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  • Michael Radovic

Common Sprint Pests and How to Control Them



As the weather starts to warm up, Long Island residents may find themselves sharing their homes and outdoor spaces with a variety of pests. While many of these creatures play an important role in the ecosystem, they can also pose a threat to human health and property. From stinging insects to ants, these pests can quickly become a nuisance and cause damage to your home or property. You can enjoy a pest-free spring season by being aware of these pests and taking steps to prevent them. So, let's dive in and learn how to keep these common pests at bay.


Carpenter Ants


Carpenter ants are among the most common pests that Long Island residents may encounter in the spring. These ants are known for building their nests in damp or decaying wood, which can cause significant damage to homes and other structures if left untreated. Signs of a carpenter ant infestation may include the presence of large ants with wings, piles of sawdust or wood shavings near potential nesting areas, and rustling sounds coming from walls or other wooden structures.


To control a carpenter ant infestation, there are several steps homeowners can take. First, it's important to identify and eliminate any sources of moisture or wood decay around the home. This may involve repairing leaky pipes or damaged roofs or removing decaying trees or stumps from the property. Next, homeowners can try using baits or traps to capture the ants and prevent them from returning to their nests.


If a carpenter ant infestation is particularly severe or widespread, seeking professional pest control services may be necessary. We can assess the extent of the infestation, identify the source of the problem, and develop a customized treatment plan to eliminate the ants and prevent them from returning in the future. By taking a proactive approach to pest control and addressing carpenter ant infestations early, homeowners can protect their homes from costly damage and ensure a safe and pest-free living environment.


Mosquitoes


Mosquitoes are another common pest that Long Island residents may encounter in the spring. These blood-sucking insects can be a nuisance, causing itchy bites and potentially transmitting serious diseases such as West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so it's important to eliminate any sources of standing water around the home, such as stagnant pools, bird baths, or clogged gutters.


To control mosquitoes around the home, homeowners can use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or other EPA-approved ingredients. Mosquito netting can also protect outdoor seating areas, and citronella candles or torches may help deter mosquitoes from the area. If mosquito populations are particularly high, professional pest control services may be necessary. Luxe Pest Control can assess the property and develop a customized treatment plan to eliminate mosquitoes and prevent them from returning in the future.


Bees and Wasps


As the weather warms up, many pests emerge, including bees and wasps. While these insects are important pollinators and play a crucial role in our ecosystem, they can also pose a threat to humans, especially those who are allergic.


Bees are critical for the pollination of many plants and are responsible for producing honey. However, bees can become aggressive when they feel their hive is threatened. If you encounter a bee, it's best to remain calm and still. Don't swat at the bee, as this can cause it to become more aggressive. Instead, slowly back away and avoid sudden movements. If you are allergic to bee stings, it's essential to always carry an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen) with you.


Wasps are another common spring pest on Long Island. Unlike bees, wasps are slender with shiny, hairless bodies and have smooth stingers that allow them to sting multiple times. Wasps can be aggressive and territorial, and their stings can be painful and dangerous, especially for those who are allergic.


To prevent wasps from building nests on your property, seal any cracks or openings in your home's walls or roofline. Additionally, keep your garbage cans sealed and clean, as wasps are attracted to food scraps. If you do encounter a wasp, remain calm and still, and slowly move away. Do not swat at the wasp, as this can provoke it to sting.


If you discover a beehive or a wasp nest on your property, it's best to call Luxe Pest Control to remove it. Attempting to remove them on your own can be dangerous and may result in getting stung.


It’s essential to remember that pest control is an ongoing process. While these three common spring pests on Long Island may be the most prevalent, there are many other pests to watch out for throughout the year. You can avoid the headaches and costs associated with pest infestations by taking proactive steps to prevent pests from entering your home and property. We hope that the tips and advice provided in this post have been helpful in controlling these common pests and creating a pest-free environment for you and your family to enjoy. With a little effort and attention to detail, you can keep your home and property free from unwanted visitors and enjoy the beautiful spring season on Long Island.


Call Luxe Pest Control to learn about our commercial and residential pest control services and how ongoing treatments can save you a lot of headaches.

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