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The Seasonal Guide to Pests in Your Home or Business
If you’re here, you may be one of the many people in the UK who’ve noticed that the presence of pests in homes and businesses is soaring.
Many seasonal factors such as erratic weather patterns, including extreme events like heat waves and flooding, and certain booming insect populations are to blame for the rise. And unfortunately, as forces of mother nature herself, there’s little we humans can do to change them.
However, if you have been affected by the pest boom, no matter at what time of year, you’ll be pleased to know there is most certainly something that can be done to stop them from running amok in your life and properties.
Keep your home or business pest-proof the whole year round with our annual guide to the biggest pests throughout the seasons.
As the season of new beginnings, there’s no shortage of pests wreaking havoc in spring. But some of the most common pests to invade homes and businesses during this time are ants, termites, flies, and clothes moths.
As the weather starts to get warmer, ants set out and start foraging for food. If the spring also brings heavy rain, they may also be seeking higher ground. Both of these factors can cause an ant infestation to take over your property, especially if there are sugary foods like fruit juice, proteins like milk, and carbs like pasta easily available.
If spring could be marked as any once pest’s time of year, though, it would be termites. It’s the start of their season, and as such, they can come out in full force — even as flying swarms, as they madly start breeding and building new colonies. Luckily, there aren’t many termites the UK, but if you do manage to get an infestation, they will cause significant damage to your property and wooden goods.
Flies are a bother at all times of the year in homes and businesses in the UK. However, at the start of spring, they reach full maturity and accordingly commence an aggressive strike on your property as they search for sugary liquids and other sweet treats.
Clothes moth are also spring lovers with rising populations. Whether it’s due to lower washing temperatures or unseasonably warm temperatures is debatable, but what’s for sure is that you don’t want them in your wardrobe of textile factory.
Spring is the time when moth larva, the culprits behind your hole-ridden jumpers, carpets, suits, and curtains, enter the latter stages of their life cycle and finally become adult moths. Noticing adults flying or hopping around in your home or business is a sign you may already have a moth infestation, and that you should quickly and decisively take action before they lay more eggs.
Summer typically brings heightened activity among us, humans. And although some take a well-deserved break from infesting homes, many pests also increase in activity and see summer as their time to shine.
Some of the pests you may notice more in the summer include flies, ants, and fleas. But two that are commonly known to cause problems and lead to infestations, in particular, are bed bugs and wasps.
Bed bugs are around at all times of the year. However, they’re much more active, i.e. feeding and breeding more often, through the summer months due to the rise in heat and humidity. Kids being off school and an increase in travel and movement, in general, are also big factors in spreading and starting a bed bug infestation.
Summer is the time when wasp colonies reach peak population. That means, particularly after a hot summer and in the latter months when nest building is over, swarms of worker wasps can go out hunting for food for their young.
Wasps love sweet treats and are even partial to getting a little tipsy from fermenting fruits. As this also tends to be the time of the year when ice lollies, fruit juices, cocktails, and other sugary food and drinks come out in abundance, this can mean that many householders and property owners have to deal with a persistent and hard-to-remove wasp infestation.
Autumn is a time of great change — the temperature gets cooler, the leaves on the trees begin changing colour, and everyone and thing starts preparing for the months that are to come.
Whereas preparing for us may mean buying presents for Christmas, for common household pests, it means getting ready for hibernation and becoming strong enough to survive through another winter.
Given warm enough weather, there can be still plenty of wasps and other insects about, including mice and cockroaches as per usual, but autumn is well and truly the season of the spider.
When it comes to the spider’s life cycle, autumn is the time when males are typically on the lookout for a female mate. These giant females are often found hiding away in places like sheds, garages, and utility rooms. Thankfully, spiders in the UK are harmless, however, as they mate indoors and their populations are also booming, they can infest homes and businesses and be difficult to get rid of without the help of a professional.
When it’s been a hot summer and you’ve been bothered by pests and insects no end, many people can be relieved when winter finally comes.
It’s true that winter is the time of year when many pests hibernate or become dormant, but that doesn’t mean your home or business will be free from intrusion. In fact, for many pests, they can present the perfect place for spending a few warm and undisturbed months until spring.
Out of them all, you’re most likely to see rats and mice in winter as they move indoors to find safety and more abundant food sources. This can pose a major risk in terms of health and damage as they’re both known to carry disease and gnaw through everything from wires to plumbing systems.
Cockroaches are formidable creatures that thrive at any time of the year. But they also flee indoors in the winter to escape the cold and find food. The two you’re likely to encounter are oriental roaches and German roaches, species that are both fond of damp areas like bathrooms and drains and are both a nightmare to eradicate if allowed to mate.
As you can see, each season comes with its own pests and unique difficulties for keeping your property free from infestation. This makes it even more important, whether dealing with pests in your home or your business, to work with a professional with expertise across the whole spectrum of pests and seasons.