If you have wondered about the unseasonably warm weather having an effect on pest populations, your instincts are very good! While St. Louisans have been enjoying some unseasonably warm temperatures, so have the pests! Warm weather means an extended season for occasional invaders, such as Asian lady beetles and stinkbugs, as well as year-round pests, such as spiders and rodents. The nicer weather means pests are still active, as opposed to the normal slow down this time of year. What does that mean for you as a homeowner?
It means it is time to take action! Here are some tips:
- Be proactive! Clean all leaves and yard debris that might have piled up in your yard, especially any that is close to your foundation. Don’t make your home any more attractive to pests than it already is!
- Book a professional spray indoors and outdoors to stay ahead of all the insects and spiders still active in the nice weather. Remain on top of the problem all year by getting on a quarterly service plan for 2018. No more unwanted guests!
- Keep rodent stations baited outside your home as the mice population thrives in mild weather.
- If a mild winter follows this current run of warm weather, be ready for an earlier spring season of pests, as well. Being proactive is always the smartest way to do things–keep the infestation from developing in the first place with professional pest and wildlife control.