Spring is here? Pest tips for the Spring

Spring is here?
As snow falls on this April Fool’s Day we can’t help but laugh and dream of the real start
to Spring. As the warm weather comes so will pests like carpenter ants, termites, and other unwanted guests. Here are some practical tips for the homeowner to limit the attractiveness of their homes to these pests.

Trim trees and shrubs away from house. Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture damaged wood. This will allow the home to receive more sunlight and stay dryer. Also ants feed on aphids which live on bushes and shrubs around the house so trimming will limit the ants access to their food source.
Keep bark mulch below the lower shingles or siding line of the foundation to eliminate wood to ground contact. Termites need wood to ground contact in order to survive. Carpenter ants will also find it easier to infest your home when mulch is brought right to the start of the shingles or siding on your home.
Mow your lawn regularly and prevent overgrowth of vegetation in your yard. Overgrowth may provide protected pathways for rodents to travel in and around your home.
Remove all fallen fruits and vegetables from the ground. These fallen items are a great source of food for rodents, ants and stinging insects.
Check all gutters to make sure they are functioning properly. With the severe winter we had it is important to check for gutter and roof damage. If damaged or not functioning properly this can lead to water damaged wood along the roof line which is very attractive to carpenter ants.
Keep all firewood away from the house. Firewood stored next to the house or under a deck can become a source of ants and other insects. We recommend keeping it as far away from the house as possible.

We hope these tips help you in protecting your home. If you do have issues with Carpenter Ants or any other pests please give us a call or send us an e-mail using our contact form here on the website.