, all while staying out-of-sight and are one of the most feared pests of homeowners. Subterranean termites are the most damaging here in the South U.S. and are social insects. Colonies are composed of workers, soldiers and reproductive – as you can assume worker termites are the ones who do all of the destruction to homes and buildings, soldiers protect the nest and reproductives mate to expand upon existing colonies or make new colonies.
Eastern Subterranean Termites often have large swarms from January through May and smaller swarms can occur through summer and fall. LEARN MORE
– Bed Bugs
The travelers bug, mahogany flats, red coats and chinches… are just a few nicknames bed bugs go by but I think everyone would just like for them all to just go bye-bye themselves! Their name comes from their preferred habitat of beds and mattresses.
Bed bugs are hardy pests and have been around for thousands of years, during the latter part of WWII (the early 1940’s) bed bugs were mostly eradicated using pesticides. Since 1995, bed bug cases have been on the rise mainly due to “hitchhiking” around the world. LEARN MORE
– Fleas & Ticks
These pests are annoying for your animals, yard and home. It takes time to eliminate and reduce populations which can be done through a variety of IPM (Integrated Pest Management) methods. The problems associated with fleas and ticks are skin problems, infections, diseases, tapeworms and diseases such as Lyme disease. LEARN MORE
Mosquitoes are aggravating and cause itchy, swollen, red bite marks. Mosquitoes can smell you up to 50 yards away so its important to practice the (3) D’s of Mosquito Prevention:
Empty out all standing water containers at least once a week.
Wear long sleeves, pants and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Properly apply approved mosquito repellents like DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.