ladybugs are seasonal pest: this one is pictured on a group of flowers

As the days lengthen and the temperature rises in Raleigh, North Carolina, many residents welcome the return of spring. However, alongside blooming flowers and sunny skies comes an unwelcome guest: seasonal pests. Spring marks a surge in pest activity as these unwanted visitors emerge from their winter slumber and seek food, water, and shelter.

At Innovative Pest Solutions, your Raleigh pest control company, we understand the frustration and potential health risks associated with seasonal pest infestations. To help you enjoy a pest-free spring, we’ve compiled 10 essential tips to prepare your Raleigh home for the season:

1. Clean Your Gutters and Manage Moisture

mosquitos- a seasonal pest that come out in spring and summer

Clogged gutters overflowing with leaves and debris create a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other moisture-loving pests. Regularly clean your gutters and ensure proper drainage away from your home’s foundation to eliminate standing water and deter unwanted guests.

2. Eliminate Wood Piles and Debris

Firewood, yard waste, and other debris piled near your home provide attractive hiding spots and breeding grounds for various seasonal pests, including termites, ants, and rodents. Keep woodpiles at least 20 feet away from your house and remove any unnecessary debris from around your foundation.

3. Trim Vegetation Away from Your Home

spider on web

Overgrown vegetation close to your house can act as a bridge for pests to enter. Trim trees and shrubs at least 18 inches away from your siding to deter insects and spiders from easily making their way indoors.

4. Seal Cracks and Entry Points

Tiny cracks and gaps around windows, doors, and the foundation are all potential entry points for pests. Inspect your home thoroughly and seal any cracks or openings using caulk or weather stripping. Pay particular attention to areas where pipes, cables, or wires enter your house.

5. Address Potential Entry Points Around Pipes and Vents

Openings around pipes, vents, and utility lines offer easy access for pests to enter your home. Install screens on all vents and caulk any gaps around pipes and utility lines entering your house.

6. Store Food Properly and Manage Trash

mouse eating trash

Leaving food scraps and crumbs readily available is an open invitation for ants, roaches, and other food-seeking pests. Store food in airtight containers, clean up spills promptly, and take out the trash regularly. Don’t forget to keep your trash cans clean and tightly sealed with lids.

7. Invest in Door Sweeps and Weather Stripping

Door sweeps and weather stripping create a tight seal around the bottom of your doors, preventing seasonal pests from entering through small gaps. Install door sweeps on all exterior doors and replace worn-out weather stripping for added protection.

8. Address Potential Ant Infestations

ant on leaf

Ants are common spring invaders, especially in Raleigh. If you see ant activity, identify the source of the infestation and address it promptly. Clean up any food or crumbs that may be attracting them and seal potential entry points around your foundation and windows. Consider using ant baits or traps to eliminate existing colonies.

9. Be Mindful of Occasional Invaders

ladybugs are a seasonal pest: this one is pictured on a stalk of grass

While some pests are more prevalent in spring, occasional invaders like spiders, ladybugs, and stink bugs may also seek shelter indoors during this season. If you encounter these occasional visitors, remove them humanely and seal any potential entry points they might have used.

10. Consider Professional Pest Control for Seasonal Pest

If you’re overwhelmed by a pest infestation or simply want to proactively prevent one, consider partnering with a professional pest control company like us. Our pest control experts can assess your home, identify potential problems, and develop a customized pest control plan to keep your home pest-free throughout the year.

Innovative Pest Solutions can help by providing regular pest control to your home.

At Innovative Pest Solutions, we are committed to providing safe and effective pest control solutions for homes and businesses in Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, and surrounding areas. We understand the unique pest challenges faced by residents in our region and use eco-friendly methods whenever possible to protect your family, pets, and the environment.

Contact us today and let us help you create a pest-free spring season!

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