One of the questions we get asked the most it when are [insert any random pest you’re thinking of] most active. Yes, whether they are asking about mosquitoes, mice, fleas, coyotes or those ubiquitous love bugs; Houston pest control companies just like us know that all pests have their own favorite seasons just like people.
Some of us lovefall for football, pumpkin spice everything, and turkey time. Some of us prefer Summer for beach day trips, watermelon, and family cookouts. Pests have their own reasons for the seasons they choose to “come out and play,” so there really is no one season answer for all pests.
You might think that this drives Houston pest control companies, but in actuality,we have it down to a science; thanks to pests being creatures of habit. Since pests are very predictable it’s quite easy to forecast when they are getting ready to invade your home.
If you follow our simple seasonal pest activity guide, you’ll be able to schedule your preventative maintenance appointments more effectively and protect your home against these most problematic pests infestations all year long.
While spring is a season of new life and beginnings, it’s also prime time for these common household pests:
- Clothes Moths
Spring is a huge party for termites. The winged alates leave the nest to get jiggy at the termite nightclubs and if lucky, find mates to start a new colony. This is often called “the swarm” or “swarming” and while it sounds like horror movie titles; it’s not far off! Termites will travel in droves when the warmer spring weather hits, normally after a rain shower. We may talk about termites in a joking manner, but a termite infestation is no joke, they can literally destroy your home.
These destructive little moths begin to emerge as adults during spring and get right to breeding. While you may think this is a problem, it’s actually the larvae stage where these moths do all their damage and eat through valuable clothes. But, if you eradicate the adults before they can breed in an around your home you can nip it in the bud and mitigate your chances of an infestation.
Pigeons in spring flourish as well as it notes the beginning of their mating season which brings an increase in the pigeon population which brings a buildup bird feces. Bird feces are one of the biggest contributors to spreading diseases in urban areas.
Who loves summer? If you raised your hand, you’ve got company, because guess what pests also love summer, these fun guys:
- Stinging Insects
Mosquitoes are easily the most despised summer pest, with their incessant hovering, stealthy bites that leave ugly, itchy welts all over the world.
The reason mosquitoes are so prevalent during the warmer months is that the hot weather speeds up their growth cycle allowing them to lay more eggs in a shorter amount of time.
Stinging insects such as yellowjackets, wood bees, and wasps can wreak havoc during the summer months. Their season actually begins in spring but their population numbers peak in summer and their bites are incredibly painful and for some with certain allergies, they can be fatal.
Cockroaches are like the zombies of the insect world, just when you thought you killed one they take off after being mildly stunned. Sure they’re missing three legs and an eye, but they’re still booking it across your kitchen floor. Cockroaches are as resilient as they are hard to kill, that is why they seem to flourish year-round. That being said; summer is their peak season as like rodents they move indoors for warmth during the colder months. During summer, however, they are on full display in full force. They can be problematic as they spread diseases and cause problems for asthmatics.
When the colder weather of fall comes sweeping in, a few different pests begin to migrate indoors, causing problems for Houston homeowners and businesses:
- Stink bugs
If you keep noticing a foul smell around the house and no answer has come from blaming your significant other or poor, unjustly profiled dog; you may have encountered the charming stink bug. As you may have guessed it, they get their name from the nasty smelling fluid the eject as a defense mechanism or when they feel threatened.
Pop quiz: You see a spider above you in the shower, it’s about the diameter of a quarter. WHAT DO YOU DO? As one of the oldest pest control companies in Houston, most of our customers say “burn the house down! It’s over!” While that may be the go-to option for those with arachnophobia, spiders, in moderation can actually be good. Spiders eat many destructive insects and worms that eat up crops. However, spiders breed in such large numbers that there is a fine line between a handful of spiders and an infestation. This can pose some real problems for homeowners, especially those with young children.
Winter could be dubbed the season of the rodents. Rodents such as mice and rats struggle to find food sources in the winter so they migrate to our homes and invite themselves over for dinner.
Rats are the most destructive pests for homeowners as they literally chew through and destroy anything with reckless abandon.
Like rats, mice migrate indoors and will eat just about anything. Even though they also have gnawing habits as well they tend to be a tad less destructive.
PROTECT YOUR HOME ALL YEAR LONG
No matter the season, Champions is only a service call away to take care of your pest problems the right way. However, why wait till there IS a problem, when you can get regularly scheduled preventative treatments and stop an infestation before it even has the time to grow. Contact Champions today about our scheduled service plans for your Houston home!